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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.


Command & Conquer DOS Only way to spot a stealth car is to pass close by it.
Command & Conquer DOS install
Command & Conquer DOS Nod forces attacking the GDI outpost.
Command & Conquer DOS hmmm

Promo Images

Command & Conquer Screenshot
Command & Conquer Render
Command & Conquer Render Mammoth Tank render on the demo download page
Command & Conquer Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "終極動員令" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "命令与征服" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn" -- Working title
  • "Command & Conquer: Teil 1 - Der Tiberiumkonflikt" -- German title
  • "Command & Conquer (Special Gold Edition)" -- North American Windows title
  • "Command & Conquer for Windows 95" -- European Windows title
  • "Command & Conquer: Der Tiberiumkonflikt (SVGA-Version)" -- German Windows title
  • "Command & Conquer: Der Tiberiumkonflikt" -- German Dice Multimedia release title
  • "C&C" -- Informal title
  • "コマンド&コンカー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The start of an awesome game series! Stijn Daneels (85) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A fast paced, brilliantly designed game that has stood the test of time Maw (884) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A Definitive Title of the Real-Time Strategy Genre Antti Salminen (65) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The yardstick by which all RTS are measured. Doc Surge (8) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Full of flaws- yet addictive and fun. El-ad Amir (124) unrated
An addictive game. robotriot (9068) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
This game made "Real-Time Strategy" a household term. Raphael (1261) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
I like this game. A lot. This is the anti-Warcraft. Thohan (19) unrated
I HATE this game! PCGamer77 (3229) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Genuinely dislikable. Tomer Gabel (4634) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit Oct 11, 2007 6 out of 6 100
Coming Soon Magazine Mar 14, 1996 95 out of 100 95
Entertainment Weekly Nov 17, 1995 A- 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Aug, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Score Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
PC Soluces Feb, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Games Retro Aug 11, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Hemma Feb, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Nov 08, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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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.

Cover screenshots

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.

German 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 (German).


Kane is played by Joseph D. Kucan, the voice & video director for most of Westwood's games (including the Command & Conquer series).

Mega Score

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.

SVGA version

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)
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - #28 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • GameSpot
    • 7th Best Villain in Gaming History (for Kane)
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #31 Top Game of All Time
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • 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.
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #24 in the "Readers All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Game in 1995
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Strategy Game in 1995
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Multiplayer Game in 1995
  • Total! (Germany)
    • 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.

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