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It's the year 2777. Due to nuclear wars and natural disasters, Earth's population has decreased dramatically and only five island are left, forming the nation of Xexyz. In Xexyz, humans, spirits and faeries have lived peacefully for centuries under the reign of King Xeu Star. One day, Xexyz is attacked by Goruza who murders the king, builds mechanical castles on each island and captures the queen of each island. You take on the role of a soldier named Apollo who wants to put an end to Goruza's reign.

Controlling Apollo, it is your task to free all five islands. Freeing an island is done in several different phases that feature 'Jump'n Shoot' as well as 'Shooter' levels (called "Action Mode" and "Shooting Mode"). The first level of each island is a Jump'n Shoot level that contains many doors to shops, bonus games, friendly NPCs or mid-bosses. NPCs will sometimes give you important hints, items or weapons; bonus games can be played to win some money ("Balls"); defeating mid-bosses (and thereby freeing a Fairy) will get you a cash reward and shops also offer weapons and items. Weapons differ largely in attack power and range. Items have temporary effects such as invincibility or improved jumping abilities. In an island's first level, you will have to find a secret room and defeat a boss, for which you will receive a Force Star that is needed to gain access to a mechanical castle. Mechanical castles look similar to other Jump'n Shoot levels but are more complex.

Once you have made your way to a "Cyborg Rider", a self-scrolling Shooter sequence starts in which you have to shoot your way through lots of enemies while picking up speed and weapon power-ups. At the end of this sequence you will leave the Cyborg Rider, and step onto a floating platform for a boss fight. After the boss is defeated, another Shooter sequence with another boss at the end awaits, but this time, the boss if fought from the Cyborg Rider. After defeating this boss, you start the process over with a Jump'n Shoot level.


Xexyz NES Inside a mechanical castle.
Xexyz NES Boss fight on a floating platform.
Xexyz NES Title Screen
Xexyz NES The image of King Xeu Star guides you to a boss.

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Alternate Titles

  • "亀の恩返し・ウラシマ伝説" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Kame no ongaeshi: Urashima densetsu" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews Feb, 2014 A- 91
Random Access Jul 27, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jul 08, 2013 7 out of 10 70
PixlBit Dec 06, 2013 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1990 26 out of 40 65
The Video Game Critic Jan 15, 2010 D+ 33


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Mobygamesisreanimated (11177) added Xexyz (NES) on May 25, 2005