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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 Loading screen
Xybots ZX Spectrum When the game is over the player is returned to this screen
Xybots MSX Playing the game with 2 players.
Xybots Arcade Made it.

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
The Atari Times Arcade Feb 11, 2008 80 out of 100 80
The One Atari ST Jul, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Lynx Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Your Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 C 50
Zzap! Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 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.


  • 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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