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Xenon 2: Megablast

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
57
2.5
Atari ST
91
3.7
Sharp X68000
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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 Atari ST Start menu
Xenon 2: Megablast DOS The shop has all the nifty things a real pilot needs.
Xenon 2: Megablast Genesis On one side, the terrible snake-things that can tear a ship apart, the other's a dead end. Sadly, there's no easy way around here.
Xenon 2: Megablast SEGA Master System

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 (1425)
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 (4388)

The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga Oct, 1989 97 out of 100 97
Amiga Format Amiga Oct, 1989 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1989 910 out of 1000 91
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1989 905 out of 1000 90
Amiga User International Amiga Nov, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines Genesis Feb, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Genesis Jan, 1993 67 out of 100 67
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57

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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.

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 01/1991 - Best shoot-'em-up in 1990
Information also contributed by -Chris, ElectricMonk, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and Macintrash

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Contributed to by ronaldvd (118), Tibes80 (1495), NGC 5194 (17258), Kabushi (121108), Mike Quigley (103), Terok Nor (18326), Tomer Gabel (4388), MAT (70593) and quizzley7 (21214)