Get Your Retro Gaming Fix, X-Men Style

Get Your Retro Gaming Fix, X-Men Style


To promote the launch of X-Men: Apocalypse in cinemas this month the 20th Century Fox marketing team have turned to some classic retro games to whet your appetite.

The X-Men return to cinema screens at the end of May with the final instalment of a prequel trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The three movies have gone a long way to getting the franchise based on Marvel’s mutant characters back on track after a few wayward instalments. X-Men: Apocalypse will feature a story set in 1983 which will see the X-Men facing a god like foe. The first and most powerful mutant, ‘Apocalypse’.

Tying in nicely with the era in which the film is set 20th century fox have turned to video games of the era as a marketing tool. There are three games available, each of which hark back to the 80s. Each are playable within your browser at the aptly titled RETRO X: ARCADE.


Mutant Conquest is as old-school as it gets. A variation on Pac-Man you have to navigate a maze whilst avoiding the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Use the red triangles to disarm your foes whilst collecting the yellow triangles to complete each level. It’s a fun game though I did find the controls somewhat unresponsive.

Mutant Conquest


Revenge of Hero X takes you into shoot-em-up territory. Using your arrow keys to run around and your mouse to aim your weapon you need to take out the enemies your can kill, avoid those you can’t and save the humans at the same time. It sounds easy, it’s actually infuriatingly difficult.

Revenge of Hero X


Lastly there’s, perhaps, the most bizarre of the three games. Mutant All-Stars: Track and Field. A variation on the famous Track and Field title you select to play either as a human or as one of three mutants whilst taking part in a number of track and field events. The mutants appear to have an advantage over the human in each.

Mutant All-Star Track and Field

X-Men: Apocalypse is in cinemas from May 27th.

Synopsis | Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.



Will Harrison

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