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DarXide SEGA 32X Title screen.



One of the last 32X games released (and exclusively in Europe), DarXide is a 3-D space shooter, inspired in part by the arcade gameplay of Asteroids. It is one of the few 32X games to used texture-mapped polygons.

Players control a lone starship rushing to destroy oncoming asteroids and alien vessels before they annihilate defenseless human miners and colonies. Asteroids break apart into smaller rocks, which much also be hunted down and destroyed. Aliens likewise arrive in larger, more dangerous vessels.

Asteroids broken down to their smallest size and then vaporized will sometimes drop shield or energy recharges, to repair damage caused by laser blasts or collisions. New weapons can also be found. Players have a time limit to meet all objectives in a stage before they are forced to land and try again. The right side of the HUD shows asteroids remaining (and their approximate size), while the left shows the player's distance to their base (and so, time remaining in the stage).


DarXide SEGA 32X Landing after time is up.
DarXide SEGA 32X He's called for tougher backup.
DarXide SEGA 32X Briefing and launch. Textured polys!
DarXide SEGA 32X This alien scout ship doesn't like what I'm doing to his asteroids.

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Mean Machines Feb, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Video Games Jan, 1996 72 out of 100 72
Mega Fun Feb, 1996 63 out of 100 63
Retro Archives Jun 28, 2021 12.5 out of 20 62
Sega Power Mar, 1996 59 out of 100 59
Retro Game Reviews Dec 08, 2018 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50 Jul 13, 2009 3 out of 10 30


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An updated/re-balanced version of the game was released as Darxide EMP in 2003 for mobile platforms, with the original development team involved.
BurningStickMan (18026) added DarXide (SEGA 32X) on Jan 13, 2010
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