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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 Both together now. There's a key up ahead to be collected
Xybots ZX Spectrum The start of level 2 and another coin to collect
Xybots ZX Spectrum The two player game. Both players show on the map as white arrows. Rock, is in front which is why Ace does not show on the blue screen
Xybots ZX Spectrum Well with no other option Rock makes a dash down the corridor and is vapourised before getting half way

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Your Sinclair Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Sinclair User Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1987 84 out of 100 84
Crash! Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair Aug, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Sinclair User Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1989 776 out of 1000 78


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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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