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[Update] Robot vs aliens - XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now on Android

The XCOM project expands its reach (Updated: It's out now on Google Play)

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Product: XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Developer: Firaxis | Publisher: 2K Games | Genre: Strategy
For: Android   Also on: iPhone, iPad
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Updated on April 24th, at 7:52: XCOM has landed, and Enemy Unknown is now available to download on Google Play. It will hit the Amazon Appstore at a later date.

The game requires a whopping 3.6GB of space, and will cost you £7.14 / $11.99. You'll also need a pretty up-to-date device to get it to run smoothly.

If XCOM does or doesn't work on your Android gizmo of choice, please leave a comment below to help out other gamers.

The brilliant alien eradication sim XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to Android, according to the game's official Twitter feed.

It will be available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, and is due out "soon".

If you haven't played it, the game puts you in charge of a secret military project to rid the world of an alien menace. You have to build your base, hire troops, launch satellites, and research new technology.

Then, you'll engage the bobbleheaded ETs in turn-based battles. These are all about finding good cover points and sneaking up on the enemy. But don't let anyone die, as slain team members are gone for good.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Screenshot from the iPad edition

We said XCOM: Enemy Unknown "is a terrific game" in our Gold Award review of the iOS version. "It's a smart and sophisticated mix of scrappy on-the-ground skirmishes and monster-scale world diplomacy, with enough variety that it doesn't fall into tactical fatigue."

While you're waiting for this Android edition, why not get ready with some top tips for the battlefield and the base and some comparison footage of the PS3 and mobile versions?

Updated on April 23rd, at 8:30: XCOM: Enemy Unknown designer Jake Solomon and Firaxis staffer Pete Murray have tweeted that the game will be out tomorrow on April 24th.

Shortly after, the official XCOM Twitter account said the release date was posted in error. "Please stay tuned for release date details, Commander!"

Whatever the case, it sounds like the game will be available on Android sooner rather than later.

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Mark Brown 24 April 2014
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Apr 2014
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@chiltonr | 15:29 - 30 April 2014
Thanks Dan, rooting my N72012 right now!
Apr 2014
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Dan Frost | 11:05 - 30 April 2014
Just a further testing update from yesterday.

Have played through 5 missions successfully, all with no crashes etc and smooth gameplay. Have been doing all testing on Nexus 7 (2012 - up-to-date android ver.) NOT USING GLTOOLS.

The zoom bug I referred to seems to be purely based on the game camera angle. If the 'floating camera' is too close to the map boundaries it seems to get confused and display map shroud where it should be clear. This can be fixed by simply changing the camera angle or zooming in a bit.

Seems like a very simple bug to fix, very surprised 2k Games/Firaxis havn't sorted this already.
Apr 2014
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Dan Frost | 14:26 - 29 April 2014
I have this working on Nexus 7 (2012).

Have experienced no crashes etc, only the 'black zoom out bug' (looked through google to see if others experienced this but couldn't find anything). This bug does not effect the HUD, only the environment and its contents, as you zoom out it slowly shrouds over (shroud, fog etc).

FPS averages around 20-40 on first mission but it feels smooth and fps isn't as much of a deal in turn based games.

Also playing around with GLTools for improvement but havn't noticed many differences yet, being a novice user of this app, maybe a more advanced user will find better results.

So yes it will run on Nexus 7, and is very playable, just annoying that you cant zoom out without getting shroud.
Mar 2013
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@SuperGameDroid | 18:26 - 27 April 2014
Works great on OUYA with the Play Store installed!
Apr 2014
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Sameer Raza | 19:20 - 25 April 2014
Finallllyyyyyyy, I've been waiting for ages for this one to port over to android. I've finished it on my PC but always wanted to have another crack at it while on the go. Now, let's just get a decent CIV game on android phones 2K.
Mar 2014
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Nicolas Poh | 21:33 - 24 April 2014
Listed as incompatible for Tegra note 7 (tegra 4), so its nothing to do with power. Just need to increase number of supported devices
Apr 2013
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@Malboardsworld | 18:42 - 24 April 2014
why would anyone want to play this on a mobile? it's bad enough on console controllers never mind touch screen, Games like this need to stay on pc with a full keyboard and mouse setup, Also specs wise this game is way too big and I think it alienates a lot of gamers wanting to play this game on android. On another note though, AVP is only 69p on amazon app store and critical strike is fun as ever, ell yeah!!
Apr 2014
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Rob Cook | 13:45 - 24 April 2014
Not compatible with Nexus 7 (2012), Xoom or my HP Slate 8 Pro. I'm not paying $10 to play this on a dinky phone screen.
Jul 2012
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Ollie Coe | 13:42 - 24 April 2014
Update: Seems to work quite nicely on Nexus 5! Look forward to getting stuck in more
Jul 2012
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Ollie Coe | 13:26 - 24 April 2014
Looks like it works on the new Nexus 7 model. Currently downloading on Nexus 5 so we'll see how that goes...
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