Revolution X

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a game by Rage Software, and Software Creations
Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 5.1/10, based on 6 reviews, 7 reviews are shown
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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Revolution X
Revolution X
Revolution X
Revolution X

The first ever hard-rock shooter comes home to the Super NES. The arcade hit. featuring rock 'n' roll giants Aerosmith. pits you against a multitude of enemies with just your gun and a limited supply of CDs.

The game features original hit songs by Aerosmith like "Eat the Rich." which sounds amazingly similar to what you'd find on a music CD. with the lyrics intact, and keeps the player's adrenaline pumping throughout the game.

Revolution X keeps the "hard rock" (eel of the game alive by taking the gamer backstage, on catwalks above the stage, through bars and more.

Using a crosshair, you must take out every enemy that comes your way. Getting accustomed to the movement of the crosshair takes lime, even with the adjustable speed option. Every so often, a power-up icon will fall from the top of the screen: shoot it and you will acquire that power-up.

The enemies, armed with plenty of ammunition, come at you from all possible angles. Many will pop out of doors or run from the side of the screen, so you must be on your toes and ready to fire at any moment. Some enemies require more shots to be killed than others, so it is best to remember who's who. Most importantly, the enemy likes to rush you from both sides of the screen in large packs, so continuously fire in a sweeping motion across the screen, not in one concentrated area.

With the amazing reproduction ot the Aerosmith music, Steven Tyler's voice and nonstop action, shooter fans and fans of the arcade hit are sure to enjoy Revolution X on the Super NES.

  • MANUFACTURER - Acclaim
  • DIFFICULTY - Variable
  • THEME - Shooter
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

Alright! A great 'gunnin' game from the same sharpshooters who brought us T2! Revolution X is the best mow-em-down since the invention of the lawn mower, and not only because it has tons of secrets -- and Aerosmith!

A New World Order?

Three players can team together to join the revolution and stop New Order Nation from un-corrupting America's youth. That's right, NON takes to sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll like a machine gun takes to bulletproof vests. Fear not, you and Aerosmith will fight for everyone's right to party.

The gunplay-based game play straps you into first-per- son, auto-scrolling action that moves both in 3D and horizontally. You begin by crashing an Aerosmith gig at Club X, but NON terrorists kidnap the band -- Steve, Joe, Brad, Tom, and Joey. After busting out of the club, you must track down Aerosmith's hot-rod car. Then you choose from four pathways: an Amazon rainforest, a chemical factory, a runaway bus, and a maze. The game concludes when you meet a leather-clad femme fatale, the leader of the New Order Nation.


  • Shoot the bridge in the Amazon scene to drop the worm boss into the pit.
  • Small crates can have big rewards. When you see one, shoot it to grab the power-ups. Let your friends worry about the enemies!
  • In the maze, look for a map on one of the walls that will show you the best route.
  • You must rescue all the members of Aerosmith to get the best ending -- a special concert featuring the entire band!
  • Shooting background objects can sometimes help you defeat an enemy or rescue a hostage.

Music Is the Weapon

The straight-up shooting places bullets and bombs (in the shape of CDs, hee hee) at your disposal. Power-ups are pure dynamite: Laser Discs double your bomb power, the Super Gun sets the screen on fire, and the Shield protects you from damage.

Unlike other shooting games, Rev X features user- controllable path selections. In the maze, a CD-style interface appears at path junctions, enabling you to go left, right, back, or forward. Another exciting aspect is the number of secret items buried in the game. Shooting into the background at key points can reveal some great bonuses. Rev X is purported to contain more secrets than any previous Midway game -- if this is true, that's a lot of secrets!


Revolution X's graphics are just short of nuclear. Sharp, digitized characters and scenery complement huge explosions. Aerosmith's cameos between levels serve up 15 seconds of decent-quality full-motion video.

The music? Well, it's Aerosmith! A concert full of great tunes and the sounds of shrapnel will rock your arcade.

Revolution X is a definite must-play-at least once. It doesn't last too long the first time through, but the replay value will rocket if you try to find all the secrets.

  • Manufacturer: Acclaim

Everybody's favorite shooter starring Aerosmith is screaming down for a landing on SNES this summer. A nearly direct translation of the Revolution X arcade hit, you get your chance to blast away with the weapon of choice for the 90's - the guitar gun! Smash bad guys with CD-bombs and red-hot licks! It's also available for Genesis and 32X, and should be out by summer.

Looking for great arcade shooter devolution X ain't even close.

Rev X is a first-person shooter rife with slowdown. You meet wave after wave of silly attackers and blow them away.

The bland graphics are average at best, featuring cheesy explosions and blocky sprites. Although Rev X stars the rock band Aerosmith, the wannabe hard-rock riffs grind dully away, effectively burying the few muted sound effects.


  • Whenever you see a woman locked in a cage, free her by shooting off the bars.
  • To stop the bus, shoot it everywhere -- including the small panel above the door.

The controls are also nothing to sing about. Moving your target sight is a breeze, but accurately pinpointing small targets is difficult.

Revolution X fails to bring the arcade home. What this version does bring home is a very disappointing game.

In possibly the dumbest plot ever, Rev X's bad guys are bent on eradicating fun, and you must plod through L.A. clubs and Middle Eastern deserts to stop them and rescue Aero-smith. Rev X's slow shooting lacks strategy and challenge, but at least you can choose from multiple routes through the ho-hum mayhem.

You aim through a cross hair that quickly sweeps the screen, but the finicky targeting will make you long for the lightgun that this game desperately needs. Grainy, choppy graphics and droning, static-ridden sounds add insult to injury.

Genesis games have matured to the point where developers can deliver eye-popping games like Vectorman -- which means Acclaim has no excuse for slapping together this miserable arcade conversion.


  • Jack up your firepower by continuing to fire bullets while you launch CDs.
  • Waste everything in the background to find power-ups.

Revolution X is about the ol' Rock & Roll.

The New Order Nation, a corrupt alliance of government and big business, is set to take over the world. Their primary mission is to subvert the power and influence of today's youth and rid the globe of anything that's fun. Lead by Headmistress Helga, their first course of action is to abduct Aerosmith, America's premier rock band.

It's your job to rescue them and make life fun again. Armed with a machine gun and an auto-load multi-CD launcher, you must guide a gunsight around each scene of the six levels of play, shooting everything and anyone that moves and a lot of things that don't move. Many of the things you shoot reveal pickups that will help you along the way. These pickups include CDs, a super gun, laserdiscs (which cause more damage than CDs), shields, skull bombs, and wheat grass shakes, which give you a dose of energy.

During your mission, you'll free dancing girls from Los Angeles Club X, destroy NON helicopters, shoot your way inside a chemical factory in the Amazon Jungle, travel to the Middle East to free teens from a mind-control camp, destroy a chemical warehouse in the Pacific Rim, and finally face down the Headmistress herself at a Wembley Stadium Aerosmith concert.

Almost all of the graphics are digitized and Aerosmith themselves are too! There are also lots of fmv videos.

Revolution X features:

  • Free Aerosmith
  • First-person perspective
  • Musical sonic assault weapons
  • Blast enemies
  • Breathtaking arcade smash

I don't make it to the arcade much, but they tell me that this game was quite popular as a coin-op. I can see why: It's a shooter that includes the hot tunes of Aerosmith. It looks as though whatever made it so cool in the arcades has disappeared somewhere in the translation, because I can't find too many redeeming qualities in this game.

The story unfolds like this: The Bad Boys from Boston have been kidnapped (or kidnap-ed, as Clouseau would say it) and it's up to you to save 'em. Many of the objects you'll see in the game are music-related and most of the locations, when you're done shooting them up, look like a hotel room after G 'n R have been partying there.

There are lots of little problems with this game, from graphics to sound to playability, but the biggest problem I had was the fact that it doesn't support a Game Gun. What kind of SPED develops a shooting game without Game Gun support? It is baffling--almost as baffling as the idea of putting a game that showcases music on a system like the Genesis.

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