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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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The different weapons to collect and the graphically varying levels give Xenon more depth than Insanity Fight and other shoot-'em-ups in a similar vein. One of the best action games on the Amiga to date, setting new standards in coin-op conversions.
The Bitmap Bros have managed to strike that fine balance between frustration and addiction, and have produced a wonderful game. It's just a shame all this sort of thing has been seen and done before. The sound is superb, the graphics are wonderful, and the gameplay is terrific. Xenon must be one of the best coin-up conversions to appear on the Amiga (not surprising considering the actual coin-up version is based around Amiga boards). A very competent albeit unoriginal game.
Zzap! (Apr, 1988)
After the 50-year Arachnid War, the universe has settled into a period of trading and artistic accomplishment. Philosophy and religion have reached a point where science has answered many of their fundamental mysteries. Spacecraft have been sent to the edge of the cosmos and found close space, leading thinkers to believe that there were no more sentient species to be contacted. However, they were proven wrong with the sudden emergence of the Xenites, and their rapid colonisation of 15 planets. Now, ten years after their first appearance, the Xenites hold a grip of terror on the merchants and traders who dare to cross the vastness of space, for raids are frequent, swift and deadly.
Ready yourself for plenty of vertically scrolling shoot 'em up action in this re-release of one of the first quality Amiga games. The action's a bit dated for gamesters of today, but those after a challenge could do a damn sight worse than this
If you haven't yet got a scrolling zapper in your collection, Xenon is the one to go for at the moment, and even if you have, I'd still recommend it as one of the few games that has reached a true 16-bit level in design and quality.
Commodore User (Feb, 1988)
Xenon is one of the best shoot 'em ups to appear on the Amiga.
Raze (May, 1991)
[Budget re-release] The game's packed with the normal array of distasteful enemies and contains more than its fair share of big vehicles and monsters. This shoot-'em-up is undoubtedly better than Gemini Wing and even gives Silkworm a run for its money.
Amiga Computing (Jun, 1988)
Xenon is a good, fast, exciting and enjoyable shoot-'em-up. It hardly drains the brain, but then that's not what it is supposed to do. Unfortunately, it provides little if anything that you can't get for half the price in Sidewinder. If however, you already own Sidewinder and are looking for something the same, Xenon's for you.
Retro Archives (Dec 15, 2019)
Xenon sur Amiga reste très fidèle à la version parue sur ST, en bien comme en mal. Les quelques très rares nuances dans les sonorités musicales ne sont pas suffisantes pour pousser le joueur à privilégier cette version par rapport à celle parue sur l’ordinateur d’Atari. Sauf curiosité historique, mieux vaut de toute façon s’abstenir d’y jouer.