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17 Games Like XCOM

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control a squad of soldiers to hunt the aliens.

Unfortunately XCOM is not available on PS5, Switch or Xbox Series. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/1994, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based.

 

 

Kingdom (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...


Cannon Brawl

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...


Wargroove

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.


Clash Royale

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game where you collect cards to gain units and powers for a player vs. player battle. It's like a simpler version of Clash of Clans.


Spaceland

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.


Slay the Spire

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Slay the Spire is an adventure battle card game. You play one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You fight enemies and bosses by playing cards you have collected. You gain new cards as rewards from combat. With 100's to...


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.


Civilization (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.


Age of Empires (Series)

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on...


Disintegration

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Disintergration is a sci-fi shooting game, from some of the developers behind Halo and XCom, that combines first-person combat and real-time battlefield strategy.


Planetside 2

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with 1000s of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...


Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a turn based strategy game with a large strategic map that lead into multiple turn based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy,...


Total War (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 35 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fanstasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for terriotry. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.


Destroy All Humans! (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Destroy All Humans! is an adventure game series that parodies Cold War-era alien invasion films. With open-world like a bit like Grand Theft Auto, you play the alien Crypto, tasked to gather DNA from humans and explore the open-world levels to do this....


Invisible Inc

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Invisible Inc is a tactical adventure where you direct espionage agents in covert missions to acquire resources and support to relocate your agency's computer system to a safe haven within a limited amount of time.


Mass Effect (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 75 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...


Carrion

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Carrion is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.


 
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XCOM is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to XCOM in the following lists:

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are all PEGI 12 or under, apart from Halo, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US for the latest release and mostly features space-themed rather than realistic violence.
 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 

Designed For Reduced Motor Function

These games’ mechanics and options make it possible to adapt the experience to be accessible for people depending on your physical capabilities.
  • Remap Controls: Remapping buttons and swapping joysticks (like Fortnite) help customize the player’s way to interact with the game, also helping players that use only one hand.
  • No Holding: Some games (like Moving Out) also offer the option to avoid having to hold any buttons down for actions like aiming, opening or equipping. You can use simple taps or toggles instead to reduce muscular fatigue.
  • Sensitivity: Some of these games (like Fortnite) also enable you to adjust control sensitivity as well as controller vibration if that is present.
  • Fewer Buttons: Simpler controls (like FIFA) are good to consider, as well as those that offer extensive difficulty settings.
  • Speed: Reducing how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) is a helpful setting.
  • Difficulty: Offering customisable difficulty, like how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) or adding invincibility (like Celeste), and other features allow tailoring the game to the player’s needs.
This list and accessibility details in each game was compiled the help of Antonio Ignacio Martínez and Kyle “onehandmostly”. Please be aware that options may vary depending on the platform you choose to play. Also there is no game that works the same for everyone, so be mindful of your own needs when considering this information.
 
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