It looks good, it plays good and by golly it is good. Exolon is the best of the current crop of Hewson games.
It's a little like Hewson's Gunrunner to look at. You control a spaceman armed with a gun and a rocket launcher strapped to his back. The aim is to rid the planet of marauding aliens.
The spaceman must continually move to his right, encountering aliens, obstacles, land mines, hammers that erupt from the ground and "birth pods" which, when destroyed, spew the deadly spawn into the atmosphere. There are also extra rockets and bullets to be picked up.
The way the rockets are launched off his back is really impressive and the resulting explosions are some of the best I've seen on the Spectrum.
The spaceman has to duck, dodge, jump and blast his way through the aliens.
The plot outline is fairly simple but the game itself is very addictive to play. The graphics are excellent.