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Description

Xenon 2: Megablast is a vertically scrolling space shooter, in which you have to pass several levels, filled with waves of enemies, that all end with a level boss creature. Each group of enemies you destroy grants you a cash reward and every once in a while you enter Colin's Bargain Basement, where you can use this cash to purchase upgrades for your ship like better weapons, speed & health upgrades etc. Some upgrades can also be picked up during the levels.

The first part of the game has an organic feel to it, while the second part of the game features mechanical enemies. As there are some maze-like sections with dead-ends in the game, your spaceship scrolls backwards when you keep pressing the down key.

Screenshots

Xenon 2: Megablast Genesis The shop
Xenon 2: Megablast Sharp X68000 Level 1
Xenon 2: Megablast Genesis Options
Xenon 2: Megablast Sharp X68000 Sometimes enemies also drop weapon power ups

Alternate Titles

  • "Xenon II" -- Game Boy in-game copyright title
  • "Xenon 2" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

A classic shoot 'em up... and one of the hardest ever! DOS Silverblade (1410)
Megablast DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
Flawlessly executed blaster with a stomping soundtrack DOS Colin Rowsell (45)
An excellent shoot-'em-up for the XT. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)

Critic Reviews

The One for ST Games Atari ST Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1989 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1989 905 out of 1000 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Dec, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Mean Machines Genesis Feb, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1989 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1990 9 out of 12 75
Play Time SEGA Master System Dec, 1991 48 out of 100 48
HonestGamers Genesis Jan 23, 2011 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

DOS version

The DOS version of the game starts up with the in-game music turned off as default. The PC speaker version of the song, coupled with the sound effects of the game, would drive anyone to madness. While the game did support Adlib, the sound effects masked the Bomb the Bass tune playing in the background. The other versions of the game has music turned on as default.

Ending

SPOILER WARNING! Don’t read this item if you want to play through the game by yourself.

Xenon 2: Megablast is infamous for having one of the most disappointing ending sequences of all time. No artwork, no animation, no storyline, not even a congratulation -- after a strenuous battle with hundreds of enemies, you’re “rewarded” with the already well-known shop screen and a sarcastic comment. After that, a white dot. Then the main menu.

Music

The theme tune is Megablast by Bomb the Bass. This was released in the UK ca. 1988 on the album Into the Dragon. It is a reworking of the theme from the John Carpenter movie Assault on Precinct 13.

The Amiga soundtrack is regarded as a much better soundtrack than the Atari ST version, thanks to its sampled nature instead of the weaker synth sound of the ST version. An obscure detail is the fact that Tim Simeon from Bomb the Bass used an Atari ST in the studio to produce the Megablast track.

More details can be found at Discogs.com or at kompaktkiste.de.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Action Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Graphics in 1989
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1990 - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best shoot-'em-up in 1990
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne)
Information also contributed by -Chris, ElectricMonk, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and Macintrash

Related Web Sites

  • Abandonia (for DOS, Windows: downloadable releases; additional material)
  • Atarimania (for Atari ST: database; downloadable releases; artwork; additional material)
  • DJ Oldgames (for different platforms: downloadable releases; additional material )
  • Hall of Light (for Amiga: database; manuals; artwork; screenshots; additional material)
  • Lemon Amiga (for Amiga: game reviews; music; manuals; additional material)
  • My Abandonware (for PC and Amiga: downloadable releases; online versions; additional material)
  • Wikipedia (combined platform entry)
  • www.gods-country.de (The Bitmap Brothers tribute page for this game)
  • Xenon 2: Megablast (Bitmap Brothers' site for Xenon 2: Megablast.)
Contributed to by ronaldvd (118), Tibes80 (1495), NGC 5194 (17275), Kabushi (153793), Mike Quigley (106), Terok Nor (21822), Tomer Gabel (4354), MAT (117911) and quizzley7 (21164)