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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 Yikes! This Xybot is bigger.
Xybots ZX Spectrum Player 1 has started. In the upper centre of the screen is a map of the current level. Lower left is Major Rock Hardy's view of the world and a Xybot coming for him.
Xybots Amstrad CPC Warping to level 2.
Xybots Amstrad CPC Here is what I can get,

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The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 84 out of 100 84
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Lynx Feb, 1992 23 out of 40 58
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 547 out of 1000 55
All Game Guide Lynx 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Nov, 1993 17 out of 100 17


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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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