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ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
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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 Commodore 64 Stage 7 - Dying so often now it's difficult to get a screenshot with the player ship on.
X-Out Commodore 64 Stage 5 - Actually looks different!
X-Out ZX Spectrum Column 1 is the kind of primary gun, 1,2 or 3 shots
Column 2 is the kind of ship
The next two groups are different secondary weapons and satellites/shields
X-Out ZX Spectrum Deeper into the tunnel and under fire.

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Mania Amiga Feb, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 90 out of 100 90
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
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jan, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Jun, 1990 69 out of 100 69
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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