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Cult | News | Alias | 29 April 2004

Alias game review

Alias fanatic and wig-fancier Lee Binding gives his verdict.

Always fancied yourself in a wig? Dreamt of tossing a couple of soldiers off the side of a building? Then look no further than Alias: The Game - with the original cast lending their voices too!

Just like the TV show, the game is set around the adventures of gorgeous double-agent Sydney Bristow, high-kicking doyenne of the CIA, and her attempt to stop the evil Sloane carrying out his diabolical plans. The show was ripe for a games platform conversion, and you'll be delighted to know that Acclaim haven't skimped on any of the detail that some recent conversions have.

But worry not, unseasoned gamers. The game play is simple enough to enable first-timers to at least get a good way into Sydney's costume-changing antics, with the first level being more of a tester ground for Sydney's abilities (and slinky cocktail outfit).

The later levels do become more challenging, with more mind-boggling puzzles and baddies to beat up, but still manage to keep the intrigue enough so you come back for more.

The story for the game is by the show creator JJ Abrams, so you're guaranteed a good bag of plot twists which lengthen the game's lifespan considerably.

The story itself is as ludicrous as what you'd get on-screen. Moreso, actually, with Abrams seemingly using all the plot threads he wasn't allowed to put in the series by sane-minded producers. So we see mind-controlling lasers, Rambaldi diamonds and outrageous guest spots. Oh, and the end of the world, naturally.

Indeed, there are just so many things about the game that get your right-hand aching: surveillance, hacking, and Sydney's eye-opening fighting style. To ensure adrenalin levels stay high, the game regularly throws a curve ball at you. Such as leaving you strapped to loveable technology imp Marshall with thirty seconds to pick a lock, then disarm a nuclear bomb. There's still a wet patch on the Cult Team sofa after that particular end-of-level.

If you're a fan of stealthy puzzle games, you are going to be pleasantly surprised as Alias: The Game incorporates state-of-the-art techniques and graphics. If you're a fan of the show, you're going to be in seventh heaven.

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