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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 Amstrad CPC A laser-equipped warship
X-Out Commodore 64 Stage 3 - The track leaving enemies could have been borrowed straight from R-Type.
X-Out Commodore 64 ... and our name in volatile computer memory. So much for going down in the annals of history.
X-Out Commodore 64 Stage 6 - Featuring the evil and near indestructible snails of indestructibleness.

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1990 939 out of 1000 94
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 10.2 out of 12 85
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jan, 2004 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 7.8 out of 12 65

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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 (211135) and Martin Smith (66869)