Alien Havoc (PlayStation Minis) Review — Got Milk?

This review by Chris Becker originally appeared on back on October 2, 2009.

It’s not every day you hear about Aliens landing on earth. Even if you do it’s not like they would be abducting farm animals or be near any farms. Alien Havoc does a good job of making fun of the material it’s using while still making it fun to play. The goal is simple, grab cows and bring them back to the mother ship without getting caught by the farmers.

Playing through each round is a lot of fun when you first get started, but they can be more of a chore in the later rounds. The layouts of the levels seem to make it more of a trial and error process than needed. The Alien moves very slow and there aren’t enough things between the cow and the mother ship to help out most of the time. The main problem is that the maps come across as confusing with them being so small and walking off the edge of the map warps you over to the other side in the same way Pac-Man moves across the level.

The music seems like something would be playing on a radio at the actual farm. Mixing that with some other notes it fits in a very odd way. Picking up a cow will trigger a Moo and a farmer who notices you will give off a warning beep to let you know they are running after you.

There are three options from the main menus and that includes the credits. The second is Customize Alien that gives you a few different heads to pick from and a number of different colors. If you pick brown for both the head and the body and squint your eyes, you could almost make out E.T., minus the Reese’s Pieces. Cow Caper is the real meat of the game and it holds up fairly well. The goal is to get two cows back to the mother ship and do it in a timely fashion.

The game will keep track of your score, but it doesn’t matter how well you do since there is no leaderboard. Cats may have 9 lives, but Aliens only have three in this game. A life can be lost by getting hit by a tractor or a farmer picking you up and running off with you. Throwing around or even dropping off a cow too many times will result in them running free. You can still move onto the next level even without capturing a single cow. The cow bonus portion of your score will be zero, but the next round is yours.

Alien Havoc showed promise, but in the end just didn’t fit manage to make being an alien fun. Aliens are known for having special abilities and super futuristic weapons. Some of those would have helped out this game in a big way. A local leaderboard is something else that seems like it should have been in there, but since it wasn’t, it just makes the score at the end of each round seem rather pointless. The art style very well may be this games saving grace.

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