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Codename: Panzers - Phase One is a tactical real-time strategy game which takes place during World War II. The game offers three campaigns (German, Soviet, and Allied) with a total of 30 missions.

Since this is a tactical game, the player does not need to bother with resource management. A campaign is started with a predefined number of troops. More troops can be acquired through investing Prestige Points, which are handed out for completing mission objectives (primary, secondary or hidden ones). Units that are killed during a mission will be replaced in the next mission when playing on easy or normal difficulty, but no so on hard.

Ammo is not unlimited, but there are ammo trucks for limited reloading. Repair vehicles also have a limited amount of hit points they can repair.

In total, the player controls over 50 different unit. Besides the tanks and infantry units, there are medics, ammo trucks and repair vehicles. It's also possible to call for scouts, fighters, and bombers, but each mission has an air unit limit.


Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows First city assault
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows Taking out the Polish airfield
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows Equip your soldiers with inflating boats prior to the mission in order to be able to use them when the time requires it
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows Even the German finest tanks such as Tigers and Panthers can face bitter defeat when crossing the minefield

Promo Images

Codename: Panzers - Phase One Screenshot
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Screenshot
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Screenshot
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "钢铁行动" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Codename: Panzers - Faza Pierwsza" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

Finally a new RTS to replace Age of Empires! Thiago Oliveira (98) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

Withingames Aug 12, 2004 5 out of 5 100
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun 30, 2004 90 out of 100 90 Jul 14, 2004 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2004 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Oct 01, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Gameguru Mania Oct 13, 2004 85 out of 100 85
games xtreme Aug 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Oct 08, 2004 71 out of 100 71
Thunderbolt Games Sep 23, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Super Play (Sweden) Sep, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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German version

In the German version a matchbox with the words "Make it Hot for Hitler" on the mission briefings and all references to Poland were removed.


The game has been a subject of scandal in Poland. It has been accused by certain newspapers of antipolonism, and it was claimed to contain scenes depicting Polish people as drunkards, and false claims that Poland has started the war. Those accusations were wildly exaggerated, but the game has underwent some minor censorship in its Polish release.


In 2004, Codename: Panzers - Phase One won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 2004 - Gold Award
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Related Web Sites

  • Official PANZERS Site (Official site for Phase One and the incoming phases, with screenshot gallery, artwork, demo, map, and other various downloads and info.)
Xoleras (66826) added Codename: Panzers - Phase One (Windows) on Aug 29, 2004