Xenon 2: Megablast
DOS - 1990
Description of Xenon 2: Megablast
An even better shooter than its original, Xenon 2 is a SHMUP masterpiece from Bitmap Brothers, although this PC version did not sell nearly as well as its Amiga counterpart.
Piloting the "Megablaster" ship, your mission is to survive five levels, blasting hundreds of aliens in the process. The enemies are very creatively designed and more varied than in Xenon: each type of enemy ship has its own flying and attack patterns, including kamikaze (very nasty and hard to avoid). Most enemies you kill leave behind glass orbs which can be collected and used as currency to buy weapon upgrades and other power-ups for your ship. The shop is well stocked with a wide range of power-ups, from your basic energy boosts to a cool item called "Super Nashwan Power," which destroys everything on screen.
There is also a little strategy involved in choosing what to buy next, although a lot of it comes from trial and error: if a rear-mounted gun is best for a certain level, you probably wouldn't know it until you already played that level and get killed in the process ;)
Like all Bitmap Bros. games, Xenon 2 introduces small but significant innovations to the genre. Chief among these is the ability to stop the parallax scrolling and scroll the screen backwards This isn't just a gimmick: at various points in the game, you need to use this feature to backtrack from a deadend, or to attack different parts of huge bosses. The game is more difficult than Xenon, but not so difficult as to be frustrating. And despite the steep learning curve, you will be too busy being addicted to notice ;)
The graphics and sounds are on par with other Bitmap Bros. games, which means they are superb throughout. Bitmap Brothers deserves recognition as one of the first game developers to use professional musicians to score their games.
Definitely one of the best-looking and most fun SHMUP in PC gaming history, and a must-have for every shooter fan. We proudly induct Xenon 2 into our Hall of Belated Fame.
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Perry Rhodan 2021-01-05 -2 points DOS version
Nice graphics, but it's a shame the music and PC speaker sound sucks. At least you can turn the in game music off and just listen to the Amiga soundtrack in the background.
Or just play the Amiga version which is better all-round.
increddibelly 2019-10-09 -2 points DOS version
It may be 2 years late but I think J13 is talking about Halloween Harry? Alien Carnage?
Deimhoss 2019-10-01 -2 points DOS version
I cannot run it. I run it in dos, start the xenon2.exe on a folder, then choose some video setting and then I am back in dos black screen again with nothing happening. what am I doing wrong?
CapnInsan0 2018-11-29 1 point
It was originally produced for the Amiga and Atari ST, it was ported to DOS.
Creonix 2017-11-13 1 point
I didn't play yet but i see other comments and seems it is not complete game. Get another copy and try then again
Insert Other Disk 2017-10-02 3 points DOS version
After killing the spider boss, I get "Loading Level 3 - Insert Other Disk". What should I do? I'm running the DOS version on DOSBox.
Kelfdroid 2017-09-28 0 point DOS version
Oh wow, I so used to love this game, used to play it at work back in the early 90s! I'd never get away with it now. Ok going to download and get some nostalgia :
j13 2017-05-08 -1 point DOS version
i remember 1990-92. i waa 3-5. blank screen. had to type in command to open the game.
*** for some reason i remember it being a 2d version of a 1st person shooter. a blond hair/white shirt/blue jeans style character that could jump and i believe shot lasers (that seemed to just come out of his chest).
can anyone remember what i speak of? was i too young to recall correctly?
Bladester 2016-10-12 1 point
lol.. first game i ever hacked coz i couldnt finish it...wicked memories
paulo jose 2014-08-27 0 point DOS version
you like shoot ship´s , i recomend this game is a good arcade game , good songs and graphics , ..
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