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The Game Boy title is just one of four video games created to tie into the release of Alien3. Also produced were a Master System/Mega Drive game, a Nintendo Entertainment System game and a Super Nintendo Entertainment System game. Despite the fact all four were released under the title Alien3, gameplay actually varies quite substantially across the four titles.
The gameplay of the various Alien3 video games varies from platform to platform, and the Game Boy version differs significantly from the console games based on the film. Unlike the more shooter-oriented action on the consoles, the Game Boy title is played from a top-down perspective, with a greater emphasis on exploration, acquiring items to beat limited puzzles, and survival.
Ripley must explore the prison facility while solving puzzles and battling Xenomorphs, Facehuggers and, eventually, a Queen. Only after destroying the Queen and her Eggs may Ripley activate the crashed escape pod and leave the planet.