To celebrate August being C64 Month, we’re writing about a different Commodore 64 game every day! Start from the beginning here!

The Commodore 64 plays host to a wide variety of great shooters that came in the wake of R-Type, such as Armalyte or Katakis, but X-Out will always hold a special place in my heart.

Not only was it a visual feast, with bullets and enemy ships whizzing about the (taller than what you can see) screen at a healthy pace, but the difficulty level was challenging enough to keep you coming back for more.

But what really got me hooked was the shop.

In between levels, you can spend money earned at a shop that upgrades your ship. What I really liked was that instead of just being presented a menu of available upgrades, in X-Out you could see the upgrades be applied to your ship in a little window. It was like having a dress up doll, but for spaceships!

…wait, where are you going?

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