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The Alfred Chicken series is a bizarre series of Puzzle Platformer games made by Mindscape. The first game, simply titled Alfred Chicken, was released for the Game Boy, Amiga, and NES. The sequel, titled Super Alfred Chicken, was released for the SNES and is the lengthiest game in the series. A PlayStation version also exists, but only in Europe.

Alfred must save his egg-napped friends from the evil Meka-Chickens. Alfred can walk, jump, and peck balloons and ground switches. While he is in the air he can dive bomb enemies or springs. Dive bombing enemies will destroy them. Dive bombing springs will bounce Alfred much higher so he can reach platforms well above his normal jumping ability.

To complete a level, Alfred must find and peck all of the balloons, the last of which will take him to a boss fight.

This game contains examples of:

  • Cartoon Cheese: A whole type of stage is devoted to this.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The game ends with Alfred meeting a female version of himself named Floella.
  • Goomba Stomp: Dive bombing springs will bounce Alfred much higher.
  • Instant Roast:
    • Getting hit by a flame from a ceiling spout roasts him where he stands.
    • Also, the continue screen for the SNES game has Alfred sleeping on a bomb. Let the clock run down and the bomb explodes, leaving a roast chicken on the Game Over screen.
  • Puzzle Platformer: If you're going to get all of the balloons and watering cans, strategy is required.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Bosses can only be damaged by shooting their heads.
  • Spike Balls of Doom: Spheres with 4 spikes are a common obstacle.
  • Spikes of Doom: You can walk across them using invulnerability in order to reach secret items.
  • Springs, Springs Everywhere: Springs can be used to get a vertical boost.
  • Totally Radical: Ads for the SNES game were full of 90's slang and talked the game up as an epic.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Boss battles are done as shoot-em-ups where you blast away at enemies in a spaceship.
  • Wackyland: The land is populated by giant flowers, one powerup is literally a can of worms, and portals to other levels are alive, among many other oddities.