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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 ZX Spectrum A handy sign indicates danger is around the corner to the left
Xybots ZX Spectrum Here's Rock round the second corner and there's two Xybots
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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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
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1989 776 out of 1000 78
Sinclair User Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 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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