Explore. Strategize. Conquer. In the far future, Mankind has nearly exhausted all of earth’s natural resources. Fragile alliances between nations are tested to their limits as fierce wars ignite across land and space. MoonBase Commander puts you in charge of your own lunar territory in a quest to build the most powerful empire in space.
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Very Positive (73 reviews) - 86% of the 73 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 13, 2002

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“One of the most accessible and uniquely addictive strategy games this year”
8.3 – GameSpot

“It's a really fun game that you can easily install at work to burn some time when your boss isn't looking, or just whittle away an hour or two without noticing the time pass”
8.0 – IGN

“One of the most refined exercises in pure strategic amusement ever”
Tycho, Penny Arcade

About This Game

Explore. Strategize. Conquer.
In the far future, Mankind has nearly exhausted all of earth’s natural resources. Fragile alliances between nations are tested to their limits as fierce wars ignite across land and space.

MoonBase Commander puts you in charge of your own lunar territory in a quest to build the most powerful empire in space. Find, exploit and utilize valuable energy pools to eliminate rival factions. Choose the best strategies to accomplish your goals by using weapons, surveillance or shields to fortify your defenses.

MoonBase Commander is a simple to learn but difficult to master turn-based strategy game. Featuring multiple and unique opposing factions, bright graphics, a tight narrative and a variety of customizable terrains. Battle against the challenging AI or your friends via LAN multiplayer.

Key Features

  • One of the purest and most engrossing classic sci-fi games of all time. Simple rules, endless strategies.
  • A bitter battle for territory with a perfect blend of skill and turn based strategy.
  • Set your own challenge level in a fully customizable skirmish mode.
  • Take on your friends on in the ultimate multiplayer LAN battle.
  • Customize your battlefields with the built-in map editor.

Note: Multiplayer available via LAN only.

Note: Click "View the quick reference" link for further installation information.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
This is the best game that nobody has. I bet this Steam release will change that.
The game lacks support and online play and I can only hope that one day it will be patched in by the community. Other than that it's a completely unique game that requires both strategical planning and skillful timing. The single palyer challenge provides hours of gameplay and multiplayer through LAN is truly a fun and interesting experience.

Edit: Turns out the community delivered a utility for online play and random generated maps long before my comment, search for moonbase commander console on google.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
I used to play this game when I was around 8 or 9 and loved the ♥♥♥♥ out of it, this game has caused me to have the biggest nostalgia boner possible.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
Oh My God! I grew up playing this game with friends for hours on end back in elementry school and now its on steam, this... hold on, i'm having nostalgia. Best part? They didn't change a single thing!

I'd recomend this game to anyone, it's fun, addictive, and for a great price. I hope that this release to steam rekindles the online multiplayer community and gets people interested in it once again. It's a steal for only $6.
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36 of 57 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
One of my favourite moon-based, turn-based, skill-based strategy games of all time*.

* the last 10 years.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
I used to play this game as a kid. I loved it then and still do today. It's great to see it released on Steam. already bought it for myself and for several friends as well. Runs on anything. great game for lan parties, In my past I've also spent countless hours in single player. Never gets old. Highly recomend. A+++ rating. A must have. Honestly cannot say enough about how awesome this game is!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This game has simple game mechanics, small tech tree, but provides a nice skill curve, once you figure out what each thing does, its a matter of how to use them effectively. no instructions (no tutorial) which is kind of expected from old games like this, but they have a tutorial video on the store page so that does help, the game isn't complicated. Though since the game was put on steam it would of been nice if they added window mode or resolution options or make it so the steam overlay worked ingame so thats disappointing. However the game works on new computers and I haven't ran into any color issues that seem to be present in old games on newer systems.

Players take turns launching units, structures or projectiles around the map. Players must secure resources around the map to gain more energy, the more energy you have the more things you can do per turn. The challenge comes from base planning and launching, every building palced is connected to the hub (the building that creates the other buildings) they are connected by a line, and no line can overlap each other so you must place your buildings carefully.

The hub can only launch the structure so far, when you press the "launch" button you have a charge meter to see how far it goes.

There is plenty of strategy and planning involved, the game has single player and multiplayer, single player offers skrimish mode and challenge mode. Skrimish is multiplayer but with AI. Challenge mode is bunch of scenerios with different objectives to complete. It's a nice way to learn the game and experiment with all the stuff.

Graphics and Audio

The game is old and only supports low resolution but the sprites look really good, everything is pretty easy to identify and there are 4 teams each with different looks of the units so it has a nice mix up of the same units.

The music is catchy and fits the game, totally kickass and really enjoyable, the sound effects are great and the voices that speak to you help create character for the teams and fit really well together.


As expected from an old game there isn't many options specially video options however it does contain the hotkeys and audio options including the ability to turn off the commentary if you so desire.


The game is great and functions as intended, works on new systems but lacks features for a steam game, it's a small game and a low price, makes for an excellent game to play with friends. I give the game a 8/10, if they made the steam overlay work and add windows and resolution options it would be perfect.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
I used to play the hell out of this game. The main issue with the game is lack of multiplayer support beyond LAN connections. My friends and I used to create a virtual LAN by using Hamachi but it's difficult to get most people to go through all that trouble to play an old game like this. Otherwise I would buy this for some friends but at least I can enjoy it and know it'll be in my steam library so I won't lose access to it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
When I heard this was on the auction block, I seriously wondered how much it would go for. Was saddened when it disappeared into the maw of Atari, never to be seen again. Until now!

This may be the best strategy game that nobody played, and it just begs for a modern port for touchscreen devices. It's just an awesome strategy game with simple controls, and a depth that really grows on you over time. Yeah, the graphics are nothing special, they looked 10 years old when the game launched 10 years ago. The multi-player is LAN only. The voiceover accents are cheesy. It doesn't matter.

You play by launching one of 18 nodes onto the battlefield, scorched eath style. Every node costs energy, and is connected to the node that launched it by a chain. If a node is destroyed, the nodes launched from it are destroyed in a chain reaction. There's the skill of placement, the tactics of deciding what to launch, and the strategy of resource management and the fog of war. There's never been another game quite like it, before or after. And that's sad. But at least you can still play this, even on Windows 8.1, 64 bit.

Penny Arcade's effusive love for this game is still as relevant today:

As this is an old game, there's not a lot of handholding. The challenge mode works as a tutorial, but you really should read the manual. Seriously.

It shows that this was a labor of love by a developer otherwise known for children's games. They must have polished this sucker in the back room for years playing amongst themselves. I've no idea how they made the pitch for this game work, but I'm still glad they did. Personally, I bought this just to convince Rebellion that a modern port is worth their time, this is one of the few game CDs that I've kept on the shelf since I bought it, and carefully re-installed on every new machine.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
When I was little I had sank countless hours into this game and I am thrilled to see this game on steam. I wish that they had updated the multiplayer to support online play but I still love this game!

Processor: Intel i7 6700HQ Quad core @2.6Ghz
Graphics Card: Notebook GTX1060 with 6GB VRAM
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
Great little strategy game, especially in multiplayer. It's aged very well.
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12.2 hrs
Posted: July 24
Great game, easy to learn and challenging to master.
A normal map takes 10 -40 minutes.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: July 20
Still one of my favorite strategy games.
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Ushiri Arrowhell
0.9 hrs
Posted: July 9
A really neat relaxing and at the same time chilling tactical 50% turnbased RTS.
This game remembers what lots of new games forget: That its all about the gameplay!
Its the first 50% turnbased RTS I ever play, wasnt aware that such a thing existed, I just cant
recommend this game enough, I f you want to play with me just add me or write my profile :)

+ Addictingly fun
+ Good depth
+ Different civilizations/races
- Messy to join multiplayer

Graphics: Kind of middle of the 90´s Not good not bad.
Gameplay: Lots of depth with different tactics possible to apply
Music: 80-90´s game music, quite okey.

Multiplay: You need to install Tunngle, join the same room as other players, download
a program called MoonbaseIP, start it with administrator, then host a game and
someone can join you. A bit of a fuzzle but it works like a charm once your in it.
Link to the MoonbaseIP can be found in the discussion forum.
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23.2 hrs
Posted: July 8
Moonbase Commander has some decent playability. Due to its layout it looks kind of simplistic in the way it could be associated with a product addressed to younger - in terms of age - an audience, but it is a disfavour to take it as that. What has been done with this game is something rarely seen - the mixture of some different vital elements such as base construction, resources and space management, turn-based system, dynamic command-and-conquer strategy, as well as skill based combat with ballistic shooting comprehension. That is something to be admired, which makes Moonbase Commander stand out as a challenging and addicting a fun - one of its kind on the market.

Speaking of qualities, the overall in-game outlook is clear, swift and user-friendly. The controls are intuitive and proceeding easy to learn, but the victory remains demanding. What is also worth to be mentioned is the nice electro-type music, decent narrator commentary sound and easy to grip the settings menu, which includes a skirmish mode. Multiplayer option is available only with direct connection, therefore tertiary virtual local-network platforms ought to be utilized as a common solution, which is a pity after all. Nevertheless, what is more to be added? Go ahead and try it out - definitely worth the time of casual players.

The actual [2016] price of five-six euro/dollars is fair, even though to some it may seem just a little bit inflated. In that case, enroll the product on your list of items to grab on a discount. To me, this is probably the best game I have played in recent time, as least in the category of strategy and tactics.
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Mr. Krabs
5.1 hrs
Posted: July 5
I can't even tell how brilliant this game is.
We used to have a lot of fun in it during LAN parties.
VERY recommended.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: June 22
Amazing game, great idea, i hope it gets remastered for HD Screens.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: June 18
It's perfect, as it has always been.
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Gut Cassidy
24.7 hrs
Posted: June 14
This game will always be a classic I think, likely because I've never seen anything else like it. The way it blends strategic, turn-based mechanics with the action and precision of the aiming mechanics is really something very unique, and insanely addictive.

I like the unique mechanics, the innovative aiming system that vaguely reminds me of golf games but better, the well-balanced gameplay and weaponry, the sick music, and also the ability to create your own maps. Only things I dislike are relating to its age really, the resolution is kinda poor and you have to somewhat jump through hoops to play online. There are community tools to make online play easier, but it doesn't function through Steam.

I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys both action and strategy games, and even to anyone who likes only one of these styles, as it's sure to hook you either way. Buy it. Do it. You know you want to. Make your dreams come true.
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13.9 hrs
Posted: May 13
The last time I played this game was back in 2009. I havent seen it since and have been curious as to what the game name was. After finally finding it I am once again addicted to it! I love the retro-style strategy in this. Really good graphics for what its worth back then. Still enjoying it!
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Rook Lubster
0.6 hrs
Posted: May 6
Quirky little strategy game that a lot of people seem to have fond memories of (personally I'd never heard of it.) Gameplay involves lobbing units / structures about on the battlefield kind of like worms or some classic artillery game.

Comes with too many issues for me to recommend; fixed (low) resolution, horrible interface, lack of any sort of instruction / tutorial and gameplay is slow. Unless it allready holds a special place in your heart dont bother.
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