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By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Sci-fi adventure tale with some twists and a few problems.

Game Windows 2014
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You can't talk about Xenonauts without talking about XCOM, since this game is very much a remake of that classic. As a labor of love, it's admirable -- and the game manages to recreate a lot of what was special about the 1994 original. In the process, though, it also incorporates some of the frustrating elements. For example, the troops simply aren't that smart, sometimes firing at each other instead of the enemy and missing shots from very short distances. Plus, successfully clicking on the soldier to whom you're trying to issue orders is a hit-and-miss affair.

The game is slow and methodical -- and there's a lot going on that's not explained well to newcomers. It requires dedication from the player, though it does reward that patience with an evolving story. You won't have to do some of the manual work that the original XCOM demanded, and there are some options in air combat. But the poor user interface and repetitive nature of the missions dull what could be a shining homage to one of gaming's most beloved titles, making it a good -- but far from great -- clone.

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