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‘Alien: Blackout’ mobile game free in honor of Alien Day (April 26th); ‘Alien: Isolation’ 95% off

April 26th, 2020 marks the fifth annual Alien day, a celebration of the iconic sci-fi series from Twentieth Century Fox. As for why Alien Day being honored on 4/26 holds some significance to the franchise? The date refers to the designation of the moon in the first Alien film, LV-426. In observance of Alien Day, Alien: Blackout is now available for free on the mobile app store.

Update: Alien: Isolation, regarded by many as one of the best games ever attached to the Alien series name and in addition, one of the best survival horror games ever made, is now available on Steam for 95% off.

Alien: Blackout is a mobile game developed by “D3 Go!,” published by FoxNext and released on January 24th, 2019 on mobile platforms. The game’s narrative revolves around Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, who is stuck on Weyland-Yutani’s Mendel Station during an outbreak of the deadliest species in the galaxy — the extraterrestrial, endoparasitoid Xenomorph. While working on a maintenance access point, Mendel Station is docked by the USCSS Haldin, from which Amanda meets crewmembers Andrew Thorncroft, Miwa Saito, Dougal Studwick, and Naoko Yutani.

Ellen and crew must struggle to survive, trapped aboard Mendel Station while the Xenomorph relentlessly stalks them throughout. From the official Alien: Blackout description:

Outsmart the perfect hunter by making perilous choices. Players must rely on the damaged controls of the space station or risk sacrificing crew members to avoid deadly contact, permanently altering the outcome of the game.

Survive seven fear-inducing levels by remotely guiding Amanda Ripley’s crew through increasingly challenging tasks using only the station’s emergency systems. The uncertainty and unpredictability of both the alien and her crew can impose total defeat for Amanda and the entire station.

Alien: Blackout is a unique fear-inducing horror premium mobile game experience that will test the inner nerves of both Alien and horror fans alike, where life can end in an instant.

KEY FEATURES:

SURVIVE OR DIE – Using only the space station’s limited power supply to operate a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion tracker, attempt to remain hidden and protect your crew from the perfect hunter in seven fear-inducing levels.

A NEW CHAPTER IN THE ALIEN FRANCHISE – A new chapter in the Alien franchise following the saga of Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, between the films Alien and Aliens.

FIRST CLASS ALIEN MOBILE EXPERIENCE – An immersive and captivating Alien experience, perfectly designed for mobile gaming, bringing the Alien story to life.

ENCOUNTER FEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN – Every decision can lead to a different conclusion. Players can test different strategies and theories to outlast the Xenomorph in pursuit of victory!

Alien: Blackout‘s Senior Producer Josh Austin revealed the game’s core gameplay as being inspired by a scene from 2017’s Alien: Covenant. “You know that part with David closing all the doors to funnel the alien through? I thought: this would be an extremely fun mechanic,” Austin said.

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Update: Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is a 2014 survival horror video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. The game takes place 15 years after the events of the original Alien film and follows the exploits of engineer Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, as she investigates the disappearance of her mother. The game is meant to replicate the intense, claustrophobic, terrifying atmosphere of the first film rather than the action-oriented nature of the second film, Aliens.

You can download it for 95% off at the Steam Store.


Will you be checking out Alien: Blackout and Alien: Isolation now that they’ve been heavily discounted in honor of Alien Day?

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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