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Exolon

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Description

This action game combines shoot 'em up and platform elements, as you control a flying man who can gain an exoskeletal suit for extra protection (hence the name). Your task is to progress from left to right in each level, either along the ground or by using the arrangement of platforms. Most of the baddies can be avoided rather than shot, and this is often easier, especially as you can duck or jump to avoid them. As well as a standard gun (activated by tapping fire) you also have a limited number of missiles to take out installations (activated by holding down fire, which makes autofire facilities useless). The scrolling is flick-screen, perhaps as the game was designed for the C64, and the Amiga version was identical to the ST's.

Screenshots

Exolon Atari ST A door blocks my way into the building
Exolon Atari ST The starting location. Watch out for that big gun
Exolon ZX Spectrum Obstacles and emplacements can be destroyed by grenades
Exolon ZX Spectrum Boxes contains additional supply of ammo or grenades

User Reviews

Kill everything that moves? Works for me Amiga *Katakis* (37860)

The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1987 10.4 out of 12 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1987 10 out of 12 83
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Feb, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Aug, 2004 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1988 72 out of 100 72
The One Atari ST Oct, 1988 66 out of 100 66
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 64 out of 100 64
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1988 39 out of 100 39

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Trivia

References

The cheat mode in this game takes it name (perhaps coincidentally) from a classic Sinclair Spectrum game (check the Tips section and search for the name if you're curious - it is not posted here as it'd be a spoiler)

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #41 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games

Contributed to by Kabushi (131937) and Martin Smith (63058)