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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 Arcade Duel
Xybots Lynx Down we go.
Xybots MSX Game Over
Xybots Arcade Painful shoot

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Lynx Feb, 1992 23 out of 40 58
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 C 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

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