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Game #561
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  It Came from The Desert    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Adventure   Multi-genre adventure

Rating: 8.68 (225 votes)

It Came from The Desert box cover

It Came from The Desert screenshot
Undoubtedly inspired by dozens of 1950s 'B' movies, especially the 1954 mutant-ant classic "Them!", It Came From The Desert is one of Cinemaware's finest creations that will challenge both your brain and your brawn.

As the town's resident geologist, your goal is to discover the source of all the strange occurrences happening in Lizard Breath. Gameplay centers around choosing what you want to do by selecting an option on the multiple choice screens that pop up. There are several buildings in town, as well as farms, mines, an airport, and even a drive-in theatre. Since time ticks away quickly at one minute per second of real time, quick decision is key to success.

Once your investigation begins, you soon realize there are large, mutant ants roaming around the outskirts of town. These ants are dangerous, and you must fight them to survive with a handgun, an apparently infinite amount of grenades, and a bug spray used in airborne attacks. Knowledge of the movie "Them!" will help you kill the ants, but if you haven't seen the movie, don't despair – you get hints when talking to the townsfolk.

While options might seem limited at first, there are dozens (possibly hundreds) of variations in the storyline, depending on the choices you make. Not only that, there are many opportunities to find yourself in a fight, either with the ants, or with some of the not-so-friendly folk of Lizard Breath. You can wind up in a knife fight, or being chased across the desert by several hundred giant ants, or even playing chicken on the highway with the local greaser punks. With great graphics, a rocking soundtrack, and tons of atmosphere, this is a must play for all action/adventure fans. Recommended! And better yet, Cinemaware has released the game as freeware in 2001, so go support one of the most underrated developers today :)

A new game, titled It Came From the Desert - The Action Game looks to be in the works and will be released in the original format (a cartridge for Sega Mega Drive!) Link below.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Ken Melville
Developer: Cinemaware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1991
Software Copyright: Cinemaware
Theme: Mystery, Western
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: It Came From the Desert - The Extended Cut
If you like this game, try: Rocket Ranger, Three Stooges, The, Honeymooners, The

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