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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.



Credits (Arcade version)

10 People

Game Designer
Audio Designers
Product Manager



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.

Canceled NES version

A NES version was going to be published by Tengen in 1990 but was canceled. A prototype of it exists.


  • 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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  • MobyGames ID: 14009


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

Amstrad CPC added by B.L. Stryker. Lynx added by ResidentHazard. Arcade added by FatherJack. ZX Spectrum added by Kabushi. Antstream added by lights out party. MSX added by koffiepad.

Additional contributors: Alaka, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added July 14th, 2004. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.