Command & Conquer
Description official descriptions
Command & Conquer develops ideas from Westwood's previous game Dune 2, forming a real-time strategy (RTS) game. The control system involves selecting units with the mouse and then directing them, while the opponents make their moves without waiting for a "turn" to end.
The game focuses on a war between two organizations, The Brotherhood of Nod and the Global Defense Initiative. The player can take control of either side for more than 15 missions. Both have different units and structures, including artillery, tanks and light infantry.
In most missions, a base needs to be built first in order to build new units and structures. Most important are the harvesters, which collect Tiberium and deliver it to a refinery, where it's converted into money, thus funding the construction of a base and an army.
The game also features FMV mission briefings and victory cutscenes.
- コマンド＆コンカー - Japanese spelling
- 命令与征服 - Simplified Chinese spelling
- 終極動員令 - Traditional Chinese spelling
- Command & Conquer franchise
- Command & Conquer: Tiberium universe
- Console Generation Exclusive: Sega Saturn
- EA Classics releases
- Game feature: BGM / music player
- Green Pepper releases
- Live action cut-scenes
- PlayStation Platinum Range releases
- Satakore (SegaSaturn Collection) releases
- Setting: 1990s
- Setting: African
- Setting: City - Belgrade
- Setting: Country - Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Setting: Country - Poland
- Setting: Country - South Africa
- Total Entertainment Network (TEN) multiplay platform
- White Label releases
See any errors or missing info for this game?
You can submit a correction, contribute trivia, add to a game group, add a related site or alternate title.
Credits (DOS version)
115 People (107 developers, 8 thanks) · View all
|[ full credits ]|
|Windows version||Freeman (61487)||2016-11-27 04:51:57|
|Infringement||Indra was here (20655)||2015-05-22 14:46:52|
|Hotkeys||Donatello (453)||2014-05-12 09:41:08|
1001 Video Games
Command & Conquer appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
The PC-CD Rom version of this game had an advertisement that read "Previous High Scores" and under these words were several photographs of political and military figures. Among those pictured were Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Saddam Hussein, etc... The controversy stems from the inclusion of then French President Jacques Chirac being included among these men. The ad can be viewed here.
Obviously, the in-game screenshots on the back cover are faked or taken from a beta version that actually had better graphics than the release version.
Westwood voluntarily changed a few things in the German version, because they feared the game could be indexed.
- The cover: the soldier on the cover was displayed bigger, so that the weapon on the left couldn't be seen anymore
- The manual: the photos of the soldier units were censored with "Geheim" [secret], so that nobody could see that they had human faces
- The game: the soldiers were called 'androids' or 'bots', and they spilled black blood when they died (oil)
- Some videos were censored, e.g. when Seth gets a head-shot and a few video sequences are missing altogether.
A complete list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).
Kane is played by Joseph D. Kucan, the voice & video director for most of Westwood's games (including the Command & Conquer series).
It was the first game to be featured on the cover of Mega Score, the longest running Portuguese gaming magazine, on the second issue (November 1995). The honours of the first belong to the Sega Saturn.
Open up the instruction manual to the page right after the table of contents, the one with the fire that has the quote from Kane. The last line says "(Global Net Interpol, file #GEN4:16)". That "#GEN4:16" actually refers to Genesis 4:16 from the Bible. That explains where they got the idea for Kane and the Brotherhood of Nod.
Westwood received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, because they sold the game more than 10 million times worldwide.
Later Westwood also released an SVGA Windows 95 version, called Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn Gold. The game content itself was unaffected, but when playing against someone with the SVGA version you had a great advantage: you could see almost 4 times as much as the DOS version on one screen.
- Computer Gaming World
- April 1998 (Issue #165) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- June 1996 (Issue #143) – Strategy Game of the Year
- June 1996 (Issue #143) – Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #48 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- February 1997 (Issue 91) - Game of the Month (Saturn version)
- March 1997 (Issue 92) - Strategy Game of the Year runner-up (multiplatform) (Readers' Choice)
- August 2001 (Issue 100) - #28 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
- 7th Best Villain in Gaming History (for Kane)
- 2001 – #31 Top Game of All Time
- Issue 12/1999 - #2 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- Issue 01/2007 - one of the "Ten Most Influential PC-Games". It is the milestone which stands for the change from turn-based to real-time strategy games.
- April 2000 - #24 in the "Readers All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
- Issue 01/1996 - Best Game in 1995
- Issue 01/1996 - Best Strategy Game in 1995
- Issue 02/1996 – Best Multiplayer Game in 1995
- Issue 01/2000 – Most Exotic N64 Genre in 1999
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Der.Archivar, havoc of smeg, Itay Shahar, Luis Silva, Maw and PCGamer77.
Related Sites +
Command & Conquer
The official homepage
Command & Conquer 1.06 Patch Project
Nyerguds' site where you can download Command & Conquer with its Covert Operations expansions, legal and fully compatible with newer systems.
Command & Conquer Universe Archive
New missions for downloading, gallery, and other stuff for hard-core C&C fans.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn Home Page
official game page at Westwood Studios' website from 1997, preserved by the Wayback Machine
Full game at the official site
The original Command & Conquer was released as a free download for Windows.
Full game at the official site
the original Command & Conquer as a free download.
All the C&C games covered extensively on these pages. Articles, reviews, files for download, chat and more.
Wikipedia: Command & Conquer
Information about Command & Conquer at Wikipedia
- MobyGames ID: 338
Know about this game? Add your expertise to help preserve this entry in video game history!
Contributors to this Entry
Game added by robotriot.
SEGA Saturn added by Kartanym. Macintosh added by Kabushi. Windows added by Plix.
Additional contributors: Terok Nor, MAT, Derrick 'Knight' Steele, Xantheous, Jeanne, Alaka, Xoleras, formercontrib, ケヴィン, Macs Black, CaesarZX, DreinIX, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger, Plok, MrFlibble, FatherJack.
Game added October 31st, 1999. Last modified June 1st, 2023.