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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 Amiga Ouch, player one has been hit
Xybots MSX Title screen
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.

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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
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Retro Game Reviews Lynx Nov 26, 2015 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 60 out of 100 60


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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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