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X-Bomber is a free vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up for Windows, based on the 1980s Japanese sci-fi TV show Star Fleet. X-Bomber is the hero spacecraft; both in the show and in the game.

The game has sharp controls, fast and smooth gameplay, attractive graphics, explosive sound and a wide range of enemies, weapons, allies, environments. X-Bomber combines fast movement with a wide view of your surroundings, incorporating multiple mission objective types and diligent balancing. Choose when to change ship and whether to use firepower, mobility, durability, a balance of each, or force of numbers. Use amazing special and upgrade weapons, devastating secondary attacks or call on your allies for support.

X-Bomber is getting written in my spare-time on my Clevo P150EM. I'm writing it because I want to play it myself and I want as many people to enjoy it as possible. So share it and mention it to everyone you can. Send me your comments and please let me know if you'd like to have the game's source graphics or code.

Features

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Switch between the X-Bomber space battleship, launch the three Dai-X Fighters or combine them to form the Dai-X robot at any point.
Your unselected ships re-arm and repair themselves in the background.

Replay with The Skull space sailer or WingBlade assault ship.

Weapons
- Every single weapon featured in Star Fleet
- 10 special weapons each for X-Bomber and Dai-X
- Upgrading Dai-X Fighter special weapons

17 story-driven missions featuring:
- Progressive difficulty
- Varied environments, objectives and gameplay
- Swarms of enemies, hazards and allies
- Randomising level engine, environment engine and enemy AI mean you never play the same mission twice.
- Mission briefings and dynamic in-game dialogue.

Hundreds of relentless enemies and powerful allies; both old and new, ranging from fighters to capital ships and beyond and including ground targets and alien creatures

Graphics
- Detailed spriting and animations
- Multi-layer, parallaxing and randomising space/planetary environments
- alpha-channels, shaders
- dust and track marks for ground vehicles and smooth shadow engine
- lots of particles
- Camera Shake

Audio
- 32-channel wall of sound
- Music indexing: - the game's MP3 soundtrack can be supplemented or replaced with any media files that you place in the game's MP3 folder.

Features
- Double-up on the enemy with co-operative 2-player.
- Online high scores
- Extensive configuration options, including keyboard and controller mapping and variable difficulty
- Continuous updates
- Portable application - no installation needed
- No ads or bundled software - Ever

Feedback

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Features an extensive array of combat craft, lots of powerups, excellent graphics, good sound effects, and more

This is a terrific space shooter in a typically Japanese style. The action is fast and furious and you can grab powerups for things like shields.

It is quite stable and ran flawlessly on our test computer.

We loved playing X-Bomber. It is fast moving with lots of eye candy and good sound effects. If you like space shooters then this is one we highly recommend. Grab a copy and see for yourself!

5/5 - Completely Free Software

X-Bomber has all the charm and feel of the classic 2D games that created such a furor in the 1980īs and 1990īs.

Using the controls given to you, which allow fast, smooth gameplay, X-Bomber is much more than just a shoot 'em up. You have a large range of enemies, great sounds, well created environs and objectives and attractive, fun graphics.

So there you have it. If you want to relive those old retro moments from when you were younger, then you need a program like this. And best of all is that you can download it for free! What are you waiting for?

90% - Software & Games

A cracking fangame made to commemorate the show. Do give this a go. It's a great example of what a good Japanese-style shoot-em-up should look like and takes off many of the show's great and unique ideas ...

... very playable and has buckets of charm and variety. Swapping ships at the touch of a button or combining the Dai-X craft to make the mighty Dai-X robot is pretty cool! Not to mention the variety of enemies to chop down"

- Mark Radon, The Daily Click
  • "From the start of the game you get to see a very well made menu system which gets you in the mood. The next thing you notice are the AWESOME weapons and great effects. Switching between weapons is a breeze, and all of them look fantastic." ...
    "Sounds are perfect, from music to sound effects, this feels like you are in an arcade. Perfect" - Daily Click Member

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