one for the little guy.
Hominid was developed specifically for the net by
The Behemoth several years ago and had enjoyed a relatively,
popular cult following since. Upgraded and updated
for its debut on the next-gen console, the game is
loaded with action, humor, horror and above all, personality.
it old school, Alien Hominid is of the classic side-scrolling
variety with tons of enemies, power-ups, difficult
bosses and limited lives. It's a really tough game
where losing your life
is a fact of life. Fortunately
you can continue from the last level as opposed to
having to play the game over again. The game is relatively
short, if you're really good, but having to replay
some of the levels over and over again is certain
to add plenty of replay value. There's also a two-player
co-op mode that shouldn't be overlooked as well as
a four-player mode complete with PDA (Personal Digital
Assistant) mini games.
control of an alien, the object of the game is to
get your UFO back from the FBI. This will require
fighting hundreds of FBI and KGB agents as well as
a contingent of monsters and robots. You have various
means at your disposal to accomplish your task. Power-ups
are available in the form of weapons and shields.
You can lob grenades at your enemies or unleash a
deadly screen-clearing ball of destruction.
can also jump on some heads and bite them off, or
you can pick them up and throw them at even more enemies.
Another tactic you can use is to dig a hole and hide
in it until the enemy passes over it and drag him,
her or it down. When you can't fight offensively you
have to preserve your life at all cost. One hit and
you lose a life. Occasionally you will find a shield
power-up but at other times when you're vulnerable
you will have to dodge projectiles. The shoulder button
allows you to perform a roll to the right of left.
The screens are very busy with all kinds of characters
and details making it difficult to keep track of everything
going on. It's also a little difficult to make out
some of the bullets and other deadly projectiles coming
at you as they can be hard to distinguish against
the colorful background.
developers have done a really good job of making this
game interesting. It's very challenging to say the
least but it becomes addicting. You'll be saying to
yourself, "I know I can do this. Just one more
break up what might otherwise be considered repetitive
gameplay there are vehicles available that you can
drive. From a standard car to giant earth-movers you
can plow through some areas of the levels leaving
all kinds of destruction in your wake. In a few levels
you will even get back control of your UFO, but it's
doubtful you'll be able to hang on to it for long.
through the game in co-op mode isn't much easier but
it's way more fun. Not to say that the single-player
mode wasn't fun to begin with but it's great to have
another person that you can yell at and blame when
things go bad, as they often do. More than 200 PDA
mini-games are available which can be enjoyed by up
to four players. These games make Pong look like Myst
but they pack a punch. They may be simple in design
and concept but they are as challenging as all hell.
unique look of the game may be a little too much for
some anime fans. It's busy, colorful and unlike anything
you've seen before. It's like a bizarre comic strip
come to life. Once you get used to it you'll find
yourself immersed in the charming and violent atmosphere.
There is some slowdown and sputtering of the framerate
but you'll get over it. The characters are well rendered.
Even though they appear somewhat distorted that's
the way they're supposed to look. There's not a lot
of voiceacting but the tunes are unique and help to
keep the game from feeling empty.
looking for a challenge is destined to meet his or
her match in Alien Hominid. The ability to start over
at the last level gives casual gamers a chance at
completing the game while increasing the replay value.
With the multi-player modes you'll find that you've
got a lot of game on your hands.