This was released in 1994 by Microprose. Whilst the graphics were decent for the time, what sold the game was the 2-tier gameplay. On one level, it was a strategy game, with you building bases, researching alien technology and intercepting UFOs which were attacking the earth.
It was a game full of tension, with some great music.
2KGames produced a new version of the game in 2012, with massively updated graphics and gameplay.
It’s an ideal game to play as a miniatures game, and has inspired several scenarios with rules such as Tomorrow’s War.
1-4 players worked co-operatively to build bases and defend the earth from alien invasion. This game used the strategic aspect of the game, with the tactical gameplay of UFO recovery somewhat abstracted.
Not a bad game at all, and seriously difficult to win.
Move forward four years.
Fantasy Flight Games has just announced that they are producing XCOM: The Board Game. Simply looking at the cover would indicate that this game comes with an official licence.
The game is co-operative, and looks to have FFGs trademark production values. What is more, the game is played in conjunction with an App, which appears to play the part of the alien threat in the game. There are not many details available for this game just yet – maybe more news will be available at GenCon.
The game is designed by Eric Lang, whose past games include Star Wars: The Card Game, Quarriors!, Chaos in the Old World and Warhammer: Invasion.
As an XCOM fan, this game is immediately on my ‘must have’ list. It’s due out towards the end of the year – I can’t wait!