"Terras of the Galactic Human Federation has been charged with endangering the lives of an entire planet through reckless actions on a very dangerous mission.
She has been sentenced to hunt the Xeno-Raiders, the GHF’s biggest threat, and their genetically-engineered new threat to humanity: the Plasmorphs.”
Alien Hunter marks the start of our Hi-Score Club Bootleg Series, where we’re teaming up with our favourite illustrators to produce real merchandise for totally made up games.
Alien Hunter pays tribute to the wave of games developed in the wake of the success of Ridley Scott’s Alien, most notably Metroid.Screen-printed on premium quality 100% ring-spun cotton, the pictures above just don’t do justice to the eye-melting hot pink and turquoise inks we selected with Jack. These are awesome!
To celebrate this release, we’re currently offering the shirts at the special price of £17.99. Grab one here! We ship internationally.
We’ve been thinking a lot about game over screens lately. This one from Monster Party on the NES (Bandai, 1989) stands out for a number of reasons, not least because it somehow escaped Nintendo USA’s infamous blood policy.
A variant of the game over screen also appears when the player progresses to a new level. This version omits the goofy skulls and carved pumpkin and is actually pretty unsettling. Just look at it!
Those of you who are familiar with the game’s history will know that this stray viscera is extra weird seeing as screenshots from a never-materialised Japanese version out there show that Bandai went to some effort to edit a fair bit of gore/ unsettling imagery/ copyright infringement out of the game. The version released to the impressionable minds of the West is undoubtedly more odd by virtue of the strange half-measures they took, like modifying the egregious Little Shop of Horrors rip-off boss to appear more like a threatening looking aubergine - only to then appear to go to great lengths to wholesale lift Lyle Conway and Frank Oz’ 1986 design of Audrey II for the box art.
Nevertheless, even today, this is a game full of novel surprises, such as boss rooms where you find your opponent has already met their demise. We definitely recommend checking it out of you have the occasion!