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Eight invaded townships must be brought back under your control in this Commando-style shoot 'em up, which progresses vertically using a flick-screen system. You are armed with a rifle (activated by a short tap of the fire button) and five grenades (used via a longer press), and must not only kill off the enemy forces, but also rescue your comrades who have been tied to trees along the way. If you take too long then the prisoners will be executed by a firing squad. You begin at the bottom of the first screen and slowly make your way upwards; enemies pop up from all sides, walking around and shooting, and you have to dodge their shots while trying to shoot them yourself. The foes make good use of the decoy opportunities of the terrain, and you must do the same to have a chance. The levels include rivers with narrow bridges, potholes, and train-lines.

Extra supplies are dropped in as you progress through the game, as are extra lives in addition to your starting 5.


Who Dares Wins II Atari 8-bit Title screen
Who Dares Wins II BBC Micro Loading screen.
Who Dares Wins II Amstrad CPC Tossing a hand grenade.
Who Dares Wins II Atari 8-bit The enemies wobble around amusingly when they die

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Who Dares Wins 2" -- Alternate spelling (media)
  • "Mercenario" -- Spanish Amstrad title
  • "Comando Parachutiste: Who Dares Wins II" -- French title

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User Reviews

Nice sequel Commodore 64 LepricahnsGold (142504)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 90 out of 100 90
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Computer Gamer Commodore 16, Plus/4 Jun, 1987 71 out of 100 71
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Jan, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari 8-bit Oct, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gamer BBC Micro Oct, 1986 12 out of 20 60
Computer Gamer Atari 8-bit Jun, 1987 33 out of 100 33
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Jul, 1987 4 out of 12 33
Retro Gamer ZX Spectrum May 14, 2011 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 Unscored Unscored


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Who Dares Wins II was released as a new version of Who Dares Wins, as the original had an injunction against it from Elite, who felt the game was too similar to Commando. The maps were changed to make it different from Commando.

Title Music

The title music from the C16 version was taken from the theme music to the film The Great Escape by John Sturges


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

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