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Commando

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PC-88
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3.8
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Description

Several levels await your super-tough Commando in this vertical scrolling game. Armed with only a standard rifle and a few grenades you must take on hordes of Nazis. Some are wandering around in the open, while others have picked out hiding places, which you must approach from certain angles. Trees, rivers and bridges create a varied combat-like terrain and must be incorporated into your thinking. Extra grenades can be collected, and will definitely be required, as they allow you to kill from distance and thus avoid some enemy shots.

Screenshots

Commando Apple II Flushing out the rats from their hiding places.
Commando Atari ST Only way across the water.
Commando NES Enemies in trenches
Commando Arcade Typical shooter scene

Alternate Titles

  • "戦場の狼" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando" -- Wii Virtual Console title
  • "Space Invasion" -- German title
  • "Senjō no Ōkami" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

I remember the arcade version being much better than this one. NES PCGamer77 (3027)
A glimpse at lazy gamemaking NES Multimedia Mike (17464)
A conversion well done Amiga *Katakis* (37818)
C64 version music rocks! And only will! Commodore 64 skl (1140)

The Press Says

Génération 4 NES 1987 86 out of 100 86
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 79 out of 100 79
ST Action Atari ST Jan, 1990 69 out of 100 69
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 7800 Mar 10, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Le Geek Atari 7800 Dec, 2003 3 out of 5 60
Defunct Games Wii Dec 07, 2010 C+ 58
64'er Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 8 out of 15 53
Game Informer Magazine NES Jul, 2000 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 20, 2003 C- 42
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jan 27, 2006 D+ 33

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Commando appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Atari 8-bit prototype

A prototype cartridge from 1989 exists for the Atari 8-bit. It is ported by Sculptured Software and is quite similar to the Atari 7800 version. Although a prototype, it seems to be pretty much complete and playable. Presumably it was cancelled because of the inner competition at Atari between the 7800 console and the revived 8-bit computer line (the XE Gaming System).

Board game

Bandai has adapted this video game into a board game, part of its Party Joy series.

Commodore 16, Plus/4 versions

The official release by Elite for the Commodore 16 is rather simplistic with 4 directional controls, no scrolling, and contains only 5 singlescreen levels. There is also a 48KB Commodore Plus/4 specific (presumably homebrew) version, which is much closer to the Commodore 64 version in terms of gameplay, graphics and sound.

German index

On June 30, 1988, Commando was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

German version

The German Version was called Space Invasion and had all soldiers replaced with white androids. All other graphics are the same. This gives this version of Commando a strange look with all these white androids in contrast to the World War II scenario background graphics.

Music

The Commodore 64 soundtrack for Commando was written by Rob Hubbard overnight at the offices of Elite Software.

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