Alcatraz (video game)
|Developer(s)||221B Software Productions|
|Genre(s)||Shoot 'em up, stealth game|
Alcatraz is an action video game created by 221B Software Developments and published by Infogrames. It was released on the PC DOS, Atari ST and Amiga in 1992, as a spiritual sequel to Infogrames' 1988 game Hostages.
Two U.S. Navy SEALs operatives land on Alcatraz Island, former site of the famous prison, to bring down Miguel Tardiez, a notorious drugs trafficker and warlord who is now based there. Alcatraz has been taken over by him and turned it into his base of operations for his drugs cartel, gun running and money laundering operations. The two operatives, Bird and Fist, must make their way from one end of the island to the other, destroying drug caches, before finally apprehending or eliminating Tardiez, then making their escape via the awaiting helicopter, all within 2 hours upon reaching their intrusion point.
The game takes place over a number of levels, which changes its perspective to adjust to the corresponding mission, i.e.: inside buildings to find drugs, money and weapon caches, the viewpoint adjusts to first person mode, whilst many levels adopt the familiar side-scrolling perspective in which the commandos may hide in shadows from the enemies. This also allows the player to change his weapons, which you pick up from the enemies you dispatch.
According to a review in Amiga Action, "many people will find the gameplay outdated and will soon become bored with it", whereas Amiga Computing was more positive, commenting: "as a whole, Alcatraz is an improvement on Hostages" and adding that "the scrolly shooty bits are absolutely brilliant" and the game's 3D sections "are not as good, but still fun".
- Amiga Action 31 (April 1992)
- Amiga Computing 48 (May 1992)
- Alcatraz (2010) for PC - GameSpot