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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.
- アーケードアーカイブス ゼビウス - Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
- ゼビウス - Japanese spelling
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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.
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.
A bootleg version of the game was released on the Sega Master System in South Korea under the name "The Micro Xevious".
Namco loved to slip the characters and icons from its games into other titles. Xevious hosts guest appearances from Rally-X (the secret "S" flags that signify extra lives or points bonuses).
- Issue 04/1984 – #2 Arcade Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)
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Game added by RKL.
Game Boy Advance, Wii added by Corn Popper. Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo 3DS added by CrankyStorming. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 added by Rik Hideto. Sharp MZ-80B/2000/2500, PC-8000, Sharp X1 added by Infernos. J2ME, BREW, Sharp Zaurus, PC-98 added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. PC-6001 added by vermilion1. Atari ST added by Servo. SEGA Master System, Amstrad CPC added by Игги Друге. FM-7 added by Unicorn Lynx. Xbox 360 added by Stratege. PC-88 added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】. Windows added by big jim. Arcade added by rcoltrane.
Game added December 27, 2003. Last modified January 23, 2024.