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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 Commodore 64 Level one complete!
Xybots Commodore 64 Press space to begin the game!
Xybots Commodore 64 Yikes, watch out for that Xybot!
Xybots Commodore 64 Beginning the first level

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Your Commodore Nov, 1989 60 out of 100 60
Commodore Force Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
Zzap! Oct, 1989 27 out of 100 27
Zzap! Jun, 1991 27 out of 100 27
Commodore Force Nov, 1993 17 out of 100 17


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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 (Commodore 64) on Jul 12, 2004
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