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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.reviews
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Xenophobe / game / commercial
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Date: Tue Dec 31 20:16:06 1991


Reprinted from Atari Explorer, Vol. 10, No. 1, January/February 1990
Copyright 1989 by Atari Explorer Publications Corp.  
Reprinted by permission.
 
Software Survey
 
 
Xenophobe
---------
 
Review by Wayne Wharton
 
     Coin-op fans will remember that the arcade hit Xenophobe pits you 
against a bunch of slimy alien monsters that have infested Earth's space 
stations throughout the galaxy.  You are part of an elite team with one 
mission: regain control of the stations and pick up any valuable 
hardware the aliens leave behind.
     The aliens are a swarming band of uglies, straight out of your 
worst nightmare.  Whether you team up with another member of your squad 
or go it alone, you will need all of your talent and bravery just to 
stay alive as you rid each station of these pests.
     Nine stations, each with one to five levels of eight rooms each, 
give you more than 190 rooms of creepy crawlies to eliminate.  You face 
five varieties of alien scum--critters, pods, tentacles, rollerbabies, 
and snotterpillars--each of which requires a given amount of force and a 
special fighting technique (like squat and shoot) to take it out.
     As you move about, you find weapons, valuable hardware, and food 
strewn about.  switch weapons if you find one more powerful than what 
you have, grab a burger and soda if your health gauge reads low, and 
pick up valuables when you see them--especially the self-destruct code 
for the station.  But don't waste time searching for stuff, because you 
have a limited amount of time in each station.
     Completely faithful to the arcade version, Atari's cartridge-based 
Xenophobe offers a split screen that allows you and a friend to move 
independently as you take on the alien hordes.  The smooth scrolling of 
the coin-op, crisp detail of the aliens, dynamite sound effects, and 
responsive player controls--not to mention the danger, excitement, and 
challenge--combine to make Xenophobe one of the most outrageous action 
games around for Atari 8-bit systems.
 
                  out of 10
EASE OF LEARNING          7
CHALLENGE                 9
GRAPHICS                  9
DOCUMENTATION             7
 
OVERALL RATING            9
 
System: Atari 8-bit computer
Required equipment: Joystick
Summary: Eliminate a bunch of ugly aliens in Earth's space stations
Price: $34.99
Manufacturer:
  Atari Corp.
  P.O. Box 61657
  Sunnyvale, CA 94088
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