Xenon is a vertical space shooter developed by Animagic for the Amstrad CPC in 1988, under the label of the distributor Dro Soft for the Spanish market. It is the conversion of the original title into Atari ST work of the Bipmap Brothersand which also saw the light of day in arcades under the nameplate Arcadia Systems.
|SUPPORT:||Cassette and Diskette|
|CONTROLS:||Joystick and Keyboard|
|SERIES:||Xenon, Xenon 2 - Megablast|
Assessment of the game
The existence of the species that inhabit our galaxy, including humans, was seriously endangered during the 50-year war against the arachnid aliens. After the final, long-suffering victory, a new era of peace and harmony between all known civilisations? Until the Xenitas.
Darrian is one of the youngest pilots to graduate from the Panterran Ecole d'Espace. When the fleet of the Captain Xod is attacked by the belligerent invaders, it sends a desperate message for help to the Space Federation. Darrian is the only pilot available in the sector, so it is chosen to cross the territory. Xenita and assist the besieged troops.
We put ourselves in the shoes of the young pilot of the FederationThe mission is to fly over a total of 4 sectors, each divided into 2 sub-sections, until the rescue mission is completed. Our combat ship has an interesting peculiarity, and that is that it can become a kind of ground tank when we need it, although certain sectors can only be conquered by piloting from above.
The troops of the Xenitas are made up of units that attack from both the air and the ground, with anti-aircraft defences providing cover at all times. We have to wisely alternate the different morphologies of our spacecraft if we want to survive the enemies and obstacles in each sector. Remember that each configuration gives us unique weaponry and manoeuvrability characteristics.
By taking down hostile forces, we can collect different PowerUps that will substantially improve the performance of our ship, such as increasing its speed, the range of projectiles, recharging its energy shields, obtaining more lethal weaponry, or acquiring invulnerability for a certain period of time.
At the halfway point and at the border of each sector we will be confronted with the SentinelsThese huge war machines will require a multitude of hits from our shots to be destroyed. Although we have a shield capable of resisting many external aggressions, a collision with one of these creatures will be lethal and will turn us into cosmic dust. It should be noted that depending on the sector we are in, the Sentinels can only be fought by a specific formation of our spacecraft... Nobody told you it was going to be an easy task!
The guys from Animagic We are used to a bit of a mixed bag, but this time we have been lucky because the result is very satisfactory. Xenon is a tremendously faithful conversion to the original version.
The graphics are very similar, with a very well used colour palette that minimises the quality leap to 8-bit. Not only do we have music throughout the game, but it is also of high quality, with futuristic tunes that transport us to a galactic-dystopian odyssey.
The action is a lot slower and less frenetic than in the 16 bits, but this far from being a negative point makes the game just as enjoyable or even more so, as it allows you to savour to a greater extent the many virtues it has to offer.
The precision of the controls, which respond perfectly to our commands, and the difficulty curve, much more accessible in Amstrad CPC and that gives us more chances to successfully overcome the 4 sectors of which the game is composed.
If you are one of those who enjoy the genre of space shooters, don't hesitate, Xenon it's your game.