Review: X-Mercs for iOS

Published On February 10, 2016 | By Paul Gazella | iPhone/iPad, Reviews

All was well with the world…until that comet arrived. That’s when everything went wrong. That’s when everything changed. The world’s gone savage with strange and deadly mutations. That’s where your squad of mercenaries come in…to defend the remaining pockets of humanity and battle against the warring superpowers of the world. Time to play X-Mercs from Game Insight.


Game Insight has released an immersive turned based combat game that keeps your interest throughout its narrative. You lead a squad of mercenaries to kill off the mutated animals that now roam the planet, as well as fighting off other companies from rivaling superpowers while defending the area of the world you call home. Not only do you engage in combat, but you are able to build your base to recruit more mercenaries, research new weapons, and increase power output to keep everything running. Think of this as the legendary game XCOM on steroids, and you’ll have a good idea of what’s in store.


The game is free, but does have the option for in-app purchases. Normally, games like this that try to take your money to aid progression would get a very negative review from me, but you don’t need to make any purchases to enjoy playing the game. You may run out of resources to buy or repair items, but your base does generate revenue over time to help out. You also gain revenue for each mission you accomplish, so it’s possible to play and truly enjoy this game without the need to buy anything else.


The graphics and audio are stunning to watch and hear on both iPhone and iPad, and animation is very fluid. The ability to move your team around and either target the enemy or defend your position is easy to do.

X-Mercs also offers networking capabilities that allow you to go head to head with other players. Go on, take out your friend’s base! The game can also be played in offline mode; perfect for times when traveling or in areas with poor/no connection.


If you like turn based action in a sci-fi setting, X-Mercs is a must to download and play.

Genre: Turn-based strategy
Seller: Game Insight
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Availability: Now at the iTunes App Store
Grade: B

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