Fantasy Flight Games lets you see what you’re getting into before you buy it, by posting the XCOM Board Game rules up online for your downloading pleasure. The game sees players working together to thwart an alien invasion while trying to keep everyone on Earth calm (as much as you can, anyway). Meanwhile, an AI, run on a tablet or smartphone, works to conquer our little, blue marble of a planet.
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In XCOM: The Board Game, the alien invasion is unrelenting. UFOs appear in orbit, alien combatants wield technology far more advanced than anything the world’s militaries have ever seen, the world’s nations teeter on the verge of panic, and civilization threatens to devolve into chaos.
At the heart of the invasion is the game’s free digital companion app, which coordinates the invaders, heighten’s the game’s tension, allows you to play at multiple levels of difficulty, and keeps you on your toes with turn sequences that can change from round to round.
More than that, though, the app also teaches you how to play the game, and it serves as your rules reference, easily accessible at the click of a button. However, as you race to save humanity from an unknown enemy, it may be comforting to pause, take a breath, and review your situation in a new light.