Another classic by Epic
May 30, 2001
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The game has great sounds and music. (The best sound is probably the moaning of fish.) Also, the controls are very simple...all dating back to the time when Apogee and Epic were the top two shareware gaming companies, and Duke Nukem, Commander Keen, and Jill of the Jungle were the best games made. Xargon is very similar to Jill of the Jungle, in that the interface and controls are virtually identical. However, it has a major improvement: you can control (sort of) the direction in which you fire, so you can shoot upwards/downwards. This is a major improvement, as it makes it easier to shoot stuff on the ground. (Unlike Jill of the Jungle, for instance, which required you to time your shots when fighting small frogs.) Also, the game has a nice console feel, making it a plus for all the retrogamers out there.
After a while, the levels become rather repetitive. They're all puzzle-like in that you usually have to find something (like a key) in order to do something (unlock a door). After a while, it kinda gets old, as every level is like that. Also, don't look for much in terms of plot, as the story seems rather cliche and common to old side-scrolling games.
The Bottom Line
Jill of the Jungle for boys: Xargon is nevertheless a classic side-scrolling platform game by Epic.
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