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The 80’s was a very popular era. Along with being famous for its revolutionary fashion industry, retro arcade games were also a popular invention of this era. These arcade games set the basis for the future of the gaming industry and were enjoyed by all.

Xevious® was one of the earliest vertical scrolling shooters and greatly influenced games in this genre. The graphics were revolutionary for their time, and characters were rendered with remarkable clarity and effect through careful use of shades of gray and palette-shifting. It was one of the first games to have hidden bonuses which are not mentioned in the instructions but can be revealed by a secret maneuver.

The Gameplay

The gameplay involves piloting a combat aircraft called a Solvalou, which is armed with a forward-firing Zapper for aerial targets and a Blaster which fires an unlimited supply of air-to-surface bombs for ground targets. The game, presumably set in Peru, was noted for the varied terrain below, which included forests, airstrips, bases, and mysterious Nazca Line-like drawings on the ground.

There are various aerial enemy aircraft which shoot relatively slow bullets, as well as fast-moving projectiles and exploding black spheres. Ground enemies are a combination of stationary bases and moving vehicles, most of which also fire slow bullets. Giant floating Andor Genesis mother ships appear in certain areas; these are killed by knocking out their cores.


The Solvalou (aircraft) continually advances over varying terrain, and the boundaries between areas are marked only by dense forests. As the Solvalou constantly flies forward, it is possible to advance without killing any enemies.

Difficulty Levels

There are 16 levels (16 areas) in this game. If the player dies, play normally resumes from the start of the area. If the player has completed at least 70% of the area before dying, play will begin at the start of the next area instead.

Interface and Controls

The interface and controls are very simple. Just use the arrow keys to navigate the aircraft and a control button to shoot at the enemy.

Xevious® was a revolutionary arcade game due to its colorful graphics and innovative game play. It is a very addictive game that you will find hard to stop playing until you’ve progressed through all the levels.

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