Xargon (DOS)

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An archaeologist named Malvineous Havershim was studying strange ruins in Madagascar, remnants of buildings constructed during the age of a long-forgotten civilization of the mysterious Blue Builders. One day Malvineous spotted glyphs on one of the structures. As he attempted to translate them, Malvineous was hit by a wave of gas and fainted. In his dream, a talking eagle named Silvertongue tried to warn him of upcoming dangers. The archaeologist awoke in a strange and hostile world, unable to understand anything. With Silvertongue's guidance, Malvineous will have to overcome all dangers and eventually confront Xargon, the tyrannical ruler of that world.

Xargon is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer. Malvineous is initially equipped with a basic laser gun, which can be upgraded by collecting power-ups or buying upgrades in a store. These include extra laser bullets, rapid-fire mode, limited-ammo fireballs, and others. The gun can be controlled by pressing up or down arrow keys, making it slightly advance upwards or downwards. The store can be accessed at any time, provided the player has collected a sufficient amount of emeralds, which act as currency. Health units, invincibility power-ups, and weapon upgrades can be purchased.

This game entry refers to the registered version of the game with its three episodes:The first episode was available as shareware with the option to register for the other two, but in the US all three were also released separately and commercially by B&N Companies, Inc. In 2008 the entire game was made available as freeware.


Xargon DOS Episode 2; The landscape gets more alien. Also, a slight costume change.
Xargon DOS I've turned into a bee!
Xargon DOS Hello Silvertounge. Please show me the ways of whatever it is you do.
Xargon DOS Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "The Xargon Trilogy" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

If Jungle Jill had a husband, it's got to be Malvineous Havershim *Katakis* (37904) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
"Jill" meets "Duke" in strange, unknown world. Sir Gofermajster (481) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Another classic by Epic willyum (961) unrated
With so many other platform games that are more fun, why play this one? Attila (494) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Joker Sep, 1994 50 out of 100 50


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Did you play/like this game? 7 Pseudo_Intellectual (45140)
Feb 21, 2012


Freeware release

The registered version of Xargon was released as freeware by its author, Allen W. Pilgrim, alongside Kiloblaster on August 4, 2008. The source code of both games was also released to the public.

Unused art

In November 2012, Allen W. Pilgrim released unused Xargon artwork, including monster sprites, an early version of the main character's portrait and box art design. The artwork was created by Dan Froelich, Matt Berger and Joe Hitchens and is not public domain. The files are exclusively available at RGB Classic Games.

Version numbering

Both the shareware and the registered game indicate the version number as 3.0. However, no earlier public releases with lower versions numbers exist. Developer Allen Pilgrim explains:
I did not want to release a product that had a version of 1.0 so I just made it 3.0. Technically there were enough internal updates, hundreds if not thousands, that would justify that but the reality is it is the only official version.

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MAT (102232) added Xargon (DOS) on Mar 16, 2000