Research (Apocalypse)

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Know the enemy! Know their strange toys!

Research And Manufacture

Scientific research of any unknown exotic technology is possible via two specialized categories, Biochemistry and Quantum Physics.

  • Biochemistry deals with things alive and dead.
  • Quantum Physics deals with weapons and crafts.

and then

  • Engineers deal with making things using that acquired knowledge.

Technological Advancement

Knowledge is acquired by technical personel studying within their relevant science laboratory. Expanding the quantity of laboratories and increasing the quantity and quality of scientists will allow X-Com to research more complicated exotics sooner. Newly acquired knowledge allows Engineers to build new and advanced items to quickly defeat the alien menace.


Technical personel may be hired with an education level of average to gifted. The better the skill of the scientist or engineer, the faster the project will be researched or completed.

  • Hire cost = $800
  • Weekly wages = $800, $41,600pa
  • Minimum skill = 60
  • Maximum skill = 100

The total quantity of Technical Personel: Biochemists, Quantum Physicists and Engineers across all bases at any one time, is fifty of each type. If it is reduced for any reason, more will become available to be hired.


A science facility in any base can be assigned to research any topic available relevant to their discipline but some require an exotic item to be recovered which can only commence in the base which contains the object or lifeform. Research which has been started in one base may be swapped to another base but only one laboratory can proceed with study. It is not possible for two laboratories to work on the same project. A workshop facility will produce any item suitable and once completed, it will be moved to base storage.

A maximum of six small laboratories/workshops and a maximum of four large laboratories/workshops of any combination is possible in one base.

Technology Level

  • If X-Com is somehow managing in holding back the invasion of Mega-Primus, the aliens will, depending on your score, develop better things to advance their agenda.

Technology Race

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