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Melbourne House
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Garth Sumpter
Chris Bourne

King of the crawling armoured thingies, Xenon has been popular for a long time and although it may have been put to one side at this stage in some people's collections, it will certainly never be forgotten.

A true monster bash, Xenon involves devastating all comers in a large, vertically scrolling world with a powerful transformer tank capable of transmuting from hell on wheels to hell on wings, taking to the skies and picking off targets from above.

Playability is incredible but although it's Xenon's strongest point, it is also it's weakest 'cos it can actually be too difficult to finish the game without a cheat. However, it contains so much action that it doesn't really get frustrating... you can literally spend hours at the Xenon and not notice the time fly by.

Graphics are detailed but not over stunning and the sound is really rather good but as you destroy the seemingly infinite string of gun emplacements, battle tanks and alien ships in the demon world of Xenon you'll wonder why you haven't already fallen for this superb shoot 'em up.

Label: Tronix
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99
Reviewer: Garth Sumpter

ALAN: What a blast! One of the first of the Bitmaps' new age games, Xenon promises to thrill.

Xenon still captures my imagination every time I play it. The graphics look good if a little basic by today's standards but it's a game that demands every ounce of concentration.


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And through the rectangular window today children is Sector One, of Xenon.

Here I am again. Now, did I leave the car in Sector One or here?