XMultiply

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XMultiply
Developer(s) Irem
Platform(s) Arcade, Sega Saturn, PlayStation
Release
  • JP: September 1989
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

XMultiply (エックスマルチプライ?, EkkusuMaruchipurai)[1] 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.

Gameplay[edit]

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 "Cross The Rubicon" uses the "Flexible Force", a Force based on XMultiply with roughly the same attacks.

Plot[edit]

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 the hapless woman whose body has been invaded by the alien queen.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The arcade flyer uses "エックス・マルチプライ" (therefore "X MULTIPLY"); other material, including the game itself, does not. Furthermore, "XMULTIPLY" paired with "X-マルチプライ", even as the game's logo uses "エックスマルチプライ" has been sighted on the port with ImageFight.