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Xenon 2: Megablast (Amiga)

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Description

Xenon 2: Megablast is a vertically scrolling space shooter, in which you have to pass several levels, filled with waves of enemies, that all end with a level boss creature. Each group of enemies you destroy grants you a cash reward and every once in a while you enter Colin's Bargain Basement, where you can use this cash to purchase upgrades for your ship like better weapons, speed & health upgrades etc. Some upgrades can also be picked up during the levels.

The first part of the game has an organic feel to it, while the second part of the game features mechanical enemies. As there are some maze-like sections with dead-ends in the game, your spaceship scrolls backwards when you keep pressing the down key.

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Xenon 2: Megablast Amiga There are many upgrades available to your ship which makes you much more effective in fighting. You get such upgrades destroying certain flying objects or buying them at the shop.
Xenon 2: Megablast Amiga The main menu.
Xenon 2: Megablast Amiga Contact with foes damages you the same way enemy bullets do.
Xenon 2: Megablast Amiga The title screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Xenon II" -- Game Boy in-game copyright title
  • "Xenon 2" -- In-game title

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The Press Says

The One for Amiga Games Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Oct, 1989 97 out of 100 97
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1989 96 out of 100 96
Amiga Joker Nov, 1989 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1989 910 out of 1000 91
Amiga User International Nov, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Raze Aug, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Power Jul, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play 1989 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80

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Trivia

DOS version

The DOS version of the game starts up with the in-game music turned off as default. The PC speaker version of the song, coupled with the sound effects of the game, would drive anyone to madness. While the game did support Adlib, the sound effects masked the Bomb the Bass tune playing in the background. The other versions of the game has music turned on as default.

Ending

SPOILER WARNING! Don’t read this item if you want to play through the game by yourself.

Xenon 2: Megablast is infamous for having one of the most disappointing ending sequences of all time. No artwork, no animation, no storyline, not even a congratulation -- after a strenuous battle with hundreds of enemies, you’re “rewarded” with the already well-known shop screen and a sarcastic comment. After that, a white dot. Then the main menu.

Music

The theme tune is Megablast by Bomb the Bass. This was released in the UK ca. 1988 on the album Into the Dragon. It is a reworking of the theme from the John Carpenter movie Assault on Precinct 13.

More details can be found at Discogs.com or at kompaktkiste.de.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Action Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Graphics in 1989
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best shoot-'em-up in 1990
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne)
Information also contributed by -Chris, ElectricMonk, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and Macintrash

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