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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 MSX Start player 1
Xybots Atari ST Beginning the first level
Xybots ZX Spectrum Here's Rock round the second corner and there's two Xybots
Xybots Amiga Ouch, player one has been hit

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The Press Says

The Atari Times Lynx Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 87 out of 100 87
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1989 84 out of 100 84
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
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Your Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 C 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.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Arcade Port in 1989

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