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Vertical Scrolling Space Shooter Game - X-Cav 8R Alpha

Rating: 5.3/10 - 21 votes

X-Cav 8R Alpha is a blistering, high-octane, vertical scrolling shooter / space invaders-style arcade game where you must pilot a small spaceship through a treacherous battlefield filled with fast approaching meteoroids, missile firing alien spacecraft, and more. This quick-paced game of skill and timing is very much a test of your survival instinct and ability; can you dodge and weave skillfully enough to keep your spaceship intact, and eliminate enough enemies to score highly?

Strategy / skills required for this retro alien invaders game: Like all good throwbacks to the classic 1980s space invaders genre, this fun online game requires good observation and anticipation skills, really fast reactions, deft movement and timing, dogged determination, and more. You need the desire and the stamina for a long flight – providing you have the piloting skills to survive deep into later levels.

How to Play: A Flash-based, space invaders-style, arcade game for notebook, laptop and desktop PC / Mac (with certain browsers). Although you pass through different ‘levels / checkpoints’, this is essentially a ‘one-flight’ game where you must survive for as long as possible with your special spaceship, the X-Cav 8R Alpha. Each time you reach a new ‘Checkpoint’, new enemies appear.

Your spaceship automatically travels along with the top-to-bottom scrolling game screen, with the enemy fighters / obstacles appearing from the top of the play area. Control your spaceship's movement with the Arrow Keys on your computer keyboard. Press Spacebar to fire your unlimited primary laser missiles. Press the B Key to drop a series of bombs that take out all enemies on the screen at that point. These Special Bombs are limited – you only have 99 in total.

Keep an eye on your blue Health Bar at the bottom of the play area. If this falls empty, it's game over. You can collect special Health and Weapon power-ups as you progress.

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