Game Classification

Alpha Prime Black Element Software, Meridian4, 2008  

Informations Analyses Serious Gaming





This title is used by the following domains:
  • Entertainment


This title targets the following audience:
Age : 12 to 16 years old / 17 to 25 years old
General Public


The gameplay of this title is Game-based
(designed with stated goals)

The core of gameplay is defined by the rules below:

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Alpha Prime Alpha Prime is a rather unusual asteroid which holds in its rocks the veins of a material called hubbardium. This "liquid metal" is the main component in the fuel of interstellar ships so the State Business Federation quickly steps in and takes control of it. But hubbardium has a also a bad side-effect. It has slowly intoxicated the minds of the workers. Even the many of the computers got infected because they operate with positron brains. So the corporation decided to seal the place and leave.

But the call of hubbardium was too strong so illegal visitors began to infiltrate the complex realising that some of them were somewhat naturally immune against the effects of hubbardium. So they began once again to mine and instead of making fuel, they sold the material as a drug. All went well for them until one day they discovered a vein of hubbardium that was so big that the radiation affected even the strongest minded of the miners so all hell broke loose.

One of the persons on Alpha Prime was Warren, the current boyfriend of Livia and a former friend of Arnold. Arnold himself is an old prospector, who is also resistant against the effects of the material so Warren sends out a distress call. So Arnold and Livia make they way to Alpha Prime to rescue Warren and the others.

You slip into the boots of Arnold and make your way deep into Alpha Prime in typical ego-shooter-fashion not only to rescue Warren but also to uncover what lurks behind the scene. On your way through the corridors of the base and the surface of Alpha Prime, you'll encounter heavy resistance from Special Forces soldiers send by the corporation, robots controlled by infected positron brains and deranged miners.

But Arnold isn't defenseless. During the course of the game he'll find several weapons beginning from a simple axe over a shotgun to really heavy stuff like a rocket launcher or flame thrower. If he finds pure hubbardium, he can inject himself with it and slow down time for a few seconds to gain an advantage over his clever enemies. They aren't stupid and will use cover or retreat if they notice a huge disadvantage only to regroup around the next corner and start a new offensive on Arnold.

You also have access to a hacking tool he can use to open doors or manipulate security systems and in a few sections you'll encounter a friendly person who will help you a little. Like in DOOM³ you need oxygen when you walk on the surface of the planet but instead of air bottles, you'll find oxygen-stations at which you can replenish your supply. [source:mobygames]

Distribution : Retail - Commercial
Platform(s) : PC (Windows)