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All in all, though, Commando is exciting, challenging and guaranteed to keep you playing until keyboard or joystick fatigue get you shipped out on home leave.
Speaking as someone whose youth was spent toggling the joysticks of arcade games this is about the best arcade conversion your Spectrum is likely to see. The arcade machine had some of the most photographic graphics and brilliant stereo sound — naturally these have been lost in the transition from megabyte memory 68000 to 48K Z80. Nevertheless, the rest of the game has faithfully been incorporated — all eight areas have been copied with meticulous attention. All the hillocks, trees, bridges and everything are all there — the soldiers even attack from the same points! The highscore table is the same as the arcade one too, with its spinning letters and all that. The gameplay is brilliant, although playing with the keys is a bit of a pain — it all gets rather confusing at the end of an area. If you want a game for Christmas then look no further than this, it’s ********* amazing!
Commando won't stretch your mind and if you've got a downer on mercenary militarism then give it a miss. But if you like your shoot'em ups simple, they don't come much simpler than this. Play it and blast away a few brain cells - yours and the enemies!!
You Pays your money and takes your choice, Commandos' not a bad choice.
Commando: An amazing programming feat.
This game is particularly striking on the Spectrum - the animation and detail are so good it makes Sir Clive's little box of tricks look like an arcade machine.
Unfortunately the Spectrum conversion is a shadow of not only the C64 version but bears a little resemblance to the original.