X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse

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X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse
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Developer(s)Digital Eclipse Software
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance
  • NA: September 25, 2001
  • EU: October 5, 2001
Genre(s)Beat 'em up
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is a video game for the Game Boy Advance featuring the X-Men comic book characters. It was designed by Digital Eclipse and released by Activision in 2001.



Returning from their journey in the Mojoverse, the X-Men return to the destroyed remains of their home, the X-Mansion, they soon discover that they are in an alternate universe under the control of the evil mutant, Apocalypse. The X-Men must battle their way through Apocalypse's army of Sentinels and Mutants in order to return to their universe.


The setting takes place in an alternate universe controlled by Apocalypse, with backgrounds that stay true to the X-Men comics; the X-Mansion, the Blackbird, Genosha and other familiar locations are present in the game.


The playable X-Men roster consists of Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue; each character has a different super power that gives them a unique playstyle. Boss enemies include classic villains from the comics such as Blob and Magneto. Other X-Men from the 616 Marvel Universe, such as Colossus and Nightcrawler, are allies of Apocalypse in this alternate universe and must be defeated.


X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is a side-scrolling action beat 'em up with 12 distinct levels; each level has waves of enemies plus a mutant boss who all must be defeated to progress to the next stage. Players must defeat enemies to earn points which can be spent at the end of each stage to improve the character's strength, vitality, or mutant power. All playable characters share the same basic attacks, but each one has a unique special ability: Wolverine has claws that excel in close-range combat, Rogue has a charge ability, Storm controls tornado projectiles, and Cyclops has long-range optic blasts.


Up to two players can play cooperatively in campaign mode, or play against each other in a competitive mode to pit two of the playable characters in battle.


Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllGame2.5/5 stars[3]
Game Informer7.75/10[5]
GamePro2/5 stars[6]
Nintendo Power2.5/5 stars[10]
Nintendo World Report5/10[11]

X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse received mixed reviews upon release. Aggregate review websites Metacritic and GameRankings scored the game 61 out of 100[2] and 59.34%,[1] respectively. The reviewer at GameSpot recommended the portable game to X-Men and beat 'em up game fanatics, but was disappointed by the simplistic gameplay and ending.[7] Nintendojo concluded that it was "a fun game that ends much too quickly."[12]


  1. ^ a b "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  2. ^ a b "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse Critic Reviews for Game Boy Advance". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  3. ^ Miller, Skyler. "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  4. ^ EGM Staff (November 2001). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Electronic Gaming Monthly (149): 222.
  5. ^ "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Game Informer (102). October 2001.
  6. ^ Iron Monkey (2001-09-26). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse Review for Game Boy Advance on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  7. ^ a b Provo, Frank (2001-10-11). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  8. ^ The Badger (2001-10-15). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse Review - Game Boy Advance". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  9. ^ Harris, Craig (2001-10-04). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  10. ^ "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Nintendo Power. 150: 148. November 2001.
  11. ^ Metts, Jonathan (2001-10-13). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  12. ^ "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Nintendojo. Retrieved 2014-04-03.

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