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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 The title screen.
Sanxion ZX Spectrum High Scores
Sanxion ZX Spectrum Shoot out two of these to create a gap
Sanxion ZX Spectrum Main menu

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum May, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 8 out of 10 80
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 79 out of 100 79
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) Commodore 64 Oct 26, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Popular Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Oct 09, 1986 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 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. )
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