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Soldier of Light (Commodore 64)

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Description

You play as Xain, the Soldier of Light, who must visit a number of invaded planets and wipe out the evil hordes that have attacked the human populations. The main bulk of the gameplay is a horizontally scrolling run and gun game, while some stages put you in an horizontal shoot 'em up scenario. You take control of Xain, who can jump or duck to avoid enemies and jump up to higher ledges. Lots of extra weaponry can be collected along the way, although this is lost when one of your five lives is lost. Each time you defeat a planet's boss, you control Xain's spaceship and have to go through a short horizontal shmup level, before selecting your next target planet.

The planets Cleemalt Soa, Lagto Soa, Cleedos Soa, Kworal Soa and Guwld Soa are all available for selection immediately. These each have their own settings – Cleedos Soa is desert, Cleemalt Soa is moon-like, Lagto Soa is lush and verdant, Kworal Soa is cold and underwater-like and Guwld Soa is a red-hot-steaming Mars type of place. When you clear all planets (plus their respective shmup sections) you gain access to a final planet which resembles the death star from Star Wars. After that,the game is over and you save the planets from the empire invasion.

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Soldier of Light Commodore 64 Being attacked from the air on Cleemalt
Soldier of Light Commodore 64 Level select
Soldier of Light Commodore 64 In the jungles of planet Lagto
Soldier of Light Commodore 64 Approaching the pyramid structure on Cleedos

Alternate Titles

  • "Xain'd Sleena" -- Japanese arcade title
  • "Soldier of Light: Xain'd Sleena" -- RAD Games release title
  • "Solar Warrior" -- Arcade title

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1989 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Zzap! Mar, 1989 61 out of 100 61
Commodore Force Aug, 1993 60 out of 100 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Martin Smith (63134) added Soldier of Light (Commodore 64) on Jan 01, 2005
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