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ZX Spectrum
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Xybots is a sci-fi shooter with pseudo-3D environments explored from a third-person perspective. The game can be played by one or two players; the two-player mode takes place on a split screen. The hero(es) must move through a series of Gauntlet-style underground mazes, killing the bad guys and collecting health and other bonuses from flying saucers. It's designed to be played co-operatively, although bullets from one player can harm the other.

The Xybots are out to stop the protagonists, and many have advanced attack patterns as well as bullets to fire at them. Being able to view round corners is useful, allowing the player to plan a strategy - often it's good to send one player forward and let the other play the waiting game, similarly to the tactics often employed in Gauntlet.


Xybots Commodore 64 Level one complete!
Xybots ZX Spectrum The two player game. Both players show on the map as white arrows. Rock, is in front which is why Ace does not show on the blue screen
Xybots ZX Spectrum This is the main game screen. Here the player(s) choose their controllers. Controllers for both players must be chosen
Xybots Atari ST The introduction sequence

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The Press Says

Game Zero Lynx Sep, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1989 6 out of 12 50
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 C 50
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Nov, 1993 17 out of 100 17


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Xybots appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #99 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Arcade Port in 1989

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