“ Manufacturer: Nintendo / Genre: Adventure / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / Release Date: 7 June, 2004 „
"Classic NES Series: Xevious" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by Nintendo. It is a part of the "Classic NES" series which ports popular Nintendo Entertainment System titles to the Gameboy Advance. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
Originally released as a freestanding arcade system in 1982, the game was ported to the NES in 1989 which is the subject of this later Gameboy release. There does not appear to be any sort of storyline surrounding the title. Some military influence is evident with the player piloting a small aircraft known as the "Solvalou" to destroy other aircraft and on ground targets. The player has access to an unlimited weapons supply using both a "zapper" (on-craft turret) and a "blaster" (bombs guided by a crosshair on screen to target enemies on the ground). Gameplay is infinite in this title. Users simply continue until their in-game lives have expired. Because of this constant repetition the game can become a bore quickly. The main objective of the game is to attain the highest possible score by figuratively zapping enemies out of the sky. The game also offers a multiplayer mode by use of an optional game-link cable but it is a turn based mode as opposed to two aircrafts in real time.
The graphics of this title are presented from a top down perspective which focuses on the player's aircraft. The detailing of the map is very simple with numerous patches of green and brown to suggest a woodland environment. The images are very small and not particularly well detailed by today's standards, but are accurate to the original release seen in the late 1980s. The soundtrack is also very high pitched and "screechy"; characteristic of many vintage video games seen in the era which it was released.
Overall, Xevious offers good arcade style gaming in a more accessible form. It is a simple game overall and due to its primitive design may not appeal to a wider market. Those interested in retro gaming, though, would likely find interest in this title.