by Ed Gray
Alien Scumbags is an arcade-style 8-bit game created by Monster Finger Games, a two-man team, two good friends who decided to make games and release them. They originally started on GameJolt, but are bringing their games over to Steam.
Alien Scumbags was giving to me to review as it is very Doom-esque and I am an avid Doom fan.
In Alien Scumbags, you are protagonists from different games and you have to trail through darkness finding your way through the darkness, killing whatever comes in your way? On your way around, make sure you collect new characters, special items and bonuses. Your goal is to find out what has happened to the crew by collecting audiotapes and listening to them.
Alien Scumbags has a great 8-bit style to it, the graphics are simplistic and basic, sticking to the 8-bit style of the game.
Controls are basic sprint, move, jump and shoot. So very easy to remember (I have been confused by controls a lot before so this was great for me)
The sounds again are very arcade, retro style, simple and what you would expect from this style of game.
When I reached my first bonus level, it was just death and destruction, shoot and run for your life! Although you do have a limited sprint, so ration it very carefully. You can kill enemies through objects that are randomly dotted around the corridors, but some enemies are quite difficult to kill. There are a good range of enemies within Alien Scumbags with various difficulties in each level, so if you think the first few levels are a breeze, you could be caught unaware!
The game has potential, it isn’t a game that you see a lot, it has a market of its own. I am playing this in a pre-released state so there will be more features added on to the game in the future that I could possibly do another review on at full release. I enjoyed the game, after the initial feeling of confusion, But I am easily confused. If you are a fan of horror games, then this could be for you.