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We've seen plenty of amazing games based on the Alien film franchise over the years, but one that sticks in the memory more than most is Konami's superb 1990 arcade title, based on the 1986 movie Aliens.

Directed by Satoru Okamoto, Aliens follows the action-focused themes of James Cameron's film, giving players access to machine guns, flamethrowers and missile launchers as they aim to take down as many xenomorphs as possible. At certain points, the game takes inspiration from Konami stablemate Contra by switching to a third-person perspective.

Hailed as a classic at the time of release, it would have been Konami's best-selling coin-op for 1990 had it also been released in the same year as the insanely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, Aliens was never ported to any home system, which has led to its fame diminishing somewhat as time has gone by.

Thankfully, it has a new chance to shine due to the efforts of FPGA developer Jotego. He has just released a new core for the MiSTer and Analogue Pocket, which allows you to play the game on those two platforms.

The catch? These cores are currently exclusive to Jotego's Patreon and aren't 'public' yet – so if you want to play it, you'll need to pledge your support.