Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It's a shame that the controls weren't tighter and the level design weren't more varied, because this one could have been a classic. As it stands now, it's a title easily worth picking up for shooter fans tired of being stuck with R-Type.
  2. As an arcade space shooter, Xyanide doesn't break any new ground, but it is a solid entry that is fun. The flaws aren't enough to diminish an otherwise fun time with the original Xbox.
  3. 40
    It borrows or attempt to borrow conventions from several popular shoot-'em-'ups, but in the end it's just a confused mess that's not very fun and not very impressive.
  4. While the gameplay isn't really anything new, it's all backed by a terrific story, a mounting challenge, and some impressive graphics.
  5. Xyanide will have trouble holding your interest and you may have trouble holding your lunch.
  6. If you're looking for a more classical style of game where you can turn off your brain and annihilate wave after wave of enemies as you dodge obscene amounts of enemy fire, Xyanide is for you.
  7. Though Xyanide plays similarly to various classic arcade shoot-'em-ups, it's got its own strange twists and style that are worth experiencing by fans of similar games.
  8. The game itself does a good job of masking the appearance of the field, maintaining an illusion of 3D, and keeping the graphics consistent.
  9. Xyanide's unique take on the shmup genre and the fact that it's not only fun, but the only one of its kind make it very approachable.
  10. Seriously, with more varied and visually stunning backgrounds, more detailed ship models, more interesting bosses, a better soundtrack, and better power-ups, Xyanide could have been a great shooter. While the negatives outweigh the positives, it is only $19.99, controls very well, and has an interesting story.
  11. So if you want an intense shooter with solid ground on every aspect, but nothing special in content or in extras, then pick up Xyanide, and bring yourself back to those local pizza place days, playing the arcade games we all love so much.
  12. 63
    The levels look pretty at first, but quickly become nauseating and boring when the same backgrounds continuously scroll by awkwardly. The gameplay itself is solid with intense, difficult combat, intriguing weapons, and huge battles.
  13. 60
    The action is great when it gets going and the bosses will bring a smile to anyone's face. Whilst disappointing in some areas, it does match its budget price point and in some respects even exceeds it.
  14. For the low price of $20, Xyanide's a surprisingly fun alternative to Xbox Live Arcade's nostalgic offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
  15. Not only is Xyanide a 3D space shooter but it is like no other you have ever seen or played. It's actually a benchmark title. [Dec. 2006, p.60]
  16. The visuals may not be stunning, and the audio won't put any surround sound system through its paces, but Xyanide still packs some nice punch, especially when playing with a friend.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2006
    Someone is definately going to have a seisure on this one. The movement sucks. hard to see anything especially with 2-players.
  2. SimonC.
    Aug 30, 2006
    Has some nice ideas, but shooters need to feel precise, and this one lacks precision, which, combine with the whirling distracting playfield, makes it more frustrating yet somehow bland rather than fun. When you die, you don't scream in frsutration, nor do you say "Ah, that was my fault." Instead, you tend to find yourself saying, "Oh, did something hit me? I didn't realise. Full Review »
  3. Andyman
    Aug 16, 2006
    Oh Xyanide, you could have really been something extraordinary. Your blend of Starfox-like track shooting and Geometry Wars-style dual-analog gameplay is truly inspired. Too bad your levels all look the same. And too bad your weapons are very basic, with power-ups that are a joke. Yep, Xyanide, you really could have been genre-redefining, but instead you're just another example of "great idea, poor implementation." Too bad. Full Review »