Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure

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Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure
Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure cover
Developers
Cryo Interactive
Publishers
Mindscape
Release dates
DOS May 25, 1995
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Horror, Sci-fi
Series Alien
Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure on IGDB
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Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure on Wikipedia
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Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure is a point and click adventure game loosely based on Aliens comic book series. It was developed by French studio Cryo Interactive and published Mindscape. In the game player takes on the role of Lt. Col. Henry Hericksen an ex-Colonial Marine aboard the USS Sheridan who is now the commander of a three-man terraforming team.

The game was released for MS-DOS and Windows 95 (still utilising DOS) on May 25, 1995 generally mixed reviews.

The game currently remains unavailable for purchase with only rare second hand copies of original game being available. It is however playable on modern operating systems by using DOSBox, although increasing the amount of reserved RAM is recommended to increase the time after which the game crashes.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DOS
This game is not available in digital distribution.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Depending on a language 2 patches are available:

  • 1.0.3 for English version of the game
  • 1.0.2 for French version of the game

They can be downloaded here (or Patches Scrolls).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS C:\ALIENS.CFG
C:\ALIENS1.CFG
Note that when using DOSBox these locations are moved to a root of disk mount point.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*AL95.SAV

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

No save game cloud syncing information; you can edit this page to add it.

Video[edit]

General settings
General settings

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game crashes after a while[edit]

  • This issue is likely caused by the game having a memory leak, as increasing the amount of available memory delays the crash. However, even with maximum memory size available for DOSBox, the game will eventually crash.
Increase amount of available RAM[1][2]
  1. Edit DOSBox configuration file.
  2. In section [dosbox] set memsize to 64.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA

Command-line parameters[edit]

Following command-line parameters have to be used with ALIENSP2.EXE available for patched version of the game.
Command line parameter Result
1 No timer
2 Go combat mode
3 No intro sequence
n ?
f ?
j ?

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 80486 DX2 66
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 KB
Video card (GPU) SVGA Vesa compatible
1 MB of VRAM

References

  1. DOSBox notes - last accessed on 2020-07-25
  2. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-07-25