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Developer(s)Raffaele Cecco
Platform(s)Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Enterprise 128, ZX Spectrum
Release1987, 1989
Genre(s)Run and gun

Exolon is a run and gun game programmed by Raffaele Cecco and published by Hewson in 1987 for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amstrad CPC 8-bit computers. It was later converted to the Enterprise 128 the 16-bit Amiga and Atari ST.


The player takes control of a futuristic soldier across several flick-screen levels of gameplay. The screens that make up these levels are filled with various generic aliens as well as gun emplacements, homing missiles, landmines and other hazards. The soldier can defend himself with both a gun and rocket-propelled grenades. The two different weapons are effective against different enemies.

The enemies themselves are varied, taking the forms of flying aliens of the type traditionally found in shoot 'em up games as well as homing missiles, fixed guns, tanks, land mines, swarming red pods and "crushers" which shoot out of the ground.

Partway through each level, there is a pod in which the player can "upgrade" until the end of the current level to an armoured exoskeleton with improved weapons and armour. Completing the level without this upgrade results in a score bonus.


Exolon is one of the games included with the C64 Direct-to-TV (2004).

In December 2005, Retrospec released an updated remake of Exolon for Microsoft Windows. It can be downloaded from the Retrospec website, [1].

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