Xenophobe

a game by Sunsoft
Platforms: Lynx NESNES
Genre: Action
Editor Rating: 6.1/10, based on 7 reviews
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Xenophobe
Xenophobe
Xenophobe
Xenophobe

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines "xenophobe" as: One unduly fearful of what is foreign, and especially of people of foreign origin. However, considering Atari's latest Lynx hit, Xenophobe, a more accurate definition would be: A consuming terror of swarms of hideous alien monsters bent upon devouring your flesh aboard a deserted space station!

Human Hors D'oeuvres

The setting is several hundreds of years in the future, on a planet that's home to the remnants of the population of Earth. This planet is under the constant threat of attack by the dreaded Xenos - a race of nightmare creatures intent upon consuming the entire human race! To defend against further Xenos attacks, a system of nine space stations guards the planet. Now, all contact with the space stations has been ominously cut off! The last garbled transmission warned that they had all been overrun by the Xenos! It's your task, along with up to three other friends via the Comlynx cable, to venture to the stations and eradicate the Xenos once and for all.

You can be any one of nine different characters on this mission, including the old veteran Col. Schickn, the curvaceous Dr. Pink, the half man-half duck Dr. Kwak, and the robot U2 R B52. Once a character meets his end, you can continue as another character until all the characters have died off. In multiplayer games, each player has fewer lives since all Comlynxed players must share the same pool of nine characters.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!

To begin the game, you beam aboard a deserted space station, and the only way to get off is to seek out and destroy ALL the Xenos aboard. Each station is busting at the seams with all kinds of alien nasties, from the Pods that they hatch from to the large, leaping Snotterpillar that spits slimy phlegm at you!!

Computer screens located in various sections of the station helpfully display the percentage of Xenos that remain as you continue your hunt. Each character begins with 2000 health units which decreases each time you're attacked a hit by Xenos projectiles. Be extra careful of, the Critters and the Tentacles, who latch onto you and drain your health units.

Levels of Terror

Every space station features a different number of levels, but there are always eight rooms per level. In multi-level stations, you must use an elevator to move between levels, which offers a brief escape from the carnage. On certain stations, you can venture outside into the alien landscape.

Regardless of where you are, Xenos lurk behind every comer. Be especially wary of Festor, the largest Xenos creature, who pops up when you least expect it and paralyzes you with his telekinetic gaze. He also launches Xenos pods that can bowl you over and hatch new Xenoses.

Armed to the Max

Fortunately, you have an arsenal of five weapons at your disposal. You begin with a phaser, but you'll discover more powerful weapons such as the Lightening Rifle and the Poofer Gun as you explore each level. Keep track of the maintenance droids; they often carry extra weapons. You'll also come across grenades that can destroy large groups of Xenos at a time.

Mission: Impossible

You can use three methods to finish a mission. Method One is to stay alive as long as possible until the Xenos completely overrun the station. You'll automatically transport back to your ship just before the station explodes; however, you wont receive any bonus points for your efforts. Method Two is to completely eradicate all the Xenos in the station. You return to your ship a triumphant hero and reap bonus points galore. Method Three is to locate the Self Destruct mechanism aboard certain stations and destroy them. You are automatically transported back to the ship before detonation, and you receive bonus points for each Xenos destroyed before the station blew up.

Stellar Scarefest

Xenophobe is a faithful adaptation of the arcade megahit. The graphics take full advantage of the Lynx's color capabilities, and the action is fast and furious. The game itself isn't extremely difficult, but the fun of blasting zillions of slimey, goopy aliens makes it an addictingly good time for all!

ProTips:

  • Break out ot Fester's control by hitting the jump button.
  • Save lives and health units by making some ot the stations self-destruct.
  • Avoid overhead tentacles by crawling and floor tentacles by jumping over them.
  • An alarm sounds whenever a Critter latches onto you. Throw it oil by quickly jumping around.
  • Use all your grenades when your health units dip near zero, since you can't carry grenades over to your next character.

Game Reviews

This game could easily be labeled "Xenophobe: The Special Edition" thanks to all of the extras not found in the original arcade piece. This Xenophobe follows the same basic plot of the coin-op, with up to four people each experiencing their own personal battles against alien invaders on outposts and space stations across the galaxy! Search for weapons, fight off monsters alone or in tandem with others using the Corn-Lynx, and warp to greater dangers in this spectacular arcade translation.

The excitement of the arcade classic can be relieved when up to 4 players join in on this alien extermination mission. The space station is infested with every kind of disgusting alien creatures. Pick up special weapons along the way and clear out the base before it self-destructs.

From deep outside the galaxy distress signals have been sent from the dozens of colonies that line the outer reaches of the solar system. While reports are sketchy, it appears that alien life forms have invaded the planets and the transports that orbit above them, killing off crews and endangering the colonists. It is your job to assemble a team of troopers to go and put an end to this crisis!

Lynx Xenophobe is an expanded version of the classic coin-op that featured ravenous reptillians out for blood. In this version you can Com-Lynx the systems together to give independent vantage points for each participant (unlike the arcade which had a screen split horizontally three times). Explore each station, collect weapons and blast the monsters out of orbit!

Retrieve Bonus Items!

Scattered throughout the ships and stations you will visit in Xenophobe, there are all kinds of bonus point awards. Accumulate higher scores by collecting as many of these items as possible as the bonus points will be carried over from level to level!

Upgrade Your Weapon!

In addition to bonus point items, there are also several types of weapons that can be retrieved. Most of these power-ups will be an improvement over the standard pulse rifle, but most have some types of weaknesses that offset some valuable features!

Get Out Alive!

As the action heats up, you'll encounter even more alien nasties! Also, many of the locations you occupy will be ready to blow and only a limited amount of time will remain before the alien takeover becomes complete!

CONQUER THE INVADING XENOPHOBES!

Marching straight from the arcades and into your Atari 7800 and XE game systems, comes the classic Bally quarter-munching monster, Xenophobe.

Cast as an intergalactic exterminator, your mission is to infiltrate the human moon bases and space stations that have been overrun by the Xenophobe invaders. With gun in hand, you must search through the multiple levels of each outpost in an effort to eliminate an alien infestation that's run amok.

Your enemy is a varied collection of slimy tadpoles and roly-poly balls of teeth that have one thing on their mind: chewing you to bits! You can ward off their attacks with any one of the different weapons left behind from colonists who were not as fortunate as yourself! These power-ups include a Laser rifle, Lightning Rod, and the dreaded "Poof" gun. Food and other beneficial items can also be located within the deserted stations.

One of Xenophobe's most unique features, however, is the ability for two players to explore the hundreds of screens in this game from completely separate perspectives. This enables you to work in tandem against the tentacled terrors or you have the option of venturing off and zapping the monsters solo.

Whichever way you play, Xenophobe dishes up some of the best action Atari has ever seen. A good translation of an all-time classic coin-op!

This platform video game was developed and published by Bally Midway, and released in 1988. The name itself - Xenos - is supposed to strikes fear and panic into every single colonist's heart. First there was a distress call received from the space stations orbiting your home world. Then. Silence. The only one ship managed to escape. A battered man, who tells the tale of pods, hatching into acid-spitting Xenos, pilots it.

To combat the Xenos threat, a small crew of engineers has been dispatched before it takes over all the stations in the space. And your home world. Bring your engineers together and struggle the Xenos on each station, striving to either clear it or abandon it. You have a standard issue laser to start with, but you can get additional weapons the moment you find any. There will be such as Lightning Rifles, Phasers, Poofer guns, and bombs.

Initially, Xenophobe released in 1987, was an arcade coin-op by Bally/Midway. Game play idea and setting is greatly inspired and influenced by the movie Aliens.

Xenophobe is an apt title for a videogame. The dictionary definition is "a person unduly fearful or contemptuous of strangers or foreigners." That certainly describes the central character in most games — someone who's out to get as many strangers as possible.

But in Xenophobe, recently released for the 7800 and XE game systems, it's hard to figure out who's the most xenophobic — you or the numerous other creatures you meet. According to the manual, Xenophobes are "hostile aliens...infesting space stations vital to your planet's security." Xenophobe boils down to a contest to see who can exhibit the most xenophobic behavior in the least amount of time.

When the game starts, you enter the first of nine infested space stations. Most types of Xenophobes are relatively minor annoyances, but the real heavies are the Rollerbabies and Snotterpillars. Rollerbabies are alien armadillos capable of inflicting serious injury if you don't jump out of the way. And Snotterpillars are large, slug-like creatures that leap at you with often fatal results.

You begin your mission-armed with nothing but your fists. Luckily, the space stations are littered with weapons: phaser and laser pistols, lightning rifles, poofer guns, and grenades. Except for the grenades, however, you can carry only one weapon at a time.

Although Xenophobe is best described as a shoot-em-up, there are some elements of strategy. If you don't clear all the Xenophobes in a certain amount of time, the space station is overrun and you must retreat to the next station. You have the option, however, of destroying the station — if you can find the self-destruct code. Also, most stations have several floors linked by elevators, and you must find the most efficient way to clear the station before time runs out.

In some respects, this game seems incomplete. For instance, there are tools and other items you can pick up besides weapons, but there's no way to use them, and they apparently serve no purpose other than to increase your score.

On the other hand, Xenophobe's outstanding feature is its two-player mode. Two people can play at once, each with a split-screen view of the action. It's much easier to fight the Xenophobes this way, and it's a feature all too rare in home videogames.

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