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XCOM®: Enemy Within

XCOM®: Enemy Within

2K, Inc.

The Expansion to XCOM: Enemy Unknown with 50% more new content.

4.1 Ratings 28K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads

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  • Same feel Feb 13, 2015

    By Kageshi1
    The game has the same feel to the PC down to the shiv 's turning into soldier bug, decal reset on many soldiers bug, and even the backwards hand flip when selecting a weapon for the soldier bug. Everything gameplay-wise is there, it even has the main story from the previous one. But you might be asking, this file size is smaller then the PC version. Well, the things removed are: many duplicated cutscene of alien autopsys and alien interigations of individual aliens has been removed, as for the textures that gave it a high detail shine(agreeable from portable playing). Another thing removed is alien encounters on the field. Many pc players would know of this one, where if you encouter an alien, say the sectopod, It would play a cutscene of you encoutering it ingame. Not bash worthy, and totally understand that scripting can cost some frame rate issues. Last is some missions are missing. I dont know if anyone else has seen these council missions where saving a president or diplomat is still in the game but with these missing missions means missing maps to conquer. However, with the enemy within comes a whole lot more maps. Other then that the game plays the same as the pc with an OBVIOUS porting for phones. Would get if you have money to burn as its not like these pay2win games... Full game outta the box. But if you dont agree to the downsizing. Would wait for a discount to appear as either way the game is worth the boredom of phone games.
  • Xcom unknown vs xcom within Dec 23, 2016

    By Devistator
    I originally owned the first version xcom unknown. Great game but had some stuttering bugs that annoyed me when playing. Xcom within has been a night and day difference. I'm playing on iPhone 6s Plus iOS 10.2 and seriously the loading is less than 5 seconds for me between launching the battle and being on the ground. In xcom unknown I'd sit there for 30 seconds or more. Graphics are better, controls are better, I have no issues with going up or down a level (use either two fingers swiping up/down or touch the camera icon and use the up/down icon). I'm more than 8 hours into the game with full power armor, new ships, exalt and weapons. I see the DLC for the game in the options but maps are smaller. To me this is a 9 out of 10. I love strategy and action games, this is fluid gameplay and can get really hard fast if you aren't smart with your strategy. Big difference between the two is the DLC, loading times and bigger battles with more than just aliens, humans too. But I must acknowledge that my experience is likely better because I'm on an iPhone 6s Plus so better processor (dual core) and more ram (2gb ram) than previous devices I've used (iPad 2-3, iPhone 5-6). I recommend but best experience will he with newer devices, with the DLC added this second installment was worth buying again for an experienced adult gamer; supports app switching (love I can take a call and get back into the Frey).
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Thomas Reed
    Even though this was a good game to play on the pc and console, the problems with this game is you need some serious mobile hardware to play this. When i was playing this cutscenes were fine however at some points the game was crashing or other times stalling from granade explosions. The game was also crashing at random when i was just in the xcom hq managing things.
  • I have loved the X-Com games since the 90s Jun 30, 2018

    By Hultz17370
    This game is great. Game system quality and I bought it even though I own it on Xbox and pc. I should have reviewed this long ago but I just don’t review things enough. The one problem I have is I can’t play the game and listen to my podcasts. I know you haven’t done any updates in forever but if you could fix that one thing it would get me to play it more. I like to learn and laugh when I play games. I can’t imagine it would be s hard thing to fix. However that is the only problem I have. It’s just a big one because it keeps me from playing it. I love the game and I end up just playing dumb games because I can listen to stuff while playing them. I know I’m just one person asking for this fix but I myself have payed so much for these games over the years. I think I’ve owned every version of X-Com made. Some I’ve owned more than one copy of. TFTD twice, Apocalypse twice, and enemy unknown for three different systems. Anyone who likes these new ones should go check out the old ones. The graphics aren’t so great but the games are awesome. Anyway thank you for the great games. I’m playing X-Com 2 on PS4 now. Keep up the good work and keep’em coming. Maybe make one more like the old school ones with a whole bunch of solders and time units. Just make it look pretty but other than that just like the old ones. Please. Anyway thanks again.
  • Great game, better app Sep 30, 2017

    By Revewier mikee
    I was originally very disappointed by this game. The graphics were sad, the loading times were long, and it was missing some features I wanted to see. However, I recently redownloaded it and am blown away. Both on my iphone 7+ and my 2017 ipad pro (12.9) it runs VERY well. I cannot believe how quick the load times are. Also, there are some features present that I don’t remember them having, like armor tint. I am very happy with it. One thing I would like a lot is if they would incorporate keyboard support. Being able to map hotkeys for overwatch and use WASD to move the map around would be huge, as well as a keyboard interface for troop selection and things like that. I enjoy the game but being able to use my keyboard would make this just phenomenal. I understand that is unlikely but it would be nice and I would really appreciate it as a feature.
  • 4000 BC Aug 6, 2017

    By Sterus37
    Ladies and gents. This is the best app out of the best apps you could ever find. I've played Xcom ever since the original game came out in 4000 BC. I'm of course not saying I'm that old. What I'm saying is that much like the great pyramids of Egypt, nothing can match its splendor. Xcom is one of the great wonders of the world. It was amazing then and it is amazing now. Right now! You complain that the controls are weird? What!? Get some better fingers people. The controls in the game are the best you can get from a mobile device machine. This takes some major strategy, some major brain usage. I suggest playing the game on CLASSIC and IRONMAN. The frustration might run slightly high when one of your faves die, but when you conquer the onslaught of alien beauties the feeling of success is like that of taking a shower for the first time after a month long hike through the hot rainforests of South America... I... I've never been... I mean I take showers... I'm just talking about the rainforests... the... you know what I mean!.. Why are you reading this!? Buy the game! What!? It's not free you say!? So what! You were gonna make in game purchases with whatever free game you were thinking about playing anyway! Buy it now and you will be on the golden road to bliss. XOXO, The Aliens
  • Sep 27, 2021

    By Brian Bays
    Only problem is it's a little zoomed in, making it more diffult to plan out an ambush without zooming out over and over. Everyone complaining about the elevation issue there's a camera button with an up and down toggle 🤦. Plays extremely well, only had a few crashea and those were only launching the game not in the middle of a battle. I'm honestly surprised how well This was ported over, and the price?? On steam and Xbox this still runs at $40, but here the exact game is $5. No brainer 💁
  • Has potential, but be prepared to loose everything....over and over and over Aug 15, 2018

    By MrMystery
    So at first I was very excited about this game, even though the tutorial left a lot to be desired regarding how to move, how to pick up things, how tough the aliens were, what to develop first versus last, and a whole bunch of other things. After playing the second time and investing a whole bunch of time, I had my entire crew wiped out in 15 minutes at the fishing village. Two enhanced heavy combat mecs, a sniper and two other support. I can see losing one or two guys, but to have your entire crew wiped out by insurmountable odds, and creatures that are way tougher than they should (zombies kill you in one hit, crustaceans spider bug thingys impervious to fire and mini cannons) who’d a thought? I don’t know about you, but if I invest 20 hours into a game only to lose all those guys, with their mods, in 15 minutes, I’m not so motivated to keep playing. If you have a life and just want to enjoy a game that you can play, learn, lose a battle and then come back to....then don’t pick this game because you will lose ALL of your hard earned progress in 15 minutes....irrevocably. Poof!! Gone!! Finished! That’s one DEAD parrot! Lol now if they ad a save feature and afford you the ability to refight a battle....then I’m back in....but until then....I’ll pass.
  • Nov 13, 2021

    By Jeremy Young
    Overall great game. The only problem is the game is opted for a lower quality phone so sometimes the game will freeze then crash if you have a higher quality phone. The graphics look very poor and there's no way to change that in the settings
  • All 5 Stars (EXPLAINED) Jul 26, 2017

    By Appbo$$
    1. Going into this game as my first XCOM purchase I was skeptical because of the price of the game. The first star is awarded because of the good tutorials and overall help of the game. 2. While I believe this game may be toned a bit from the original which I understand the second star is awarded for the unlimited amount of content this game offers and will never get boring 3. The third star I believe which is an expectation of any game is the smooth play that it offers. I play from an iPhone 7 and have never experienced so much as a frame skip. 4. On top of all this there is a multiplayer system which is fun as hell and adds to the overall quality of the game. 5. While most people would've stopped at 4 I will not rob this game of it's justice. It has prompted me to buy XCOM 2 on steam for $60. While there is nothing worse than losing a major in battle this is probably the most entertaining game on the App Store. I highly recommend this for anybody. I am not even into strategy games. This is my first XCOM but will certainly not be my last. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
  • Same feel Feb 13, 2015

    By Kageshi1
    The game has the same feel to the PC down to the shiv 's turning into soldier bug, decal reset on many soldiers bug, and even the backwards hand flip when selecting a weapon for the soldier bug. Everything gameplay-wise is there, it even has the main story from the previous one. But you might be asking, this file size is smaller then the PC version. Well, the things removed are: many duplicated cutscene of alien autopsys and alien interigations of individual aliens has been removed, as for the textures that gave it a high detail shine(agreeable from portable playing). Another thing removed is alien encounters on the field. Many pc players would know of this one, where if you encouter an alien, say the sectopod, It would play a cutscene of you encoutering it ingame. Not bash worthy, and totally understand that scripting can cost some frame rate issues. Last is some missions are missing. I dont know if anyone else has seen these council missions where saving a president or diplomat is still in the game but with these missing missions means missing maps to conquer. However, with the enemy within comes a whole lot more maps. Other then that the game plays the same as the pc with an OBVIOUS porting for phones. Would get if you have money to burn as its not like these pay2win games... Full game outta the box. But if you dont agree to the downsizing. Would wait for a discount to appear as either way the game is worth the boredom of phone games.
  • Xcom unknown vs xcom within Dec 23, 2016

    By Devistator
    I originally owned the first version xcom unknown. Great game but had some stuttering bugs that annoyed me when playing. Xcom within has been a night and day difference. I'm playing on iPhone 6s Plus iOS 10.2 and seriously the loading is less than 5 seconds for me between launching the battle and being on the ground. In xcom unknown I'd sit there for 30 seconds or more. Graphics are better, controls are better, I have no issues with going up or down a level (use either two fingers swiping up/down or touch the camera icon and use the up/down icon). I'm more than 8 hours into the game with full power armor, new ships, exalt and weapons. I see the DLC for the game in the options but maps are smaller. To me this is a 9 out of 10. I love strategy and action games, this is fluid gameplay and can get really hard fast if you aren't smart with your strategy. Big difference between the two is the DLC, loading times and bigger battles with more than just aliens, humans too. But I must acknowledge that my experience is likely better because I'm on an iPhone 6s Plus so better processor (dual core) and more ram (2gb ram) than previous devices I've used (iPad 2-3, iPhone 5-6). I recommend but best experience will he with newer devices, with the DLC added this second installment was worth buying again for an experienced adult gamer; supports app switching (love I can take a call and get back into the Frey).
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Thomas Reed
    Even though this was a good game to play on the pc and console, the problems with this game is you need some serious mobile hardware to play this. When i was playing this cutscenes were fine however at some points the game was crashing or other times stalling from granade explosions. The game was also crashing at random when i was just in the xcom hq managing things.
  • I have loved the X-Com games since the 90s Jun 30, 2018

    By Hultz17370
    This game is great. Game system quality and I bought it even though I own it on Xbox and pc. I should have reviewed this long ago but I just don’t review things enough. The one problem I have is I can’t play the game and listen to my podcasts. I know you haven’t done any updates in forever but if you could fix that one thing it would get me to play it more. I like to learn and laugh when I play games. I can’t imagine it would be s hard thing to fix. However that is the only problem I have. It’s just a big one because it keeps me from playing it. I love the game and I end up just playing dumb games because I can listen to stuff while playing them. I know I’m just one person asking for this fix but I myself have payed so much for these games over the years. I think I’ve owned every version of X-Com made. Some I’ve owned more than one copy of. TFTD twice, Apocalypse twice, and enemy unknown for three different systems. Anyone who likes these new ones should go check out the old ones. The graphics aren’t so great but the games are awesome. Anyway thank you for the great games. I’m playing X-Com 2 on PS4 now. Keep up the good work and keep’em coming. Maybe make one more like the old school ones with a whole bunch of solders and time units. Just make it look pretty but other than that just like the old ones. Please. Anyway thanks again.
  • Great game, better app Sep 30, 2017

    By Revewier mikee
    I was originally very disappointed by this game. The graphics were sad, the loading times were long, and it was missing some features I wanted to see. However, I recently redownloaded it and am blown away. Both on my iphone 7+ and my 2017 ipad pro (12.9) it runs VERY well. I cannot believe how quick the load times are. Also, there are some features present that I don’t remember them having, like armor tint. I am very happy with it. One thing I would like a lot is if they would incorporate keyboard support. Being able to map hotkeys for overwatch and use WASD to move the map around would be huge, as well as a keyboard interface for troop selection and things like that. I enjoy the game but being able to use my keyboard would make this just phenomenal. I understand that is unlikely but it would be nice and I would really appreciate it as a feature.
  • 4000 BC Aug 6, 2017

    By Sterus37
    Ladies and gents. This is the best app out of the best apps you could ever find. I've played Xcom ever since the original game came out in 4000 BC. I'm of course not saying I'm that old. What I'm saying is that much like the great pyramids of Egypt, nothing can match its splendor. Xcom is one of the great wonders of the world. It was amazing then and it is amazing now. Right now! You complain that the controls are weird? What!? Get some better fingers people. The controls in the game are the best you can get from a mobile device machine. This takes some major strategy, some major brain usage. I suggest playing the game on CLASSIC and IRONMAN. The frustration might run slightly high when one of your faves die, but when you conquer the onslaught of alien beauties the feeling of success is like that of taking a shower for the first time after a month long hike through the hot rainforests of South America... I... I've never been... I mean I take showers... I'm just talking about the rainforests... the... you know what I mean!.. Why are you reading this!? Buy the game! What!? It's not free you say!? So what! You were gonna make in game purchases with whatever free game you were thinking about playing anyway! Buy it now and you will be on the golden road to bliss. XOXO, The Aliens
  • Sep 27, 2021

    By Brian Bays
    Only problem is it's a little zoomed in, making it more diffult to plan out an ambush without zooming out over and over. Everyone complaining about the elevation issue there's a camera button with an up and down toggle 🤦. Plays extremely well, only had a few crashea and those were only launching the game not in the middle of a battle. I'm honestly surprised how well This was ported over, and the price?? On steam and Xbox this still runs at $40, but here the exact game is $5. No brainer 💁
  • Has potential, but be prepared to loose everything....over and over and over Aug 15, 2018

    By MrMystery
    So at first I was very excited about this game, even though the tutorial left a lot to be desired regarding how to move, how to pick up things, how tough the aliens were, what to develop first versus last, and a whole bunch of other things. After playing the second time and investing a whole bunch of time, I had my entire crew wiped out in 15 minutes at the fishing village. Two enhanced heavy combat mecs, a sniper and two other support. I can see losing one or two guys, but to have your entire crew wiped out by insurmountable odds, and creatures that are way tougher than they should (zombies kill you in one hit, crustaceans spider bug thingys impervious to fire and mini cannons) who’d a thought? I don’t know about you, but if I invest 20 hours into a game only to lose all those guys, with their mods, in 15 minutes, I’m not so motivated to keep playing. If you have a life and just want to enjoy a game that you can play, learn, lose a battle and then come back to....then don’t pick this game because you will lose ALL of your hard earned progress in 15 minutes....irrevocably. Poof!! Gone!! Finished! That’s one DEAD parrot! Lol now if they ad a save feature and afford you the ability to refight a battle....then I’m back in....but until then....I’ll pass.
  • Nov 13, 2021

    By Jeremy Young
    Overall great game. The only problem is the game is opted for a lower quality phone so sometimes the game will freeze then crash if you have a higher quality phone. The graphics look very poor and there's no way to change that in the settings
  • All 5 Stars (EXPLAINED) Jul 26, 2017

    By Appbo$$
    1. Going into this game as my first XCOM purchase I was skeptical because of the price of the game. The first star is awarded because of the good tutorials and overall help of the game. 2. While I believe this game may be toned a bit from the original which I understand the second star is awarded for the unlimited amount of content this game offers and will never get boring 3. The third star I believe which is an expectation of any game is the smooth play that it offers. I play from an iPhone 7 and have never experienced so much as a frame skip. 4. On top of all this there is a multiplayer system which is fun as hell and adds to the overall quality of the game. 5. While most people would've stopped at 4 I will not rob this game of it's justice. It has prompted me to buy XCOM 2 on steam for $60. While there is nothing worse than losing a major in battle this is probably the most entertaining game on the App Store. I highly recommend this for anybody. I am not even into strategy games. This is my first XCOM but will certainly not be my last. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
  • Nov 23, 2021

    By Troy Dalton
    As stated by others, even though I'm properly logged into Google Play, the game will not save on my Android 9 device. Also, it does not properly center on my screen and the button presses must be a little above each button. Epic fail... Got a refund within a few minutes of testing the game.
  • Nov 4, 2021

    By Grant Loehrlein
    It's a great game but saving is impossible. I can't log into a Google account so my progress is never saved. Worked fine on the last phone had. It's just giving an error message. This game is unplayable without being able to save progress. Skip it until you see reviews saying its been addressed.
  • Sep 18, 2021

    By McCleary Searles
    Great game and a good port until you need to load. Mine crashes every time I load the game without fail. I literally can't play unless I want to start from scratch. It's a shame because I was really getting to like my squad.
  • Nov 23, 2021

    By Robert Smith
    Fun game but has been abandoned by the devs for another version. Avoid paying money for this as crashes are frequent due to lack of updates to current mobile devices.
  • Oct 21, 2021

    By Gregory Nunez
    It crashes when trying to load it resume game. It's a fun game but what's the point if you can't beat it. This problem is very common, the game isn't well optimized for mobile.
  • Oct 19, 2021

    By Michael Guyett
    Looks great, controls are glitchy. Getting into elevated positions is iffy at best. It errors when loading or saving because Google+ doesn't exist any longer.
  • Jun 30, 2021

    By David Gennari
    This game seems phenominal. But the fact that I can't make a soldier do an elevation change with a two finger drag makes me want to do a refund. The tutorial says it should work. My experience with the game says it doesn't. I'm in the second level and I can't make the guy on the roof get to the ground. Nothing works. Seriously, how could you not employ a simple onscreen toggle that lets me change elevations? You broke what could have otherwise been a perfect android port?
  • Sep 5, 2021

    By Chris Hay
    The game does not work. Movements do not work from each soldier to soldier. Game freezes. Just a bad port. Should not be sold in this condition. Waste of money.
  • Oct 5, 2021

    By Keywork Sales
    This game has so many glitches and crashes all the time. I should be refunded for being able to beat it in its current condition lmao
  • Jul 12, 2021

    By Adam Thibodeau
    Has so much potential. The original XCOM games on PC control so well. This doesn't. I can't change the elevation to move troops on or off rooftops using either the two finger method or the on-screen controls. The camera constantly zooms all the way in, as if that's ever what I want it to do. It runs fine on my Galaxy S9 but looks worse than screenshots of the console versions from almost 8 years ago.

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  • Xcom unknown vs xcom within Dec 23, 2016

    By Devistator
    I originally owned the first version xcom unknown. Great game but had some stuttering bugs that annoyed me when playing. Xcom within has been a night and day difference. I'm playing on iPhone 6s Plus iOS 10.2 and seriously the loading is less than 5 seconds for me between launching the battle and being on the ground. In xcom unknown I'd sit there for 30 seconds or more. Graphics are better, controls are better, I have no issues with going up or down a level (use either two fingers swiping up/down or touch the camera icon and use the up/down icon). I'm more than 8 hours into the game with full power armor, new ships, exalt and weapons. I see the DLC for the game in the options but maps are smaller. To me this is a 9 out of 10. I love strategy and action games, this is fluid gameplay and can get really hard fast if you aren't smart with your strategy. Big difference between the two is the DLC, loading times and bigger battles with more than just aliens, humans too. But I must acknowledge that my experience is likely better because I'm on an iPhone 6s Plus so better processor (dual core) and more ram (2gb ram) than previous devices I've used (iPad 2-3, iPhone 5-6). I recommend but best experience will he with newer devices, with the DLC added this second installment was worth buying again for an experienced adult gamer; supports app switching (love I can take a call and get back into the Frey).
  • I have loved the X-Com games since the 90s Jun 30, 2018

    By Hultz17370
    This game is great. Game system quality and I bought it even though I own it on Xbox and pc. I should have reviewed this long ago but I just don’t review things enough. The one problem I have is I can’t play the game and listen to my podcasts. I know you haven’t done any updates in forever but if you could fix that one thing it would get me to play it more. I like to learn and laugh when I play games. I can’t imagine it would be s hard thing to fix. However that is the only problem I have. It’s just a big one because it keeps me from playing it. I love the game and I end up just playing dumb games because I can listen to stuff while playing them. I know I’m just one person asking for this fix but I myself have payed so much for these games over the years. I think I’ve owned every version of X-Com made. Some I’ve owned more than one copy of. TFTD twice, Apocalypse twice, and enemy unknown for three different systems. Anyone who likes these new ones should go check out the old ones. The graphics aren’t so great but the games are awesome. Anyway thank you for the great games. I’m playing X-Com 2 on PS4 now. Keep up the good work and keep’em coming. Maybe make one more like the old school ones with a whole bunch of solders and time units. Just make it look pretty but other than that just like the old ones. Please. Anyway thanks again.
  • 4000 BC Aug 6, 2017

    By Sterus37
    Ladies and gents. This is the best app out of the best apps you could ever find. I've played Xcom ever since the original game came out in 4000 BC. I'm of course not saying I'm that old. What I'm saying is that much like the great pyramids of Egypt, nothing can match its splendor. Xcom is one of the great wonders of the world. It was amazing then and it is amazing now. Right now! You complain that the controls are weird? What!? Get some better fingers people. The controls in the game are the best you can get from a mobile device machine. This takes some major strategy, some major brain usage. I suggest playing the game on CLASSIC and IRONMAN. The frustration might run slightly high when one of your faves die, but when you conquer the onslaught of alien beauties the feeling of success is like that of taking a shower for the first time after a month long hike through the hot rainforests of South America... I... I've never been... I mean I take showers... I'm just talking about the rainforests... the... you know what I mean!.. Why are you reading this!? Buy the game! What!? It's not free you say!? So what! You were gonna make in game purchases with whatever free game you were thinking about playing anyway! Buy it now and you will be on the golden road to bliss. XOXO, The Aliens
  • All 5 Stars (EXPLAINED) Jul 26, 2017

    By Appbo$$
    1. Going into this game as my first XCOM purchase I was skeptical because of the price of the game. The first star is awarded because of the good tutorials and overall help of the game. 2. While I believe this game may be toned a bit from the original which I understand the second star is awarded for the unlimited amount of content this game offers and will never get boring 3. The third star I believe which is an expectation of any game is the smooth play that it offers. I play from an iPhone 7 and have never experienced so much as a frame skip. 4. On top of all this there is a multiplayer system which is fun as hell and adds to the overall quality of the game. 5. While most people would've stopped at 4 I will not rob this game of it's justice. It has prompted me to buy XCOM 2 on steam for $60. While there is nothing worse than losing a major in battle this is probably the most entertaining game on the App Store. I highly recommend this for anybody. I am not even into strategy games. This is my first XCOM but will certainly not be my last. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
  • Nicely done! Oct 7, 2015

    By XxavionnxX
    When I first played this game on the PC, I thought this would make an awesome Mobile game because all you are doing is just clicking. That is what lead me to this game, and what an amazing job 2K and Firaxis did! It was an audacious step to bring Xcom back from the dead, and to me it paid off. The gameplay is streamlined and dynamic while still maintaining that feel that Xcom is supposed to give you. You always feel hopelessly outmatched, but it does it so that you still feel a sense of accomplishment even when retreating from a botched mission, and even more so in victory. Even in a game where there are no set characters the soldiers develop their own personality through the awesome gameplay. Even the sky ranger developed its own feel to me. However Where this game excels is in the gameplay, and although there are a few bugs here and there, they have mostly been addressed. To the developers I say well done and thanks for having the courage to market a turn based strategy to our FPS generation, but you better not slouch on Xcom 2!
  • Retains the feel of the PC version Feb 27, 2015

    By Juardis
    I have an iPhone 6+ w/ 64 GB if that matters. This is the first and only game I've installed. It runs flawlessly. That said, I've only played the tutorial and only have 8 hours of gameplay, so I can't give a detailed review but I did want to offer a counterpoint to the "buggy as hell" reviews. I played the original xcom games on a PC back in the 90s and this retains that same feeling of tenseness and satisfaction. My only complaint is that I wish I had more screen real estate, but of course I'm not sitting in front of my 24" monitor so it's a silly complaint. Nonetheless, it does make situation awareness a challenge. Still, it's the same addictive game I remember so fondly. Best $7 I've spent in awhile. Update: I just completed my 4th full campaign. That's about 2 solid months of playing. I've had all of one (1) crash. When I restarted from the crash I added an action so as not to trigger it again and it worked like a champ. If I could give it an strange star if do it.
  • One of the best turned based games period Oct 11, 2017

    By BurningCosmos
    Pros: •Great combat that never lets you feel too powerful. Even when you’re late in the game and feel like you’ve “got it” there’s always something that can, and does, happen to fix that feeling. Whether it’s a surprise enemy you ran into that’s in overwatch that you didn’t expect or your soldier missed a critical shot, you can expect the game to be unrelentingly smart about causing you problems. •Permadeath. Pretty much if someone dies they’re gone for good. You always have the fear of losing your best soldiers; who have sortied over 15 times with 50 kills that turn missions into your favor when they deploy EVERY time you send them out into harms way. That is real fear so easily built into this game. Those are the two main pros for me about this. Cons: •Glitches, ever so minor. Basically things like changing height differences with the camera to get a better view of things causes issues where you want to see the roof of a building but the game shows you the interior instead. Or when you want to see if your character can climb a drain pipe and move to cover with a single action point but the camera only shows you their path inside the building again. Even with that it’s just so minor it does make the game any less great TLDR: download it if you enjoy turn based permadeath games that never stop being challenging but never stop being satisfying at the same time.
  • Great Mobile Port Sep 5, 2015

    By Mickbarrel
    I am a huge fan of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its expansion, Enemy Within, on the PC. When I saw a mobile version for my iPhone 6, I had to give it a shot, especially for $10. While they did have to cut a few of the features due to hardware and storage limitations, the tactical and base building areas of the game are pretty close to the original. Most of the cuts they made were to soldier customization, tactical cinematics, fewer maps(I think), etc. The core game and the majority of its features are still there and, more importantly, they're fun. I was very surprised how well it runs on my iPhone 6. Load times are very short and the interface is very well done for a touch screen game that has this much depth. Despite my large fingers, I'm able to run through missions without any mistakes caused by the UI. If you enjoyed the new XCOM games, you will more than likely have a lot of fun with the mobile version that you can play anywhere and fits in your pocket.
  • Worth more than $10 Dec 5, 2018

    By iTasha
    I don’t leave reviews unless I’m p*ssed so that makes this mean that much more. This is by far the best and most played game I’ve ever purchased. I was weary about spending $10 since I try to keep my gaming budget on the cheap but after knowing the gameplay, this game is well worth more than $10. There are several new missions that are not in the original computer, or Xbox games, with new enemies. The difficulty of the battles only makes me want to beat it more. The graphics are beautiful in how they go into detail of each turn. The catchphrases of the soldiers are awesome and hilarious. This game will take days to complete even if you were playing non-stop, there is so much gameplay. Please 2K, make more games with this strategy, it is truly the best. I would gladly pay more money for more games like this, where is the donation link??
  • Please Update Camera Controls Feb 18, 2020

    By 7-String
    It’s XCOM. On your phone. It’s a perfect little time killer throughout the day, as the game picks right back up where you left it as long as you don’t completely terminate the app. My one and only gripe about this port is the camera. Please, for the love of the Council, add more camera options. The current sensitivity gives me Tinder flashbacks with all the swiping that’s required to move it in any meaningful way. I want to be able to drag the camera at a speed and distance that matches my finger’s movement. And I’d like an option that allows me to keep the camera zoomed out when I switch soldiers or end one’s turn. Constantly zooming the camera out before moving soldiers is bothersome. These little improvements would greatly increase what is already a stellar experience.
  • Same feel Feb 13, 2015

    By Kageshi1
    The game has the same feel to the PC down to the shiv 's turning into soldier bug, decal reset on many soldiers bug, and even the backwards hand flip when selecting a weapon for the soldier bug. Everything gameplay-wise is there, it even has the main story from the previous one. But you might be asking, this file size is smaller then the PC version. Well, the things removed are: many duplicated cutscene of alien autopsys and alien interigations of individual aliens has been removed, as for the textures that gave it a high detail shine(agreeable from portable playing). Another thing removed is alien encounters on the field. Many pc players would know of this one, where if you encouter an alien, say the sectopod, It would play a cutscene of you encoutering it ingame. Not bash worthy, and totally understand that scripting can cost some frame rate issues. Last is some missions are missing. I dont know if anyone else has seen these council missions where saving a president or diplomat is still in the game but with these missing missions means missing maps to conquer. However, with the enemy within comes a whole lot more maps. Other then that the game plays the same as the pc with an OBVIOUS porting for phones. Would get if you have money to burn as its not like these pay2win games... Full game outta the box. But if you dont agree to the downsizing. Would wait for a discount to appear as either way the game is worth the boredom of phone games.
  • Great game, better app Sep 30, 2017

    By Revewier mikee
    I was originally very disappointed by this game. The graphics were sad, the loading times were long, and it was missing some features I wanted to see. However, I recently redownloaded it and am blown away. Both on my iphone 7+ and my 2017 ipad pro (12.9) it runs VERY well. I cannot believe how quick the load times are. Also, there are some features present that I don’t remember them having, like armor tint. I am very happy with it. One thing I would like a lot is if they would incorporate keyboard support. Being able to map hotkeys for overwatch and use WASD to move the map around would be huge, as well as a keyboard interface for troop selection and things like that. I enjoy the game but being able to use my keyboard would make this just phenomenal. I understand that is unlikely but it would be nice and I would really appreciate it as a feature.
  • Sep 27, 2021

    By Brian Bays
    Only problem is it's a little zoomed in, making it more diffult to plan out an ambush without zooming out over and over. Everyone complaining about the elevation issue there's a camera button with an up and down toggle 🤦. Plays extremely well, only had a few crashea and those were only launching the game not in the middle of a battle. I'm honestly surprised how well This was ported over, and the price?? On steam and Xbox this still runs at $40, but here the exact game is $5. No brainer 💁
  • Oct 29, 2021

    By art benson
    This is a terrific game, especially if you played the old XCOM games using the 3 and 1/2 inch for 5 and 1/4 inch disc. If you download this game, you're going to have a great time.
  • Jul 19, 2021

    By Unoriginal Trash
    Phenomenal gameplay. It's like digital crack lmao . But the game being this complex I was expecting it translating to TOUCH controls would take some getting used to. And it did. Even still it gets weird on occasion but definitely works well enough to not be too bothersome. I barely notice the jank anymore. Impressive port nonetheless. 👏👏
  • Good but controls worse than previous xcom IOS Jan 8, 2015

    By Harwin_AD
    In general this is a solid game, and I love the extra features from Enemy Within. However, they seem to have made a control change from Enemy Unknown to this one where clicking on an existing selection(where to move or fire a rocket) is counted as accepting that. In the previous version you had to manually select the appropriate confirm/move button. This is a problem because(understandably) the touch controls have some difficulty selecting the appropriate spot. You can eventually get to the correct spot... unless the game has taken one of your clicks as confirmation. This is bad enough if you do not move to cover, worse if you fire a rocket at your team. The game should go back to the selection process of the previous IOS game, where you had to hit a specific confirmation button.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    By Matthew McGraw
    Is fun to play and easy to get sucked into. A decent port although I don't think it will get a compatibility update with future Android OS systems. Can be buggy and have wonky touch controls at times along with the occasion crash. But still worth me putting 55+ hours into it across multiple playthroughs.
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Thomas Reed
    Even though this was a good game to play on the pc and console, the problems with this game is you need some serious mobile hardware to play this. When i was playing this cutscenes were fine however at some points the game was crashing or other times stalling from granade explosions. The game was also crashing at random when i was just in the xcom hq managing things.
  • Has potential, but be prepared to loose everything....over and over and over Aug 15, 2018

    By MrMystery
    So at first I was very excited about this game, even though the tutorial left a lot to be desired regarding how to move, how to pick up things, how tough the aliens were, what to develop first versus last, and a whole bunch of other things. After playing the second time and investing a whole bunch of time, I had my entire crew wiped out in 15 minutes at the fishing village. Two enhanced heavy combat mecs, a sniper and two other support. I can see losing one or two guys, but to have your entire crew wiped out by insurmountable odds, and creatures that are way tougher than they should (zombies kill you in one hit, crustaceans spider bug thingys impervious to fire and mini cannons) who’d a thought? I don’t know about you, but if I invest 20 hours into a game only to lose all those guys, with their mods, in 15 minutes, I’m not so motivated to keep playing. If you have a life and just want to enjoy a game that you can play, learn, lose a battle and then come back to....then don’t pick this game because you will lose ALL of your hard earned progress in 15 minutes....irrevocably. Poof!! Gone!! Finished! That’s one DEAD parrot! Lol now if they ad a save feature and afford you the ability to refight a battle....then I’m back in....but until then....I’ll pass.
  • Nov 13, 2021

    By Jeremy Young
    Overall great game. The only problem is the game is opted for a lower quality phone so sometimes the game will freeze then crash if you have a higher quality phone. The graphics look very poor and there's no way to change that in the settings
  • OK port of an excellent game May 6, 2015

    By Josh1222
    If I were to review the game itself I would give it 5 stars. It's one of the best and most addictive games I have ever played: well balanced, good graphics, fun gameplay mechanics, and more. I like it so much that I actually bought the game twice: once on iOS for my iPad mini 2 and iPhone 6, and once on my iMac. I do have to say that the iMac version is far superior. First of all, in my opinion the iPhone 6's screen is just too small for the kind of gameplay of selecting precise spots to move units in a tactical game. Secondly, performance-wise the game is just very hard on the Apple devices. In particular my iPad mini 2 (A7 processor) struggles at times to keep up with it. It doesn't affect the gameplay but it's just not smooth. On the iMac it's a very smooth 1080p experience. Third, the game can be a little difficult on a touchscreen because of the way the controls are implemented (not very precisely). Compared with a gamepad or mouse/keyboard it's just a lot less precise. BUT, for a version of the game that I can fit in my pocket I suppose this is an OK tradeoff. I'd say the game itself is 5 stars but this port is 3 stars.
  • Fun mobile x com but bad controls Mar 9, 2019

    By some fan of gaming on the move
    I get it’s a phone game but still the controls aren’t the best they don’t really respond or work just right as intended I try and click on a stair case to select upstairs and my character goes to a different location down stairs I try and climb a pip to get on the roof and just walk up to the pip I eventually get what was wrong I needed to click the camera thing and move it up but that’s a small hassle and also buggy along with if I’m moving farther Spaces in the yellow it sometimes jumps me to a different character and doesn’t let me move so yeah but still worth 5$ if your a big x com fan who wants to play it on the move mobile but also as a fan who’s used to better controls on either PC or console especially console just cause that’s what I played it originally on so I was used to that way of playing it feels off and bad but still happy I bought it but that’s why it’s so low rated 3* but could have been higher on console I gave it a 5* and it’s probably best on pc :)
  • Keeps closing Mar 30, 2015

    By JynxxxTheKlown
    I never write complaints on these ever, only reason why i am right now is because i want a quick fix soon. I love XCOM EW its my favorite game of all time that ive ever played on PS3. I have always wanted a port to a PS Vita but got mega excited about the iOS port. I downloaded yesterday and turned on, got super excited and after i try to start single player, it immediately for e closed in the loading screen. I had all my other apps closed and it did it so i just restarted it, and tried again, same thing. I uninstalled and reinstalled and same thing again. I am using an iPod Touch 5th Generation with iOS 8s latest update. It says on the compatibility that itll run on iPod Touch. It runs yeah but doesnt play. Im probably gonna have to pick up the PS3 version again and hope for a PS Vita port and im really looking forward for an update to fix the use on iPod Touch 5th generation. I really really love XCOM this doesnt ruin my love for this game but it really got me worried about downloading new games
  • Nov 23, 2021

    By Robert Smith
    Fun game but has been abandoned by the devs for another version. Avoid paying money for this as crashes are frequent due to lack of updates to current mobile devices.
  • Oct 19, 2021

    By Michael Guyett
    Looks great, controls are glitchy. Getting into elevated positions is iffy at best. It errors when loading or saving because Google+ doesn't exist any longer.
  • Jun 30, 2021

    By David Gennari
    This game seems phenominal. But the fact that I can't make a soldier do an elevation change with a two finger drag makes me want to do a refund. The tutorial says it should work. My experience with the game says it doesn't. I'm in the second level and I can't make the guy on the roof get to the ground. Nothing works. Seriously, how could you not employ a simple onscreen toggle that lets me change elevations? You broke what could have otherwise been a perfect android port?
  • Oct 5, 2021

    By Keywork Sales
    This game has so many glitches and crashes all the time. I should be refunded for being able to beat it in its current condition lmao
  • Jul 12, 2021

    By Adam Thibodeau
    Has so much potential. The original XCOM games on PC control so well. This doesn't. I can't change the elevation to move troops on or off rooftops using either the two finger method or the on-screen controls. The camera constantly zooms all the way in, as if that's ever what I want it to do. It runs fine on my Galaxy S9 but looks worse than screenshots of the console versions from almost 8 years ago.
  • Nov 23, 2021

    By Troy Dalton
    As stated by others, even though I'm properly logged into Google Play, the game will not save on my Android 9 device. Also, it does not properly center on my screen and the button presses must be a little above each button. Epic fail... Got a refund within a few minutes of testing the game.
  • Nov 4, 2021

    By Grant Loehrlein
    It's a great game but saving is impossible. I can't log into a Google account so my progress is never saved. Worked fine on the last phone had. It's just giving an error message. This game is unplayable without being able to save progress. Skip it until you see reviews saying its been addressed.
  • Sep 18, 2021

    By McCleary Searles
    Great game and a good port until you need to load. Mine crashes every time I load the game without fail. I literally can't play unless I want to start from scratch. It's a shame because I was really getting to like my squad.
  • Oct 21, 2021

    By Gregory Nunez
    It crashes when trying to load it resume game. It's a fun game but what's the point if you can't beat it. This problem is very common, the game isn't well optimized for mobile.
  • Sep 5, 2021

    By Chris Hay
    The game does not work. Movements do not work from each soldier to soldier. Game freezes. Just a bad port. Should not be sold in this condition. Waste of money.
  • Awful app Sep 19, 2017

    By FrostyCyclops
    The game is amazing and if you like turn based strategy buy this game on PC. However this is one of the worst ports I've ever seen, the worst being the original xcom app that was so bad they removed it from the App Store. This app is incredibly buggy freezing on a drop of a hat for extended periods, text dialogue that usually appears at starts of missions stays on your screen unchanging for the entire mission. I had to skip the tutorial because after every cut scene or voice dialog the game takes five minutes to catch up before running again. Also I've turned off all sound but sound still plays at full volume on cut scenes like the drop ship taking off/landing or story cut scenes. And so help you if you try listening to anything while playing this game as every little action will cause this game to pause your music, even if all volume sliders are turned off. The studio that ported this game was just looking for a paycheck, they got there money and pumped out this lazy port with basic touch controls, no testing, and no respect for the xcom franchise
  • Oct 6, 2021

    By KUBE GLOBALMAGiK
    I just bought a Samsung Galaxy A12 and was super excited to finally have enough space for XCOM again. Unfortunately it crashes on this phone too I guess. Such a bummer.
  • Unplayable Jun 24, 2015

    By BadCrashyXCOM
    I played X-Com EU with crashes every time I loaded and finished a mission along with constant reboots and headaches. When I got to the end of that game my guys got stuck in a door way, gg. I had seen X-Com EW played on PC so I knew what I was buying into. Little did I know it was even worse than EU. I spent hours just trying to start the first mission and now the game crashes every time I try to return to base. I look back at the app I had just wasted my money on and see that it is only compatible with about 3 or 4 devices, my IPad mini not being among them. I guess I should have known based on my experience from the first game but I've been swindled again. Seriously? Please somebody fix this, I would love to play this amazing game. Even a little bit of a heads up would have been nice or better yet not being able to buy a game that can't be played on a certain device. Beware buyer that this game is filled with crashes that stop the game right after one mission. If the game does work on any device than it would be one of the best games available on the App Store.

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