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ST MAG Review

Issue 58, Feb 1992
Author: not known
Country: France (French version)

ST Magazine Issue 58, Feb 1992

Lethal Xcess

Here comes the sequel to wonderful Wings of Death, one of the most beautiful shoot'em ups, released more than a year ago.

Technically speaking the game is of great quality as its predecessor was and even brings nice enhancements. One of these improvements is the two player mode. Difficulty level can also be configured, music options can be chosen and last but not least you can (dis)able the blitter on STE machines. 

Graphics are ok but nothing more except for original themes and huge variety.

As far as the game basics are concerned, don’t expect anything original. It’s just another vertically scrolled shoot'em up (and is therefore mostly aimed at shooters fans). 

The musical score is a nice, soft and boring music composed by Mad Max featuring digidrums (we’ll be happy the day Mad Max starts composing harmonic tunes). 

To put it in a nutshell the game difficulty is quite high, technically impressive but concept was seen a hundred times before. I could also add that some graphics were already seen in Wings of Death (meaning the level with a green background covered with trees and flowers).

But, again, technique is almost taken to perfection. Now you decide if perfection will be enough to get you to buy the game.

  • Nice overall graphics.


  • Good sound fx
  • soulless and boring music (you'd better disable it)


  • smooth scrolling, huge number of sprites, nothing to complain about


  • The technical aspects are so good, that the game is worth buying.


©1992  ST MAG

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Sebastien Larnac delivered this review from the French magazine " ST MAG", the scan was done by Jean-Marc Stocklausen. Merci beaucoup!
Lethal Xcess aka Wings of Death II a classic shoot'em up for Atari ST(E) and Amiga computers was developed by Claus Frein and Heinz Rudolf, Music by Jochen Hippel, Producer Marc Rosocha.


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