X-Out by Rainbow Arts


x-outPublisher: Rainbow Arts
Developer: Rainbow Arts
Release Date: 1989
Code: Jörg Prenzing
GFX: Andreas Escher
Music: Michael Hendriks
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 82%
Our Game Rating: 85%
Completed by Rio Baan
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
This great horizontal shoot-em-up from Rainbow Arts boasts superb gameplay, crisp graphics and cracking SID music from Michael Hendricks. It’s a very solid game and definitely packs a punch with it’s various power-ups. Unfortunately it’s a game I missed out on back in the day (I switched over to the Master System for 6 months), but I have certainly made up for it since.
Many thanks to Rio Baan for sending in the game ending to this cracking little SHEMUP game by Rainbow Arts…
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The ending starts with this superb picture: there’s animated stars in the background
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Cue the credits!
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Finally, The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Rio has finished the game before without cheating, but he didn’t have time to play it through just to get to the ending for this page… so he cheated!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:  Well, you eventually get to a large robot which you have to destroy. The first time I got to it I had no idea it was the big-boss. You destroy it anyway and you get to look at a nice picture, scrolling message, and hear a catchy new tune. Then the game ends.
COMMENTS:
Vinny: The end screen is very well drawn and the music is really catchy and beautifully synthesized. I was a bit surprised to get to the end only level after 4-2. I was expecting the game to be longer and harder, but it was not to be.
Rio: This is another quality ending from Rainbow Arts, but it’s lacking any cinematic finale (like the ending to the Turrican games, or Denaris), so I’m going to have to dock it points for that. The scrolling message is a bit ordinary as well (save for the “Dolby mono” logo which was a nice touch). Even still, X-Out is a great game and the ending is worth playing to the end for.
FINAL SAY: Nearly got a top mark… but not quite…

G.E. RATING: 9 / 10

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One Response to X-Out by Rainbow Arts

  1. I have always felt that just a pic and a tune is a bit of a let down with game endings, a short sequence is always preferred. Something like this after the hectic levels and constant blasting I feel they should have maybe animated the ship doing what is depicted there and a message.

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