When I was about four years old my family and I went to our local Blockbuster where we rented an NES game that happened to be called XEXYZ. When we went home and played it. Personally I was mesmerized, for a four-year old that doesn't take a lot. At that age I didn't know what was going on. But I did know was that it was an adventure.
It was an adventure across very intriguing landscapes fighting very weird monsters. Why were you going to all these places didn't cross my mind until I was older. One thing that always stuck with me was the game's theme song. For years it stuck in my head. I even added words to it that didn't make sense. (But I'm digressing)
I was eleven before I could play it again. Thanks to a form of technology gamers called emulation. Eventually I found out how to pronounce the title. After some searching I found the plot for this game.
"In the year 2777, the Earth existed in a totally different atmosphere. Due
to Nuclear Wars and natural disasters, the population decreased dramatically
and only five small islands existed on the surface of the earth. Those five
islands formed a nation and for hundreds of years those people lived
peacefully. The new nation is called XEXYZ. At XEXYZ, aside from human
beings, there exist fairies and spirits who lived under the ruling of King
Xeu Star. But one day, XEXYZ was attacked by the mechanic fortress, GORUZA,
from outer space. XEXYZ did not have many weapons to fight back and was
forced to surrender. GORUZA built mechanic castles on each island, captured
a queen from each island and confined them. King Xeu Star was murdered and
his only daughter, Maria Star, has gone missing since then. Battle-soldier
Apollo could not endure the cruel treatment of GORUZA any longer. So he put
on his space battle suit and challenged the mechanic beasts' empire!"
In the first sentence in this prologue you get science fiction vibe. Later the feel moves to fantasy.
This plot raises a lot of questions, "like the rest of the world is now a radioactive wasteland?" and "So nuclear war and major ecological shifts cause the creation of fairies and spirits?" At least I know they're four things that can survive a nuclear war: twinkles, cockroaches, spirits and fairies.
For a kingdom that is presumably capable of spaceflight (This is only an assumption from what I've read in the description) it feels small. Going by the game's description this kingdom is based on a planet that's devastated ecologically save for five islands. Wouldn't it make since to move the kingdom to a planet that is more habitable?
How unusual this game looked didn't catch on to me until I was playing it in front of a friend Harry, who found this game freaky.
He was wondering what were the developers on when they made this game? Thanks to him I've noticed that this doesn't really show the science-fiction until you got into the mechanic castles and the last two stages.
Everything else feels fantasy. You got fairies, talking statues, anthropomorphic frogs and goats. Also robots, how can I forget about the robots? In some cases depending on where you go you'll run into robots that sell you items, weapons, and information. For some odd reason I can see all them being voiced by Christopher Lloyd if they ever remake this game.
Now for the rest of this plot it's basically a Legend of Zelda in space. You saved the kingdom, you have saved the princess, you marry her and become king of XEXYZ. Granted Link never married Zelda and became king but I'm digressing again.
To be more detailed it's like the side scrolling Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in space. In the even number stages plays out like a side scrolling spaceship shooter, riding various flying machines that resemble animals. All of the bosses look like they came out of a spaceship shooter. Every boss you fighter as you progress through the game gets weirder and weirder.
In the start of every odd numbered stage there's a pattern than you have to follow. In order get inside the mechanic castle where the boss awaits you need a key called the Force Star. You have to find a block that you must shoot five times that cause a door to appear out of thin air. When you get inside door you have the fight the devil of the island you are on in order to get the Force Star.
Now here's another list of questions. Why does this "devil" look like a statue? And I'm under the assumption that this devil working for the good of the kingdom of XEXYZ and is against GOURZA. Why does he have keys to the enemy's fortresses? Did he somehow steal the keys and held on to them until a worthy hero like the one you play as comes along?
Since this is an 8-bit video game and the story is only there for the sake the action so these question aren't important. But still you can't put stuff in a game not expect some people to ask questions about what they're playing. Then again the game also a fantasy setting so what goes on doesn't have to make sense.
The "Link" in this game is named Apollo. An albino clad in armor with a pink visor. When he dies he has a spasm and turns into dust. When whenever you get a new weapons his visor changes color depending on the weapon you get.
You take away the sci-fi elements that basically what this game is. But that doesn't mean I never had fun with the game. It gave me great memories. If you're interested in the stuff I talked about in this game give it a play. Heck if you like the playing as an albino in white armor with a pink visor you'll love it even more. You get to ride a flying turtle in space, how cool is that? A flying turtle!