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UFO: Enemy Unknown (Jewel Case)

by Sold Out Software
Windows 95 / 98
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00004XQPU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,130 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Now that aliens have invaded the Earth UFO: Enemy Unknown presents the player with 2 distinct challenges.

In the Geoscape section, strategic skills are stretched to the limit: finite resources have to be allocated to establish bases across the globe, and the world's governments have to be kept happy.

In the Battlescape section, you fight the aliens in the air and every so often will get the chance to deploy troops and vehicles against a crash-landed alien craft in an attempt to salvage alien artefacts that can be used to enhance your weapons systems.

A fine mix of strategy and turn-by-turn wargaming, enhanced by animated transition sequences.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic game at the time but seriously dated now 12 Aug. 2002
By simon gurney HALL OF FAME
This must rate as my all time favorite game. one of the few ive managed to complete, at the near cost of a girlfriend and a job at the time, ah what memories.
the whole concept was amazing with such depth, UFO apocolypse was also satisfying as an update, although not with the same creeping lurking doom that this game created.
Balders gate and maybe command and conquer are really the only turn based game ive found to equal the pull and enjoyment, but id be eager to hear from anyone who has a similiar taste in PC games if theres any similiar classics or new games ive missed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a golden oldie 12 Dec. 2000
A great game from the past. I remember buying it at full price many years ago and having many hours of fun on my old 486 PC, but on a PII 450 the speed is to fast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 9 Nov. 2000
This game is a masterpiece. It definately enters my top 3 games of all time and at £3.99 it is the best bargain on amazon.co.uk
Buy it Play it ASAP
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic game, one careful owner 7 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
This game is about aliens, aliens that want to take over the planet. It's your job to stop this menace as you take control of Xcom. You control your agents on the ground in turn based combat, send out interceptors to gun down UFOs and research Alien technology!
This game is THE game that made turn based combat great again. Note that on some newer systems, it may have difficulties (too fast for it see).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still fun and addictive 31 Aug. 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked up UFO: Enemy Unknown for PC a while back, after spending ages playing the Amiga version.

It doesn't fail to deliver in the gameplay department, although the tactical missions can get a bit repetitive since the best way to deal with the aliens really is to mop up any of them which are outside the UFO and then move in. It can be frustrating at times, because your soldiers don't often live long if they're first to open the hatch and go inside, and if you wait for the aliens to come out they can still sometimes pick off one of your guys right before the rest of your team fills them full of photons.

The strategy element is no less important, especially at the start of the game, because you start with limited financial resources and have to improve your situation by selling the stuff that you get from the alien ships, or by scoring very well in missions so that your funding goes up at the end of the month. However, to progress you have to use that hard-won money to build more bases, to hold more detection equipment and interceptors to find and shoot down UFOs if need be. The better you are at finding them and getting your troops on the ground, the more alien loot you can acquire to potentially sell off.... all this is of course in the name of defending humanity against the alien menace!

While you are financially constrained though, you have to make tough decisions about which countries you will be able to defend, and which alien technology you will research in order to help do that. You could do it all, but you'd be broke by the end of the month and making a habit of that spells game over.

UFO might be old, but it's still got plenty left to give, so long as you've got a DOS emulator handy.
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