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Xenophobe

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Released: 1990

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Atari Lynx

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Atari

Submitted by: Darran Jones

Bally Midway's Xenophobe may not have set the arcades alight upon its 1987 release, but it made for a cracking good Atari Lynx released.

Utilising a clever, and easy to get to grips with control system (something that the original arcade release didn't boast) as well as a brand new four-player mode (providing you could find three more friends who owned the actual handheld) Xenophobe turned out to be a surprisingly polished blaster that still holds up today.

Beamed onto a ship overrun by xenomorphic beasties, you're required to do little more than roam through the levels and mop up every pesky critter you come across. Like Gieger's beastly creations,  the xenomorphs come in a variety of sizes and get more dangerous as the grow in size and ferocity.

Facehugger type creatures will scamper along the floor and cling to your back, while the bigger fiends will spit acid and throw bombs at you. Fortunately, you're far from defenceless, as you can get hold of a variety of different guns, or use bombs whenever you get in a tight spot. If all else fails you can simply nuke the space station (although you won't get any bonus points).

Add in an excellent multiplayer mode that saw you frantically trying to pick up goodies before your greedy mates and Xenophobe proves to be a superb title that really shouldn't be missed. The fact you can pick it up nowadays for less than a tenner means you've little excuse to experience this fantastic converison.