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Xybots (ZX Spectrum)

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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 The four dots in the map are coins that can be collected by walking into / over them. Here's Rock at the first corner with a coin visible round the corner
Xybots ZX Spectrum Both together now. There's a key up ahead to be collected
Xybots ZX Spectrum Rock teleports
Xybots ZX Spectrum A handy sign indicates danger is around the corner to the left

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The Press Says

Your Sinclair Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Crash! Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
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.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Arcade Port in 1989

Kabushi (121564) added Xybots (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 22, 2004
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