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Mad Alien

Mad Alien (c) 1980 Data East.

Mad Alien is kind of a combination of a shooter and a driving game. You drive a car equipped with a gun on a road. The landscape around you shows different settings (cities, country side, tunnels) and scrolls by from the top to the bottom of the screen. Your enemies (mad aliens) drive in front of you in a "Galaxian"-like formation and you have to shoot them. Watch out for mad aliens leaving the group and turning back to attack your car.


Main CPU : M6502 (@ 750 Khz)

Sound CPU : M6502 (@ 500 Khz)

Sound Chips : AY8910 (@ 500 Khz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 256 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 64

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 1


The Mad Alien machine had kind of a mini cabinet, which was rather uncommon for an arcade game. After the release of the dedicated Mad Alien machine, DECO made also a version of Mad Alien for their Cassette System.