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A hundred thousand years ago, an ancient civilization prospered on our Earth, their product being GAMP (General Artificial Matrix Producer). In order to survive the Ice Age, most of the Earth's inhabitants have decided to leave it, finally settling on a planet called Xevious. A group of humans remained, becoming our own ancestors. Many years have passed, and the Xevians are now planning a massive comeback to their long-lost homeland. The pilot Mu, his android companion Eve, and Mio, a Xevian who opposes the GAMP regime, are back from a space travel just in time to warn the Earth of the upcoming invasion. The prototype fighter craft Solvalou is going to be used as the main weapon against the Xevian attack.

Xevious is a vertically-scrolling shooter which is notable for being the first game of that type to feature an aircraft flying over the Earth (as opposed to the outer space in other games), displaying views of South American nature. It also introduced, for the first time, two types of enemies to fight: aerial and ground-based (the menacing SOL towers invoked by GAMP to aid their planes). The player-controlled ship, Solvalou, is equipped with two weapons, each assigned to a button: the Zapper for air enemies, and the Blaster, which drops bombs on ground targets with the aid of a lock-on. The aerial enemies are divided into sub-categories distinguished by their attack and behavior patterns. Certain enemy types are immune to Solvalou's weapons, and must be avoided.


Xevious Apple II Mindscape logo
Xevious NES More flying boards!
Xevious Sharp X1 Nazca lines
Xevious PC-88 Thie was the first game with both air and ground targets to shoot

Alternate Titles

  • "Xevious: The Avenger" -- NES/GBA title
  • "ゼビウス" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine NES May, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
NintendoWorldReport Nintendo 3DS Aug 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide NES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Kombo.com Game Boy Advance Jun 06, 2004 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Mar, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 23, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Total!! UK Magazine NES Oct, 1993 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Jul 06, 2007 C 50
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 May 26, 2007 4 out of 10 40


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Xevious appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Atari 7800 launch

Xevious was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.

Cancelled ports

Atari were doing ports to its 2600 and 5200 consoles which reached a mature state but were abandoned. Prototypes have surfaced and have been made available as dumps on the net.


  • TeleMatch
    • Issue 04/1984 – #2 Arcade Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)

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