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    Alien FAQ/Walkthrough by red soul                    
    Made originally for the NTSC US Atari 2600 version   
    You can contact me via e-mail at: numandina@gmail.com
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    Introduction
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    Alien is yet another Pac-Man ripoff, with the theme of the
    movie Alien here. Contrary to Pac-Man though (atari version),
    Alien doesn't suck and is actually a pretty good game with
    some of its own features and additions, and has impressive
    graphics and sound. Everyone knows how Pac-Man plays and if
    you don't, then I suggest you play it in one way or the other.
    Pac-Man was so popular and imitated that Pac-Man clones made
    a genre of itself, kind of like Doom clones. Alien is one of
    the rather good clones and some fun can actually be found here.
    
    
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    Controls
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    Stick: Move up/down/left/right.
    Fire: Fire flamethrower.
     
    
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    Walkthrough
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    The main objective is to go over all the dots in the maze. Once
    that is done you'll have completed the current level. There are 
    three aliens in the maze with you and touching them will deplete
    a life from you. If you press the fire button you will fire your
    flamethrower and scare the buggers off, but they will not die, nor
    will you be immune to them while doing this. You have five seconds
    of flamethrower in each level before it runs out.
    
    At both ends of the screen there is an opening. Going through one 
    will have you come of the other but be careful as aliens can do this
    as well. There is only one maze shape and some items will be
    scattered randomly in it. First is the glowing power thingie. Upon
    taking this, the three aliens will change colours to blue and the  
    music changes. Now when you touch an alien instead of dying you will
    make it disappear and go back to its "home". After it comes out of
    the home, however, you cannot eat it again.
    
    There will always be one of these glowing items at any given time and
    as soon as you take one another instantly appears. Another item is
    the plane symbol, which will give you points when taken, and when
    you get 10,000 points you will recieve an extra life. And finally 
    there's the planet item, which will give you additional points as
    well when taken. 
     
    All the maze shapes are the same in all the levels and after you've
    completed a certain level you'll be taken to play a little "mini game".
    This game involves going past 6 pairs of aliens that move from left to
    right and with a prize at the end, a white plane item. If you either
    reach the item or die by making contact with the aliens, you will 
    proceed to the next level without losing a life. The next level is the
    same as the previous but with faster aliens. And that's all there is to
    know about Alien.
    
    
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    FAQ
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    Q. How many points do I get for the different actions?
    A. You get:
      
       10 points for eating a dot
       500 points for eating an alien
       1,000 points for following that with another alien
       2,000 points for eating the third alien in a row
       (100 * your level) points for eating a yellow plane	
       (500 * your level) points for eating a planet
       (1,000 * your level) points for eating a white plane (mini game prize).
    
    Q. Does changing the difficulty do anything?
    A. The difficulties differ in the speed of aliens at the beginning and the
       number of lives you start with.
     
       Difficulty 1: Aliens have normal speed, start with two lives.
       Difficulty 2: Aliens are pretty fast, start with one life.
       Difficulty 3: Aliens are very fast, start with two lives.
       Difficulty 4: Aliens are very slow, start with five lives.
    
    Q. What's the max number of lives you can have?
    A. Seven lives.
       
    Q. I have always wondered, do the Aliens have AI?
    A. I'm guessing yes, they do, since they move away from you when you can
       eat them and at the higher levels and difficulties they keep chasing you
       down. Nothing to mention they run away when take out the flamethrower.
    
    Q. The dots are not aligned, have strange colours and sometimes flicker.
    A. This is a movie based game on the Atari 2600, be thankful it plays and
       is actually somewhat fun.
    
    Q. Can you recommend other similar games that I can play on the VCS?
    A. Sure. The best Pac Man style game on the Atari 2600 is easily Jr. Pac-Man.
       A fun game with a similar premise is Bank Heist. Also you might want to
       try Jawbreaker or Lock 'N Chase for some innovation as well.
    
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    Finale
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    If you want this on your site, ask me first. Alien is copyright
    20th Century Fox, the Atari 2600 is copyright Atari, and this document is 
    copyright red soul.
    
    Thanks to God for everything.
    Thanks to 20th Century Fox for making the game.
    Thanks to Atari for making the Atari 2600.
    Thanks to CJayC for making GameFAQs.
    Thanks to me for writing this.
    Thanks to you for reading it.
    
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