Indie Games – Alien Hominid

Originally released as a flash game in 2002, Alien Hominid is an indie side-scrolling shooter developed by The Behemoth. Eventually, Alien Hominid became so popular that it received multiple console versions, including a PlayStation 2, GameCube, GameBoy Advance and a more recent Xbox Live Arcade version that was released in high-definition.

The story is quite simple. You assume the role of a little alien who has crash landed on Earth and must fight waves of FBI agents trying to capture him. The controls are also extremely simple, but that doesn’t make the game a cakewalk or anything like that. On the contrary and as in most flash games (such as Meat Boy or Intrusion,) Alien Hominid has an unforgiving difficulty that will have you pounding on your keyboard on numerous occasions.

The worst part is definitely the one-hit kills (inspired by the Metal Slug series I presume,) but since there are a slew of power-ups, being able to effectively use the limited ammo is an important part of the strategy. Nevertheless, the high difficulty is definitely one of the main draws of the game, as well as the tongue-in-cheek humor and the charming cartoony visuals that permeate the whole experience.

Those who are willing to give Alien Hominid a chance can play it for free on Newgrounds. Just make sure that you’re using your least favorite keyboard when you do so…