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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Mixed (28 reviews) - 64% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,332 reviews) - 79% of the 1,332 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 28, 2012

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About This Game

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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • 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.
    Minimum:
    • 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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KrYoX
( 80.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Dropcreate+a lot of crabs= very much fun
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UberJuice
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Even though I used to play this game about 7 years ago it's still fun to do it again.

Would like to see more official content, mods are fun, but it gets messy pretty quick and game becomes reaaaaly unbalanced.

Anyway the game is still cool and didn't loose any of it's charm and I like to see some progress. It would be great to see this game beign "finished" at some point.
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Easter Chicken
( 35.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
BEST GAME EVER!!!! because CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABS!!!!
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Rensin Redjaw
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game to this date is one of my favorite games. The physics are mind blowing---debris from ships/vehicles can rain down after you destroy it, and mess up your base/units. It's hilarious to watch as well as intense at times. The issue is that this game has been in developement for somewhere around... 10+ years? And it's looking like the devs might be focusing on a new game instead. Hopefully they keep adding to cortex command, because right now the feature I'm dying for is multiplayer over steam, instead of just local. Right now all that's offered is split screen on a local machine.
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cheeky /k/unt
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
♥♥♥♥ game, dev abandoned it in an alpha state. Do not buy.
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结束
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
The game would be good if it was finished, the developper used to throw in an update each year if we were lucky and dropped the game completly now. They are developping a new game that they'll probably drop like they did for this one.

The game is not finished and the developper won't be finishing it anytime soon.

Do not buy.
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REVOLVER OCELOT
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I think the dev got really drunk, passed out and forgot they're responsible for this game
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Kopaka
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Clunky controls, overwhelming interface and punishing gameplay instantly turn me off this game.
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Elijah
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
if you dont like the game thats fine but for me i love this game!
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phucketbucket
( 44.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
started bunker breach

put 500+ crabs in a dropcrate

obliterate everything on the map

game also crashes

not bad/10
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Asdfguy124
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
I had this on one of my old Steam accounts, and I love it so much I had to buy it again. The game might not be the best, and the A.I. isn't the smartest, but it feels so good to destroy a base with just one unit.
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ᴮᵃᵍᵉᴸ
( 60.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
I like this game because of all of the wacky things that happen when playing. This is a very fun game to download a whole bunch of mods and play with. The devs have probably moved onto other games but I think that this game deserves attention. 9.4/10: Too little attention.
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VostokMercenary
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
I had CC when it was an Alpha many many years ago and so its final iteration is here on Steam.

SO the game itself is quite good and fun ( if on discount ) you can build freely, blow up to your hearts content, GIBS everywhere, make crab paste etc. BUT The Developer? NO!!!, Just read the other reviews about CC Staying in development for an age to then be barely released and then another similar game put out for early access.

Please dont fund Data Realms so they can just spew out Beta-Content games over a decade and charge top whack for them then move on to another - lets face it - scam.
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DeadnCryin
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
so here is the full story

the developer came up with this game , tons of promises. 20 euros , years of EA >> took the money and left us with this unfinished game. >>>> then started a new "EA Game" that costs 40 euros >> new promises.
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4chanMasterofdankmemes_m9
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Literlly endless gameplay, I have loved this game since I brought it back in day one!
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Mr Monti (Official Asshunter)
( 140.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Picture this, the UNSC have planted a base in the middle of nowhere. Jun of the NOBLE 6 team sits utop the tallest tower of the base, suddenly mages start teleporting in to surround the base, but Jun is rrady has he takes his sniper rifle and but a bullet threw 4 of the mage's heads. (The magazine size for the sniper) But one was left standing. Infused with rage it casts a spell tothe heavens to send a giant stone fist hurling down on Jun. But with quick thinking and swift movement he dodges the rock fist, reloads his sniper, and puts and end to the mage's life. (Only to be rekt by an ice spear from another mage 1 minute later.)


This game is 9/10 if it didn't crash from my breakage of the game it would be 10/10. Mods are recommended for the ultimate enjoyment.
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Xethaios
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
If you're looking for a single player game, do not buy this. While it can be fun alone, it doesn't offer enough content in the base game to justify a $20 purchase.

That being said.

Cortex Command is best played with at least 2 people, all with controllers, on a large screen. Featuring somewhat janky but suprisingly tight platforming and even-jankier base-building mechanics

On top of that there's tons of mods to choose from to make it more challenging, or more funny, more hectic, mostly in the form of faction mods.

If you do buy this, do me a favor: buy a few dozen crabs (they're free), throw them into a drop crate, and plop it anywhere.

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Stan
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Thanks old man at pax
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
so here is the full story

the developer came up with this game , tons of promises. 20 euros , years of EA >> took the money and left us with this unfinished game. >>>> then started a new "EA Game" that costs 40 euros >> new promises.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I had CC when it was an Alpha many many years ago and so its final iteration is here on Steam.

SO the game itself is quite good and fun ( if on discount ) you can build freely, blow up to your hearts content, GIBS everywhere, make crab paste etc. BUT The Developer? NO!!!, Just read the other reviews about CC Staying in development for an age to then be barely released and then another similar game put out for early access.

Please dont fund Data Realms so they can just spew out Beta-Content games over a decade and charge top whack for them then move on to another - lets face it - scam.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Literlly endless gameplay, I have loved this game since I brought it back in day one!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This game to this date is one of my favorite games. The physics are mind blowing---debris from ships/vehicles can rain down after you destroy it, and mess up your base/units. It's hilarious to watch as well as intense at times. The issue is that this game has been in developement for somewhere around... 10+ years? And it's looking like the devs might be focusing on a new game instead. Hopefully they keep adding to cortex command, because right now the feature I'm dying for is multiplayer over steam, instead of just local. Right now all that's offered is split screen on a local machine.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
140.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Picture this, the UNSC have planted a base in the middle of nowhere. Jun of the NOBLE 6 team sits utop the tallest tower of the base, suddenly mages start teleporting in to surround the base, but Jun is rrady has he takes his sniper rifle and but a bullet threw 4 of the mage's heads. (The magazine size for the sniper) But one was left standing. Infused with rage it casts a spell tothe heavens to send a giant stone fist hurling down on Jun. But with quick thinking and swift movement he dodges the rock fist, reloads his sniper, and puts and end to the mage's life. (Only to be rekt by an ice spear from another mage 1 minute later.)


This game is 9/10 if it didn't crash from my breakage of the game it would be 10/10. Mods are recommended for the ultimate enjoyment.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
I bought this game off humble bundle back in early alpha. I loved the promise of wacky robots fighting, blowing up in hilarious ways, procedural destruction, all that jazz.

I've waited a very long time for that promise to become a reality, and I am officially bitter.

Fast forward to today and you have the developer in his snazzy new video making more promises and explaining how he was the inspiration for Minecraft and how the steam launch was a miscommunication and he's getting back on track, all while wearing a tee-shirt marketing his next game to you at twice the price.

Here's a thought: Demonstrate that you *can* make a game by actually finishing the first project before taking on an even more ambitious project and overselling that. At least they're telling people on the PP forums not to buy it if they don't like bare bones engines, and I'd tend to agree and recommend the same for anyone looking to buy this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
If you're looking for a single player game, do not buy this. While it can be fun alone, it doesn't offer enough content in the base game to justify a $20 purchase.

That being said.

Cortex Command is best played with at least 2 people, all with controllers, on a large screen. Featuring somewhat janky but suprisingly tight platforming and even-jankier base-building mechanics

On top of that there's tons of mods to choose from to make it more challenging, or more funny, more hectic, mostly in the form of faction mods.

If you do buy this, do me a favor: buy a few dozen crabs (they're free), throw them into a drop crate, and plop it anywhere.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
There is really something great in this game. If you only can find it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Cons
It loads everything when you boot it and it takes FOREVER
Some mods crash the game easily causing you to have to wait 5 more minutes
Can't go 1080p windowed, max windowed in like 400x400

Pros
Basically Everything else
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
While the game doesnt seem perfectly optimized, its extremely easy to mod, sit back, and land dropships on people. every little pixel is physically rendered, possesses mass, has structural tolerance, and if used right can crush some poor sucker below. The only strange thing is that multiplayer is local only, not online... but hey, some of us need to be forced to socialize once in a while.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
I love this game! Its like worms with soldiers in real-time plus some strategic elements. However its hold back by the lack of updates and performance issues when there is a lot of action. I heard that this game is awesome when playing with a friend (thus avoiding some AI issues). I haven't yet, so I talk about single-player only here!

Sadly campaign mode with AI enemy seems broken. AI is kinda hard in an unpleasent way. You should build a bunker but realy the best bet is to raid the enemy as soon as possible taking lucky shots at his commander. Also the enemy can do multi-tasking (build base and attack you) while the player can only do one thing at a time. Its sad but the campaign mechanics seems broken to me because of this (or better - the campaign mechanics do not play well with the games strengths). It is still fun, especially the missions, but I can't keep looking at the issues and the fact that the game seems abandoned by its developer.

Like said, I love this game but unless it is updated to address the issues I can not recommend it for the price of about 19$.

If anything, grab it on a sale and try to enjoy the better working missions - you'll either love or hate it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Игра отличная. Отличная физика, всё продумано... Короче как Worms, только одновременно.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
73.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
i love this game guys buy it get mods make world war 3 repeat the last two steps
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Thanks old man at pax
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
I feel like this game could've been so much better if there was a "soul" to it. It has other more important flaws, yet still I had fun playing it for the first few hours, but it got old very fast. While playing I thought that some small things could've been added to make the player care more. For a "war" game, there's actually no deaths, no characters. Everyone is a robot, nobody seems to care, so why should the player care for casualties, losses or individual unit? I enjoyed the idea of the gameplay, but I think that story and world immersion matters the most in games. I think a story mode should be added, because no matter how good or bad the gameplay is, as long as there are characters/people for who the player starts to care for, the game will be loved. There are games out there that have basically no gameplay at all, but just a very good story ... and those games are a success! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=584283212 Unlocked all achievements!
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48 of 76 people (63%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
Recommended
113.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
Died in the tutorial 4 times
20/10
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61 of 101 people (60%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I'm terrible at grammer...

...but I needed to try to put my feelings into words about this game. Heck! If I can save some people from heart break, then I at least did some good!

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! Guys, come on! Where is the proof? Where is the interactions? The reviews?

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

Till then, I'll take the hate of those who won't heed my warning. Maybe one day this review will be a thumbs up too! Who knows?

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

You broke my heart.

-Old Review-
I bought this game before it was on steam. That was back in 2011 (2010?). It was a fun game back then and still is a fun game now... but nothing has really changed since then. Instead of working on your new game, maybe you should finish your old one first? We supported your game after all. I'd think you owe us that much at least... I don't know... Best of luck with your new game. It looks pretty sweet.
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23 of 37 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
There really isn't much game here. Some cool mechanics are present, and it feels like the beginnings of a good game, but honestly there's nothing to play. There's no real campaign, and the scenarios are interesting only a few times.

Years ago, when the game was still in heavy development, it was exciting, and there were at least semi-regular updates. Then, one day, the devs simply declared the game finished - despite being far from it.

Don't buy this tech demo.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
121.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Play this game if you like getting crushed by a dropship.
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