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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 ZX Spectrum When both controllers have been selected the game commences. If only one player presses start this effectively remains a 1 player game
Xybots Arcade Duel
Xybots Atari ST Making your way through the maze...
Xybots Lynx Loading screen

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Commodore User Amiga Jul, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
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.


  • 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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