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Command & Conquer: Red Alert

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What if Hitler never existed? Einstein pondered the question and created a time-machine to eliminate Hitler as a young man, thus preventing World War II as history remembers it. However, Einstein stopped one evil only to create another - because Stalin's Soviet Union is now poised to conquer Europe... and Allies must stop them!

Command & Conquer: Red Alert can be considered a prequel to Command & Conquer. Like its predecessor, it is a real-time strategy with an isometric semi-top-down perspective using 2D sprite graphics engine. The player takes control of either the Allies or the Soviets, as he battles for destiny of the planet. Gameplay features are similar to those of the previous game, including building a base with some defenses, massing units, harvesting resources, etc. The game has a variety of environments in its missions, adding some indoor missions that use only infantry units.


Command & Conquer: Red Alert Windows Soviet Yak fighters and planes that drop parabombs attacking the chronosphere & two gap generators
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Windows allied side
Command & Conquer: Red Alert DOS Soviet YAK fighters clearing enemy lines a bit.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Windows nuclear reactor

Alternate Titles

  • "命令与征服:红色警戒" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Hung Jing " -- Chinese title
  • "Command & Conquer: Teil 2 - Alarmstufe Rot" -- German title
  • "Command & Conquer: Alerte Rouge" -- French title
  • "Command & Conquer: Alarmstufe Rot" -- German PlayStation title
  • "C&C:RA" -- Informal title
  • "C&C 2" -- Common German abbreviation
  • "커맨드 앤 컨커: 적색경보" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The Cold War gets a whole lot hotter! DOS Stijn Daneels (85)
A Hollywood blockbuster for the masses. Windows Roedie (5211)
The best of the franchise Windows MAT (104113)
The apex of the C&C franchise. Windows Dr. Elementary (268)
HEY! What's with all the bad reviews here? This game is a masterpiece Windows CKeen The Great (142)
Addictive enough to complete and anticipate sequels Windows anton treuenfels (37)
Fool me once, shame on you… Windows PCGamer77 (3008)
The best of the C&C games, and one of the greatest strategy games every made. Windows Brian Jordan (20)
Good but not good enough Windows Peter Clark (10)
One of the Best and Worst Games of All Time Windows Sean Johanson (16)

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro Windows Oct 08, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The DOS Spirit DOS Sep 07, 2008 6 out of 6 100
Gamezilla Windows 1997 99 out of 100 99
Privat Computer PC Windows 1996 91 out of 100 91
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Windows Nov 22, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Mega Score PlayStation Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Cyber Stratege DOS Jun, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 02, 1998 7.6 out of 10 76


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1001 Video Games

Command & Conquer: Red Alert appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Freeware release

To celebrate 13 years of Command & Conquer, the game was made available for free on 31st August 2008. The link is available in the related web sites section.

German version

The German version removes Hitler from the intro and replaces all the soldiers with cyborgs.


In 1998, Command & Conquer: Red Alert (PC) won the Platinum-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 200,000 (but less then 500,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - -10 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #17 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 1998 - Platinum Award (more details in the "Sails" section)
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