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What if Hitler never existed? Einstein pondered the question and created a time-machine to eliminate Hitler as a young man, thus preventing World War II as history remembers it. However, Einstein stopped one evil only to create another - because Stalin's Soviet Union is now poised to conquer Europe... and Allies must stop them!

Command & Conquer: Red Alert can be considered a prequel to Command & Conquer. Like its predecessor, it is a real-time strategy with an isometric semi-top-down perspective using 2D sprite graphics engine. The player takes control of either the Allies or the Soviets, as he battles for destiny of the planet. Gameplay features are similar to those of the previous game, including building a base with some defenses, massing units, harvesting resources, etc. The game has a variety of environments in its missions, adding some indoor missions that use only infantry units.


Command & Conquer: Red Alert DOS Paratroopers, sometimes the only way to outflank the enemy.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert DOS Adolf's end
Command & Conquer: Red Alert DOS Allied battlecruisers giving some artillery support.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert DOS FMV of bridge that is about to be destroyed.

Promo Images

Command & Conquer: Red Alert Render
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Render
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Screenshot
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Render


Alternate Titles

  • "Command & Conquer: Teil 2 - Alarmstufe Rot" -- German title
  • "Command & Conquer: Alerte Rouge" -- French title
  • "Command & Conquer: Alarmstufe Rot" -- German PlayStation title
  • "C&C:RA1" -- Common abbreviation (retroactive)
  • "C&C:RA" -- Common abbreviation
  • "C&C 2" -- Common German abbreviation
  • "커맨드 앤 컨커: 적색경보" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The Cold War gets a whole lot hotter! Stijn Daneels (85) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
A typically bad Command & Conquer game. Tomer Gabel (4634) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
The Windows Version is great, the DOS version is downright ugly. Jim Fun (243) 1.33 Stars1.33 Stars1.33 Stars1.33 Stars1.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro Oct 08, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
High Score Jan, 1997 5 out of 5 100
GameSpot Nov 26, 1996 9.5 out of 10 95
DarkZero 2003 9.4 out of 10 94
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Nov 22, 1996 9 out of 10 90 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker Dec, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B 75


Topic # Posts Last Post
Anyone know whether there was multiplayer in PSX version? 2 Rwolf (19266)
Dec 14, 2016


1001 Video Games

Command & Conquer: Red Alert appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Freeware release

To celebrate 13 years of Command & Conquer, the game was made available for free on 31st August 2008. The link is available in the related web sites section.

German version

The German version removes Hitler from the intro and replaces all the soldiers with cyborgs.


In 1998, Command & Conquer: Red Alert (PC) won the Platinum-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 200,000 (but less then 500,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - -10 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #17 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 1998 - Platinum Award (more details in the "Sails" section)
Information also contributed by Grant McLellan, Sciere and Xoleras

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robotriot (9068) added Command & Conquer: Red Alert (DOS) on Nov 28, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (257987), Kartanym (12710) and robotriot (9068)