XCOM: Enemy Unknown made a huge splash when it struck COMPUTER and systems late in 2012– and Mac OS back in April– and now (as developer Firaxis guaranteed back in March), it will turn up on the App Shop for iOS on Thursday for a plain $20. According to Firaxis, this redesigned version ‘takes the complete XCOM experience of the console and PC variation of the game and optimizes it for the touch interface of iOS device.’

XCOM: Adversary Unknown is a remake itself, being a ‘reimagining’ of the 1994 technique RPG UFO: Opponent Unknown. In a nutshell, you and an elite secret company are in fee of resisting an unusual attack through turn-based technique and skillful management of your financial resources and human resources. (It’s far more enjoyable than it appears.) Mac|Life’s own Mikel Reparaz had a chance to evaluate the Elite Edition for Mac OS and to preview Firaxis’ upcoming variation for iOS. According to Reparaz, the iOS port ‘felt just as complicated and fun as the Mac variation. If it can remain that great through an entire playthrough, this can quickly become a new iOS fascination.’ We will be launching a review right after its release on Thursday.

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For $20, you get the whole game that’s going for around $40 on the various other systems, and you can sync it with all your various other iDevices with iCloud. The only feature that’s actually missing out on is the head-to-head multiplayer mode, but do not worry– according to Firaxis, it will be coming as a cost-free download in the future in the year. Visual quality has actually also taken an expected favorite based on the screenshots and our own hands-on sneak peek, but not so much to require skipping it if you ‘d like to play it on a mobile device. At the minimum, it’s good to see that Firaxis has the guts to provide the complete game for iOS at a flat rate rather than burying the experience under freemium microtransactions.

According to Firaxis’ news release, supported gadgets include the iPad 2 and later on, the iPad mini, the iPhone 4S and up, and the Fifth generation iPod touch.

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