Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
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  1. Jan 30, 2019
    95
    Alien: Blackout is a cleverly crafted piece of work that shapes itself around the limitations of its mobile canvas, and then it takes ownership of its boundaries with uncanny confidence. As a total package, it is miles ahead of anything a straight Alien: Isolation mobile port would’ve been, and it is a strong enough concept to stand on its own as a separate game series.
  2. Jan 24, 2019
    90
    It’s crazy to think that a mobile game in 2019 would live up to a PC/Console game’s legacy, but I really believe that Alien: Blackout does. It may not have been the sequel I wanted, but that didn’t stop me from it being a sequel I enjoyed.
  3. Feb 20, 2019
    80
    A solid production, tailor-made for touch devices and made with care.
  4. Jan 24, 2019
    75
    A survival game resuming the spirit of the Alien film series, with tension and oppression, despite a scenario a little too scripted and few twists. Seven chapters to go, alternative ends, and survival to succeed against a hungry Alien.
  5. Feb 7, 2019
    70
    Alien: Blackout has some good ideas, but a shallow and repetitive gameplay is a limit that can't be ignored. For fans only.
  6. Feb 3, 2019
    70
    Blackout works great… sometimes. It’s a good experience for Alien fans, but it’s also quite short and its novelty wears off quite quickly.
  7. Jan 24, 2019
    70
    Alien: Blackout looks great, but doesn’t quite capture the feeling of being stalked by a Xenomorph.
  8. Jan 24, 2019
    70
    Alien: Blackout is far from perfect and is certainly not the Alien: Isolation sequel fans wanted, but it's still a fun entry into the franchise that should keep players entertained until the multiplayer Alien shooter arrives from Fox Next's Cold Iron Studios.
  9. Jan 30, 2019
    63
    Alien: Blackout successfully follows the Five Nights at Freddy’s formula with an authentic Alien style, complete with surprisingly well-done voice acting and xenomorph animations when things go wrong. However, once you’ve learned the ropes and figured out how to exploit the alien’s AI it becomes much less interesting, and there’s no reason to revisit it.
  10. Feb 25, 2019
    60
    It’s a shallow and repetitive game, but at least it’s fair and understands what makes Alien Alien. Fans of the series and other horror aficionados will, in the end, leave more or less satisfied.
  11. Jan 27, 2019
    60
    Shallow and repetitive it might be, but this new mobile game can prove surprisingly tense and recreates the atmosphere of the first film very well.
  12. Feb 8, 2019
    45
    If Alien: Blackout is truly faithful to the movies, at least in its concept, it is sadly crippled with many issues. Poor story-telling, lake of ambition and under-exploited ideas are only topped by an absurd difficulty.
  13. Mar 29, 2019
    40
    A tired, lackluster, and watered-down riff on the Alien series that finds players swapping from camera to camera guiding crew members through a xenomorph-ravaged space station.
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  1. Jan 24, 2019
    Alien: Blackout’s compelling premise never evolves past the basic ideas of the first mission, nor does it inspire the same sense of dread I felt with Alien: Isolation. Those unexpected, startling vent attacks might stick with me, but Blackout doesn’t offer much more.
User Score
3.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 11 out of 19
  1. Jan 27, 2019
    0
    I really wish this trend for **** mobile adaptation of good games will fade out
  2. Jan 28, 2019
    1
    If it was free I'd say it's an alright FNAF style game that falls short on being scary and a lot of annoy/dumb AI. Honestly it's not worthIf it was free I'd say it's an alright FNAF style game that falls short on being scary and a lot of annoy/dumb AI. Honestly it's not worth your time or money. Shame on fox give this game to a team that makes crappy puzzle games. Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2019
    6
    FoxNext and D3 Go have presented Alien fans a new game for mobile devices entitled Alien: Blackout. When it was first announced; many fansFoxNext and D3 Go have presented Alien fans a new game for mobile devices entitled Alien: Blackout. When it was first announced; many fans thought it was the Alien Shooter that had been announced earlier in 2018 but that is to come at a later date according to FoxNext.
    The game has players play as Amanda Ripley; Daughter of the main character of the “Alien” film series and star of the Alien: Isolation game. Although it is described as not being a sequel to Alien: Isolation, Amanda does briefly mention events from the game as her prior experience with the title creature.

    Hidden in an Air Vent; Amanda must direct members of a docked shuttle through seven levels as they attempt to locate items and accomplish tasks needed to escape.

    There is of course an Alien on the loose and using Motion Trackers, video cameras, and luck, players have to protect Amanda and the shuttle crew as the movie around the map.

    The Alien can come after Amanda who can protect herself by closing a vent. The issue is in doing so she cannot look at the map and cameras, and as such The Alien can vanish anywhere including one of the other tunnels that lead to her. Having to watch two or three tunnels as well as a map can be difficult as players have to rely on sound and luck to assume when the Alien is creeping down a tunnel towards them.

    Players also have to make hard choices like allowing the Alien to attack and kill a character so another one can move along toward a goal. Being able to open and close doors also allows Amanda to help fence in the creature but it does not always appear on the cameras and as such players have to guess where it is. Amanda can tell characters to hide or hurry up, but there is also the matter of a ticking clock which requires objectives to be completed before a timer runs out.

    The game does offer some fun and challenge but is short as with only seven levels, you can complete the game in under an hour once you get the basics down. The game allows players to pick up from the chapter they last completed and does offer some fun cut scenes to enjoy.

    The biggest issue is while affordable at $4.99 fans may want more out of the game as aside from the short play time; this style of game may not be the best use of the Alien franchise. It would make a great segment of a larger game but after guiding Amanda through Alien: Isolation; having her hide in vents and direct others seems to be a step down.

    While Alien: Blackout is not the game that fans had hoped for; it does offer some decent entertainment and hopefully will tide players over until the next game in the series is released.
    3 stars out of 5
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