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[email protected] 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.


Em@il Games: X-COM Windows Alien labs
Em@il Games: X-COM Windows Gameplay shot
Em@il Games: X-COM Windows Options screen
Em@il Games: X-COM Windows Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Email X-COM" -- Informal title

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PC Gaming World Dec, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamer's Pulse 1999 77 out of 100 77
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Oct 13, 1999 6.2 out of 10 62
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1999 3 out of 6 60
PC Gamer Dec, 1999 55 out of 100 55
PC Joker Nov, 1999 55 out of 100 55


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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.

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deepcut (1861) added [email protected] Games: X-COM (Windows) on Jan 14, 2001
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