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Xargon (pc game)
4.75 out of 5 (8 votes)

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  • Sounds a bit like John Carter to me
  • Boing!
  • Emeralds are a girl's best friend. No, wait...
  • This place is certainly pretty
  • I like ruins
  • Maps are fun
  • Giant mushrooms! I fancy a fry-up! Now, where's the bacon?
  • Giant insect isn't quite as tasty as bacon but if that's what I've got...
  • Why is he blue?
  • That's very handy leaving a sign around like that
  • Pink is so very eighties
  • Don't stand on the spiky balls. No good will come of it.
  • Game introduction title screen - cover
  • Posing for a bit
  • One more platform to go
  • Overview map of the world
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Unoriginal but fun platformer

Something of a curiosity, Xargon is a fairly obscure side-scrolling adventure that is actually worth seeking out if you are into retro adventures. Taking control of the bizarrely monikered archaeologist hero, Malvineous Havershim, as he finds himself transported from Madagascar to the realm of Xargon, players must explore, destroy, jump and collect in typical platforming style. Initially armed only with a single-shot laser weapon, a variety of upgrades later become available, including rapid fire guns, rocks and fireball, all of which are useful when it comes to defeating the myriad nasties out to get you. Graphically speaking, this is something of an old-school delight, with colourful sprites, a variety of spectacular environments and some imaginative level and enemy design. There is always a lot going on at any given time and controls are slick and responsive enough to make jumping, shooting and evading enemies a breeze, while remaining a challenge. Gameplay-wise there is little on display here that is particularly different from many other platformers, such as Hocus Pocus or Rayman, but it does everything with a reasonable degree of charm and personality and overall this is a fun and diverting game with an unusually deep storyline that is worth a look.

A very fun arcade style game

Xargon is a very fun side scrolling adventure game that is pretty typical in its gameplay but with a very compelling and intriguing story. In three volumes, you have to find three power objects which you must use wisely and carefully to complete the game. In the first volume you have to destroy Xargons main reactor, in the second one you have to find a special hidden chamber and in the third and final volume you must fight Xargon himself. You also have to find the power sources as well, of course. The gameplay is fairy typical - jump from platform to platform, vanquish enemies, collect items and powerups and proceed to the next level. The game's charming cartoonish graphics and fun gameplay are definitely on par with the game's great quality. If you like platormer games and "kill the villain" games, this game will definitely be a great choice. And if you want, you can check the game's distant cousin, Jill of The Jungle. Highly recommended!

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