Barrier X puts you in control of a vessel rocketing through an endless expanse at insane velocities, as white barriers appear with alarming speed. The ground beneath your craft turns orange as a visual warning of an upcoming barrier, giving you just enough of a warning to shift right or left and evade destruction by mere moments. It's breathless relentless action, as barriers fly past, barely a blur as you rocket onward. Survive for 15 seconds, and your reward is to go faster, an increase in speed. 30 seconds, and you unlock a new level, while 60 seconds masters that level, a true test of reflexes and reaction.
Barrier's slick polished design and wonderful sense of speed would be enough to make it a fantastic arcade game but each of the game's seven level introduces something new: blue barriers that must be dodged in a specific direction, geen barriers that you need to pass through rather than avoid, a rival craft that you need to shoot down and avoid its fire, and more. These elements make Barrier X's gameplay that much more interesting and intense and keeps what is essentially just moving left and right from feeling repetitive.