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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.

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Xybots Arcade I have little trouble
Xybots Amstrad CPC Title screen and each player needs to press fire to begin.
Xybots ZX Spectrum Ace has gone one ahead round the corner
Xybots Arcade Bonus room on the left.

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1989 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 776 out of 1000 78
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 C 50
Zzap! Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 27 out of 100 27

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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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