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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 3 Boss - Mutant grasshopper of doom?
X-Out Amstrad CPC Adding a ship to the collection
X-Out ZX Spectrum Game load screen
X-Out Atari ST The shop, where you equip your vessel

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Mania Amiga Feb, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Zzap! Amiga May, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Mar, 1990 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jan, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Mar, 1993 60 out of 100 60


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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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