My first fake Gameboy Advance cartridge!
Believe it or not, Heiankyo Alien
used to be kind of a big deal in the video game world. Developed for
Japanese computers in 1979 by The University of Tokyo's Theoretical
Science Group, a year later it was released in arcades by Denki Onkyo
and ruthlessly ripped off by several other game makers (read more on the wikipedia page). You
play a police officer defending the city of Heian-kyo (peace and
tranquility capital, a former name for Kyoto) from an inexplicable alien
invasion by running along the streets digging holes and trapping the
monsters Dig-Dug style.
graphics, right? This simple concept was often cloned and imitated, but
you don't really see this type of gameplay anymore, do you? I don't
keep up on mobile games but there's a chance someone has revisited the
style. In any case, I don't have a great deal to say about Heiankyo
Alien but I like it and the world has gone too long without a sequel.
Here's Heiankyo Alien R (REBIRTH)!
wanted to keep it simple to reference the bizarre style of the Game Boy
port (by Meldac, most infamous for Zombie Nation) while making it look a
bit more up to date.
More Heiankyo Alien chat and pictures behind the link.
like how it turned out. If you can make out the texture in the red
background, that's an illustration I was originally going to use, but
decided on cleaner silhouettes. Japanese labels in general go easier on
all the logos and extra information than US labels, which is nice.
Here's a crappy looking comparison of the two versions:
a pointless story--I found the Game Boy port not long ago in a plastic
container at a Houston used game store, and they told me they couldn't
find it in their store database so they gave it to me for a dollar. I
was hoping I had hit the jackpot because I hadn't even known Heiankyo
Alien had been released in the West, but it only goes for a few bucks on
eBay anyway. OH WELL!