Z-Xtricator (ZX81)

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Z-Xtricator is a side-scrolling shooter. It is inspired by Defender but only scrolls from left to right at a steady pace, with no option to turn around and move in the opposite direction. It takes place long ago in a galaxy far away where a war between two hostile races took place. Prisoners taken could not expect to survive for long and their only hope lay with the Xtricators, a group of warriors whose job it was to rescue people from the enemy's home planet.

The player takes control of a member of the Xtricators called Zed and has to collect all members of his group that have been captured. To pick up a prisoner the player has to move down close to the surface without hitting the ground. Due to the planet's gravitational pull the player can't stay close to the surface too long since the ship will then explode. At the same time the player has to fight the enemy fighters that try to stop him. Two weapons are available: a regular laser cannon and a super zapper bomb that destroys all enemies on the screen. The bombs have to be used sparingly as there are only three in supply. Occasionally a mother ship will appear which must be hit four times with the laser. The player has a limited amount of fuel but after rescuing all prisoners the player returns home for a refill before the game continues with another tougher stage.


Z-Xtricator ZX81 High score list
Z-Xtricator ZX81 Enemies appearing
Z-Xtricator ZX81 Using a bomb causes the screen to flash, something that's hard to depict with a screenshot
Z-Xtricator ZX81 Starting out

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  • "Xtricator" -- In-game title

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Kabushi (209311) added Z-Xtricator (ZX81) on Mar 27, 2014