9th Company Roots of Terror is an action-oriented real-time strategy game based on actual events that took place during the Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan. 9th Company follows the story of a ragged band of young recruits undergoing brutal training in Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley and culminates with a bloody stand against the...
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Release Date: Dec 3, 2009

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9th Company Roots of Terror is an action-oriented real-time strategy game based on actual events that took place during the Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan.
9th Company follows the story of a ragged band of young recruits undergoing brutal training in Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley and culminates with a bloody stand against the Mujahideen warriors on a nameless mountain top in Afghanistan. It’s the Battle of Thermopylae all over again: one Russian fighter against 10 Afghanis!
9th Company recreates in detail the events that took place during the last large-scale Soviet military operation. Few know the history: the 9th Company of the 345th Guards Airborne Regiment came under heavy fire on “Hill 3234” on January 7th, 1988. They managed to stop several attacks by an estimated 400 Mujahideen and Pakistani mercenaries and held their position for two gory days. The company lost 6 men, and the remaining 28 of the total 39 were wounded. Two 9th Company soldiers were posthumously awarded the Golden Star medal and the title of Soviet Hero.
  • Warfare on two tactical levels: use the area operations map to choose your mission or explore 12 unique and highly detailed tactical maps of Afghanistan.
  • Stunning 3D graphics and a spectacular physics engine guarantee a one-of-a-kind experience in destroying any mechanized unit or building.
  • Merit reward and in-combat morale system for every character and advanced hit location system for mechanized units make tactical battles even more realistic.
  • A complex system of tactical behavior and firepower control for mechanized infantry, assault, reconnaissance and special operations units. More than 80 different unit types.
  • Nonlinear mission structure.
  • System of experience gain the crew now become more and more experienced with every battle. A possibility of forming an elite military unit is available in requisition screen.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2400 MHz and higher
    • Memory: 1024 Mb (2048 Mb for Windows Vista)
    • Graphics: 3D accelerator with 128Mb video memory (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 Rro and higher)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0 or higher
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card
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93 of 107 people (87%) found this review helpful
217.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
I picked up this Russian made RTS game in the Steam sale.
The game is a tactical level RTS that follows the the 9th Company of the 345th OPPD through 9 years of warfare in Afghanistan against the insurgents and yes it is the same 9th Company in the film 9th Company. The game even has clips from the film.
The campaign is good but short and you do a nice variety of missions. The tutorial at the start is comprehensive enough for you to get a quick grasp of the controls.
It also has some nice realistic elements. Soldiers can get injured and can't fight until attended by a medic and if you're not fast enough may die from their injuries. You also get off screen support fro missions such as D-30 artillery strikes, rocket artillery and Hind CAS (all of which are extremely deadly) and so on. If you lose your radioman you lose your access to support. For some missions you get armoured vehicles to control and if these get hit you can bail the crews before the vehicle brews up. It's best to take care of them as they provide a great fire-power advantage over your enemy.
The game does have issues though nothing severe. You can't map your own controls and moving the camera around is quite sluggish. The AI have a tendency to wander off and attack enemies though this may be down to me not knowing the best way to control the troops. For some reason all of your soldiers are privates apart from a couple of warrant officers. There's also some translation errors but this is forgiveable. There are also two missions with some bugs that force you to reload in order to get through them. also there is a mod for the game that improved it a bit .
Overall I think it's a good game. when I think of a game that I purchased and I write about it. I always ask myself "Would I buy this again?" In this case I probably would.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
The only game about the Soviet-Afghan war that I know of.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2013
Play as the stranded Soviet 9th Company in 1988 Afghanistan. Cut scenes include scenes from "9 rota" the Russian-Finnish-Ukrainian film about the battle at Hill 3234; which left the 9th company all but in ruins. Similar mechanics to the Theater of War franchise make this an rather difficult but very elaborate RTS, I wouldn't claim it for the faint of heart.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
If you want a difficult strategy game, this is the one for you.
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
Very very good game, it's like Threates of War but may with a lil less quality, but it's a very good game at 10€, and a very good RTS game aswell.Recommend it to all RTS fans.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
I just wish this game is a bit more polished with less bugs.

There are a whole bunch that you will meet when you playing though the story and if it happens you have to load from preivous saves.

The graphics for this game is actually pretty good with movie clips in it too.
The music is fine but not super.
The control is a bit wacked but manageble.
The fight is actually really fun. You have to fight enemy of over whelming numbers.
IT's a RTS that in will keep you pretty busy.

I guess for a low budget game it's pretty fine in it's own right but if the game company had more money i am sure this game can be improved much further.

7/10 for scoring.

I don't recommend people to buy this game unless it's in a discount or in a package.
IF you already own it.. give it a chance and try it out. ignore the low rating.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 19, 2014
Great RTS game. I enjoyed every aspect of this game. Some of the missions were actually difficult to complete, especially when you get ambushed while trying to clear a mine field. Some might find the fact that your reallly need to keep close watch on all your troops movements at all times, especially if you split them up into 2 groups for a 2 pronged attack, a bit tedious, but I liked having to be constantly aware of my soldiers because you never could tell where the enemy would hit you next or when you would run into a MG nest. If I had to pic anything that was annoying, it woul dbe the AI's constant targeting of my medics, but to be honest, that made it that much more challenging and realist, 'cause the enemy probably would target medics if RL anyway. Anyway, great game and I would recommend getting it if you like rts style games.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2015
Its a great game, a little difficult but very fun. I wish there was there was a new version with multiplayer
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Liked the movie it was made after and I like the game too, as it conveys a lot of that dark humour and tension from the movie (btw, you can see the whole movie with subtitles on YouTube)

The game takes your company of Soviet rookies through their tour of duty in Afghanistan, by making it through a bunch of missions. You can only take a certain number of them on a mission, so it's good to rotate guys a bit, to give all the experience they need for the hard final battles. It has nice pre-battle squad equipment management options and off-map close support options, which get better if you complete missions well. Interesting and rather difficult missions also teach you a lot about history and the nature of guerilla warfare in Afghanistan.

It's possibly a bit too short so not all that much replay value, but if you play through it once every couple of years it'll be fresh enough. ;)
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
The most absurd game I have ever played in my entire life.

Wonky controls, unpredictably dumb AI.

So bad that it becomes comedy gold
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3.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
One of the very few games on Russian-Afgan War.. The campaign is good but short. Overall the the game is good nut buggy, But worth to have in your collection.
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50.4 hrs
Posted: October 7
Fantastic game. A hidden treasure. Excellent atmosphere. If you like tactical games, this is something you will love. A little short and an occasional bugg (mission events not triggering) can force you to restart a mission from time to time, but an excellent experience. To add to the historical atmosphere of the 1970s, when you succesfully finish a mission you get rewarded by the Soviet anthem playing, Recommendations.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: August 19
I mean, it'd be nice if in the tutorial they told you how to use grenades...
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1.4 hrs
Posted: July 8
Too difficult and the controls are very bad. Hard to find where you're supposed to go and what to do for orders. Crap.
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Yahweh The Non Canine
1.0 hrs
Posted: June 27
Pros-Unique setting.
Cons-Confusing how to play.

This is another instance of good movie bad game.
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Marcus Aurelius
3.0 hrs
Posted: June 15
Great idea for a game; only game about the Soviet-Afghan War. Good war for a game- who doesn't want to root out insurgents and battle Mujahids in the mountains? And it is kinda fun. However, it is very poorly done. First of all, fun fact- all Russian soldiers in this war had crippling mental illness- also a little known fact. They don't take orders, they don't stay in cover, they refuse to heal each other, and they have an interesting tendency to walk right up to a Mujahideen machine gun nest and get wounded, then scream so that everyone else wants to run in front of the machinegun too. The command system is very poor- soldiers receptiveness to commands aside- you have lots of control over a single guy, but can't command more than one guy like that. This makes for a very unwieldy fighting experience against a historically incorrect enemy. If you value historical accuracy, you will be sorely disappointed. You go up against heavily armed, well-trained, entrenched defenders who outnumber you and have fully modern weapons in 1981 and 1982- thus, they are not only historically inaccurate, but also really hard to kill and quickly drive you to madness after a single Afghan you thought you killed in an artillery strike shoots down a helicopter and kills twenty of your men. On that note, actually, the Afghans shoot down your helicopters like nobody's buisness in 1981- when the first Soviet chopper was downed in '86!!! This all being said, 9th Company is a very hard game that will quickly drive you to madness. I mean, I've already lost several hundred men in 2.8 hours, and am still sorry for all the Soviets that died under me. Get it on sale if you really want to-for like two dollars- and give it a try if you want to. Otherwise, it isn't worth ten bucks.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: April 25
I cheated 10 extra heilcopters, 15 T-72s, and 50 soldiers, failed the mission and was called an incompetent commander.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: March 17
well let me start with this the reason i am giving this game a bad review is the combat is just so bad its awful
its hard to explain why but sometimes your units wont follow orders or sometimes they will sit and fire at an enemy for hours even tho his is completly visible and ahh i just cant if you want to really see how its like there are some youtube
vids that will show you its quality or lack of it
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light aqua
0.1 hrs
Posted: February 10
Complete ♥♥♥♥ if you've bough this get a refund
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1.2 hrs
Posted: February 2
This piece of manure doesn't work. You can't even complete the tutorial mission because your soldier refuses to plant a mine, which is a mission objective.
I don't think I'd be able to play the game even if I managed to pass the tutorial, because the community forum for this game is full of reports of game-breaking bugs.
You'd like to pass the buggy missions with cheats? That's cute. Even the debug mode doesn't work (which should normally let you open the console and enter cheats).
Stay the hell away from this game. Stay away from it even if you got it for free. I requested a refund but Steam refused it (because I bought it a long time ago)

-10/10 worst 1 hour I've ever spent in my entire life
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