Like many other Infogrames action games, Alcatraz features smooth VGA graphics, and alternating perspectives to keep things fresh. The side-scrolling view when you are outside some building changes to first-person mode once you are inside. At your disposal are many different weapons, both traditional and high-tech, including flamethrowers, machine guns, bombs and other destructive close combat weapons, each giving appropriate damage and death throes. In two-player mode, the game is played in a horizontal split-screen, with each half of the screen devoted to each player. With smooth animation, a combination of stealth and action, and non-repetitive enemies, Alcatraz is a pleasant little platform game. Hostages fans may be disappointed at the lack of dramatic close-ups or strategic elements in the game, but it has a lot to offer otherwise. Recommended!