Terror From The Deep (TFTD) is the sequel to UFO: Enemy Unknown/X-COM: UFO Defense. It continues the story 40 years from where the last game left off with a new enemy appearing from the seas. The new attacks result in X-COM being resurrected to handle the new threat. With obvious inspiration taken from the works of science fiction authors such as Jules Verne and particularly H.P. Lovecraft, the game has a creepy and perhaps even more alien atmosphere.
Terror from the Deep is built on the same game engine as UFO Defense. On the surface it appears to be a straight graphic and sound replacement with a few new gimmicks such as underwater restrictions, door opening and melee weapons. There are in fact many internal changes - such as how weapon damage rolls are calculated - that allow TFTD to stand apart from its predecessor and not simply be a clone. Game play is just as challenging as it was in first title but is particularly rough on players at the beginning.
As a bid to cash in on the unexpected success of its predecessor, a new development team quickly put together TFTD while the team that developed UFO Defense moved on to make X-COM: Apocalypse. As TFTD was rushed, many programming errors as well as storyline inconsistencies were left in the conversion. Though the game is still playable, it does not allow for a very smooth ride for the player without some assistance or research.
Note: X-COM Wiki contains extensive data about X-COM UFO. A large portion of the content covered in UFO: Enemy Unknown/X-COM: UFO Defense will apply to TFTD as well, with TFTD-specific information highlighted where appropriate.
- DOS 1.0, 1.2
- Windows CE
- Playstation (PAL format)
- 386 (33MHz minimum)
- 4MB RAM
- Hard drive (60MB free, game alone)
- MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
- VGA Graphics
- Microsoft Mouse driver v8.01 or higher
- 486 (50MHz) or better
- 8MB RAM
- Hard drive (63MB free, game + manuals)
- SVGA Graphics
Primary Credits (DOS, Windows)
Original Game Engine
Julian & Nick Gollop
The Conversion Company
Sound Design and Programming
Sound Effects Design
Manual Author/Editor (UK)
Managing Editor & Story
Special Thanks To
Additional Credits (Playstation)
|Original Series||UFO Defense Info (1994) • TFTD Info • Apocalypse Info|
|Reboot Series||XCOM Enemy Unknown (2012) Info • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Info|
|Spinoffs||Interceptor Info • [email protected] Info • Enforcer Info|
|Discontinued||Genesis Info • Alliance Info|