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Xevious (Arcade)

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Title Screen


Developer: Namco
Publishers: Namco (JP), Atari, Inc. (US)
Platform: Arcade (Namco Galaga)
Released in JP: January 1983
Released in US: February 1983
Released in EU: 1983

DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.

A much-loved top-down shooter with a startlingly over-complicated backstory that factors into the game in exactly zero ways. A "sequel" called Super Xevious was also released that made the game harder and fixed some bugs.

Unused Graphics

What are you doing here?

A Galaxian flagship enemy. It would later be used in Super Xevious.

Developer Credit

TRIVIA ROOM FLOOR: EVEZOO is the much-respected Masanobu Endō, who also created The Tower of Druaga. Nice guy.

A hidden developer message that, for once, is quite easy to find: start Level 1, then immediately fly to the right and mash the Bomb button for a while. The message "NAMCO ORIGINAL program by EVEZOO" will appear at the bottom of the screen, and you'll be rewarded with a whopping 10 points.

This trick also works in Super Xevious, but with a subtly different message: "Special thanks for you by game designer EVEZOO".

"EVEZOO" is Masanobu Endo, who designed both this game and many of Namco's other classic arcade games.

When the game was remade as Xevious Arrangement on Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1, the message was changed to "This game is dedicated to the original XEVIOUS staff."

Xevious Anti Piracy DEAD COPY.png

In the original Xevious, this trick also doubles as an anti-piracy method: On pirated boards, the message changes to "DEAD COPY MAKING/copy under NAMCO program". This check seems to have been removed in Super Xevious.

Namco Museum DS keeps this Easter egg intact, with a setting in the "Hardcore Options" menu to display the "DEAD COPY" message instead.

(Source: [1])
Xevious Anti Piracy Message Change Battles Bootleg.png

Some bootleg versions would alter the anti-piracy message. For instance, in Battles the message was changed to "Prease [sic] enjoy this GAME !". This was likely done to make the bootleg seem more original or legitimate, as the anti-piracy message had no other effects on the game otherwise.