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X-Out

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
3.4
ZX Spectrum
...
3.0
Atari ST
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3.7
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Description

X-Out is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up. Unlike most comparable games (e.g. R-Type), the game is not set in outer space or even in the air - instead, the fight between good and evil is underwater.

Through five levels, the player has to shoot countless enemies, complete with the obligatory mid-level and end-level bosses. After having completed a level, the player gets to purchase new weapons; instead of simply buying upgrades, it is possible to customize the ship by placing new weapons anywhere on it.

Screenshots

X-Out Atari ST Title screen
X-Out Amstrad CPC Ooh, a shoot'em-up snake!
X-Out ZX Spectrum The ship does not go behind the scenery. This resulted in a collision which ended the game.
X-Out Commodore 64 ... which turns into an even unhappier angry green, um, thing.

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1990 939 out of 1000 94
Amiga Mania Amiga Feb, 1992 94 out of 100 94
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Atari ST Apr, 1990 67 out of 100 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 470 out of 1000 47

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Trivia

Graphics

Some of the graphics were re-used from an unreleased coin-op game by Rainbow Arts.

Soundtrack

The working title of this game was Medusa. The TFMX soundtrack by Chris Hülsbeck spread through the Amiga community in the early 90's, usually still under the name Medusa.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #3 Best Action Game in 1990

Contributed to by EboMike (3009), Kabushi (121980) and Martin Smith (63162)