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Xevious is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game by Namco, released in 1982. It was designed by Masanobu Endoh. In the United States, the game was manufactured and distributed by Atari. Xevious runs on Namco Galaga hardware.


Xevious takes place on Earth. An invading alien race has set up shop, and it's up to the player to send 'em home. The game has a large number of different ground and air-based targets of either belligerent or non-belliegerent nature. In addition to the jumper-based difficulty levels, the game also adapts its difficulty to the player. If the player is successful against a type of attacker, an even deadlier type of attacker shows up to challenge the player.

Player controls a fighter with guns and bombs that must infiltrate a highly defended area and destroy everything in sight. Overall goal is to wipe out the motherships that pop up periodically.


Atari developed home versions of this game for the Atari 2600 and the Atari 5200. Though the Atari 5200 version was much closer to completion than the Atari 2600 version, they were both shelved when the American home game market collapsed in 1983.