Xenocide

Copyright: © 1990 Micro Revelations
Genre: Arcade action

Arcade action

Xenocide
Xenocide is a fun sci-fi action game that offers different types of
gameplay, from first-person shooter to platformer to overhead action.
This PC version is much more obscure than the Apple IIGS version for
which the game was first created, but its still quite enjoyable. The
review at The Apple IIGS Gaming Memory Fairway says it all about what
makes this a unique and enjoyable romp: Xenocide has a basic premise:
kill the aliens that have infested the moons of the planet Talos IV
before they spread to the surface of the planet. The logical way to do
this? Completely destroy the orbiting moons! How to do this? You must
first travel to the surface of the planet in a hovering assault craft
(don't let the aliens mess up your windshield!) shooting aliens and
dodging rocks along the way. You must also pick up canisters, which are
very important, because they are what you will store your ammunition in
for the following levels. Control includes keypad or joystick with open
apple being the fire button and option being the missile launcher and
space will throw off a nuclear bomb which will destroy any aliens
(including canisters however) ahead of you. Assuming you haven't been
blown up, or run out of fuel by the time you reach the outpost station
you'll then proceed to the second level of a planet. The game now takes
the view of 3rd person instead of 1st person perspective, the classic
side shooter. The object on this level is to collect 5 bombs located
throughout and get to the next level. Fire button shoots lasers. Option
shoots grenades. Along the way, you will find pulsating spheres - these
will allow you toggle between the options given in the lower middle right
of the screen to increase fire power or recharge shields. Space bar
selects what is currently toggled to. Keep an eye on the fuel gauge! Next
level is very similar to the last, except that you're now underwater,
need to keep an eye on your oxygen and have to find keys instead of bombs
to allow entry to the next level. The 4th part of the game involves a top
down view like Gauntlet, and you are required to place the 5 bombs into
the nuclear reactors. Then find the teleporter controls, activate them
and hop in the teleporter. Do all this 3 times, and you've finished the
game! :-) Having different modes of gameplay is something of a rarity
these days mainly because game developers are interested in releasing
something that doesn't require a lot of effort to produce. Different
modes of play increase challenge and take the player longer to master the
game, which IS a good thing! ;-)
 

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