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Codename: Panzers - Phase One (Windows)

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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 German snipers sneaking upon enemy snipers inside the building
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows The date says it all, the campaign starts with the assault on Poland
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows Sneaking onto the heavily guarded airfield with your paratroopers (when you capture supply depot, you get your ammo and health resupplies when staying in vicinity)
Codename: Panzers - Phase One Windows Go, go, go!

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 (90) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

PC Action Jun 14, 2004 92 out of 100 92
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania Jun 16, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Gamers.at Jul 14, 2004 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2004 89 out of 100 89
4Players.de Jun 16, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Game industry News (GiN) 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
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


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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
Information also contributed by JudgeDredd.

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 (66152) added Codename: Panzers - Phase One (Windows) on Aug 29, 2004