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X-Men: Children of the Atom (DOS)

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X-Men: Children of the Atom is a 2D fighting game and the first Capcom title to use licensed characters from the Marvel comic universe. It has six main characters and four of their enemies that are playable. The X-Men are Colossus, Cyclops, Iceman, Psylocke, Storm and Wolverine. The villains are Omega Red, Sentinel, Silver Samurai and Spiral. The two main bosses are Juggernaut and Magneto, and Akuma is available as a secret character.

Fighting is done one-on-one with a traditional best-two-out-of-three match setup, with automatic or manual blocking. Similar to the Super Combo gauge in Super Street Fighter II Turbo there is an X-Power gauge of different levels, filled up when the player performs moves. When it is maxed out an X-Ability or Hyper X special move can be performed. Other general features are the abilities to super jump, roll away and aiming projectiles.


X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Character selection screen. When you select a character, a larger portrait is displayed on the left (or right for player 2) and the corresponding character at the bottom is animated.
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Levels scenery are made of multiple layers. Some levels will automatically scroll (through parallax scrolling), with sometimes objects in the front layer, like the girder here.
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Psylocke's Ninjitsu Split will consume part of the power bar and create multiple images of Psylocke which can deal damage on regular moves. Only the real Psylocke can receive damage.
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Depending on the button pressed at the end of their execution, some super moves take a different direction. Here a diagonal upwards Optic Blast, good for air interception.

Alternate Titles

  • "エックス・メン チルドレン・オブ・ジ・アトム" -- Japanese spelling

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Capcom takes on the X-Men and a new era of ass-kicking 2D fighters dawns Zovni (9321) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Jun, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker May, 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) May, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Apr, 1997 75 out of 100 75
Meristation Aug 18, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Electric Playground Jun 13, 1997 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Jun 26, 1997 6.7 out of 10 67
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) May, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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The storyline for the game is based loosely on the "Fatal Attractions" crossover story published in 1993 and which ran through all the X-Men universe titles of the time. All of the published issues (X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, Wolverine #75, and Excalibur #71) are collected in a trade paperback, but unfortunately they don't feature the holographic insets the original prints had in their covers.

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