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Catfish and Cod
Thursday, June 03, 2004
An interesting reminiscence.
(Link path: Slashdot, X-Com: Tactical)

Anyone remember X-COM? It was a dinky little '90s PC game I played back in high school, mostly on my room-mate's machine. It has a couple of sequels, bad graphics (and slow, even for the time), and a hackneyed plot based on a combined Roswell/Cydonia/Lovecraft mythos.

But the combination of tactical and strategic combat that the system allowed was a hard combo to beat. I occassionally still go back and play, just to experience the great gameplay. Like Star Control 2, and Dune II, and a few other games, the gameplay is so perfectly balanced (simple yet diverse and compelling) that the outdated graphics and controls are mainly irrelevant.

Now these guys come up with a paper version of the Tactical game, all on their own. For the board-war-game crowd, these will be a godsend. For me, they're just a nice taste of nostalgia. It isn't for everyone, not by a long shot, but if you find this stuff nifty, take a look.