I know that there was a lot of freaking out when we heard that the new Alien game was going to be a mobile game. However, this is a mobile game that is made for people who want to play an actual game on their phones and not just match three things together or guess a word. So try and come into Alien: Blackout with an open mind!
How to Download Alien: Blackout
You can download the game from Google Play or App Store. To begin your science-fiction horror adventure, click on the Download button below the review.
The Game Review
Any Alien game that came after the epic Alien: Isolation was always going to have a hard act to follow. Alien: Blackout is set in that same universe and once again it is set between the first two Alien movies. It is the crew from the mission with Amanda Ripley that you will be dealing with in the game so that is a good thing.
You are on an isolated space station, a space station that has limited power and a Xenomorph causing chaos on board. You need to help the crew members survive and you do this by using the security systems onboard the space station. Closing doors, using the cameras and so on are what you will need to do to trap the Xenomorph and help people get to safety.
The station having limited power means that you cannot just mess around with the camera, the map, the motion trackers and the doors as much as you like. This is where the tension comes into play. As you have limited power, you have to think about what you are doing or a crew member is going to die.
In many ways, Alien: Blackout reminds me of games like Five Nights At Freddy’s and the very underrated Outlast games. It has that same sense of fear that Outlast has and the whole run or die thing that is going on is also similar. Using the cameras and having limited control over certain things as well as the jump scares are all very similar to the Five Nights At Freddy series.
From what I have played so far I would say that Alien: Blackout is not the longest game in the world, but to be fair I am not sure this kind of gameplay would stand up for 20 plus hours. One thing I will give them a big high five for is the lack of microtransactions. You pay your five bucks and that is all you have to pay.
It is so nice and refreshing to be able to buy a mobile game and get all that the game has to offer in that initial purchase. There is no hand coming out of your phone asking for a buck here or a buck there. You pay the price of admission and that is all you are asked to pay. If only more games took this approach!
In all, if you are a fan of the Alien series, you will have a lot of fun with this. It is actually very scary and the Xenomorph is very well detailed and when it gets up close to the camera it is awesome. Fans of horror games are going to get a kick out of all the jump scares. I really do think that this is a good value and well worth checking out.
- The Xenomorph looks fantastic
- The tension is very high
- There are tons of jump scares
- The overall presentation is great
- No microtransactions at all!
- Not the longest game
- Could have done with more story