Alpha (video game)

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Developer(s) Square
Publisher(s) Square
Writer(s) Hiromichi Tanaka
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Platform(s) NEC PC-8801
Release date(s)
  • JP July 8, 1986
Genre(s) Interactive fiction
Mode(s) Single-player

Alpha (アルファ?) is an interactive fiction and eroge[1] game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix). It was released for the NEC PC-8801 system in 1986.


The storyline of Alpha progresses as the player inputs short commands carried out by the game’s heroine. Similarly to another interactive fiction game by Square, The Death Trap, but contrary to most games in the genre, the situations confronted by the main character are presented in still pictures.

The text is displayed within a white-bordered blue background, also present in message windows of the early Final Fantasy installments.


Alpha's music is one of the earliest video game scores of Nobuo Uematsu. A promotional soundtrack was released on flexi disc on August 7, 1986. It contains the tracks "Prologue ~Theme from Alpha~" and "CHRIS".[2]


  1. ^ DeWoody, Lucas (August 12, 2005). "Love, War and Fantasy - The Life of Square". Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ Dave. "Alpha". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 

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