Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

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"A genuinely original game of tactics, planning, and precision." -

"_ if you're into strategy games, own an attention span, and are looking for something that's a lot different than anything we've seen since Cannon Fodder, you owe it to yourself to give this game a try._" -

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a real-time tactics game set in World War II that puts you in command of a small squad of elite troopers. Send them behind enemy lines on a series of hazardous missions, and bring them back alive. Clever strategy has never been so furiously action-packed. Study the enemy's movements, develop a careful plan, synchronize your men, and launch them on a swift and fierce attack using all your power and skill.


  • You control 6 individual commandos each with a unique combat skill set.
  • Thwart the German war machine by means of sabotage and tactical genius.
  • Zoomable isometric camera allows for up to 6 simultaneous camera angles.
  • 20 missions throughout Europe and Northern Africa.
  • Co-op multiplayer mode on a LAN or over the internet.

Customer reviews


A difficult but rewarding game

GeorgeStorm | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »

Commandos was the first of its type that I played. It's a real time tactical game set in WW2, where you control a small team of 'elite' units in order to complete various objectives (blowing up Nazi camps etc). Each of the units have their own special abilities, whether they be being able to carry large items (like barrels), create traps, climb walls etc which you will need to utilise in order to complete the missions.

It has a classic graphical style, which works well, the sound is nothing to write home about. The gameplay itself can be very good, but I must warn you, it is not an easy game (at least not to me!), do not expect just to waltz your way through the missions or have your hand held/have the AI help you. It's a game that rewards careful planning and well timed execution, incredibly satisfying when you pull something off, but annoying when you (more often than not for me) don't.

If you have played Desperados then this is the game that is based off (I think). Well worth playing if calm and calculated is your style, just be prepared to die, a lot!


A great gamble that paid off

Gmen | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »

In a time when base building strategy games were at their peak, and turn based strategies at more or less the same point, Commandos dared to be different: it was about the first game to do away with both of the aforementioned concepts and pioneer a genre of its own.

Missions in the game are based on real life operations that took place during World War II, mainly based in the European theatre of war with some missions in Africa. You control a squad of specialist commandos who each have their own skills. The aim is to use them in order to complete the mission objectives.

It's an unforgiving game, pitting your small squad of men against a seemingly endless supply of German soldiers, and you might spend more than a few hours on a mission, but the rewarding feeling of completing a mission is worth the suffering. If you are an impatient type, I suggest you avoid this game.

Graphically it might look a bit dated by today's standards, although the buildings and scenery in the game were always particularly well detailed, and the units are quite well animated. The way the game is presented will still impress, with old war footage, briefing screens, mission walkthroughs and wonderfully detailed end mission or score screens that were popular back in the decade it was released.

One issue I had with the game was the sound. The sound effects used just weren’t extremely varied, and vehicles all used the same monotonous drone. That and the vocal acknowledgements of the commandos were irritatingly repetitive as well and were not very clear at times in my opinion.

Fans of wartime strategy games couldn't do a lot better than to play this old classic.


Amazing Old Game

Luisancod77 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all Luisancod77's reviews »

Totally amazing,

The good things:

the ambient the soundtrack the tools you have to use your brain for this strategy game

Bad things:

Poor multiplayer

But you can enjoy this game as its finest in single player mode


A Possible Over-looked Classic

phool | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all phool's reviews »

On it’s release, Commandos was way ahead of it’s time in terms of strategy games. Set in the throes of World War 2, you command an elite team of commandos, each with a very particular set of skills, through twenty missions to defeat the Nazis.

Beautiful graphics that, while a little dated, are still captivating and capture the feeling of whatever country the mission is set in. The difficulty level is uncompromising and will punish you if you make a tiny mistake - a throw-back to a previous generation (no regenerating health here folks). Simply put, it is a highly recommended game for those that have the patience and temperament to take a beating regularly and can look past it's age.


One of the best Spanish productions

abelfs | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »

Overall, a good game with strong plot in each episode. If you are not the kind to enjoy first-person-shooter game and want to immerse yourself to WWII environment, then this is the game for you. The graphics is as good as you can get during the period of 1998-99, and it requires patience and effort to deal with each episode in the game.