Alfred Chicken (NES)

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Alfred Chicken
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Platform: NES
Year: 1993
Developer: Twilight Games

Alfred Chicken is an action-platformer by Twilight and published by Mindscape. The game was released for the Amiga and CD32 before arriving on the NES in 1993, making it one of the last games released for the system.

In this game, you play as the titular character, Alfred Chicken, who must rescue the eggs from the evil Meka-Chickens. There are only five levels, but each one is difficult, mainly because Alfred dies in one hit, and after the player loses all their lives, the game is over, as there are no continues. The main goal of each level is to find all the balloons and pop them in order to exit the level. In addition, a watercan must be located on each level to access the "good" ending.

The NES version, besides cutting some levels, plays similar to the Amiga original. There is also the obvious downgrade in music and sound effects.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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About to play stage 1.

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The first level.

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The bonus level.

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Fighting a Meka-Chicken.

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The end!

Music

Alfred Chicken's music was written by famed video game musician David Whittaker, who converted his own Amiga soundtrack to the NES. Besides the downgrade from a digital audio chip to a PSG chip, the music is pretty faithful to the Amiga original.

The music is recorded in both the PAL and NTSC formats, as the PAL version is the original and what David Whittaker intended for the music to sound like. He was able to configure his sound driver to play at the same speed in NTSC regions as the PAL music, but wasn't able to fix the problem where the NTSC version plays the music 1 1/4 steps sharp. The PAL version is first because it was the first version of the game released. Because of the length of the songs, the stage themes are recorded with only one playthrough before fadeout.

Whittaker wrote his music in the traditional way, by writing in assembly language, specifically, 6502 assembly for the NES version. Though Whittaker said this wasn't a problem, as he was always able to convert entire soundtracks to another platform in less than a day.

Recording

  1. PAL
  2. NTSC
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Title Screen David Whittaker 2:03
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102 Stage Start David Whittaker 0:03
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103 Stage Theme 1 David Whittaker 2:45
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104 Stage Theme 2 David Whittaker 3:17
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105 Radio David Whittaker 1:34
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106 Boss David Whittaker 1:56
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107 Bonus David Whittaker 0:53
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108 Game Over David Whittaker 0:04
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109 Staff Roll David Whittaker 1:19
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Title Screen David Whittaker 2:03
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202 Stage Start David Whittaker 0:03
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203 Stage Theme 1 David Whittaker 2:45
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204 Stage Theme 2 David Whittaker 3:17
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205 Radio David Whittaker 1:34
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206 Boss David Whittaker 1:56
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207 Bonus David Whittaker 0:53
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208 Game Over David Whittaker 0:04
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209 Staff Roll David Whittaker 1:19
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Credits

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Game Rip

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Format

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Audio Devices

The game uses the Nintendo Entertainment System's 2A03. The DPCM channel is never used. The game uses David Whittaker's NES sound driver.

Releases

  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Alfred Chicken
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-??-??
Publisher: Mindscape
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Alfred Chicken
Platform: NES
Released: 1994-02-??
Publisher: Mindscape

Links


Alfred Chicken
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Notable Songs Title Screen - Alfred Chicken
Notable Personnel David Whittaker • Mark Knight • Jim Croft