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Rainbow arts was most well known for the Turrican series of shooters which featured great audiovisuals and action. X-out, or crossout, is another great shooter that added some extra's to the standard side-scrolling that was quite common at that time. Instead of giving you a set number of lives and weapons that could be powered up you are given 15.000 credits with which you can buy ships and weapons. You can choose from four different ships which are progressivly more powerfull and can carry more weapons at once. They are all fitted with a single blaster as standard but you can select from more than 20 different weapons to add to the firepower of your ship. Things like triple lasers, homing missiles and shields are all available in the shop. At the start it's doubtfull you will be able to afford most of these however because the cheapest ship costs 3000 credits and the most expensive one 6000.

Once you buy your equipment you will have to face hordes of enemies but for every enemy you destroy you will be given credits. You can then again use it at the start of the next level to buy more or better equipment. Each of your ships has a certain amount of energy that will deplete if you are hit by enemy fire but if you are hit by a large weapons that the bosses at the end of each level carry or if you hit any walls you will die instantly. Because each ship you buy basically gives you an extra life it's adviseable that you don't put all your eggs in one basket and buy several smaller ships instead of one all powerfull one.

The graphics especially in the Amiga version are excellent with large bosses at the end of each level and lots of smaller enemies on the screen at once. Music is something that was always very important in the games from rainbow arts and this is no exception, there are some great tunes throughout the game. There's not much about the game to complain about really so if you like shooters or action games in general I would definately recommend this.
There was also a sequel made, very originally called Z-out.

Overal rating: 8.5/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for four different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1990.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
Graphics and music are excellent.
Atari ST Released in 1990.
This can't hold up to the amiga in terms of graphics and sound but gameplay is pretty much there.
C64 Released in 1990.
Game has been tested and completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This is the version I played most when I first got the game. The graphics are very good for what the C64 is capable off and the music is excellent.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1990.
I could only get this game to work when I put the emulator in spectrum 48 mode. The graphics are pretty bad though and the game suffers from it so I can't really recommend it.

Date added Dec-13-2004 12:57
Name X-out
Developer Rainbow arts
Publisher Rainbow arts
First released 1989
Genre Action
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ZX Spectrum, filesize: 67 Kb
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