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The space-witch Aguira, a young fragile girl, has turned the world of Mardar into living hell. Her sentence is death by the Maelstrom, a gigantic black hole. But on route to the Maelstrom, the ship that carries her is hit by a meteorite full of Xyanide, which allows her to materialize her thoughts and escape. Her first target, unsurprisingly, is Drake, her executioner who accompanies her into the Maelstrom. His ship becomes entangled into her world, and he has to fight her demons and destroy the crystals that power her devilish creations.

Xyanide is essentially a 2D shooter, though technically, the graphics are three-dimensional. The player character advances automatically, the screen scrolling forward and often changing the camera view. The path is not entirely linear: at certain intersections, the player can choose where to go next. The game encompasses six large levels; regular enemies, mid-bosses, and end bosses will try to do everything in their might to foil Drake's mission.

Drake's ship has two primary weapons, which can be switched at any time. One is a spread attack normally used against small enemies; the other is a concentrated laser that's effective against bigger targets. Both weapons also have an alternate firing mode, homing missiles. All these can be upgraded during the course of the game. Collecting power-ups not only strengthens the weapons, but allows the ship to perform various offensive and defensive manoeuvres.

The game is story-driven; animated cutscenes appear between the levels, advancing the plot.


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Game Vortex Sep 22, 2006 82 out of 100 82
GamingExcellence Sep 11, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central Aug 30, 2006 3.8 out of 5 76
Lawrence Sep 17, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
TeamXbox Sep 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Official XBox Magazine Oct 01, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Aug 27, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Gamers' Temple, The Oct 16, 2006 60 out of 100 60
GamesRadar Sep 12, 2006 6 out of 10 60
The Game Hoard Aug 14, 2019 3 out of 7 43


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It was the final exclusive game released for the Original Xbox.
andr0meda (39) added Xyanide (Xbox) on Sep 03, 2006