Alien Crush (TurboGrafx-16) review
"It's also interesting to note that a lot of the sound in this game isn't violent or hyper like you would expect a pinball game to sound like. "
Alien Crush is a pinball game, first released for the Turbo Grafix16/PC Engine in 1988 by Naxat. The first game out of four in the Crush series, it has recently been ported to the Virtual Console, and the PlayStation Network. The game features two main screens which are connected vertically, as well as several bonus rooms that become accessible once certain elements in the main screens have been triggered. You are trying to destroy the aliens; there really isn't any story to this. And that's not what we're here for.
The game has a heavy sci fi theme to it, inspired by artist H.R. Giger (also very prominent in the second game in this series, Devil's Crush) and James Cameron's Alien. Unspeakable but formidable alien life forms await you, through the form of extremely detailed graphics which, to this day, still impress. They still stand out not only because of the attention that was put into building them, but also for the originality behind them. A multi eyed alien that barfs spiders, cocoons that break open as your ball hits them, which gradually proceed to unleash things that look like a mix between a sowbug and a fish fly. Creepy elongated mouth things that slowly pop in and out of a wall made of bones...a delicious nightmare. :)
Speaking of which, the decor in the game also has a strong touch of the macabre, adding a little Lovecraftian feel to the game's looks. Skulls and skeletal hands make up the border of the screens' boundaries, a giant brain, and one abomination is a giant skull with tentacles in its forehead. It's a very nice setting, complete with glowing lights and eyeballs, and it includes some backgrounds in the bonus rooms, that are more 'machine' in their nature than your two main screens. These set a good atmosphere for ruin and fear, without actually being depressing. If you enjoy the darker tones of science fiction, you're sure to like this.
Community review by JujuZombie (May 26, 2012)
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