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Em@il Games: X-COM

aka: Email X-COM

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Em@il Games: X-COM is a turn-based game played over email (optional one computer hot seat) loosely based on the original X-COM game. The units and weapons are similar. The graphics are basic but clear. The major difference is the game-play of course, which is very simple. Each player controls a squad of randomly assigned troops, you have limited action points and move/fire options. Whoever kills the other squad wins, no research, no campaign type options, just single map games. The players can select the side of the conflict (X-COM troops or Alien forces) and one of five available mission environments.

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Average score: 66% (based on 7 ratings)


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As of May 1, 2001 Infogrames shut down the servers that handled the email transactions that took place in this game. This effectively makes the game useless for anything but collecting value. Infogrames was asked if a patch would be coming in the future that would make the now defunct servers bypassable so play could continue. They replied that it was not possible. However, in 2002 an independent coder created a couple of patches that allow players to play the game without the official server. These files were available here.

Information also contributed by Narf!

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  • X-COM Tactical Command
    Information on just about all the X-COM games that were made available (and a few that weren't). Also some patches to be able to use X-COM: em@il Games without the official server.

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  • MobyGames ID: 3013


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Game added by deepcut.

Additional contributors: nullnullnull, Kate Jones, Narf!, Patrick Bregger.

Game added January 14th, 2001. Last modified September 16th, 2023.