As I said previously, I’ve set up a virtual Amiga desktop on my PC using the excellent WinUAE emulator and I’ve managed to find a bit of time to play a few of my favourite games from the Amiga era. I’ve even bought an Xbox controller, which works like a charm with WinUAE and can even be configured to the CD32 controller button set-up.
I’ve been having ago at the original Alien Breed games and I had forgotten how fantastic the demoscene-style music was for these games (isn’t nostalgia great).
Alien Breed was a hugely popular two-player top down shooter from Team17, originally released in 1991. An expanded version was released in 1992 as Alien Breed 92 Special Edition. This was then followed up by the sequels Alien Breed II: The Horror Continues, released in 1993, and Alien Breed: Tower Assault, released in 1994. The games may have just been a tad inspired by the 1986 film Aliens.
The music for these games, which features on the titles/menu screen, was composed by Allister Brimble, who contributed music to more than 100 Amiga games.
The franchise was “rebooted” as a first-person shooter (FPS) in 1995 with Alien Breed 3D and Alien Breed 3D 2: The Killing Grounds in 1996, which were inspired by the success of Wolfenstein 3D (1992) and Doom (1993) on the IBM PC. Although these games were developed by Team17, they were published by Ocean and Allister Brimble did not contribute music.
Anyway, I’ve recorded the titles from the first four games, which all feature Brimble’s brilliant music, and uploaded to YouTube (the music is pretty much identical for the first two, but I’ve included them all for completion). Enjoy.