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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 Amiga Ouch, player one has been hit
Xybots Amstrad CPC This is the exit.
Xybots ZX Spectrum Both together now. There's a key up ahead to be collected
Xybots Arcade Bonus room on the left.

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Commodore User Amiga Jul, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
The One Atari ST Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide Lynx 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Zzap! Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 27 out of 100 27


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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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