X-Men

aka: X-Men Arcade
Moby ID: 49740
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X-Men is a 1992 arcade game by Konami. It brings six of the famed mutants together in a battle to stop the master of magnetism, Magneto, from taking over the world once and for all, while saving the life of Professor X in the process.

The side-scrolling beat 'em up allows up to six players in online co-op to play as Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler or Dazzler. Over the course of various levels enemies both familiar to the Marvel comic book series and unique to the game itself will try to stop the X-Men, from the deadly robotic Sentinels to the likes of the Juggernaut, the Blob, and Mystique. If they survive Magneto's various minions they'll eventually face a showdown with the man himself.

This release includes both the 6-player (widescreen) and 4-player (fullscreen) versions of the game as well as both the US and Japan versions. In the Japan version mutant power is used before health when using special moves, and, when playing with more than one player, enemies will drop health and mutant power replenishing items. In the US version mutant power and health is only replenished by defeating bosses or continuing, but after defeating Magneto it's possible to continue playing on a second loop.

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14 People (13 developers, 1 thanks)

Chief Producer
  • Lee
Director
  • Lee
Visual Design
Design Works
Professor
Hardware Designer
Cabinet Design
Sound Produce and Composer
Music Co-Produce and Composer
Guest Composer
Support Composer
Special Thanks
Young Man

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Critics

Average score: 69% (based on 12 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 41 ratings with 1 reviews)

X-Citing! X-Men Adventure!

The Good
From the fabulous pages of Marvel Comics, comes a totally X-citing X-Men Arcade game! You and your friends take control of the available mutant superheroes on an action packed quest to protect humanity from the minions of the malevolent Magneto.

Professor X and young Kitty Pryde have been kidnapped, anti-mutant robots patrol the streets and Magneto has assembled a villainous gallery of mutant terrorists.

To succeed you need to beat up the robots and terrorist mutants, while saving your mutant power attacks for the right moment.

The Uncanny X-Men do battle at various city locations taken from the comic book panels. The action is non-stop, the control mechanics are smooth, the music is wild and the animation and artwork is taken from the classic, 1989 X-Men TV pilot.

Yes! In 1989, Marvel aired a pilot for an X-Men animated series. The pilot didn't get picked up, but clearly inspired the look and overall feel of this arcade game. The game looks, sounds and plays brilliantly!

The Bad
The beat 'em up gameplay can get repetitive. Your mutant powers are cool to look at but are rarely used. This game would have greatly benefited from the ability to use your powers more often.

The Japanese edition had enemies drop icons to restore your health and mutant abilities. Alas, the American edition only restores your mutant powers after defeating a boss.

The Bottom Line
The X-Men Arcade game is an X-citing, beat 'em up, which looks, sounds and plays brilliantly! Fans of the mighty mutants will enjoy the care and dedication put into the game by its developer.

Arcade · by Edward TJ Brown (118) · 2020

Trivia

Visual direction

The game's artwork and animation are clearly influenced by, X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men (commonly known as Pryde of the X-Men). This was a 1989 television pilot for an X-Men animated series that never materialized.

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kartanym.

Arcade added by 666gonzo666. Android, iPhone added by Kohler 86. iPad added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Lain Crowley, Rik Hideto, Edward TJ Brown.

Game added January 1, 2011. Last modified November 25, 2023.