Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Xenophobe (c) 07/1987 Bally Midway.

A horizontal monitor is split into three sections, one for each of up to three people. Players wander around a space station shooting as many Ridley-Scott-esque aliens as they can before health or time runs out- then it's off to the next space station. There are multiple weapon types, including a duck gun!


Bally Midway MCR 68k hardware

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 7.7238 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 68000 (@ 8 Mhz)

Sound Chips : DAC (@ 8 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 512 x 480 pixels

Screen refresh : 30.00 Hz

Palette colors : 64

Players : 3

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


The word 'Xenophobe' (pronounced 'Zee-no-phobe') is a psychiatric term meaning 'fear of aliens'.

Xenophobe was a highly original game with a highly original concept. It was the first split-screen game. It was also a victim of a production scheduling snafu. Due to its production being pushed ahead, a lot of the game's tuning was axed. There are many objects in the game that the player can pick up, but have no use.

Michael Ward holds the official official record for this game, on Medium setting, with 2,500,000 points on 06/11/2004.


Programmer : Howard Shere

Art and graphics : Brian Colin

Sound and musics : Souvenir of Omaha

Hardware designers and support : Bob Ploussard, True Truong

Mechanical designer : John Kubik

Technical support : Jim Belt, Sue Lohse

Game concept and designers : Brian Colin, Howard Shere

Development : Jeff Nauman, Bob Libbe, Gary Oglesby, Tom Leon, Larry Stalmah, Peter Perry


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1988)

Atari Lynx (1990)

Atari 2600 (1990)

Atari 7800

Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")

Nintendo GameCube (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")

Sony PSP (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures - Extended Play")

* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)

Commodore C64 (1989)

Amstrad CPC (1989)

Atari ST (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition")