Alien 3: The Gun

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Alien 3: The Gun
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Arcade
Release 1993
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Sega System 32
CPU V60, Z80
Display Horizontal, raster, 416 x 224 pixels, 16384 colors

Alien 3: The Gun is a rail shooter arcade game released by Sega in 1993. It is based on the film Alien 3, but focuses on two space Marines.


Alien 3: The Gun is a rail shooter in which the player uses a large light gun, modeled after machine guns featured in the Alien films, to kill various Alien creatures such as facehuggers and soldiers, unlike the film, which featured only three Aliens (including a face hugger, an alien runner and a queen chestburster). The player controls a space Marine who is tasked with reaching the prison colony featured in the film, in order to rescue prisoners who are under attack by the Aliens. The game is played across seven levels, and features various boss enemies, including a giant facehugger. Power-ups, such as a flamethrower, are available to the player throughout the game.[1][2]


One or two players can take the role of a pair of United States Colonial Marines in an altered version of the film's storyline. The action begins with an escape from the spaceship Sulaco before proceeding to the surface of Fiorina 'Fury' 161, where players must take down hordes of Aliens as well as an army of Weyland-Yutani Corporation troops sent to retrieve specimens by any means necessary. Levels are based on sets from the film and take players through the Mess Hall, Infirmary, Lead Works and more. The game ends when the players defeat the unidentified man, only to be met with more troops.


The game was well received by video game critics. Retrospectively, Stephen Kleckner of GamesBeat wrote positively about Alien 3: The Gun, including it in his "must-play" list of Alien titles and opining it is better than 2006's light gun game Aliens: Extermination.[3] According to Retro Gamer, the "terryfying and glorious" Alien 3 "went leagues beyond the other shoot-'em ups, such as Lethal Enforcers."[4] Jon Thompson of All Game Guide gave it four stars out of five, calling it an "exciting" shooter "that does the movies proud, creating a horror-filled, action-packed atmosphere that should impress both die-hard and casual fans."[1]


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Jon (2014-11-14). "Alien 3: The Gun - Review - allgame". Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Alien 3: The Gun – Overview". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Games of the Alien series, Part 2: The 'must play' edition | GamesBeat | Games | by Stephen Kleckner". 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  4. ^ Retro Gamer issue 76 page 24.

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