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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.


X-Out ZX Spectrum Enemy soldiers
X-Out Amstrad CPC Adding a ship to the collection
X-Out Commodore 64 ... except when it gets bored and wanders off the top of the screen.
X-Out Commodore 64 Stage 3 - The track leaving enemies could have been borrowed straight from R-Type.

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Amiga Mania Amiga Feb, 1992 94 out of 100 94 Amiga Jan, 2004 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 10.2 out of 12 85
Zzap! Amiga May, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1990 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 7.8 out of 12 65


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


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.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #3 Best Action Game in 1990
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups (Check 'em out)

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