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A one-on-one, real time strategy war game. Conquer the world or fight smaller battles. Choose your time period/scenario (1918, 1942, 1986, 2023, or ????); the later the date the more advanced the game. The 1918 games provide only land and sea units. 1942 adds air units and carriers. 1986 and beyond add nukes, satellites, oil considerations, and foreign aid.

You can create custom layouts (scenarios). Games can also be saved to "film" so you can watch them again. You can even watch the game up to a certain point and then start playing it.

As for opponents, you can play five different levels of computer opponent or a friend on another computer. Two person play requires a modem or serial link.


Command H.Q. PC-98 Yay, USA sends a big army! :)
Command H.Q. DOS Start menu
Command H.Q. PC-98 It's 2023, and USSR still exists?.. :)
Command H.Q. PC-98 What, you didn't like the title screen? So here's another one, red. With tanks and planes :)

Promo Images

Command H.Q. Screenshot
Command H.Q. Screenshot
Command H.Q. Magazine Advertisement Page 98
Command H.Q. Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "コマンドH.Q." -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

True "Beer and Pretzels" gaming! DOS Tim Scott (7)
Before BattleNet, it was 2400 baud time! DOS woods01 (163)

Critic Reviews

PC-Spiele '92 DOS 1991 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Nov, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Jun, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play DOS Mar, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Mar 01, 2000 5 out of 6 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS May, 1991 6.8 out of 12 57
Play Time DOS Oct, 1991 53 out of 100 53


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German version

The tagline on the German front cover translates to "A breathtaking, fast-paced strategy game; Global Conquest by Dan Bunten." [Global Conquest has not even been translated].

Considering the original tagline "A Fast Paced Game Of Strategic Global Conquest By Dan Bunten", it's pretty safe to say that the translator had absolutely no clue what the line actually meant.

Network play

Nukes It seems that great game designers of the early 90s didn't agree on the environmental consequences of nuclear war. Remember how nukes created pollution, and thus global warming, in Sid Meier's Civilization? In Command H.Q., too many nukes loses you the game -- not because of global warming, but nuclear winter!


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Wargame of the Year (together with Warlords)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #66 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
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