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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 I have little trouble
Xybots ZX Spectrum The start of level 2 and another coin to collect
Xybots Lynx Starting the game.
Xybots Atari ST Making your way through the maze...

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Game Zero Lynx Sep, 1992 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1989 776 out of 1000 78
The One Atari ST Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 547 out of 1000 55
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54


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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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