|Platform(s)||Arcade, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch|
|Genre(s)||Shoot 'em up|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
X Multiply (エックスマルチプライ, EkkusuMaruchipurai)[a] is a side-scrolling shooter published by Irem, and similar in style to their earlier R-Type. In 1998, the game was released with Image Fight as a one-disc doublebill on PlayStation and Sega Saturn. In 2019, the game was released on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch as part of Hamster Corporation's Arcade Archives series, marking its first official release outside Japan.
The game itself is a side-scroller like R-Type, albeit with a short vertical-scrolling area towards the end of the sixth level. Instead of the Force pod, however, the main power-up apparatus takes the form of two flexible tentacles. The tentacles are invulnerable to all enemy attacks, and can be positioned with careful maneuvering of the X-002. Konami's Xexex is based on a fusion of this weaponry with the Force system of R-Type. In the PlayStation 2 game R-Type Final, the ship "RX-12 Cross The Rubicon" uses the "Flexible Force", a Force based on XMultiply with roughly the same attacks.
The game centers around an unusual alien invasion against a colony planet in the year 2249—the aliens themselves are microscopic creatures that invade, infect, and kill the colonists. Scientists have deployed the microscopic fighter X-002 into the body of a person who has been invaded by the alien queen.
In Japan, Game Machine listed X Multiply on their November 1, 1989 issue as being the eighth most-successful table arcade game of the year.
This article needs additional citations for verification. (November 2015)
- The arcade flyer uses "エックス・マルチプライ" (therefore "X MULTIPLY"), while home console releases use "Xマルチプライ".
- "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 367. Amusement Press. 1 November 1989. p. 29.