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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 PlayStation Title screen.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert PlayStation Allied HQ
Command & Conquer: Red Alert PlayStation Like with all Command and Conquers, you will need money to build your army, with is obtained by collecting ore through the use of these harvesters.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert PlayStation The options you are presented with when setting up a multiplayer game.

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

does the idea of conquering europe without moving muscle appeal to anyone because it does to me! daniel o neill (1) unrated

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Dec, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Mega Score Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Nov, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PSX Extreme Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Nov, 1997 87 out of 100 87
IGN Oct 28, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Mar 02, 1998 7.6 out of 10 76
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
neXGam 2002 6 out of 10 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Anyone know whether there was multiplayer in PSX version? 2 Rwolf (20136)
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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Kartanym (12706) added Command & Conquer: Red Alert (PlayStation) on Apr 02, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (259289) and robotriot (9068)
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