Get ready to dominate Alien Breed with our beginner's guide.
We were very excited to get our hands on Team17's modernized take on its classic 1991 Amiga game Alien Breed. The verdict? It's brilliant, and we awarded the game a 4.5 out of 5 Stars in our review earlier today.
Before heading into the danger-zone, check out our beginner's guide to getting on top of the alien threat.
Resist the urge to go to old-school with Alien Breed. While we think Team17 has done a fantastic job of introducing twin-stick controls to the game, the original set-up is for masochists only. You are going to need to be able to fire and move at the same time, so if you're really struggling, do make sure you're on the new and (we think) improved set-up.
Patience is a virtue
Any time you're given the task of destroying a reactor, you must make sure that you've collected all of the keys across a map before taking the reactor out. Destroying it will start off a timer that will destroy the facility.
If you haven't reached the exit by that point, you can expect to have to start the mission all over again.
Get a heads-up
Whenever you start a mission, get a feel for the immediate surroundings from your spawn-point. Check out where each of the corridors begin, and work your way systematically through them. If you think you're about to head very deep into the level, back-track and make sure you've hoovered up all of the currency, keys and ammo from smaller areas.
An accident black-spot
If you spot a black hole on the floor, be very wary. Aliens will continue to spawn from them as long as you're in the vicinity, so get in that room, grab everything you need, then get out of there as quickly as you can.
It's not immediately obvious how to choose between the enhanced and classic editions, so we'll save you the trouble of fiddling around. From the main screen, swipe your finger along the icons until you reach the floppy disk icon. The game's automatically set up to play in enhanced mode, but you can head back to the glorious, original Amiga graphics by tapping on this button.
What's the difference?
The main difference between each of the two modes is that the classic, original version features a single stick for both shooting and firing (tricky), while the enhanced edition takes advantage of double virtual sticks. For the touchscreen, we feel the twin-sticks are a no-brainer. We recommend keeping the 'Fixed Sticks' option set to 'on', otherwise we found our thumbs slipping off the screen.
If you want to add a bit more challenge to the game, you can turn off the objective waypoints in the main settings menu.
Floored by doors
It's not all doom and gloom if you find yourself just inches away from the exit, but lacking a key to open the final door. It'll burn through your ammo mercilessly, but if you've got enough rounds left then you can always shoot your way through.
If you need to keep a threat outside, destroying the nearby wall controls will cause a fire door to shut. Note that this is permanent, and the door can't be reopened so think carefully before sealing yourself in.
Other doors will be triggered by completing specific events within a mission, so if you're finding the way ahead completely block, back-track and make sure you've dealt with every encounter in the rest of the level.
You really shouldn't find yourself feeling forced to head to the upgrade store to get out of trouble, but if you are tempted, here's what you can expect to find:
Put simply, this handy little device allows you to have a full overview of your current space-station layout.
First Aid Kit
You can only carry a certain number of these, but they'll top up your health if you find yourself in a tight spot.
Ammo & Keys
Available in discount for bulk purchases, we recommend saving up as much change as you can before packing emergency ammo supplies or keys, so you get the most bang for your buck.
There are a wide variety of weapons to be had in the game, split into five different categories: lazer, triple-barrel, flamethrower, pump action, rapid fire. Their categorization is self-explanatory, and there are various flavors of each to suit your wallet.