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Xexex arcade flyer.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Konami
Composer(s) Motoaki Furukawa
Satoko Miyawaki
Akiko Hashimoto
Hidenori Maezawa
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player

Xexex (ゼクセクス Zekusekusu?) is a 1991 side-scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game by Konami. It draws on Irem's R-Type and Konami's other shoot 'em up Gradius, while adding the tentacle mechanics of Irem's other shoot 'em up XMultiply. It did not see a home port until 2007, when it was included in the compilation Salamander Portable, released only in Japan for the PlayStation Portable.


In the game, players pilot a ship called the Flintlock in order to save a blue haired princess named Irene of the planet E-Square from an evil lord named Klaus. Each stage is punctuated with a cutscene of the princess crying for help as she is tortured. In the ending, the Flintlock sends the orb back through the atmosphere of the planet, where it morphs into a naked fairy.


The game is notable for different gameplay mechanics between the original Japanese release and the overseas releases.

The gameplay is similar to R-Type and X-Multiply. The player's ship, the Flintlock, has a detachable orb attachment called the Flint, which behaves similar to R-Type's Force Device. Powerups can be obtained to increase the Flint's power, movement speed, change the main weapon, or increase life count by one.

The overseas versions introduce a variety of changes, with the most notable being the removal of all but one upgradable weapon. The enemy patterns are also changed slightly.

Main weapons[edit]

In the Japanese version, the player starts with the Proton Laser. Defeating certain enemies will drop other weapons:

  • Homing Laser: a 3-way laser with weak "bending" homing for top and bottom lasers
  • Shadow Laser: a thin laser beam; the strongest weapon
  • Round Laser: an unusual spread shot (different from the overseas version's main weapon)
  • Spiral Laser: a spiral laser (similar to the Gradius Ripple Laser), second strongest weapon
  • Search Laser: a laser with strong homing that travels in square trajectories
  • Ground Laser: fires an upgraded Proton Laser along with a laser beam travels across the floor (similar to the R-Type weapon)

The name of the current weapon is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

In the overseas versions, the only available weapon is the Proton Laser, a thin stream of weak bullets. Picking up powerups increases the spread of the weapon. Missiles are a secondary weapon.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Konami released four Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game cards, Flint, Flint Lock, Flint Attack (Flint Missile) and King of Destruction - Xexex, as a reference to this game.


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