Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Pyro Studios
Genres: Strategy / Real-Time Tactics
Release Date: July 31, 1998
Game Modes: Singleplayer

16Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, a game based on the exploits of commandos during World War II, is an excellent if sometimes frustrating game. It draws quite a bit from role-playing games with its character interaction, enabling individual control of a party with a vast set of skills. You navigate your party through maps crawling with enemy soldiers, and must use your wits to stealthily avoid or eliminate the opposition. The end result of fusing these elements together proved a killer combination for Commandos.

By allowing you to control an entire group of specialized soldiers instead of just one, Commandos plays more like a puzzle game than a typical RTS twitch session. It’s a game that relies heavily on both patience and precision, since you must use your pack of characters to perform different goals. The artificial skill limitations are a bit annoying on occasions. For example, the only character that can row a boat is the Marine, and the only character that can drive a truck is the driver. However this appears to have been done to make each character essential in completing the scenario and thus adds to the game’s complexity.

14And the game truly is complex, with later scenarios not allowing any mistakes at all. This leads to the game’s greatest frustration – the high difficulty. You can of course save your way through scenarios and crawl your way to success, but it’s still an annoying ballet of saving, loading, saving, then loading again. The puzzle-solving element means there is a task to perform to get past each guard and you need to save after each action or series of actions. The reason for this is that all your troops have to survive. Lose even one guy and it’s game over.

Even so, the first Commandos game turned out to be a gripping, time-consuming journey through World War II. Eidos has managed to take the drama of classic Hollywood war blockbusters and molded them all into one entertaining, if highly demanding, computer game.

System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Windows 95

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  1. Akela says:

    Best strategy game ever. Remember spent about a half an hour hiding the green beret from german patrols 🙂

  2. Mike says:

    Best game ever, thanks

  3. Tesla says:

    Hi. Unfortunately, there is a trojan in the install file.

  4. Huh, i get one too. but this is an unmodified CLS release from 1998. what are the chances of it being legit? Granted, i played this on a Win98 PC, not Win7 which says it has a 20 year old trojan. i think it’s bs. it probably wouldn’t work on Win7 anyway.

  5. Tesla says:

    Thx for your answer

  6. Changed it with an FL release. still a ripped copy, but no alert this time and it runs on Win7. just extract and start

  7. Tesla says:

    Thank you. I appreciate your help.

  8. Too says:

    Can’t saved the games, how to make it save?

  9. Tesla says:

    Try adding this on your comando.cfg file
    .SIZE [ .INITSIZE 3 ]
    .PROFILE [ .USER 0 ]
    .DEVELOP 1

  10. Evilasio David says:

    To adding save or load in game, install “comandos register file (1KB)”

  11. Added CD version.

    Note. if you click on install and nothing happens, wait for several seconds, and the window might eventually appear. That’s how it worked on my XP. On Win98 the installer works instantly.

  12. Tesla says:

    Actually you don’t need the installer to play the game, even with the CD version.
    You can save/load and game speed is set to normal.

  13. vishal nani says:

    ya game had been downloaded but their no save/load option…cananyone help about it

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