''Xargon'' is a PlatformGame developed and published by Creator/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.
!! Xargon provides examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: Malvineous' default weapon is a laser that he shoots out of... well, [[AccidentalInnuendo his junk.]] He doesn't seem to have an attack animation.
* AcidPool: In the [[EternalEngine factory]] levels.
* {{Animorphism}}: Red potions turn Malvineous into a bee, granting him [[VideoGameFlight flight]], until he touches a [[TransformationTrinket crown]].
* AntagonistTitle
* AttractMode: Featuring a preview of one level from each episode.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Many enemies, including bees, centipedes, giant ladybugs, climbing beetles, leeches, and something resembling giant spiders.
* CheckpointStarvation: You can only save on the world map, and dying has you restart from the beginning of a level. The final levels avert this, though, and let you restart in their respective [[BossRoom boss sections]], and the [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon very definitely final level]], a MarathonLevel, is divided into a couple more sections where you restart at the beginning of each. You still have to complete them in one sitting, however, since you're stuck on a level until you complete it (or exit the game).
* 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.
* FlunkyBoss: Xargon, the FinalBoss, spawns snails that crawl towards you, in addition to [[AttackDrone Xargbots]] like the reactors.
* 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.
* InterchangeableAntimatterKeys: There are colored keys that open [[LockedDoor Locked Doors]] within the levels as well as gate keys that open gates on the world map. Both are consumed upon use.
* 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.)
* LedgeBats: Climbing beetles push you off of vines, ropes, etc. The knockback [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard ignores any active invincibility]], making [[ThatOneLevel that level with a row of vines each having a beetle climbing it]] very difficult.
* 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.
* MercyInvincibility: Averted (though you can stay inside the colliding enemy's hitbox without taking any additional damage). This makes [[BoobyTrap booby trapped boxes]] very dangerous, as each flame from the explosion has its own hitbox.
* OneHitPointWonder: Averted. Malvineous can take a [[MadeOfIron whopping five hits]] before he goes down.
* OrganDrops: There are centipedes that lose segments when shot that can be picked up for [[ScoringPoints points]].
* 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.
* OverworldNotToScale: Levels are entered from an overhead world map. It typically shows a linear path, but occasional branches appear.
* PowerUp: Several, including:
** Upgrades to your default laser allowing you to fire it more frequently
** [[MoreDakka Rapid fire]]
** Throwable, bouncing rocks -- nay, ''boulders'' ([[PowerUpLetDown not always good]] as they cannot be aimed)
** The ability to throw a limited amount of [[FireBalls Fireballs]] that plow through lines of enemies
** Temporary [[InvincibilityPowerUp Invincibility]]
** [[InASingleBound Shoes that let you jump higher]] (they can be ''[[FridgeLogic stacked]]'' for [[UpToEleven insanely high jumps]])
* ReactorBoss: Each episode ends with a reactor (except the final episode, where it guards the FinalBoss), spawning [[AttackDrone Xargbots]] nearby to attack you while you shoot at it until it explodes.
* SchizoTech: Ancient artifacts, temples and caves with BambooTechnology... and killer robots, drones and EternalEngine-class factories (a couple of which are housed in ''castles'').
* 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!
* SpringsSpringsEverywhere: Of varying strengths, uncoded for your inconvenience. Although most of them have [[FollowTheMoney pickups next to them indicating the path Malvineous will take when bouncing off]].
* 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.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Xargon (pronounced Zargon).
* {{XtremeKoolLetterz}}/XMakesAnythingCool: [[AttackDrone Xargbots]], Xibok, [[GoddamnedBats Xbats]] etc. and Xargon himself, of course. There are also X:es plastered all over the walls, signs, etc. bordering on SigilSpam. There are also the X:es marking non-cave/-castle levels on the world map, but... it's a map.