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Xevious (ゼビウス Zebiusu?) is a vertical shooter arcade game developed and released by Namco in 1983. It runs on Namco Galaga hardware, and is one of the earliest vertical scrolling shooters video games.
Several centuries ago, an ancient population constructed GAMP (ガンプ Ganpu?), a biocomputer who made clones. The clones were stronger than their makers, and realized that their owners were puny. The Xevious people revolted and attacked the owners. GAMP had Dokuto (Xevian for ESP) and foresaw an ice age. GAMP and his population of clones with advanced technology left Earth to escape the Ice Age. To escape the impending doom, GAMP and his people migrated to 6 planets, including one called Xevious. In A.D. 2012, GAMP and his new empire returned to Earth to try and conquer it with their army, taking control of several areas. The player controls the ship Solvalou and must defeat the invading Xevious army. In several spin-off games, like Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu, you get to invade Xevious itself and fight GAMP directly. The Bragza is his essence, being the brain of many larger Xevian craft, like Andor Genesis motherships, factories, gunships, etc.
The player moves the Solvalou with the joystick, and pressing the two buttons will fire the air zapper and blaster bomb. The Solvalou must destroy as much enemies across the repeating 16 areas of the game. There are two types of enemies; air and ground targets. The air enemies are defeated by the air zapper, while the ground targets are destroyed with the blaster bombs. The Solvalou will also encounter the Andor Genesis mothership, which has five weak points; firing at the gun points and destroying the core will give the most amount of points. The player can also bomb random areas to reveal Sol towers, which can be destroyed for bonus points, or a Special Flag which grants an extra life.
Xevious was released for Atari 7800, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and Game Boy Advance, and is included with some of its variants like Xevious: Fardraut Saga and Xevious 3D/G+. Xevious is also part of the game collections Namco Museum Battle Collection Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Namco Museum Vol. 2 for PlayStation, Namco Museum DS for Nintendo DS, Namco Museum Remix and Namco Museum Megamix for Nintendo Wii.
Also, the NES version of Xevious is an unlockable game in Star Fox: Assault for Nintendo GameCube.
Super Xevious (スーパーゼビウス?) is an arranged version of Xevious that was released in 1984 for arcade. It has increased difficult and includes some new enemies. Super Xevious was ported to Sharp X68000 and is also included in Xevious3D/G+ and Namco Museum DS.
- Xevious Virtual Console page
- Xevious series at Hardcore Gaming 101
- Xevious (Famicom version) at Video Game Den
- Title at Moby Games
- Title at Gamefaqs
|Xevious • Super Xevious • Super Xevious: GAMP no Nazo • Xevious: Fardraut Saga • Solvalou • Xevious 3D/G|
|List of Xevious units • Super Adventure Game|