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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 Lynx Starting level 2
Xybots Lynx Title screen and credits. The title explodes in.
Xybots Lynx You go here in between each level...
Xybots Lynx Loading screen

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Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Game Zero Sep, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Retro Game Reviews Nov 26, 2015 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Power Play Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1992 23 out of 40 58
The Video Game Critic Nov 27, 2006 C 50
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 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

ResidentHazard (3567) added Xybots (Lynx) on Apr 26, 2010
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