Lost In Translation/Alien Storm

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Alien Storm
Alien Storm marquee.
No screen shot.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1990
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
(2x) YM3438 (@ 8.000 MHz)
RF5C68 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
8,192 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 18 ROMs
4,333,568 bytes (4.13 MiB)
MAME ID astorm · astorm3 · astormbl · astormj · astormu

About The Game

Alien Storm is a side-scrolling beat-em-up in which up to 3 players take on the role of one of 3 futuristic warriors. The game heroes are charged with destroying the hoards of repulsive aliens who are invading the Earth. Many of the aliens are disguised as a variety of everyday street objects; such as telephone booths, oil cans, trash cans and mailboxes. The aliens reveal their true forms as the warriors approach.

Each of the 3 heroes carries their own individual weapon; Gordon has his plasma gun, Karla has a flamethrower and Scooter has an electric whip. At the end of each level, the warriors will enter a building and the shoot-em-up action will switch to a first-person perspective.


Alien Storm was the second game in Sega's System 18 motherboard series.

Gilius, the dwarf from "Golden Axe", appears as a judge in the final voting. The player characters from "Golden Axe" appear in the TVs of the first-person shooting levels.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Hyper Drive : G.S.M. Sega 4 - PCCB-00035) on 21/07/1990.


FD1094 317-0146 :

  • Japanese version (up to 2 players).

FD1094 317-0147 :

  • US version (up to 3 players).
  • "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen added.
  • Different levels' graphics and design!
  • Energy recharge system added (see 'Tips and Tricks').

FD1094 317-0148 :

  • World version (up to 3 players).

Tips and tricks

US version only : to recharge energy, just insert coins and press START button anytime during the game. Each coin recharges 1/3 of the bar.


Designed By
Team Shinobi Ver.4

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Master System (1991)
Sega Mega Drive (1991)
Sega Mega Drive (199?, "MegaGames 3in1 Vol 3")
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991)
Commodore C64 (1991)
Amstrad CPC (1991)
Commodore Amiga (1991)
Atari ST (1991)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Hyper Drive -G.S.M. SEGA 4- PCCB-00035[1] 1990-07-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. 2 CD version.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.