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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 Press space to begin the game!
Xybots Lynx Entering level 2
Xybots ZX Spectrum The black spot ahead is a teleport and indicates the end of level 1
Xybots ZX Spectrum Rock teleports

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Atari Times Lynx Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Amiga 1989 79 out of 100 79
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 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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