After much deliberation, I have decided to publicly release the digital conversion I made of the Aliens Boardgame, by Leading Edge Games. That company has been out of business now since circa 1993, and this digital conversion is being offered for free, and only to a limited audience (BRPG users).
I have tried to contact the game's designers, Barry Nakazono and David McKenzie, in order to get official permission for this release, but I have been unsuccessful. If anyone from the former Leading Edge Games or 20th Century Fox has a problem with this, please contact me and I will promptly remove the file from my servers. However, I doubt this will ever be an issue, since the game already exists in a solitaire-only Flash game
, and no one seems to mind. Furthermore, the entire game is available from BoardgameGeek.com
, such that you could create a "Print and Play" copy for yourself. Again, no one seems to mind.
Note that this is not a FULL conversion. Only one of the three Scenarios from the original game is included ("The Reactor Room"). Anyone interested in purchasing a physical copy of the boardgame after playing this should look for it on eBay, where it occasionally is offered for sale.
9 Colonial Marines with limited armament must fight their way through the alien-infested reactor room to the APC that will evacuate them to safety. Fans of the Aliens movie should find this game very enjoyable, and fans of the boardgame will be pleasantly surprised by how much the gameplay and atmosphere are enhanced by the software.
Estimated Playing Time:
45-90 minutes (use of VOIP is highly recommended)
Number of Players:
I love the Aliens Boardgame, and I hope more people can enjoy this long-out-of-print game by playing it using BRPG. Given the enhanced graphics of this version, and the addition of theme music and sound effects, coupled with some convenient "automation" provided by BRPG's features, I honestly believe there is no better way to play this game.
Aliens Boardgame for BRPG
The game rules are not included in either of these downloads. BRPG v1.6m or higher is required to play.
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Here are some screenshots of what the game looks like. Click on each image to view it at full size.
The following quotes are what some gamers on boardgamegeek.com had to say about this game (in reference to the original printed game, of course):
"An easy-to-learn game that really captures the atmosphere of the movie. The squad-based strategy changes depending on the current Marines alive and their positions. The Aliens come out of the walls and make for a tense game."
"The best licensed game ever, IMHO. I'm still playing it regularly MANY years later!"
"Love this game. The cooperative play makes it a rare gem, and the theme of the movie is fulfilled. For a fast, fun paced game where everybody plays as a team this is the bench-mark. Hard to believe nearly 20 years later that no other game mechanism for cooperative play without a GM comes close."
"Not only the ultimate movie-themed boardgame, but also the best easy-to-learn tactical combat-game ever bar none. The way this game elegantly simulates with it's well-written rules-set the heart-wrenching dillemas the marines have to face being surrounded by an overpowering deadly enemy...sheer brilliance. No other horror game creates such a claustrophobic, intense mood."
"My favorite coop game of all time with a really great theme and feel for the movie."
"Undeniably one of most action packed, tense, and fun board games ever made. It will make all the difference if played correctly with those that can immerse themselves into the theme."