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Sanxion is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up where you fight your way through wave after wave of colourful enemies, using a futuristic looking aeroplane. The screen is divided in two, with one third at the top of the screen showing a bird's eye panoramic view of the surroundings and your plane, and the two thirds at the bottom showing the actual battlefield. The scrolling speed is controlled by the player, as the scrolling slows down when the plane nears the left side of the screen, and picks up speed as the plane moves towards the middle. The game does not feature any end bosses or power-ups, instead the player is treated to a non-lethal bonus stage after each completed level, where the aim is to shoot, collect or avoid obstacles in a race against time.


Sanxion Commodore 64 Gotcha! The purple alien just met his maker.
Sanxion Commodore 64 Missing every bonus in the bonus stage.
Sanxion Commodore 64 Head on with bullet shaped aliens.
Sanxion Commodore 64 The title screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Sanxion: The Spectrum Remix" -- ZX Spectrum title

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Nov, 1986 93 out of 100 93
Computer Gamer Dec, 1986 90 out of 100 90
64'er Apr, 1990 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer 1987 79 out of 100 79 (UK) Oct 26, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Commodore User Nov, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Popular Computing Weekly Oct 09, 1986 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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Gold Rush

Thalamus ran a 'Willy Wonka' type competition with the Spectrum release of this game. Some copies of the game were issued on gold coloured cassettes and purchasers were invited to call the Thalamus hotline to claim their free prize.


The music track Thalamusik from this game, composed by Rob Hubbard, the man who also created themes for such well-known titles, as Commando and Monty on the Run, was very popular after release and there are dozens of remixes available.

Related Web Sites

  • The c64 portal (Web-site, where you can find original music and remixes from many Commodore 64 games in native *.sid format. )
Mattias Kreku (439) added Sanxion (Commodore 64) on Jun 13, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (70447)
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