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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 Amstrad CPC This is the exit.
Xybots ZX Spectrum Completion of the level gives some new abilities
Xybots Amstrad CPC Starting level 1 as Ace.
Xybots ZX Spectrum This is the main game screen. Here the player(s) choose their controllers. Controllers for both players must be chosen

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Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Lynx Jun 01, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Commodore User Amiga Jul, 1989 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Arcade Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Amiga 1989 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 776 out of 1000 78
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 27 out of 100 27


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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.

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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