Choose between different factions, with their own set of expendable soldiers, mechas, and weapons. Protect your brain, mine gold, and destroy the enemy cortex in his bunker complex!
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Very Positive (13 reviews) - 84% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (1,340 reviews) - 79% of the 1,340 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 28, 2012

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A project over eleven years in the making, Cortex Command has rich 2D pixel graphics coupled with an extremely detailed physics engine, which allows for highly replayable and emergent real-time action. There is also a turn-based strategic campaign mode which ties the tactical fights together, featuring persistent terrains that will accumulate the battle scars, debris, and bunker ruins through your entire campaign.

Choose from several unique technology factions, each featuring their own sets of expendable soldier bodies, mechas, weapons, tools, and landing craft. Protect your brain, mine the gold, and destroy the enemy cortex in his bunker complex!

Key Features:

  • Fully destructible environments - The gold you need to excavate is sprinkled throughout the terrain of each scene. Use special digging tools to blast your way into the dirt and debris. All the pieces of bodies and ships from your struggles will fall to the ground and permanently add to the battlefield. Get more powerful (and expensive) diggers and you can even tunnel into your enemies' bunkers from below!

  • Strategic metagame campaign – The intense, real-time tactical battles are put in a greater strategic context in the Campaign mode, thus giving each battle meaning and consequence. The gold-rich terrains on the planet and the defensive bunkers you build to defend them are persistent from fight to fight. This means there will be layers of debris, bunker ruins, tunnels, and corpses piled up in layers, telling the history of each place throughout each campaign played.

  • In-game buying menu - At any time and place during the game, bring up a powerful menu to order new bodies and equipment, all delivered at the location and by the transport ship of your choosing. Rockets are cheaper but unreliable and harder to land. Drop ships are far more expensive but can quickly deploy entire groups of puppets onto difficult terrain. Ships and equipment returned to the TradeStar are refunded to your account.

  • Build your own bunker - At the start of most missions, you are able to take your time and build your own command bunker from scratch. Easily design twisting tunnels and place doors, traps, and turrets to thwart your enemies' intrusions! Pre-deploy and equip bodies in and around your installation to prepare yourself for your objectives. Don't spend too much though, or you won't have enough funds left when the mission starts!

  • Four-player cooperative and/or versus multiplayer - Gather your friends and plug in those game controllers! Play skirmish or campaign missions with or against up to three of your buddies. 2 vs 2, 1 vs. 3, 4 vs. the CPU - it's up to you! (rhyme intended). Flexible control settings allow you to use the keyboard, keyboard + mouse, or any generic game controller you can find and plug in.

  • Built-in editors and modding - Several in-game editors allow you to easily create your own stuff. The game's engine is built to make it very simple to modify and add your own content. Design your own missions, guys, ships, weapons, tools, bombs, and shields - and easily share them with your friends. Join and download some fantastic mods from the community at the Data Realms Fan Forums.

  • Cortex Command is still being improved - The campaign mode and missions are fully playable, if not in a completely polished state yet. If you buy the game today, you will also have access to any and all future versions (not including sequels!)

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1GHz processor
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 150MB HDD space
    • Video Card: 640x480 (VGA) resolution monitor
    • Additional: Should run on any PC released within the past 5 years.
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 3GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 150MB HDD space
    • Video Card: 1920x1080 (full HD 1080p) resolution monitor
    • Additional: Should run on any PC released within the past 5 years.
    • OSX:10.4 (OSX Tiger or Greater)
    • Processor:1.6 Ghz Core 2 Duo
    • RAM:1GB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel GMA X3100
    • Disk:300 mb
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
There are a lot of 'Boo-hooers' and 'nay-sayers' in the review section because of a number of reasons over the course of this game's development. I won't say they're wrong to hold those opinions but I will say they're wrong for trying to sink this game when it needed their support the most. The game is fun, no one will deny that. I would even say $19.99 fun. I spent a lot of time messing with the engine, the scenarios and conquest modes and that was even before it was on steam. There's plenty to do and you can even do it with couch co-op. That comes standard. Then there's the modding and that takes you to a whole new level with added mechanics, ships, characters, factions. I highly recommend the game despite the rocky development due to a miscommunication between data realms and the consumers.

This was one of Steam's first Early Access titles as the video tries to describe. It wasn't a good move and many people starting blasting the game with negative reviews which hindered the game's development. Data Realms is a business and it costs money to run it so when the cash flow slows it becomes a vicious cycle of bad reviews, slow profit and slow development. I've been following the game since way back in early stages of development. I know about all the promises that couldn't be kept and sure it's a bummer, but at it's core it's still a great standalone game. The modding community is solid, the local play is solid. You're going to have fun and, since nothing can be done about the fanbase drama, that's all that matters at this point. Who knows with a resurgence of interest Data Realms could finally give this game the TLC it deserved Don't let the reviews sway you from a unique experience that no other game hits quite like Cortex Command. Enjoy the features it has now, then get pleasantly surprised if new stuff comes down the line.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
It has a ♥♥♥♥ing warhammer 40k mod on it, enough said, just buy it... Just but it already, there is even a star wars mod on it. Still dont want it? You can crash a ♥♥♥♥ing rocket right into an enemy's entire army, then proceede to spam crabs. my favorite anime
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
135.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This was my second game on steam. I regret not putting more hours into this sometimes. So I'm goingto list my pros and cons because why not.
Pros: Has multiple factions to play from, Has an a modding community, Doesn't really have alot of bugs, Controls feel solid, Has good physics.
Cons: Crash's occasionally, Has a limited choice of maps but that can be fixed with mods.

In a nutshell: This game has a few bugs but otherwise I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
buy but first ♥♥♥♥ING UPDATE IT
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
193.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
So, first off, im just going to say that this game is awesome. If you have been looking at it for a while, unsure whether to buy it or not, i would totally recommend buying and trying, i was unsure if i wanted it, but when i were reading about it, i eventually choose to buy and try. and i have been playing it alot since i bought it. I'm very satisfied with the content, plus, you can also download alot of cool mods and play on many diffrent scenes. If you like wierd wacky and (often) chaos filled games, i recommend this game for you.

Buy and Try.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
151.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
its a good game, good music, cool factions and looks like it was made by micheal bay. so its worth its price. but wait theres workshop oh my god if you are 50 50 on buying this game here is your scale tipper and its easy to mod your self (if you have time) and even better it co op so after you pumped hours playing alone in your mums basement call your friends over (if you have any) and play until after half an hour they get bored and ask to go home
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
If michael bay made a game.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
This is on OS X.

Pie menu not working - it just does not show up for some reason. XBOX 360 gamepad not working.

Intant fail.
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435 of 475 people (92%) found this review helpful
468 people found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
One of my men jumped out of a crashing dropship and lost his arms and legs due to the resulting explosion, he then jetpacked into the air and used the force of his descent to crush two enemy soldiers with his torso. Afterwards he flew into a landing enemy dropship and made it crash before bleeding out.

A true hero that will never be forgotten.
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124 of 133 people (93%) found this review helpful
100 people found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Jesus, this game is amazing.

It's like that time when you were a kid, and you had your action figures and were all like "OH NO, ROBOT ALIENS!" and you had one in your hand and made it cartwheel in, making swoosh noises as it smashes into the ground and looks up all like "ROAR! Robot Aliens are here to destroy you." And then you grab the Master Chief action figure and he's all like "Not today, Robot Aliens!" and starts laying waste to a horde of aliens with a big laser machine gun, but then a grenade blows up next to him, and you pull off his legs and you're all like "Oh no, Master Chief!" and he's all like "Don't worry, I don't need legs to kick ♥♥♥!" and you're all like "You kinda do...", but by that point there's a bunch of space marine drop pods all coming down to back him up so it doesn't even matter, and then a bunch more robot aliens start coming in and the space marines and Master Chief are just pumping lead into the main doorway, but then the bullet casings start piling up in the doorway behind them and Master Chief is like "You guys need to get out of here, or you'll end up trapped by bullet casings!" and the space marines are like "That's a ♥♥♥♥ing stupid ♥♥♥ justification for a epic sacrifice scene..." and Master Chief's all like "I've definitely had worse." But by that point there's a bunch of AT-STs lumbering for the doorway, so the space marines are all like "later, brah", and Master Chief starts an epic hold out in the room, and a bunch of laser fire blows his left arm off, but he pulls out his pistol and he's all like "SUCK ON THIS, ROBOT ALIENS!" and starts shooting at the AT-STs, which is super useless but it looks really cool. Then, just when it looks like all hope is lost, an inbound robot alien dropship accidentally bumps into a wall as it tries to drop off more robot aliens and it spirals out of control, smashing into the AT-ST's and sending chunks of them everywhere. One of them hits Master Chief in the face and tears off his helmet, and with 5 HP left, as he quickly bleeds out, Master Chief gets one final moment of peace before ragdolling facefirst into a mine and getting blown to ♥♥♥♥ing pieces.


(Check the system requirements because the physics modeling is CPU intensive, $20 purchase might leave you a little salty, keep an eye out for summer and winter sales, as it routinely goes down to $5, anything $10 or below will leave you with no regrets purchasing.)
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141.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
Subscribed to *every* mod on steam workshop. Set 4x AI against each other on max difficulty. Watched. Space Nazis vs. Space Marines vs. Half LIfe 3 vs. literally everything else. No lag. Solid 60fps. ON A MACBOOK AIR. This game is not only mad fun, it is one of the best optimised games I have ever played. Get it. Don't wait for a sale.
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9.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
It is fun for like 1 hour and then you have already done everything that is remotely entertaining. If it had online multiplayer it could have been a much better game because of added longevity but as it is it isnt worth the price.
I bought it when it was early access and it definitly did not deliver.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: September 11
(Please check the discussion page before judging my review. You will see that I'm not the only one to believe this game is abandoned, that this developer does not care for its fans and is only in it for the money. Discussions ahead that I found that explain my review.)

About updates

About Development

Plantoid Pioneers...

Is the game dead?

Cortex Command 2?


Save your money.

Just save your money. Please. Do me this small favor. I'll never bother you again...

Why you ask?

There are way better games on offer then this broken, never to be worked on again, maybe one more patch just to appease the nay sayers, hunk of ancient code.

Some people say "Buy it when it's on sale!"

Did they also tell you that this game has been in developement since 2011 (maybe even further back), and STILL its the same game.

Hardly anything has changed. This game is not done, and is in need of a lot of TLC.

Please. Please, just save your money.

Still won't heed my words?

Check the developers online site for their new game that surprisingly looks like the old one. The site is hardly ever updated and those pics and videos seem a bit shady if you ask me. I can take photos of myself at the receptions desk of big corporations and say they gave me the thumbs up too. Where is the proof? Where is the interactions? The reviews?

On Planetoid Pioneers. Their other never to be finished game.

Data Realms
Just finish Cortex Command. It has so much potential! Don't make the modders float your boat while you sail on peoples hard earned money.

Maybe one day this review will be a thumbs up too.

Cortex Command. You were my first early access title, before early access was even a thing.

You broke my heart.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review and If you must get this game, please wait for a sale. Cortex Command is not worth 20 dollars.
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