After Hours

Dinosaur sightings: XCOM UFO Defense

Throughout the storied, yet relatively short, history of computer gaming, there have only been a few games to capture the imagination of players and achieve a significant audience that were not part of the pre-release publisher hype machine. These games were unexpected gems that remain fan favorites even after their time in the spotlight has faded.

One of my favorite games in this category is XCOM UFO Defense from Microprose, which was released in 1994. This game mixed resource management strategy and tactical squad-based strategy into a single game. The game was tremendously addicitive and often frustrating in that fun way games, good ones, can often elicit.

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Mark W. Kaelin

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.