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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 Atari ST Making your way through the maze...
Xybots Lynx Entering level 2
Xybots ZX Spectrum Here's Rock round the second corner and there's two Xybots
Xybots Lynx You go here in between each level...

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The Press Says

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Game Zero Lynx Sep, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga 1989 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78
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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