Throwback Thursday - Heiankyo Alien for Game Boy
Heiankyo Alien was one of the first games I ever played on Game Boy. This was well before I got my own Game Boy and I yearned for the device to play more of this addictive little game were you are trapped on a board similar to a Bomberman level with aliens and your only defense is to dig a hole and when they fall in quickly bury them before they escape. The premise is simple but hard to master and your scoring rewards your quickness. You can’t space your traps too much or you won’t be able to get over to fill in a trap fast enough. You also need to create a safe area where there is no way to get at you without dealing with one of your holes. The game was the pioneer for Trap ‘Em Up games and curiously was not designed by a game studio but a team of student programmers from the University of Tokyo. This game shares DNA with other popular games like the aforementioned Bomberman, Dig Dug 2, Space Panic (which is basically a knock off), and Lode Runner. This game probably means more to me than most, and for years I actually thought it was "Heianky Alien" as the “O” has an alien in it on the cover of the game and since I don’t speak Japanese both words were equally gibberish/valid to me. You may not often crave playing games in black and white, but if you do give this one a chance.
Editor's Note - I never actually played this until later in life, however when I was younger I did have a similar trap 'em up game for Game Boy - "Boomer's Adventure in ASMIK World" which is also excellent. -Chris