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X-COM: Terror from the Deep is the follow-up to the resource management and tactical combat game X-COM: Enemy Unknown.

It has been 40 years since X-COM last defeated the aliens. Now, in the year of 2040, aliens begin to appear on the Earth again. This time the threat to humanity is coming from the depths of oceans.

The game is almost identical to the original X-COM game. The user interface, weapons, and aliens are all the same. The only difference is the adaptation of the aliens and weapons (e.g. new hand-to-hand weapons) to the ocean environment. The game features both undersea and on-land missions, and is significantly harder than its predecessor.


X-COM: Terror from the Deep DOS Your scientists research new technologies
X-COM: Terror from the Deep DOS Introduction
X-COM: Terror from the Deep DOS Debriefing
X-COM: Terror from the Deep DOS You can store live aliens in the alien containment facility

Promo Images

X-COM: Terror from the Deep Screenshot
X-COM: Terror from the Deep Screenshot
X-COM: Terror from the Deep Screenshot
X-COM: Terror from the Deep Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "幽浮2:深海出擊" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "X-COM 2" -- Informal name
  • "UFO 2" -- Informal name
  • "TFTD" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

This is the best game I've ever played. igor balotsky (5) unrated
As good as prequel, but... different The Doom (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Essentially X-Com: Harder, With Water Rick Jones (111) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Good game, but bettered by its predecessor Steve Hall (352) unrated
Hey, I for one thought it was a good addition to the series! Gene Davison (805) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Im sick and tired of people not liking this great game Chad Henshaw (32) unrated
Improves on X-Com : UFO Defense in every way. Except you can't beat it. Longwalker (768) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
My initial impression was borne out by later reviews... Kasey Chang (4608) unrated
Still X-COM: UFO (Unidentified Floating Objects) Defense Narf! (138) unrated
Worse than its prdecessor. Tomer Gabel (4634) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Dec 04, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Coming Soon Magazine Apr, 1995 95 out of 100 95
Joystick (French) Apr, 1995 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Play Time Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Gamer Jul, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot May 01, 1996 7.2 out of 10 72
Power Unlimited Jul, 1995 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 1997 69 out of 100 69


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The research tree in this game had a few bugs which prevent you from researching certain items, one of them can even stop you from successfully completing the game. Luckily there are guides that contain ways to avoid these bugs.


After completing UFO MicroProse wanted to do a quick follow up within six months. We said that this was not feasible, and if it were possible it would be little more than the same game with different graphics. Instead we started work on X-Com:Apocalypse, which was much more ambitious. Once UFO/X-Com was clearly known to be a success, MicroProse suggested that we license the code for them to develop their own sequel. The rest is history.

-- taken from the Mythos Games web site.


X-COM: Terror from the Deep is heavily based on the writings of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Many names and creatures are taken straight from HPL. Also, T'leth is R'lyeh, and in the final mission, you can see the tomb and the portrait of the Great Cthulhu himself.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Strategy Game in 1995
Information also contributed by Jaromir Krol and Spearhead51

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IJan (1990) added X-COM: Terror from the Deep (DOS) on Dec 06, 1999
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