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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 Commodore 64 Title screen
X-Out Commodore 64 Stage 6 - The little walker enemies are surprisingly well programmed.
X-Out ZX Spectrum Before starting the player must select and equip a ship. Items are bought by positioning the cursor over an them, selecting it, then positioning it on the grid
X-Out Amstrad CPC Don't lose your head, Mr. Boss!

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Joker Amiga Jan 26, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Jan, 2004 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1990 84 out of 100 84
The One Amiga Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Jun, 1990 69 out of 100 69
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1990 6 out of 10 60

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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
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups (Check 'em out)

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