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X Hour

title:X Hour
url:link
download page:link
license:unknown
genre:Action Games
developer:VIPgameszone
platform:Windows
release:2004
features:sound
last edit by:Richard

Description

Unfortunately, since at least August of 2018 Vipgameszone seems to have completely vanished from the internet. This means that not only are their games no longer available to buy, but even people who bought copies of their games cannot register them either. You can therefore download and try the demo version from the above link hosted on the audiogames archive, but note that it will expire after 15 days as well as having very limited gameplay.

X Hour is the latest release of VIPgameszone. It is a 3D sound game in which you are a soldier from a "very important" team fighting terrorism.

The story is that of a terrorist group that keep a nuclear bomb at their base. The terrorists plan to detonate the bomb in X Hour (hence the title). Your group must prevent the explosion and the terrible ecological disaster that will follow.
There's another problem, however. If the terrorists notice the group, they will detonate the bomb before X hour. That's why only 1 soldier must go alone and that soldier is you.


The game has 3 episodes and 5 difficulty levels in each episode. Your task is to reach the base of the terrorists (episode 1), to find an entrance into their underground maze (episode 2), and to deactivate the bomb (episode 3), while fighting off enemy helicopters, tanks and soldiers.

The game is grid-based, meaning that the playground consists of a set number of cells (like a chess board). You navigate these cells by cursorkeys. You check what's around by pressing the n-,s- ,e- and w-key, each corresponding to the north, south, east and west.
If you hear : "The way is clear", then it means that you can move to this direction through 10 cells. If you have any obstacle in your way, you'll hear a message about this obstacle. For example: "Mountain 5", which means that there are 5 cells between you and a mountain. If you hear "Wall 7", it means, that there are 7 cells between you and a wall. If you hear "mine 3", it means that there are 3 cells between you and a mine!
You can fire on enemy helicopters, tanks and any other enemy by pressing the left ctrl key.

You start the game with 10. If you lose a life, you start each episode from cell 1x1. If you lose all lives, you lose the game.

The game currently only works on windows xp and is therefore not being sold currently, however Vip gameszone are working on an upgraded version, so hopefully it will be available again at some point.

Additional resources

you can Listen to a review of the game here Originally recorded for Blind cool tech by some loopy person called Dark, but now hosted on sendspace.

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Updates: entry 26 Jan 19 and description 26 Jan 19

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