Exerion

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Exerion
Exerion Flyer.png
Japanese arcade flyer
Developer(s)Jaleco
TOSE (Family Computer)
Publisher(s)Jaleco/Taito
HAMSTER Corporation
SeriesExerion
Platform(s)Arcade, MSX, Family Computer, SG-1000
Release1983
Genre(s)Fixed shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, Two players alternating
CabinetUpright, cocktail
CPU2 × Z80 @ 3.33 MHz
Sound2 × AY-3-8910 @ 1.67 MHz
DisplayRaster, 224 x 320 pixels (Vertical), 32 colors

Exerion (エクセリオン, Ekuserion) is a vertical-scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Jaleco, released in February 1983 and licensed to Taito for manufacture and distribution of the game in North America. IThe player controls a starship and must fire at enemies on the screen while avoiding projectiles. The player has two different kinds of weapons: slow double shot that is unlimited, and a fast single shot that has a limited number of uses. The game uses a psuedo-3D scrolling background, giving a sense of depth, and the player's ship has a sense of inertia while it is being controlled with the joystick. Due to hardware limitations, the latter would be absent in most home releases of the game.

Exerion was ported to the MSX, Family Computer, and SG-1000. Two sequels were released.

Gameplay[edit]

Exerion features parallax effects and inertia simulation. The player shoots formations of bizarre alien amoeba, egg-throwing birds and Pterosaur-like creatures, as well as UFOs while flying over the surface of a planet. The player has two types of guns: a slow double shot (unlimited) and a fast single shot (limited).

Legacy[edit]

The Family Computer version of the game would be included in the video game compilation Jaleco Collection Vol. 1 for the PlayStation in 2003, as well as in the Game Boy Advance game JaJaMaru Jr. Denshoki Jaleco Memorial, along with five other Jaleco Family Computer games. The original arcade version was later released for the PlayStation 4 as part of the Arcade Archives label on October 23, 2014 in Japan and on July 7, 2015 in North America.

Two sequels to the game were released - the first, Exerion II: Zorni was released for the MSX in 1984 alongside a port of the original arcade game. The second, Exerizer, was released for arcades in 1987, which was released in North America by Nichibutsu under the title Sky Fox. The player's ship, the Fighter EX, would become a playable character in Jaleco's Game Tengoku series.

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