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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 Atari ST Watch out for that xybot
Xybots Atari ST Press fire to start the game!
Xybots Lynx Title screen and credits. The title explodes in.
Xybots Lynx Yikes! This Xybot is bigger.

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The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 60 out of 100 60


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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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