Aah, x-com. Anyone who enjoys these sort of strategy games should force themselves to go back in time and see what these developers had going on, these games are ancient but they still seem to have just as much depth as any new release game of the same type. The graphics, although blocky and extremely old school, have a unique look and should be seen to be appreciated, especially comic book fans.
Gameplay in x-com is intense. Trying to kill those last 2 aliens with your last soldier on half health can be quite nerve racking.
Don’t get me wrong, this game is NOT easy and beginners will more than once have to start over again.
The sound is as you would expect from a game this old, pretty damn dodgy, but we don’t play games for sound, we have music for that, games are for gameplay and that is where x-com has always held the trump card. These guys got it right the first time and pretty much stuck with the same formula for the whole series, why fix it if it isn’t broken.
I still remember the first time I played one of the x-com games, I was so confused that I was just clicking and hoping for the best, don't have to tell you how many
times I had to start over. But confusion aside, this game rocks! Make sure you spend some quality time with x-com, you will get much more out of this game than most on the market, even these days.
Having a bit of an interest in aliens, my opinion may be a little biased, but know this - if you have ever enjoyed playing strategy games, make sure you play one of the x-com games, they have set the standard for all strategy games since their release. DO NOT underestimate how much fun you can have with this game, it is one of the most rewarding games to play and it makes hours seem like seconds. Apart from the turn based explore / fighting you will also have to manage your bases, aircraft, crew members, research new technology, manufacture new items and that is just a very small overview of what goes on. This game is so good it should come free on every hard drive that is made. Don't be fooled by the graphics, this is a very sophisticated game, no doubt about that.
So that’s my opinion of x-com apocalypse, maybe biased, maybe not but I am a gamer from the days of dos and love finding old classics like this, and they are as much fun as they were way back in nineties.