I have to admit that I've never heard of Xiom before. It was only while browsing through the games on Lemon that I saw this interesting little game. It's a puzzle game, like so many others I've played, yet there's something somewhat original about it, even though it was made in the late 1997 (way past the golden era of the good old C64).
The object of the game is to colour all the little squares on screen, so they'll all be the same colour. You change the colour of the squares by jumping on them with the white dot you control. The trick is that they change their colour every time you jump on them, so you can't do much backtracking.
There's also a timer that you will be very frustrated with on the higher levels. It's not so much that you don't have enough time, but the dot you control seems to move only to the rhythm of the music in the background. So you can make a series of fast jumps by simply holding the joystick to one side, but you can't change directions that fast. Also you need to take care not to jump off the squares as that costs you a life as well.
A good thing about the game is that it offers passwords for levels, so you can always continue with the last level you died on and don't have to replay all of the previous levels.
|GRAPHICS - 6/10|
|The graphics in the game are very basic: squares of different colours, a dot you control and some barbed wire in the background.|
|SOUND - 7/10|
|The sound that plays in the background is quite good actually. It won't get annoying no matter how long you play the game.|
|PLAYABILITY - 6/10|
|I really hated the reaction time of the dot you have to control. It doesn't respond normally. It seems like it's moving to the beat of the background melody. Apart from that - very good!|
|OVERALL - 6/10|
|It's a solid game and one of the fewer games that were made way after the C64 was taken off the production lines. I think all the puzzle game fans will appreciate it.|