|Tom Flaherty (GCC)
|Port of the 1982 Namco Coin-Op
It's dangerous, it's devious, it's Xevious. Never before has
a tag line so perfectly summed up a video game. Xevious was one
of the first (if not the first) in a new genre of arcade games: the scrolling
shooter. While we make take such games for granted today, back in
1982 such a concept was unheard of. Most games of the time had only
one non-scrolling screen, which seriously limited their creativity. One
screen shooters like Galaga and Galaxian were ok, but players hungered
for something different. Xevious satisfied that hunger.
It's a nightmare, but it's true. Scientific research
has determined that we are the actual aliens on Earth and the evil Xevions
are the original inhabitants. Now the Xevions want Earth back. minus
the humans! Earth's last hope is an experimental fighter plane known as
the Solvalou. The mission is dangerous, success isn't guaranteed,
and odds are this is a one-way trip. But at this point it's do or
As Earth's last hope, you must successfully defeat the
Xevion assault fleet before they reclaim earth. However this won't
be an easy task, the Xevions have had over a millennia to develop the
biggest, nastiest, and most destructive ships Earth has ever seen. Thankfully
the Solvalou is armed with the latest in weapons technology which will
cut through the Xevion hordes like a hot knife through butter. The
Solvalou has two main weapons, a laser blaster for taking out air targets,
and a photon bomber for destroying ground targets. Over the course
of the game you'll run into numerous enemy types which can only be destroyed
using the appropriate weapon, so mastering the dual shot (air and ground)
technique is vital.
Air targets come in the form of enemy ships. There
are a wide variety of ships, each with their own unique attack patterns
|Toroid Fleet Ships
||These round rotating objects are the first and
most common enemy encountered in Xevious. Gliding in from
the left or right, a small squad of Toroids will stop in front
of your ship, fire, and quickly retreat in the direction they
came. Thankfully Toroids are quite slow and don't pose much
of a threat unless you happen to be distracted by something else
at the time.
|Torkan Scout Ships
|| Torkan Scouts are similar to Toroids
except they move much quicker and fly in from the top of the screen
at different angles, then stops and releases a single shot before
zooming even more quickly away from whence it came.
|Zoshi Death Squads
|| These odd shaped ufo's move in erratic
patterns around the screen. As their name suggests, Zoshi
Death Squads are quick and deadly. Take great care when
attempting to engage them as it would be a very bad idea to let
one or more get behind you.
||This oblong diamond-shaped ship has the ability
to zoom quickly in and hover in place long enough to rapidly fire
shots at you before evading and escaping.
|Giddo Spario (Energy Blast)
||These tiny white balls of energy are fast and
hard to see. Unless you're careful a swarm of these will
wipe your ship out in no time. Take these kamikaze bastards
out as quick as possible.
Zakato Energy Launcher (Black Ball)
| Black Balls (also known as 8-Balls) are on of
the deadliest enemies in Xevious. Appearing out of nowhere,
Black Balls self-destruct into a fast moving bullet which will
then launch itself at you. While one or two are easy to
avoid, Black Balls like to swarm and appear right next to your
ship making them all the more deadly. Black Balls tend to
herald the arrival of Andor Genesis, so when they start to appear
you know Andor isn't far behind.
Mirrors (Bacura Shields)
|Mirrors are the single most annoying enemy in
Xevious. These large rotating squares appear in large swarms
at various points in the game. Normally this wouldn't be
a problem, but they are INDESTRUCTABLE! That's right, all
you can do is avoid them and hope one doesn't go smashing into
your cockpit. Thankfully Mirror swarms are fairly uncommon.
||This is the big one, the Mother Ship! Andor
Genesis is a hulking air fortress armed with four laser cannons
just dying to blow you out of the sky. The only way to defeat
Andor Genesis is with a direct hit on the rector core with a photon
bomb (think Star Wars), however getting close enough to Andor
Genesis without being hit is a major challenge. Destroying
the rector will cause Andor Genesis will cause it to flee and
prepare itself for another attack.
Ground targets are mostly optional since they pose far
less danger than air targets. Using the targeting computer (projected
in front of the ship), you can carefully take out all those annoying
defense stations scattered throughout the landscape. Also note
that your targeting computer will light up when a hidden citadel is
||Grobda Tanks are a little craftier
than the Domogram Rovers. These tanks sit motionless until
fired upon, one your bomb is dropped they will suddenly lurch
forward or backward out of harms way. Grobda Tanks are completely
harmless and never shoot at your ship.
|Logram Sphere Station
|| Sphere Stations are the most common defensive
structure that you'll encounter. These small purplish domes
will occasionally shoot a quick moving energy bullet at your ship.
Take them out quickly before they become a problem.
|Boza Logram Dome Network
||No this isn't a TV station, these large cross
structures contain four Sphere Stations surrounded by a central
core. A direct hit on the core will take out the whole structure
and earn you big bonus points.
|Derota Defense Station
|| These nasty little structures are similar to
Logram Sphere Stations except they fire a continuous stream of
bullets at your ship. Take these stations out ASAP or you'll
find yourself in a whole world of trouble.
|Garu Derota Mega Station
||The name says it all, these large structures
are a supercharged version of the Derota Defense Station and shoot
twice as fast. Use extreme caution when attempting to bomb
|Barra Energy Station
|| These square pyramid shaped structures provide
power for the Xevion assault fleet. Barra Energy Stations have
absolutely no defenses and are completely harmless. Take
them out only when you're not under heavy attack.
|Zolbak Detector Dome
||These round shaped structures resemble exhaust
ports. Like Barra Energy Stations, Zolbak Domes are completely
harmless. Take them out for extra points.
|| Sol Citadels are special hidden structures which
can only be detected by your targeting computer. When your
target lights up, a Citadel is hidden directly below it. Bombing
a Citadel will cause it to rise out of the ground and allow you
to bomb it again (this time destroying it). Sol Citadels
are hard to find, but are worth big points if you can destroy
With its large amount of enemies, Xevious is a most impressive
game. The Atari 7800 version is a great effort to bring the
arcade magic home. The graphics
are sharp and well done and show off the 7800's color pallet nicely. The sound effects are pretty much the same as the arcade game,
but sound a tad fuzzy for some reason. Another nice feature of the 7800 version is that even when there are tons of enemies on the screen there is absolutely no slowdown. Xevious shows just how the 7800 could do a decent arcade to home conversion when the programmer put their mind to it (so what the heck happened with Hat Trick?).
||Late stage WIP
to 7800 Software