Alien (Atari 2600)

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Developer(s)Fox Video Games
Publisher(s)Fox Video Games
Designer(s)Doug Neubauer
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Mode(s)Single player

Alien is a 1982 maze video game for the Atari 2600 published by 20th Century Fox.[1] Based on the 1979 film, Alien is a maze game[2][3] written by Doug Neubauer, but credited in the packaging as "Dallas North." Neubauer is best known for 1979's Star Raiders. Alien for the Atari 2600 is first officially licensed game of the Alien film series.


The player controls a member of the human crew pursued by three aliens in the hallways of a ship. The goal is to destroy the alien eggs laid in the hallways (like the dots in Pac-Man). The player is armed with a flamethrower which can temporarily immobilize the aliens. Additionally, "pulsars" (like the power pills in Pac-Man) occasionally appear which turn the tables, allowing the human to overpower the aliens.


  1. ^ "Alien (Atari 2600) – Release Summary". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ Corriea, Alexa Ray; Riendeau, Danielle (2014-10-03). "From Atari to Isolation: A video and written history of Alien games". Polygon. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  3. ^ Buffa, Christopher (2014). "Alien Evolution – From Atari 2600 to PlayStation 4". Prima Games. Retrieved 2017-09-10.

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