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


Great game with normal difficult settings.

Furrek | July 31, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

Back then games weren't so easy like nowadays. Each of them required from player to become better with next level/part of game, so it would be exciting. It would also demand from player to be better as he plays the game. Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a game like that. Notice that setting of the game in the time of WW2 and playing as small squad of elite troopers trying to get "Behind Enemy Lines" seem like not easy task. So each of those troopers have their unique skills - one can use explosion materials, while other can disguise himself as enemy's soldier. You will need to think of really good strategy and use of each trooper skills, because without that, you will be killed with few bullets. And no, you will not respawn few seconds later, you will in most cases need to start from beginning. The only thing I never managed to try out is multiplayer. Despite the fact it doesn't have multiplayer listed in modes, you can play this one with some friends. Maybe some day I will try it. If you are looking for something challenging, a game that need from you a great tactics and strategy - get Commandos.


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.