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 Another possible aspect is an underwater environment. Yet another possibility is a space environment aspect.
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Magneto's Hyper X move is Shock Wave. He will fire energy pillars as high as the screen, which will move to the other side of the screen and deal a massive amount of damage.
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS When two players select the same character, the costume of the second character will have a different colour, helping to distinguish each one from the other.
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 (9322) 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
Meristation Aug 18, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play Apr, 1997 75 out of 100 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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