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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 Amstrad CPC Fitting out your ship
X-Out ZX Spectrum Battleship
X-Out ZX Spectrum These beasties seen immune to whatever is being shot at them. The ships 'health' deteriorates with each contact
X-Out Commodore 64 Stage 3 - The track leaving enemies could have been borrowed straight from R-Type.

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Mania Amiga Feb, 1992 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1990 939 out of 1000 94
Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Jan, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Amiga Dec, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Zzap! Amiga May, 1990 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1990 9.75 out of 12 81
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Jun, 1990 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Atari ST Apr, 1990 67 out of 100 67

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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)

Contributed to by EboMike (3005), Kabushi (155503) and Martin Smith (62981)