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In Bionic Commando the player takes control of a soldier with a bionic arm that extends and contracts. The bionic arm allows the soldier to grab onto fixed objects and swing around and climb up levels — no jumping allowed! The arm also grabs opponents and pulls them towards the protagonist.

The player's mission is to storm the enemy's fortress and destroy the launch computer to prevent the enemy from using their doomsday weapon.


Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Don't go higher
Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Over the mine
Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Title screen
Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Enemy waits for me

Promo Images

Bionic Commando Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Top Secret" -- Japanese title
  • "Bionic Commandos" -- Misspelled title on C64 UK tape

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Critic Reviews

Crash! Jun, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Your Sinclair Jul, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1988 86 out of 100 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 838 out of 1000 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1988 803 out of 1000 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68


Topic # Posts Last Post
Trivia is wrong 1 ReyVGM (4)
Oct 15, 2014



  • "Super Joe", who you are sent to rescue is the character from Capcom's original Commando game. Apparently without someone to insert credits to continue, he was easily captured.
  • Generalissimo Killt's name might be a reference to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, since Generalissimo was to Franco what Führer was to Hitler. Besides, Franco and Hitler collaborated together several times, first Hitler aiding Franco in the Spanish Civil War and later Franco aiding Hitler in the World War II. Another interesting fact, although in that case might be just a coincidence, is that the most representative image of Franco during the post-war is the one with him wearing a cloak, just like G. Killt.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 8-Bit Soundtrack (reader's vote)
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) -#66 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by Captain Canuck, Kohler 86 and PCGamer77
Martin Smith (76887) added Bionic Commando (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 12, 2004
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3120), Exolon (102), Martin Smith (76887), Pseudo_Intellectual (63863) and Katakis | カタキス (42694)