UFO: Enemy Unknown (Jewel Case)
- Platform: Windows 95 / 98
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
Buy it Play it ASAP
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).
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.