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Xevious Xevious - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Xevious - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Player controls a fighter with guns and bombs that must infiltrate a highly defended area and destroy everything in sight. Overall goal is to wipe out the motherships that pop up periodically.

Xevious was produced by Atari in 1982.

Atari released 136 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Xevious was produced include: Neutron Star, Tempest Tubes, Tempest, Triangle, Maze Invaders, Akka Arrh, Atari Force Liberator, Fast Freddie, Black Widow, and Gravitar


Name Xevious
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10505
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Blaster|Zapper
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 304 lbs
  • Cocktail
Instructions Xevious Instructions Image
Bezel Xevious Bezel Image
Control Panel Xevious Control Panel Image
Side Art Xevious Side Art Image
PCB Xevious PCB Image

Game Introduction

Xevious takes place on Earth. An invading alien race has set up shop, and it's up to the player to send 'em home. The game has a large number of different ground and air-based targets of either belligerent or non-belliegerent nature. In addition to the jumper-based difficulty levels, the game also adapts its difficulty to the player. If the player is successful against a type of attacker, an even deadlier type of attacker shows up to challenge the player.

Xevious KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.05 (14 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.91

Overall Like 3.21
Fun (Social) 2.21
Fun (Solo) 3.14
Collector Desire 2.69

Technical Rating: 3.17

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 3.43
Originality 3.07
Sound/Music 2.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

There are structures called "Sol Citadels" hidden throughout the game. The targeting sight will briefly flash red whenever it is over one of these structures. Dropping a bomb at that spot will first uncover the silo-like object (worth 1000 points) and dropping another bomb on it will award another 1000 points.

There are also four special flags hidden at certain points in the game. Uncovering and flying over a special flag will award an extra life. The targeting sight will not flash when it is over a hidden flag.

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Xevious actually consists of 16 areas even though there is no on-screen indication of the zone the player is currrently in. The areas are separated by a green forested section. Each time a life has been lost, the player ship starts at the beginning of the nearest area, either forwards or backwards in the terrain.

After area 16, the game cycles back to area 7. The special flags are in areas 1, 3, 5, and 7. The first mothership appears in area 4, the second in area 9, the third and fourth in area 14.

The theme music from Xevious was used during certain segments of the video arcade game-based television game show Starcade.

Atari actually produced a TV commercial, specifically for Xevious. They touted it as "The Atari game you cannot play at home." This may have been the first TV commercial for an arcade video game.



VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Xevious Census

There are 14,755 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,475 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,460 machines (6,896 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 201 known instances of this machine owned by Xevious collectors who are active members. Of these, 150 of them are original dedicated machines. 50 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Xevious machines for sale. There are 8 active VAPS members with a Xevious circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Xevious.

This game ranks a 57 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses three Z80 microprocessors and a Namco 3-channel PSG for sounds. The original Namco boardset uses the "Namco Galaga" pinout while the Atari boardset has a unique pinout.


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 156; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 156; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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Xevious Free Play and High Score Save Kit Arcade

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Xevious Arcade Marquee 26" x 8"

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Vintage Original Atari Xevious Marquee Plexiglass 25"x 9" Namco 1983

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XEVIOUS Joystick and control layout, with Plexi Glass

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ATARI Xevious CPU Only ARCADE GAME PCB board Ifm4-1

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Namco Xevious Video Arcade Game Machine Manual Owners Guide

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ATARI Xevious CPU Only ARCADE GAME PCB board If21-22

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 2 460.00 460.00
2017 1 590.00 590.00
All Years 3 590.00 503.33


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