Area 51

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Collector Information

Zone Europe
Contents Disc (x1), Instruction Manual (x1)
Packaging EU Card Long Box

Release Information

License Commercial
Release Type Licensed
Distribution Channel Retail
Product Code T-25408H-50
UPC/EAN 5029988001095


Game English German Spanish French
Box English German French
Manual English German French Spanish Italian

Further Information

Copyright 1997
Distributor GT Interactive
Involved Perfect Entertainment
Ratings 12+ BBFC
Licenses Atari (1997)

Technical Information

Video PAL
Sound Stereo
Peripherals Virtua Gun


Sega Saturn Graphics Mode 320x224
Screenshots for Area 51 on the Sega Saturn Screenshots for Area 51 on the Sega Saturn Screenshots for Area 51 on the Sega Saturn

Game Information

Platform Sega Saturn
Type Game
Publisher Midway Games
Developer Tantalus Entertainment
Release Date 1997/3
Genre Shooter
Subgenre Light Gun Shooter
Players 1-2 (Cooperative)
Also known as エリア51 (Japan)
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Area 51 started off life as an arcade game based on the CoJag hardware system. The game itself is your standard light gun shooter affair that takes the player through several sections of the facility, as they fend off wave after wave of mutants and later aliens as they make their way to activate the nuclear self-destruct sequence and the ultimate final battle. There are 5 different weapons avalible during play, a semi-automatic pistol, an automatic machine gun, a pump-action shotgun, an automatic shotgun and grenades. Area 51 allows the players to start at the beginning of the game or warp ahead to the middle. There is also a Kronn Hunter mode that can be accessed but shooting only the first 3 STARR team members you encounter and nothing else and also is know to contain several hidden rooms and areas. Graphically the game uses digitised character images and explosions set over pre-rendered and 3D models backdrops and vehicles.

Box Text

Area 51 has been completely overrun by alien forces. Your mission: Penetrate the base, destroy all hostile forces and save the future of humanity! Featuring incredible cinematic effects, engaging sci-fi storyline, secret alien experiment cover-ups, stunning power-ups and the most awesome weaponry to keep you armed and dangerous!!

Review Scores

Official Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) (Issue Issue 18)

Gameplay Video


Variant Cover Scan Thumb
Region Europe
Product Code Unknown

Regional Variants

Regional Variant Cover Scan
Title Area 51
Description Area 51 has a local version Area 51

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