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Games part of the X-COM series

The X-COM game series is a celebrated franchise that combines strategy, tactics, and science fiction, captivating players since its inception in the mid-1990s. Created by Mythos Games and MicroProse, the series debuted with "X-COM: UFO Defense" (1994), known as "UFO: Enemy Unknown" in Europe. Players step into the shoes of X-COM, a secret organization tasked with defending Earth from an impending alien invasion. The gameplay is a mix of strategic management and turn-based tactical combat. In Geoscape Mode, players handle resource allocation, base construction, research, and UFO interception, while Battlescape Mode involves leading squads in ground battles to capture alien technology and investigate crash sites.

The franchise experienced a significant revival with Firaxis Games' "XCOM: Enemy Unknown" (2012). This reboot retained the core elements of strategic base management and turn-based tactical combat while modernizing graphics and interface. The game's challenging gameplay, deep strategy, and faithful recreation of the original's spirit earned it critical acclaim. Its sequel, "XCOM 2" (2016).

Its gameplay and deep strategic elements have influenced many other games in the genre, inspiring titles like "Jagged Alliance," "Fire Emblem," and "Phoenix Point," the latter developed by Julian Gollop, the original creator of X-COM.


X-COM: Ufo Defense

DOS1994protected4.3/5 strategy
UFO: Enemy Unknown (or X-COM: Ufo Defense) is a sci-fi tactical strategy game created by Julian Gollop set in a not-to-distant future where aliens are invading the Earth. The gameplay switches between tactical combat, where you fight aliens in a turn-based fashion, and strategic micromanagement, where you manage your X-COM base and personnel.

X-COM: Terror from the Deep

DOS1995protected4.1/5 strategy
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is a DOS science fiction tactical strategy game and the sequel to one of the most popular DOS games in history, X-COM: UFO Defense. Terror from the Deep was designed by Stephen Goss (the original X-COM was designed by Julian Gollop) and was published by MicroProse Software in 1995. Terror from the Deep doesn't change the...

X-COM: Apocalypse

DOSWindows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 strategy
X-COM: Apocalypse is the third installment of the very popular X-COM franchise. After X-COM: Ufo Defence and Terror From the Deep, fans expected another smash hit. Apocalypse is quite different under many aspects, from gameplay to aesthetics. X-COM Apocalypse was designed by Julian Gollop (the same designer that brought the original X-COM to l...

X-COM: Alliance

Windows XP/98/952002canceled3.8/5 shooter