Xenophobe is a classic NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) game that was released in 1988. It is a side-scrolling, multiplayer action game developed and published by Sunsoft. The game was also ported to various other gaming platforms of that era.
In Xenophobe, the player takes on the role of a space marine who must investigate and eliminate an alien infestation on a space station. The game can be played either solo or cooperatively with up to two players. If playing with multiple players, each player controls their own character.
The gameplay of Xenophobe involves navigating through a series of side-scrolling levels, each filled with various aliens and other creatures. The goal is to clear each level by finding and destroying all the alien nests while defending against attacks from the hostile creatures. Along the way, players can collect power-ups, weapons, and health items to aid them in their mission.
One of the notable features of Xenophobe is its unique multi-directional combat system. Unlike many other games of its time, players could shoot and attack in different directions rather than being limited to a single horizontal plane. This added an extra layer of strategy and precision to the gameplay.
The graphics in Xenophobe were relatively basic for the NES, with simple character and enemy sprites and minimal background details. However, the game's audio design featured catchy tunes and sound effects that enhanced the overall experience.
Despite its somewhat simplistic visuals, Xenophobe gained popularity due to its cooperative multiplayer mode, challenging gameplay, and the sense of tension it created as players explored the infested space station. It remains a memorable title in the NES library and is considered a classic game from that era.