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ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
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A.L.C.O.N. is a forward-scrolling spaceship shooting game taking place over the planet Orac. Alien enemies have occupied the planet in the year 2059. The Alien League Of Cosmic Nations has determined that you are the pilot to take the Slap Fighter (Europe) / SW475 Starfighter (US) and defeat the aliens.

The main feature of the game is its pickup system. You pick up stars and then you choose which powerup you want, pick up one star and you can choose speed, two stars to choose shot (which is the default type of weapon), three stars to choose side shot, four for wing upgrade (which triggers the fancy ship enlargement animation, also gives you a couple seconds of invulnerability), five for bomb shot, six for laser shot, seven for homing missiles and eight for a shield upgrade.

The shot is the default quick-but-limited weapon, having a rather short range, bombs are very powerful but short ranged and with a big gap between shots, making them hard to use. Laser is fast and full screen ranged, probably the most balanced weapon in the game, and homing missiles speak for themselves, as they chase the enemies after moving and curving for a while. The game doesn't have "stages": you play through a long, continuous level with bosses in between, like Xevious or Terra Cresta; once you complete it, you start again a new loop with added difficulty. Also, the game has no continues.


A.L.C.O.N. Commodore 64 Slap Fight title screen (European version) (PAL)
A.L.C.O.N. Commodore 64 Enemies goes on rails in tunnels and can be shot in the openings. (NTSC)
A.L.C.O.N. Atari ST Taking the safe route to avoid these
A.L.C.O.N. Commodore 64 Using the Side weapon (beams on side of wings) (PAL)

Alternate Titles

  • "Slap Fight" -- International title
  • "Alcon" -- Alternate spelling (title screen)

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Aug, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 76 out of 100 76
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST May, 1988 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Atari ST May, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ST Action Atari ST May, 1988 61 out of 100 61
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 60 out of 100 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST May, 1988 568 out of 1000 57
Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST May, 1988 4 out of 10 40


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