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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 Aliens
Xybots Commodore 64 Level one complete!
Xybots ZX Spectrum The four dots in the map are coins that can be collected by walking into / over them. Here's Rock at the first corner with a coin visible round the corner
Xybots Atari ST The introduction sequence

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The Atari Times Lynx Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Game Zero Lynx Sep, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 84 out of 100 84
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
The Atari Times Arcade Feb 11, 2008 80 out of 100 80
The One Atari ST Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54


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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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