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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 Atari ST Making your way through the maze...
Xybots Atari ST Level complete
Xybots Atari ST Watch out for that xybot
Xybots Atari ST The introduction sequence

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1989 812 out of 1000 81
Atari ST User Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
The One Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1989 6 out of 12 50


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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

Martin Smith (66827) added Xybots (Atari ST) on Jul 12, 2004
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