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Niche Spotlight – Something Ate My Alien

Something Ate My Alien

Today’s Spotlight is Something Ate My Alien, a 2D action-platformer by Rokabium Games.

You control an AI named Antalasia that is installed on an alien mining vessel, when your ship is hijacked by a pirate. Now, you and your miner crew have to venture from planet to planet, gathering valuable items to pay the pirate’s ransom.

Something Ate My Alien is a combination of different genres as you dig through subterranean worlds mining for resources, fight exotic alien wildlife to find loot and upgrades, and solve environmental puzzles. You can find a trailer below.

Something Ate My Alien is available on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac via Steam for $16.99. The game is also participating in the Steam Game Festival, meaning that you can find a free demo on its Steam page until June 22nd.

You can find a rundown of the game (via Steam) below:


Something Ate My Alien is a 2D, digging and puzzle platformer game where you take the role of the AI Antalasia, and control your little Alien blobs to explore the planets you visit! Your task is to dig through the ground of the different worlds and find all the items required by the pirate that is hijacking you. During the adventure on each planet you have to battle environmental dangers, fight off wildlife, solve secret puzzle chambers, and all this while surviving on a depleting oxygen supply and a threat far scarier than the local wildlife.

Key Features

  • Dig through the depths of 4 different planets and collect as much loot as possible.
  • Solve puzzle chambers by pushing and pulling blocks to reveal secret treasures.
  • Survive by finding oxygen recharge stations and dodging environmental obstacles.
  • Fight the hostile flora and fauna with your choice of 6 specialized weapons.
  • Upgrade and build your equipment by collecting items and energy.
  • Find hidden relics and collect achievements.
  • Engage in bigger battles with the scary huge threats guarding the hidden secrets.

DIG
Guide the Aliens to find all the resources the pirate demands, and any additional items you find you can use to build upgrades. Some planets are rich in gems, others in specific minerals, fossils, artefacts or gases. Collect as much as you can!

SOLVE PUZZLES
Each planet has an array of puzzle chambers that once solved reveals hidden treasures. Pull and push the blocks into the correct positions to get the tokens containing parts of the code you need to unlock new places and move your adventure forward.

SURVIVE
Your Aliens need to survive in the perilous environments while digging and exploring. Find oxygen recharge stations and beware of pools of corrosive, super heated or poisonous substances, falling rocks, slippery ice, toxic gases and open flames.

FIGHT
There are 6 unique weapons all with different mechanics to defend yourself against the abundant flora and fauna. Look out for charging animals, flying creatures, armoured beasts and be careful walking underneath hanging fungi.

UPGRADE
Use the items the pirate doesn’t want to build new upgrades for the Aliens. What should you pick? Faster mining? Better guns? Bigger oxygen tanks? Longer lasting jet packs? Or perhaps something else to aid your Aliens while exploring the caves?

THE BIGGER THREAT
The same alien race that left behind a maze of locked teleporters and the hidden codes to unlock them also left behind something very dangerous to guard it all, a fail safe. This looming threat is continuous and the more chests you unlock, the more unsettling the threat becomes…


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Frank Streva

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