Okay, the game is really easy...here is a basic rundown of the gameplay...
You materialize somewhere within the ship. The first ship only has one floor to it. Start walking to the right. Kill all the aliens you see. If the small creepers stick onto you..just press up on the joystick quickly to shake them off and then shoot them. The ones that roll up into balls and roll around cannot be killed until they unfurl. The only way to kill them when they are rolled up is to use a grenade. Those are scattered around the ship like the other objects you find. To grab objects, just stand over them and press down on the controller. Both fire buttons are needed with this game, so one you use to shoot and the other you use to toss grenades. Grenades are lobbed so you have to judge the distance needed. Additionally, being too close to an alien when you use a grenade can hurt you from splash damage with the grenade as well. The basic idea is to collect the scattered objects for bonus points at the end, and to kill all the aliens on the station. Once you have killed all the aliens, you will automatically be beamed off the ship and the level end title and scoring will come up showing your bonus points. Then there is a brief animation showing you being sent to the next ship.
If a ship has more than one level to it, you will come across elevators. Stand in front of the button on the left or right of the elevator door and press up to activate the button. The elevator will come down or come up depending on where it starts from and your relative floor level you started from. Walk to the middle of the elevator and then just press up or down on the controller to change floors. Each floor will have a name such as Alpha...Gamma...Delta...etc. If the name of the level in the elevator room is red, there are still aliens on the current floor to get rid of. If it is blue then that level is clear of aliens.
You have a set time to clear out the aliens on each ship. If you fail to clear them out before time runs out you will know as the game will sound an alarm with the screen flashing red. A few seconds after that starts, you will automatically be beamed off the ship and your points collected. You will lose out on some bonus points failing to clear out the aliens.
Most ships also have a console marked self destruct that you can activate in the same way as the elevator call button. But doing this will not net you much bonus points at all, in fact, you may not get any now that I think about it.
And you continue on with each ship getting more complicated with more aliens, more larger and harder to kill aliens and more floors. Eventually the ships level out and they become randomized but that is the jist of the game. You play until your health runs out.
I guess you can think of Xenophobe as a side view Gauntlet in space. Only with a max or 2 players at once on the home console ports, (Arcade allowed 3 players at once).
Edited by -^CrožBow^-, Thu Dec 7, 2017 11:15 AM.