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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 Lynx Down we go.
Xybots MSX Aliens
Xybots Arcade Duel
Xybots ZX Spectrum The first Xybot has been shot and a coin appears from the shrapnel

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The Press Says

The Atari Times Lynx Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 87 out of 100 87
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Your Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 65 out of 100 65


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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.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Arcade Port in 1989

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