Xybots

Critic Score User Score
Atari ST
77
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Amstrad CPC
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ZX Spectrum
83
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Xybots Amiga First level 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 Completion of the level gives some new abilities
Xybots Amstrad CPC Playing with two players.

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
The Atari Times Arcade Feb 11, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Amiga 1989 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 776 out of 1000 78
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
All Game Guide Lynx 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 27 out of 100 27
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Nov, 1993 17 out of 100 17

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • 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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