Theseus – Return of the Hero

Shoot aliens in this free game built with the Alien Shooter engine.

Release Date

December 2005.

Pros

Lots and lots of aliens and sometimes they come in hordes.

It is free! Get it from Sigma Team.

The graphics are very nice in 3D isometric view. Every thing is quite detailed from shell casings coming off the guns to bits of aliens flying everywhere. This also means there is blood, lots and lots of blood every where.

There are fixed turrets which does massive damage. Very useful to stem the tidal wave of aliens.

Cons

The game is very short with the campaign mode having only 10 missions. But I guess that is expected for what looks like an extended demo for Alien Shooter.

There are only six weapons and a handful of upgrades.

Although the game looks nice, sometimes it looks like you can fit through an area, but when you try you get stuck. Kind of like a mini invisible wall problem. Not good when you are trying to escape a large horde of aliens.

The game is very repetitive. All you do is shoot aliens. Of course if you like this kind of gameplay, then this repetitiveness could be considered a pro.

Other Points

Theseus is very similar to RIP 3 The Last Hero in that as you progress you can upgrade your character. Unlike RIP 3 though, you can get money and buy upgrades. There is no experience and levels in Theseus.

There is the choice of green blood or red blood.

There are two game modes: Campaign and survival.

The campaign mode autosaves as you complete each mission. You cannot save while in the middle of a mission.

Biases

Reviewed version 1.0.

I really liked RIP 3 The Last Hero.

I also liked Larva Mortus.

From simple shooters of the vertical scrolling variety, I really liked Tyrian 2000, Xenon 2: Megablast and Raptor: Call of the Shadows.

I have completed the campaign.

I have not played any games from the Alien Shooter or Zombie Shooter series.

DRM

Theseus – Return of the Hero is DRM free.

Minimum Requirements (From official game site)

  • Pentium II 400 MHz processor
  • Direct3D compatible 3D graphics card with 16 MB
  • 64 MB RAM
  • DirectSound compatible sound card
  • Mouse compatible device

Computer Played On

  • Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz
  • 2Gb RAM
  • ATI Radeon X1600 256Mb RAM (laptop version)
  • Logitech G35 headset and/or Realtek HD Audio(no idea what model) with Altec Lansing ACS41 speakers or Logitech ClearChat Premium PC Headset.
  • Win XP Pro
  • Graphics settings are set to whatever I feel comfortable with playing on this PC. They are usually not set to the highest settings. All screenshots are taken with my settings.

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