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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 Amstrad CPC Loading screen
Xybots Atari ST Press fire to start the game!
Xybots Lynx The high scores
Xybots Amiga Under attack!

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Atari Times Lynx Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
The One Atari ST Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Your Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
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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