DescriptionAn archaeologist named Malvineous Havershim was studying strange ruins in Madagascar, remnants of buildings constructed during the age of a long-forgotten civilization of the mysterious Blue Builders. One day Malvineous spotted glyphs on one of the structures. As he attempted to translate them, Malvineous was hit by a wave of gas and fainted. In his dream, a talking eagle named Silvertongue tried to warn him of upcoming dangers. The archaeologist awoke in a strange and hostile world, unable to understand anything. With Silvertongue's guidance, Malvineous will have to overcome all dangers and eventually confront Xargon, the tyrannical ruler of that world.
Xargon is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer. Malvineous is initially equipped with a basic laser gun, which can be upgraded by collecting power-ups or buying upgrades in a store. These include extra laser bullets, rapid-fire mode, limited-ammo fireballs, and others. The gun can be controlled by pressing up or down arrow keys, making it slightly advance upwards or downwards. The store can be accessed at any time, provided the player has collected a sufficient amount of emeralds, which act as currency. Health units, invincibility power-ups, and weapon upgrades can be purchased.
This game entry refers to the registered version of the game with its three episodes:
- Xargon: The Mystery of the Blue Builders - Beyond Reality
- Xargon: The Mystery of the Blue Builders - The Secret Chamber
- Xargon: The Mystery of the Blue Builders - Xargon's Fury
- "The Xargon Trilogy" -- In-game title
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|PC Joker||Sep, 1994||50 out of 100||50|
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Feb 21, 2012
Freeware releaseThe registered version of Xargon was released as freeware by its author, Allen W. Pilgrim, alongside Kiloblaster on August 4, 2008. The source code of both games was also released to the public.
Unused artIn November 2012, Allen W. Pilgrim released unused Xargon artwork, including monster sprites, an early version of the main character's portrait and box art design. The artwork was created by Dan Froelich, Matt Berger and Joe Hitchens and is not public domain. The files are exclusively available at RGB Classic Games.
Version numberingBoth the shareware and the registered game indicate the version number as 3.0. However, no earlier public releases with lower versions numbers exist. Developer Allen Pilgrim explains:
I did not want to release a product that had a version of 1.0 so I just made it 3.0. Technically there were enough internal updates, hundreds if not thousands, that would justify that but the reality is it is the only official version.
Related Web Sites
- Download Xargon (Free, legal download of the shareware version of Xargon -- look for $XARGON.ZIP)
- RGB Classic Games - Xargon (Download official freeware version released by Allen Pilgrim in 2008)
- Xargon: Beyond Reality (official page at Epic Games' website, Wayback Machine copy from 1997)