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Xor

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Perspective
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Commodore 64
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Description

Magus and Questor are trapped in the 15 mazes of Xor. These include Dolly's Revenge, Patience Pending and The Decoder, and can be played in any order. Before going through the exit, they must collect every balloon from within the levels. All of this must be done in a limit of 2000 moves.

The characters have differing abilities, and can be swapped between at any time. Hazards to avoid include bombs, falling boulders and barriers. Four pieces of the map can be found and collected.

The physical rules of this top-down maze are somewhat bizarre, but consistent: dotted force-fields can be traversed (and neutralized) by horizontal passage, waved ones by vertical passage; fish will fall as surely and as lethally as the boulders in Boulderdash, while chickens will travel in the direction they are pointed until something gets in their way. Various explosive devices, dolls and even teleporters further contribute to the complication of moving around this maze. Should all its levels be successfully completed, information will be provided permitting the completion of the overarching meta-puzzle.

Screenshots

Xor Amstrad CPC Loading screen.
Xor Atari ST Both shields close together
Xor Atari ST You can view your entire move sequence again - watch out for wasted movements
Xor Commodore 64 Trapped

Alternate Titles

  • "Xor - The Ultimate Maze Challenge" -- Tag-lined title

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1987 927 out of 1000 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 927 out of 1000 93
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Sep, 1988 64 out of 100 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Order of XOR

If you solved all 15 levels and an encrypted anagram then you could join the Order of XOR where you received a certificate and a badge.

Remakes

In addition to the ports here listed and the already-present-in-Mobygames conversions Prospector in the Mines of Xor for Amiga and Ovine By Design's 2004 Windows port, this game has enjoyed a number of unauthorized homebrew conversions such as a Javascript version by Rob Veldhuyzen van Zanten (see Links/Searches), one for the Game Boy Advance by Mick Waites, and releases named !XOR for RISC OS and the VR3 PDA by John Hedley.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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