Atari Lynx Review: Xybots on Lynx Lounge
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By Brian Thomas Barnhart |
Hi, welcome back to another episode of Lynx Lounge. My name is BTB and I’m your host, and we are talking about arcade ports for the Atari Lynx 16-bit color portable video game system. Today, we’re talking about a classic.. I mean we’re talking about a head turner of a game for this portable system, it’s called Xybots. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? If you haven’t heard of Xybots, check out this awesome poster that came with the game:
“Xybots was originally designed by Atari legend Ed Logg. Ed also co-designed Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Super Breakout, and the Gauntlet series while at Atari.”
The cool thing about these posters is that you could put them up on the wall. However, the bad thing about these posters is if you wanted to check out what the instructions were, they were printed on the backside of the poster, which is already up on the wall. So, you know what, you’re gonna kind of screw yourself there, but anyway. The posters were a cool idea, and an awesome, awesome way to do your manuals Atari! I love it. I should get these framed.
“A vital space station has been taken over by wicked Xybot warriors. You must explore the corners and passageways of Earth’s last outpost and defeat the invading Xybots to reclaim the space station. If you fail, the Federation must abandon its plans to colonize space. The fate of humanity is in your hands! Only you can save the human race. But can you save yourself? Comlynx with a friend, or take on the dreaded Xybot warriors all done.”
– Atari Lynx Xybots Manual
Alright, we’re talking about a great arcade port, Xybots for Atari Lynx, let’s check it out!
This game was a real head-turner in the arcade. It had a lot of really cool 3-D stuff that was going on, and two players could play at the same time. And guess what, if you have a Comlynx Cable, you could Comlynx-up and play this bad boy with your buddy on the go. Going to grandma’s house, in the backseat of the car playing this game, think about that. That’s pretty sweet!
First of all, let me just say that the music on this game is amazing. I say that almost every episode, because you know what, the Lynx music is just absolutely fantastic. There’s nothing else that sounds like this. It’s great.
“You’ll find yourself humming the music long after you finish playing. And that’s not a bad thing, all the tunes are really catchy.”
– Brian Thomas Barnhart
The graphics are amazing on this game. They just look so fantastic. The Lynx is doing a fantastic job handling the 3-D effects, everything on this game just looks juicy. I absolutely love it. It handles the “pseudo 3-D” graphics better than most any game system in its day, it’s incredible. But more on that coming up later.
The best item to buy in the shop is ‘Slow Energy Loss.’ It reduces the rate your energy drains. This will get you through the game and allow you to survive.
So what the heck is this game about? Well, if you have your handy dandy poster here, it gives you a cool backstory about what’s going on. But as far as everything that I know about this game: Anything that is moving, you just blast it.
This game had a lot of stuff going for it. There were a lot of perks you could buy during the game in order to enhance the way it played. You could get the keys, you could buy keys. You can get monster mappers on your map so you could see where all the monsters are. You could see where the guard mapper was, so you could see where all the guards were. The wall mapper automatically mapped passages as you go. I mean, there was just so much cool stuff.
“Xybots let you buy items through the game. You would find these coins as you go. As you blow stuff up, you would get points, and you’d be able to spend them on all these really cool perks.”
– Brian Thomas Barnhart
Hey, the graphics are BOMB, but how does it play? Xybots is a 3-D game, but it’s not a 3-D system. Is it a 3-D system? Atari Lynx sure does handle 3-D stuff pretty darn good, and Xybots handles great. Obviously, when you’re dealing with these pseudo 3-D games back in the day, we’re talking this was 1991, so obviously things are not going to run as smoothly as what we’re used to playing now.
“Xybots feels surprisingly polished. Lots to explore and items to find. The music was great, and graphically felt beyond what the NES and most other game systems could do at the time.”
But it’s 1991 and you have your portable system, your color portable system, your 16-bit color portable system to play something like this, and it just blew you away. You did not feel sorry for yourself after you bought this game. Because this is a game that I play over and over and over again, I find something new about it every single time I play. Xybots just keeps getting better and better.
So do you have an Atari Lynx? Are you looking to find excellent arcade ports? Look no further, Xybots is the game that you want to get! You’ve got to get this game, I give it three kisses. Mmmm it’s that good. And you know what, you’re gonna be like “You know what, that BTB knows what he’s talking about when it comes to this Atari Lynx. I should listen to him because his reviews are pretty good.” Thank you very much, I appreciate that, thank you.
If you liked this show you should check out 7800 Avenue, where we take a look at some awesome classic Atari video games, joysticks, and accessories. You should also check out The Jag Bar, where we serve up a delicious mix of Atari Jaguar games and mix drinks. All great Atari products, I like to talk about all of them! On 7800 Avenue we play Atari 2600 games and Atari 7800 games so that’s pretty cool. Anyway, come check us out. All right, talk to you later! I’ll see you next time you stop by, we’ll do another review or something. I’ll see you later, cheers!
Xybots was designed by Ed Logg Atari Games and was released to arcades in 1987. It was ported to the Atari Lynx by NuFX in 1991. Xybots Copyright 1987, 1991 Atari Games. All Rights Reserved. Licensed to Atari Corporation.
Brian Thomas Barnhart is a classic gaming aficionado, retro pop culture connoisseur, and a Senior Fellow at Atari I/O. He is host of The Jag Bar, Lynx Lounge, 7800 Avenue, and the Atari I/O After Hours Podcast. Brian is a Moderator in the Atari I/O Forums under the name btbfilms76. You can follow him on Instagram and at his YouTube channel.
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