Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Jun 24, 2013
    Even without the multiplayer or DLC features, it offers more depth than you'll find in most, if not all, other strategy titles in the App store.
  2. Jun 20, 2013
    Not only is XCOM: Enemy Unknown one of 2012s best strategy games, it's also one of the most faithful iOS ports I've ever seen.
  3. Jun 19, 2013
    XCOM's battles are tense and rewarding, and are married to a clever base-building meta-game. All this, in a solid and eminently playable iOS port.
  4. Jul 3, 2013
    XCOM on iOS plays good and looks decent enough to be keep most of his quality intact; but at 17,99€ it could be recommended really only to the ones who can't play it elsewhere or are totally addicted to the touch screen.
  5. Jul 1, 2013
    It jumps flawlessly onto iOS and continues to offer the great experience we all know.
  6. Games Master UK
    Jul 29, 2013
    A fantastic strategy sci-fi blast sumptuously, if not gracefully, ported to mobiles. [Sept 2013, p.80]
  7. Jul 30, 2013
    The conversion for iPad of XCOM is an extremely successful work: a great opportunity for Apple users who have not yet played the masterpiece from Firaxis.
  8. Jun 20, 2013
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown has translated incredibly well to the iOS platform as whole.
  9. Jun 20, 2013
    Enemy Unknown is a great and addictive turn based strategy game for iOS devices.
  10. Jun 20, 2013
    Anyway, Enemy Unknown is a fantastic, superbly designed strategy game that hits a ton of different notes and nails all of them. If you're into strategy games, give this a go. It'll blow you away, and you'll probably walk away with a few stories to tell.
  11. Jun 27, 2013
    Quite possibly the best game on the App Store. Its twenty dollar price tag may seem a bit high, but the amount of detail and polish makes it easily worth the price.
  12. Sep 17, 2013
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a great game for the iPad. Despite some restrictions, Enemy Unknown is a great addition for the iPad. It has the same level of tactical movements as its brothers for the consoles.
  13. Jun 21, 2013
    An excellent portable version of one of the best strategy games of all-time, and one that could have a profound effect on mobile gaming.
  14. Jul 17, 2013
    XCOM is an enthralling experience – and a few minor omissions aside you’ll get the same gripping atmosphere and tactical battles on your iPad as on stationary systems.
  15. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 7, 2013
    At times brilliant and at other times at least good fun. The iPad version is a missed opportunity because the touch controls are somewhat cumbersome. [Aug 2013]
  16. Jun 30, 2013
    It’s not a cheap app, but it’s a great game! The basic gameplay is identical to the game on PC and consoles, except that you use the touch screen. To do each action you’ll need to press a button on the screen (as opposed to double-tapping). I found this to be an excellent idea because you do not want to lose a soldier to an errant double-tap.
  17. Jun 26, 2013
    XCOM sets a new standard for iOS games and is worth every penny.
  18. Jul 30, 2013
    Everything that we knew about the console version has been brought over with love, affection and a true knowledge of how to use the touch-screen, as well as the sheer power of the iPad, to its absolute potential...XCOM: Enemy Unknown isn’t just one of the best iPad games available, it’s one of the best games available, full stop.
  19. Jun 21, 2013
    We know it’s pricey, but if you like playing strategy titles on the go, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the best and deepest mobile games available on the App Store. The fate of the world is in your hands, Commander. What are you going to do?
  20. Aug 2, 2013
    Many ports turn out to be dumbed-down, stripped-of-spirit versions of the console versions. Luckily, XCOM is different. It is excellent.
  21. Jun 19, 2013
    Ultimately, this mobile edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an almost flawless port of one of last year's finest games. If it's a truism that you get what you pay for in life, then the depth, satisfying gameplay, replay value, and challenge on offer here more than adequately answer any questions about that price.
  22. Aug 28, 2013
    Even after less than a year the excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown game still has its charms. An accessible, while at the same time a tough turn-based action/strategy game works great on mobile platforms. You just have to get over the loss of its multiplayer game. The touch controls suit the game's style, they are not a nuisance. However, fairly big technical problems, which I wouldn't expect from this kind of applications, hit the game down.
  23. Jun 30, 2013
    The missing maps and lesser graphics don't affect the core of XCOM. It can easily keep you occupied for twenty hours or more on the iPad, even if you've played the game on other platforms before. A great game gone mobile.
  24. Jun 30, 2013
    Despite the lack of multiplayer (we expect this to be added in future updates) XCOM: Enemy Unknown offers an astronomical amount of content, spanning more than one genre. Having said that, the game is not without problems. Game-breaking bugs are frequent and frustrating when they befall you during important missions.
  25. Jun 25, 2013
    Even so, the fact remains that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a fantastic strategy game, and one of the best and most robust available on iOS.
  26. Jun 24, 2013
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an absolute must buy that officially has changed the entire iOS platform, and our expectations going forward.
  27. Jul 25, 2013
    It’s surely missing some of the finer details from the PC and console versions, but now thanks to 2K and Firaxis, we can save mankind from alien annihilation, even when on the toilet.
  28. Jun 24, 2013
    X-Com: Enemy Unknown controls perfectly on the iPad. The touch controls for the camera, the soldiers, and choosing commands are all intuitively designed and responsive.
  29. 80
    Xcom for iPad is an ambitious project. Most of the content from the console and PC versions have been crammed onto the tiny screen quite well. Unfortunately that comes at a price. The framerate isn’t amazing on iPad Mini and it’s clear that the game was designed for a bigger screen originally. Touch has been implemented admirably and apart from missing multiplayer (which is promised in an update) and the ability to chose colors for your troops this is definitely one of the deepest turn-based strategy games for iOS.
  30. Hyper Magazine
    Aug 8, 2013
    The same game we loved last year, but portable, without multiplayer, and with significantly worse graphics. [Sept 2013, p.85]
  31. A game that looks very nearly as good as did on my Xbox 360 and in some ways plays even better, thanks in large part to intuitive touch screen controls that prove a fine fit for the game’s turn-based action.
  32. Jun 19, 2013
    Casual fans might balk at the huge download or $20 price tag, but for serious gamers and strategy fans, the lure of a near-perfect portable XCOM may be irresistible.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 161
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    this game have good graphics, the story is fun,the videos are good and the price is right for this game because the game serves tothis game have good graphics, the story is fun,the videos are good and the price is right for this game because the game serves to entertain for long time Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2013
    This is the way X-COm should be played. With touch controls, retina graphics for detailed maps and characters, and quicker loading times. TheThis is the way X-COm should be played. With touch controls, retina graphics for detailed maps and characters, and quicker loading times. The 19.99 price is justifiable for all the work that has been done on the console version and for the successful iOS port. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    good game, with capitalism price tag. dont support this! bought it new for pc 8month ago for 12.99€. this is just a port, yeah, thats nice,good game, with capitalism price tag. dont support this! bought it new for pc 8month ago for 12.99€. this is just a port, yeah, thats nice, but not for 17.99€. putting in a new hud and taking the lowest lowres textured is just NOT worth 17.99€. its ut engine, so its freakin easy to port. and its a VERY poor executed port... Full Review »