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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (14 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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The different weapons to collect and the graphically varying levels give Xenon more depth than Insanity Fight and other shoot-'em-ups in a similar vein. One of the best action games on the Amiga to date, setting new standards in coin-op conversions.
The Bitmap Bros have managed to strike that fine balance between frustration and addiction, and have produced a wonderful game. It's just a shame all this sort of thing has been seen and done before. The sound is superb, the graphics are wonderful, and the gameplay is terrific. Xenon must be one of the best coin-up conversions to appear on the Amiga (not surprising considering the actual coin-up version is based around Amiga boards). A very competent albeit unoriginal game.
Zzap! (Apr, 1988)
After the 50-year Arachnid War, the universe has settled into a period of trading and artistic accomplishment. Philosophy and religion have reached a point where science has answered many of their fundamental mysteries. Spacecraft have been sent to the edge of the cosmos and found close space, leading thinkers to believe that there were no more sentient species to be contacted. However, they were proven wrong with the sudden emergence of the Xenites, and their rapid colonisation of 15 planets. Now, ten years after their first appearance, the Xenites hold a grip of terror on the merchants and traders who dare to cross the vastness of space, for raids are frequent, swift and deadly.
Ready yourself for plenty of vertically scrolling shoot 'em up action in this re-release of one of the first quality Amiga games. The action's a bit dated for gamesters of today, but those after a challenge could do a damn sight worse than this