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The setting is World War II, and England has made and trained a small group of special elite forces called 'commandos'. These commandos are specially trained to take on the most crucial and risky missions. These men are sent in to covertly take out installations, sabotage plans, assassinate leaders, and cause as much disruption to the enemies of the free world.

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is essentially a puzzle game at heart. It is your job to lead a team of six men throughout 20 missions across the entire WWII theater. You will deal with missions in the North African Desert, Italy, France, and even in Norway. Strategy is a key element because you are vastly outnumbered in most missions. Stealth is emphasized, because if the alarm is sounded, the mission gets much harder. The amount of guards will double and sometimes they will bring in reinforcements for every enemy you kill. Guns are rarely used, and stealth kills are preferred over noisy messes

Every mission you are given specific (and usually multiple) missions to disrupt enemy activity. These may range from destroying trains, battleships, and structures, to rescuing captured GI's. At your disposal are six highly trained operatives. You have command of Tiny, the heavy-duty trained killer, Duke, the silent sniper, Inferno, the demolitions and mechanical expert, Spooky, the spy, Fins, the navy diver, and Tread, the surly driver. Every mission you are given only the soldiers you need. Some missions may require all six of them to be present, some missions you can pull off with only two.

Each man is essential to each mission, and if one dies, the mission must be loaded to an earlier point. Each performs a specific duty that is required to make the plan go off without a hitch. For example, the driver is necessary in order to drive the escape truck in most missions. The diver might be needed as a specific travel method to reach an island. The demolitions expert might be needed to cut a hole through a fence. Only through teamwork and careful planning can the missions be beaten.

At your disposal are also some tools that will help provide info and tips on your mission. The eye tool will allow you to see the field of vision for the enemy you click on. Every mission also comes with a full animated map with the positions of enemies on it. As well, you can split the screen up to eight times, and use the camera tool to follow the path of specific soldiers in every screen.

Commandos is an open game, and there is no linear progression in the game. There are no scripted events, and all soldiers act according to their AI. There is no true way to beating each mission, though some paths might be more difficult than others. Only by utilizing all of your soldier's abilities and your available resources will you be able to complete each mission and have everyone return home alive.


Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Windows German Stukas in real WWII footage
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Windows Opening FMV shows real WWII footage
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Windows 2 men dead in this mission
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Windows You can dive or take a rubber boat across the river.

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Alternate Titles

  • "盟军敢死队:深入敌后" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "קומנדו: מאחורי קווי האויב" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Commandos: Hinter feindlichen Linien" -- German title
  • "Commandos: Dietro le linee nemiche" -- Italian title
  • "Commandos: Derrière les lignes ennemies" -- French title
  • "Commandos: Além das Linhas Inimigas" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Don't be fooled...this is a puzzle game, not a war game. Ray Soderlund (3571) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Awkward puzzle exercise that thinks it's some innovative tactical squad-based game. Zovni (10633) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Not for everyone. beavercleaver (5) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Jun 03, 1998 91 out of 100 91
Absolute Games ( Jun 05, 1998 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Jun, 1998 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85 1998 85 out of 100 85
IGN Sep 01, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
Svenska PC Gamer Sep, 1998 80 out of 100 80
GameGenie 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Over Online May, 1998 62 out of 100 62
Attack Games Nov, 1998 3 out of 10 30


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Commandos was the first game of the Spanish developer Pyro Studios and, with a cost of 900.000€, was the most expensive game in the history of Spanish videogame until this time.

German index

On June 30, 1999, the English version of Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

In addition to the indexing, on June 24, 1999, the English version of Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines was also confiscated for violating §86a of Germany's penal code (for using characteristics of unconstitutional organizations).

German version

The Germans got a heavily cut version, excluding Nazi symbols, blood and corpses (dead soldiers became little gravestones)


Commandos sold over 1,000,000 units, most of them in Europe, and again most of those in Germany.

In 1999, Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines won both the Gold- and Platinum-Awards from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 units (Gold) and more then 200,000 units (Platinum) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As the Gold-Award is not counted into the Platinum-Award, both awards total in between 300,000 and 700,000 units sold.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #43 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - Best Real-Time Strategy Game in 1998
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 1999 - Gold and Platinum Award (more information can be found under the "Sales" category)
Information also contributed by Dark Dante, phlux and Xoleras

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MAT (222026) added Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines (Windows) on Mar 05, 2000