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X-Out (ZX Spectrum)

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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.


X-Out ZX Spectrum A different ship and different weapons
X-Out ZX Spectrum The game loads to this screen where it waits for the player to get ready. Nice flickering light effect that gives the impression of being in a moving vehicle
X-Out ZX Spectrum boss
X-Out ZX Spectrum Column 1 is the kind of primary gun, 1,2 or 3 shots
Column 2 is the kind of ship
The next two groups are different secondary weapons and satellites/shields

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Your Spectrum Mar, 1990 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1990 9.75 out of 12 81


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Some of the graphics were re-used from an unreleased coin-op game by Rainbow Arts.


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.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #3 Best Action Game in 1990

Martin Smith (63134) added X-Out (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 01, 2004
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