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Description

X-Out is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up. Unlike most comparable games (e.g. R-Type), the game is not set in outer space or even in the air - instead, the fight between good and evil is underwater.

Through five levels, the player has to shoot countless enemies, complete with the obligatory mid-level and end-level bosses. After having completed a level, the player gets to purchase new weapons; instead of simply buying upgrades, it is possible to customize the ship by placing new weapons anywhere on it.

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X-Out Amiga The shop
X-Out Amstrad CPC Starting out
X-Out ZX Spectrum These beasties seen immune to whatever is being shot at them. The ships 'health' deteriorates with each contact
X-Out Amstrad CPC After killing the snake, the pilot jumps out

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1990 9.75 out of 12 81
The One Amiga Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jan, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Atari ST Apr, 1990 67 out of 100 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 7.8 out of 12 65
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1990 6 out of 10 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 470 out of 1000 47

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Trivia

Graphics

Some of the graphics were re-used from an unreleased coin-op game by Rainbow Arts.

Soundtrack

The working title of this game was Medusa. The TFMX soundtrack by Chris Hülsbeck spread through the Amiga community in the early 90's, usually still under the name Medusa.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #3 Best Action Game in 1990
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups (Check 'em out)

Contributed to by EboMike (3135), Kabushi (214704) and Martin Smith (66864)