Alpha Mission

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Alpha Mission
Alpha Mission arcade flyer.png
Arcade flyer
Genre(s) Vertical Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright
CPU (2x) Z80 (@ 4 MHz)
Sound YM3526 (@ 4 MHz)
Display Vertical orientation, resolution: 216 x 288, 1024colors

Alpha Mission (ASO: Armored Scrum Object in Japan) is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game created by SNK in 1985. It was later ported to the Famicom in 1986 and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987.


Alpha Mission is a one-player scrolling shooter game in its segregation of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. Missiles are used to destroy ground enemies, while laser-like weapons are used for aerial opponents. Throughout each of the levels, the player must fight off waves of enemies that threaten several space stations and a boss must be defeated at the end of each. Like most early games in this genre, when the player dies, all weapons are lost and the player is moved to a point slightly before the point of death. The player's craft can also be upgraded to have more powerful weapons by picking up various power-ups throughout the level.

With a pair of LS-30 rotary joysticks, Ikari Warriors can be played on the same hardware.

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