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''Xargon'' is a PlatformGame developed and published by EpicGames (Then Epic Megagames) in 1993 for MS-DOS. The game consists of three episodes, the first of which was released as ShareWare. The full game was released as [[FreewareGames Freeware]] in 2008.

The player assumes the role of AdventurerArchaeologist [[AwesomeMcCoolName Malvineous Havershim]]. While studying ancient ruins in Madagascar belonging to an [[{{Precursors}} unknown ancient culture]] known only as the Blue Builders, Havershim falls prey to a mysterious gas and wakes up later to find himself TrappedInAnotherWorld.

In his dreams he is greeted by a [[TalkingAnimal talking eagle]] who informs him that the land he has entered is not a friendly one, and it is ruled over by a [[BigBad powerful and malevolent being]] known as [[TitleDrop Xargon.]] Havershim is [[ButThouMust thus thrust unwillingly]] into a quest to defeat Xargon, the only way he can ever go home.
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!! Xargon provides examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: Malvineous' default weapon is a laser that he shoots out of... well, [[ChestBlaster his chest.]] He doesn't seem to have an attack animation.
* AnticlimaxBoss: The reactors that serve as the episode "bosses" don't really do much except sit there and let you kill them while Xargbots spawn nearby to attack you (and in the first episode it's really easy to stand in a position where your boulders pass through the spawn point on the way to the reactor). Xargon himself isn't much tougher.
* CoolBoat: In some [[UnderTheSea water levels,]] Malvineous can pilot a bathysphere-like submarine that can shoot lasers in two directions.
* DenialOfDiagonalAttack: your default weapon only shoots straight ahead. The boulder "power up" shoots diagonally upwards, and has problems hitting enemies straight in front of you. You can use the arrow keys to move your laser bullets up or down, but this is mainly useful for hitting small targets and doesn't have the range of diagonal movement that the boulder does. Fireballs only shoot straight ahead, but they [[InfinityPlusOneSword don't really need to move diagonally to kill everything]].
* {{Diary}}: In between levels, on the world map, you come across little books that when touched present you with an entry from Malvineous' journal. He typically comments on the strangeness of the world he is in and its bizarre and hostile inhabitants.
* GameBreakingBug: In the third episode, a glitch will occasionally prevent you from entering the castle where you get the Crown of Xarg and the final gate key. This also happens to be the last level before Xargon's castle, so you'd better hope you have a fairly recent save or you're screwed.
* JumpPhysics: You can fully reverse the direction of a jump in mid-air.
* LavaPit: This being a platformer, these are common.
* [[LawOfOneHundred Law of 16]]: Picking up 16 fruits gives you an extra health point. (You have unlimited lives in this game.)
* MacGuffin: Each episode has three "Power Objects" which you must collect. Most of them are only fleetingly referenced in Mal's journal, with the Sky Crystals, Dark Ring of Terror, Amulet of Blue Souls, and Tinia's Lyre being the only ones that Mal seems to do much of anything with besides comment on.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The first enemy you face is a walking torso with one big sharp tooth. It gets weirder from there, aside from the occasional ill-tempered fish.
* OneHitWonder: [[AvertedTrope Averted,]] Malvineous can take a [[MadeOfIron whopping five hits]] before he goes down.
* OverworldNotToScale: Levels are entered from an overhead world map. It typically shows a linear path, but occasional branches appear.
* PowerUp: Pickups include hearts and fruits that [[HealThyself heal you,]] upgrades to your default laser, as well as a throwable rock -- nay, ''boulder'', and a pickup that temporarily allows you to throw powerful [[FireBall Fire Balls.]]
* PowerUpLetDown: the aforementioned boulder.
* SorcerousOverlord: Xargon.
* SpikesOfDoom: These are pretty common too.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/JillOfTheJungle'', which this plays almost identically to. Epic even referred to this game as the sequel at one point!
* SuperDrowningSkills: Stay out of the water!
* TalkingAnimal: The talking eagle shows up a few times over the course of the game to give Malvineous further information. He's the only friendly NPC in the game.
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