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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 You go here in between each level...
Xybots MSX Game Over
Xybots Amstrad CPC Starting level 1 as Ace.
Xybots Lynx Down we go.

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Commodore User Amiga Jul, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
The Atari Times Arcade Feb 11, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 C 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1989 6 out of 12 50


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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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