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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 Amstrad CPC Over the ocean
Xevious PC-88 A tank rolling in
Xevious ZX Spectrum I lost my last life. Game over.
Xevious Sharp X1 The Garu Zakato releases a lot of shots so destroy them quickly

Promo Images

Xevious Screenshot
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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 NES May, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
The Atari Times Arcade Jun 24, 2005 82 out of 100 82
Trigames.net Xbox 360 May 15, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 11, 2004 B 75
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 23, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Destructoid Nintendo 3DS Jul 31, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65
Nintendo-Online.de Nintendo 3DS Aug 01, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Jul 15, 2004 5 out of 20 25
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jun, 1983 Unscored Unscored


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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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