An archaeologist named Malvineous Havershim was studying strange ruins in Madagascar, remnants of buildings constructed during the age of a long-forgotten civilization of the mysterious Blue Builders. One day Malvineous spotted glyphs on one of the structures. As he attempted to translate them, Malvineous was hit by a wave of gas and fainted. In his dream, a talking eagle named Silvertongue tried to warn him of upcoming dangers. The archaeologist awoke in a strange and hostile world, unable to understand anything. With Silvertongue's guidance, Malvineous will have to overcome all dangers and eventually confront Xargon, the tyrannical ruler of that world.
Xargon is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer. Malvineous is initially equipped with a basic laser gun, which can be upgraded by collecting power-ups or buying upgrades in a store. These include extra laser bullets, rapid-fire mode, limited-ammo fireballs, and others. The gun can be controlled by pressing up or down arrow keys, making it slightly advance upwards or downwards. The store can be accessed at any time, provided the player has collected a sufficient amount of emeralds, which act as currency. Health units, invincibility power-ups, and weapon upgrades can be purchased.
This game entry refers to the registered version of the game with its three episodes: Xargon: The Mystery of the Blue Builders - Beyond Reality Xargon: The Mystery of the Blue Builders - The Secret Chamber Xargon: The Mystery of the Blue Builders - Xargon's FuryThe first episode was available as shareware with the option to register for the other two, but in the US all three were also released separately and commercially by B&N Companies, Inc. In 2008 the entire game was made available as freeware.
One of Epic Megagames' most obscure shareware titles, Xargon is a fun scrolling arcade/adventure game base on the same engine as its much more popular cousin Jill of the Jungle. As the official description goes, your goal: "...is to guide Malvineous through dangerous lands filled with hazardous enemies. You must find three power objects in each volume and use their magical powers if you ever hope to get out alive! In volume 1 you must find and destroy one of Xargon's main reactors. In volume 2 you must find the "Secret Chamber" here Tinia's Lyre is hidden. In volume three you confront the powerful and evil Xargon himself."
Gameplay is standard side-scrolling action that fans of Epic's other games wil be familiar with. In many ways, though, Xargon is a better game than Jill of the Jungle. In addition to some really cool (and creative) enemies, levels, and power-ups, Xargon features a nice overhead map you use to explore the land. When you enter a location (such as a cave, city, etc.), the game shifts to the normal 2D side-scrolling mode. In addition to providing a nice respite from combat and place all the platform levels in a logical geographical context, the overhead map also serves as the venue for plot advancement: from time to time, a text-box will pop up when you reach a certain location, describing story developments. Anyone who enjoys Jill of the Jungle and Jazz Jackrabbit will find Xargon an enjoyable game that is also much longer than an average Epic platformer. Strangely enough, it was not included in Epic's catalog of oldies they still sell at Epic Classics site, although the official game pages are still up. So, download the registered version here :)
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