Attack of the Earthlings – XBOX One Review
Attack of the Earthlings is taking the usual tactical alien game and spinning it on its head.
This time around you take control of the aliens and your planet is being invaded by exploring humans, the game takes the well-worn form of most other tactical strategy games that we likely have all had some form of experience with, there is a sizeable nod of the head in the direction of XCom although with the flip mentioned earlier.
The general story of the game is pretty entertaining with an interesting tale of the humans and a giant conglomerate called Galactoil invading an alien planet albeit in quite a comical and inept way.
The tutorial holds your hand through the initial level and does a pretty competent job of taking you through the basics.
You take control of a sole alien and as you kill humans you can eat the remains and then spawn other aliens to accompany you in your mission, the eating of human corpses works in another way too, as you attack the humans others can hear you and will come to investigate, if you eat the corpse and then hide (sometimes in what looks like a cardboard box!) the investigators will give up without much of a look around, even if there is a huge pool of blood and a drag mark!
The humans do pose a threat even though they are the equivalent of the keystone cops at times, the biggest threat you will find is when they outnumber you with weapons, a lot of the time you will work your way through the levels and pick them off person by person if you plan things well and use your spawn.
As you progress through the game you will develop new abilities and alternative aliens to spawn to the standard minion.
Graphically the game isn’t on the level of XCom or Mutant Year Zero but there is definitely a charm to the game, the animation of the aliens and the humans is good and the humans really portray their ineptness well, especially when they panic.
The style of the fonts in the game is not the clearest at times as they look slightly pixelated or a little too thin but this is a minor concern.
My only real quibble with the game is the transition of the control scheme from mouse controls for the initial PC release to controller for the Xbox, it works but it is not the most intuitive system, hopefully in the near future mouse control will be made available for the Xbox as that would increase my enjoyment of the game considerably.
Overall this is a competent and enjoyable tactical strategy game, the story is good even if the missions can become a little samey, the game isn’t going to live up to the much more polished games in the genre but given the price difference this is well worth the money.
With thanks to Wales Interactive for the review code
Developer: Team Junkfish
Publisher: Wales Interactive
Twitter: @teamjunkfish / @WalesInter