XQuest is a Crystal Quest variant, where you pilot a little spaceship and collect gems. The game is mouse controlled, but you don't control the ship directly. Rather, you thrust the ship in any direction and it retains its inertia. Once you collect all the gems, the exit at the top of the screen opens and you can fly through to the next level. There are obstacles like mines and bad guys of increasing difficulty that come out of the sides. You can collect power-ups such as rapid fire and spread fire.
At last, we were able to find an archive for XQuest! This game is a flawless conversion of the arcade shooter Crystal Quest, which was available for the Apple Macintosh and Apple IIGS, among other ports. Dozens of different aliens, a record function for replays, and two-player co-op support await you!
The premise of the game is that an invasion fleet of hideous Mucoids is hurtling towards Earth -- intent on blasting it into tiny steaming shreds of radioactive grit -- and only your ship, armed with the latest weaponry, can hold them off.
The gameplay involves moving your little spaceship around an arena, which has three entrances through which enemies come pouring in. There are mines, crystals, bonus powerups, extra lives and all kinds of enemy alien vessels. For example, there are Grungers, which will block your path; nigh-invulnerable Meebs, which detonate if you fire upon them too often; Retaliators, who launch homing missiles at you if you kill them; and even the very friendly Tribbler, who seeks your close company at all times (which isn't good for your health when there are too many of them).
Fortunately, you are equipped with a main weapon (primary mouse button) and a limited number of smart-bombs (secondary button) to help you on your mission. If you manage to collect all the blue crystals, you can escape through a small exit at the top and start again in a new, more difficult level, with even more ferocious enemies.
In short, this is a very addictive game: On the first try you may not like it, but after a while you'll find yourself unable to stop playing it.
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