★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ GAMESLIST ★ XENON (c) MELBOURNE HOUSE/VIRGIN GAMES ★

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Somewhere across the bounds of space and time a great adventure is taking place. A lone fighter is battling to survive against awesome odds, his only weapon a fantastic craft that can transform from a tank to a plane at the couch of a button. Enemies are massing, though, for one final assault. This is the world of Xenon, and a battle's coming down.

The aim of the game is simple: victory by the complete obliteration of the enemy. Your tank/plane is a tough armour plated beast that can rip up the opposition easily on a one to one basis. But of course, like buses, they only even arrive in threes. This forces you to be constantly switching trom shape to shape to maximise kill power and minimise the risk factor.

On the ground you're immune to aircraft shots, but are slow and attract fire from enemy armour and gun emplacements. When you're a fighter piano, speed and range improve but you're vulnerable to shots from everybody and can't pick up the extra power packs dropped by retreating tanks, so a balance muse be struck.

You scroll up this hi-tech tiled corridor, with turrets protruding out of the floor. One quick shot (or even a near miss) soon has them exploding beautifully, and the trip continues. Next, gun emplacements on a higher level require quick change to plane mods, or avoiding the shells they send crashing down around you.

Thats just about it; differing formations oi tanks, planes and fortifications getting ever more dangerous until big bad end of level beasties come out of hiding and gjve you a shore sharp lesson in the art of dying. The side effect is that you are returned right back to the beginning and the whole battle starts again, amid much gnashing of teeth.

The whole point of a shoot'em up is chat you don't even have time to think, and it's instinct and reaction speed that see you through On this score. Xenon fails to deliver The whole game moves at the speed of a slug with a sprained ankle. Even in plane mode, which allows you a modicum more pace, everything's in slow motion.

In a way the slowness is a relief, because if everything was at normal blasting speed the survival time would be measured in microseconds: it's tough enough as it is! The graphics and sound are both excellent conversions from their 16 bit cousins and the scrolling is smooth if slow.

The blasting, however, isn't enough to sustain any lasting interest. Tough it may be, interesting it ain't. Xenon just, doesn't set the blood on {ire the way Silkworm did, there's not the mad and confused scramble that makes shoot'em ups so exciting.

It's a shame, a crime even, that such good work has been squandered in. such a game.

Apart bom speed it's got everything: good graphics, sounds, smooth scrolling arid even a reasonable plot premise for a shoot out. But it is just not enjoyable enough to warrant spending £10 on!

In years gone by scientists thought the element xenon was inert. I think they were probably right.

TW, AA

XENON
(c) MELBOURNE HOUSE , VIRGIN GAMES

CONVERSION: ANIMAGIC
CODE: ANTHONY WILLIAMS
MUSIC: David Whittaker

★ YEAR: 1988
★ LANGUAGES:
★ GENRE: INGAME MODE 0 , ARCADE , SHOOT-EM-UP , FUTURISTIC

★ RERELEASES: MASTERTRONIC , DROSOFT (SPAIN)
★ COLLECTION: MASTERTRONIC PLUS


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» Mastertronic-Virgin  Games-Double  Dragon-Silkworm-Xenon-Gemini  Wing-Continental  CircusDATE: 2011-10-11
DL: 390 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 81Ko
NOTE: w580*h869

» XenonDATE: 2013-08-10
DL: 153 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 241Ko
NOTE: w939*h1336

Covers:
» Xenon    (Release  DISC)    ENGLISHDATE: 2016-09-10
DL: 90 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 321Ko
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» Xenon    (Release  DISC-DROSOFT)    SPANISHDATE: 2016-09-07
DL: 32 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 130Ko
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» Xenon    (Release  TAPE)    ENGLISHDATE: 2016-09-07
DL: 49 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 200Ko
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» Xenon    (Release  TAPE-DROSOFT)    SPANISHDATE: 2018-03-06
DL: 46 fois
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SIZE: 300Ko
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Dumps disks:
» Xenon    (2008-07-12)    SPANISH    CNGSOFTDATE: 2014-02-21
DL: 115 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 97Ko
NOTE: 40 Cyls
.HFE: OUI
 
» Xenon    (2013-10-19)    SPANISH    CNGSOFTDATE: 2014-02-21
DL: 108 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 84Ko
NOTE: 10 Cyls
.HFE: OUI
 
» Xenon    (2013-10-29)    SPANISH    CNGSOFTDATE: 2014-02-21
DL: 133 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 84Ko
NOTE: Trainer +2: infinite lives, infinite energy ; Original Spanish release; Stage loader ; CRTC r2 and palette fixes ; 10 Cyls
.HFE: OUI
 
» Xenon    ENGLISH    NICHDATE: 2013-08-30
DL: 81 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 105Ko
NOTE: 40 Cyls
.HFE: OUI
 
» Xenon    SPANISH    REILANDATE: 2013-08-30
DL: 56 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 137Ko
NOTE: 40 Cyls
.HFE: OUI
 
» Xenon    SPANISH    THEDOGDATE: 2013-08-30
DL: 55 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 103Ko
NOTE: 40 Cyls
.HFE: OUI
 

Dumps cassettes (version commerciale):
» Xenon    (Rerelease  DROSOFT)    SPANISHDATE: 2012-02-20
DL: 87 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 36Ko
NOTE: Dump by Abraxas

» Xenon    ENGLISHDATE: 2010-03-29
DL: 121 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 38Ko

» Xenon    SPANISHDATE: 2010-03-30
DL: 95 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 35Ko

Dumps disquettes (version commerciale):
» Xenon    ENGLISHDATE: 2018-05-05
DL: 6 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 58Ko
NOTE: 40 Cyls
.HFE: NON

» Xenon    SPANISHDATE: 2011-08-24
DL: 70 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 37Ko
NOTE: 42 Cyls
.HFE: NON

» Xenon      ENGLISHDATE: 2018-03-24
DL: 12 fois
TYPE: ZIP
SIZE: 1735Ko
NOTE: Dumped by DLFRSILVER for Loic DANEELS ; 42 Cyls/CT-RAW
.HFE: OUI
 

Medias/Supports:
» Xenon    (Release  DISC)    ENGLISHDATE: 2016-09-07
DL: 45 fois
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SIZE: 51Ko
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» Xenon    (Release  TAPE)    ENGLISHDATE: 2016-09-07
DL: 39 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 81Ko
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» Xenon    (Release  TAPE-DROSOFT)    SPANISHDATE: 2016-09-08
DL: 28 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 108Ko
NOTE: w1182*h757

» Xenon    (Rerelease  TAPE-MASTERTRONIC  PLUS)    ENGLISHDATE: 2017-12-08
DL: 37 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 161Ko
NOTE: Scan by Pinace ; w1205*h756

Notices d'utilisation:
» Xenon    (Release  TAPE-DROSOFT)    SPANISHDATE: 2018-03-07
DL: 8 fois
TYPE: PDF
SIZE: 272Ko
NOTE: Scan by Abraxas ; 2 pages/PDFlib v1.6

» Xenon    ENGLISHDATE: 2013-08-14
DL: 42 fois
TYPE: text
SIZE: 21Ko
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» Xenon    RERELEASE  DROSOFT    SPANISHDATE: 2011-07-25
DL: 39 fois
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SIZE: 7Ko
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» Xenon    RERELEASE  DROSOFT    SPANISHDATE: 2011-09-22
DL: 85 fois
TYPE: text
SIZE: 3Ko
NOTE: Retyped by hERMOL

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