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Xargon (DOS)

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Written by  :  Sir Gofermajster (481)
Written on  :  Aug 17, 2008
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Summary

"Jill" meets "Duke" in strange, unknown world.

The Good

In other action games plot is usually very short and it isn't very important. But not here. "Xargon" has very interesting plot. That's good. This game looks great. All those 256-colored monsters and locations are wonderful. Music and sounds are similar to those from "Jill of the jungle". By the way, whole game is very similar to "Jill". You have once again map-based world, puzzles, and different types of weapons. This time you can use laser bullets, rocks and fireballs. You can also grab a "fast-fire bullet" and emeralds. You can buy with them a health unit, laser bullet and much more. During the game you will transform in a bumblebee (like in "Jill", but there you were transformed into a flamebird) and you will travel with submarine Unfortunately, not yellow... "Xargon" is also much harder and longer than whole "Jill of the jungle" series.

The Bad

You can collect pool balls with letters E, P, I and C. Collecting them all gives you a bonus points. Haven't I seen similar bonus earlier? Yes, I've seen something like that in "Duke Nukem". Moreover, boxes with pick-ups and bombs are also taken from "Duke". Unfortunately, "Xargon" only mixes good ideas from other platform games, without giving anything original. Oh, maybe only this emeralds. But heck with that, it's not so important. The worse thing is saving only on map-based world. You can't save your game during playing any level. And the last thing is, that you can play "Xargon" only using VGA with 256 colors.

The Bottom Line

"Xargon" is amusing platform game with good graphics. Download a demo and play it. It's worth your time.