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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.


Xevious NES Title Screen
Xevious NES Bombing alien tank
Xevious NES Here come's a flying board
Xevious NES Attacked by O's!

Promo Images

Xevious Screenshot
Xevious Screenshot
Xevious Screenshot Title Screen
Xevious Other

Alternate Titles

  • "Xevious: The Avenger" -- NES/GBA title
  • "Tiny Xevious" -- PC-6001 title
  • "Cheyenne" -- working title
  • "Arcade Archives: Xevious" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "3D Classics: Xevious" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "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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Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine May, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Aug 11, 2004 B 75 Feb, 2014 B 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Video Game Den 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Total!! UK Magazine Oct, 1993 58 out of 100 58
1UP! Apr 12, 2019 56 out of 100 56
Power Play May, 1989 55 out of 100 55


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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.

Cancelled ports

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.

Bootleg version

A bootleg version of the game was released on the Sega Master System in South Korea under the name "The Micro Xevious".


  • TeleMatch
    • Issue 04/1984 – #2 Arcade Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)

Information also contributed by Игги Друге and FatherJack

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