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X-Men: Children of the Atom

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
4.0
SEGA Saturn
80
4.6
PlayStation
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3.6
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Description

X-Men: Children of the Atom is a 2D fighting game and the first Capcom title to use licensed characters from the Marvel comic universe. It has six main characters and four of their enemies that are playable. The X-Men are Colossus, Cyclops, Iceman, Psylocke, Storm and Wolverine. The villains are Omega Red, Sentinel, Silver Samurai and Spiral. The two main bosses are Juggernaut and Magneto, and Akuma is available as a secret character.

Fighting is done one-on-one with a traditional best-two-out-of-three match setup, with automatic or manual blocking. Similar to the Super Combo gauge in Super Street Fighter II Turbo there is an X-Power gauge of different levels, filled up when the player performs moves. When it is maxed out an X-Ability or Hyper X special move can be performed. Other general features are the abilities to super jump, roll away and aiming projectiles.

Screenshots

X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Cyclops has two Hyper X moves. One is Mega Optic Blast. The other, Super Optic Blast, is an Optic Blast that lasts a few seconds, can be fully oriented and is reflected by the ground, as seen here.
X-Men: Children of the Atom Arcade Character select
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS Psylocke's Psi-thrust is her Hyper X move. As it does not fully consume the power bar, you can chain with a second one during its execution.
X-Men: Children of the Atom DOS The Danger room can switch to different aspects. For instance, here it simulates a jungle environment.

Alternate Titles

  • "エックス・メン チルドレン・オブ・ジ・アトム" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Capcom takes on the X-Men and a new era of ass-kicking 2D fighters dawns DOS Zovni (9350)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 97 out of 100 97
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jun, 1997 90 out of 100 90
High Voltage Online SEGA Saturn Sep 13, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Dec, 1995 84 out of 100 84
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Mar, 1996 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Mar, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Meristation DOS Aug 18, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Games Magazine DOS 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS May, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

The storyline for the game is based loosely on the "Fatal Attractions" crossover story published in 1993 and which ran through all the X-Men universe titles of the time. All of the published issues (X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, Wolverine #75, and Excalibur #71) are collected in a trade paperback, but unfortunately they don't feature the holographic insets the original prints had in their covers.

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