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You play as Xain, the Soldier of Light, who must visit a number of invaded planets and wipe out the evil hordes that have attacked the human populations. The main bulk of the gameplay is a horizontally scrolling run and gun game, while some stages put you in an horizontal shoot 'em up scenario. You take control of Xain, who can jump or duck to avoid enemies and jump up to higher ledges. Lots of extra weaponry can be collected along the way, although this is lost when one of your five lives is lost. Each time you defeat a planet's boss, you control Xain's spaceship and have to go through a short horizontal shmup level, before selecting your next target planet.

The planets Cleemalt Soa, Lagto Soa, Cleedos Soa, Kworal Soa and Guwld Soa are all available for selection immediately. These each have their own settings – Cleedos Soa is desert, Cleemalt Soa is moon-like, Lagto Soa is lush and verdant, Kworal Soa is cold and underwater-like and Guwld Soa is a red-hot-steaming Mars type of place. When you clear all planets (plus their respective shmup sections) you gain access to a final planet which resembles the death star from Star Wars. After that,the game is over and you save the planets from the empire invasion.

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Soldier of Light Atari ST The flying guys are annoying
Soldier of Light Atari ST A mid-level boss
Soldier of Light Atari ST The enemy soldiers occupied some kind of ancient ruins
Soldier of Light MSX Must be a boss of some kind

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Alternate Titles

  • "Xain'd Sleena" -- Japanese arcade title
  • "Soldier of Light: Xain'd Sleena" -- RAD Games release title
  • "Solar Warrior" -- Arcade title

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 9.6 out of 12 80
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 77 out of 100 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 8.8 out of 12 73
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 61 out of 100 61
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 56 out of 100 56

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