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Alien: Colonial Marines is getting positively face-hugged in the reviews, and Alien Vs Predator: Evolution appears to be weeks or months away. So why not dig into gaming's past for a bit of unofficial space marine action? 1991 Amiga shooter Alien Breed has been re-released on Android in all its top-down, pixelated glory, for the not low at all price of $4.99.

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Alien Breed is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to James Cameron's Aliens. You move through each level exterminating aliens like seven-foot cockroaches, collecting money and ammunition. You then descend to the next level down, upgrading or buying new weapons, et cetera. Occasionally you'll face off against a screen-filling boss - screaming "get away from her you b---h" is entirely optional at this point.

The game includes 18 levels, plus four new ones created especially for the Android release. Graphics and controls come in both old school and upgraded varieties, and for better or worse, there's also Gree's leaderboard system. Those of you with the Gametel Bluetooth controller will be happy for native support. If you're looking for classic shooting of the side-scrolling variety, be sure to check out the Metal Slug series.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Thomas’

    Back from the days when team17 did more stuff than their Worms franchise.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      ...alien breed is their new stuff...

      • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

        Nope! Learn to check Wikipedia before you post, at least. The original Amiga game - which this is pretty much a port of, with a little bit of polish and some extra content - is nearly 22 years old. Plus Worms didn't come out until 1995, so either way you look at it, this came first.

        (Kids these days, what do they teach them in school, grumble grumble get off my lawn grumble grumble)

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          i was talking about their PC games

  • Adal

    nice J2ME design for 2013 smartphones...

    • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

      You do know this is a port of a 22-year old game, right? Sure, the UI's not great, but what exactly were you expecting?

  • primalxconvoy

    It's also out, with extra features, on ps3 for about ten dollars. Wake me up when it's at a more reasonable price for either platform. I hear the emulated version isn't that bad, and it's free.