This is a ncurses-based application which emulates the terminal application shown in Alien: Isolation. When you combine this with a terminal emulator that focuses on a retro look (like Cool Retro Term), it doesn't look that far off!
The entries in the "Personal Terminal" screen are completely customizable, using a configuration file located in:
- the first command line argument, OR
etc/alien-console.conf for a sample configuration file (which should be
These use Cool Retro Term with a theme I came up with to match the Alien computers.
This program can play sound effects at startup. If you were to find the sound
files inside Alien: Isolation which contained the startup sequence sound
effects, you could place a
wav file at
/var/local/console.wav and listen for
the magic. I don't want to distribute that because copyright.
I have created an AUR package for
Arch Linux. Be sure to install
cool-retro-term so it will look cool! My
configuration used in the screenshots can be imported from
The license is Revised BSD. See
LICENSE for more details. See the Changelog
for changes and version info.