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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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Exciting old turn-based strategy. Very old, so if you're up to fascinating visuals and fast and easy skirmish on stupid aliens or whatsoever - please, look the other way.
The only downside that I see is that they only managed to add tutorial video on the store page and not in the game itself. Other than that - I'm completely satisfied.
As you can see from the store page print-screens, MoonBase Commander is much closer to board games than to something fast-paced like BroodWar. You starting with one pod, which is your base, and you building a network of connected pods, all looks pretty much the same. The only resource is the energy, which consumes on every action and restores if you settling on the acid spots. Of course, the only reason to play that game is competition - who is building faster, shooting more precise and planning further. Board game for LAN computers, marks 7/10.
Should you buy it? Well, now, with that 85% discount - it is surely a good move in any case, because you can sell steam cards from the game for more money than you paid for it. Enjoy!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Great little strategy game, especially in multiplayer. It's aged very well.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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.

Gameplay:
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.

Options

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.

Overall

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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
5.5/10 [55%]

Frustrating at times.

Once You figure it out, [by looking at the help], it is quite an interesting game.
You basically try and expand Your base, and attack the opponents structures.

It is bright colorful, kinda fun, but frustrating because it takes too long, and the other player keeps on shooting Your attacks down. So it gets boring.

It is not a bad game, it just doesn't offer much.
But. I like the look and feel of it, plus it has a cool name.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
For years, this was probably our favorite strategy game to play on the home LAN. We still play it from time to time. I highly recommend it (and, it goes on sale for under $1 from time to time).

Some helpful information: It is turned based; however, the turns can be timed if you want (60, 30, or 15 seconds). The game does not work across the internet without a third party tool (look for the Moonbase Commander steam group to find that tool called -- it's called Moonbase Console, and it can procedurally create random maps as well). It includes a built in map editor. Also, the game has a very easy learning curve... there are not that many units, so it is a good intro strategy game for when friends come over. However, multiplayer is limited to 4 players (but, bots can fill in, if you have less).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
This game will probably go by unnoticed. Shame, since Moonbase Commander is one of the most original and most entertaining games lately! It might not have stunning graphics and sound, but if it’s fun that matters then this is one great game!

So, what’s the story of this game? It’s quite simple – four companies are fighting for domination of the Moon. That’s all! There are no more details of the story, you will not be briefed about the current situation on the field, nothing! As the single player “campaign” starts, you will play as Niceco Company, then move on to Dewolf, then to System 7 and finally complete the game as Alpha team. Each company offers 4 missions and if you play for about 2 hours per day you should be done in less than 4 days. And I was just beginning to completely enjoy my superior strategy…

The game plays as follows: you construct various structures such as air defense missiles, energy collectors and radar towers as well as fire missiles, bombs or crawlers. Each component can be constructed only in the hub. Hubs are the cores of each “base”. When you want to build a component, you need to select it, pay the price for construction, then aim and fire the component in the wanted direction. New component will be connected to the hub and will be destroyed if hub is destroyed. Hubs can also construct other hubs, but note if the main hub is destroyed so are all others and you have lost. Each component has its price of 1, 3 or 7 energy points. When you start the game you will be getting 7 energy points per turn, but finding energy sources and placing energy collectors gives you extra 3 energy points. Your goal is simple – destroy enemy main hub(s) or place an energy collector on a specific energy source and hold it for a set number of turns (you will be told about your goal).

There is total of 18 components and weapons that can be “fired”. Aside from previously mentioned hubs and energy collectors, you can also build air defense (protects you from various air attacks), towers (provide larger viewable area when fog of war is turned on), shield (protects an area from everything) and so on. On the other hand, guided missiles are great if you are not aiming well, EMP disables shields, hubs and other structures, bombs are dumb and you need to aim well and finally, crawlers are ultimate weapon of destruction… but the move real slow. There are other weapons and components but you need to find something on your own!

Once you complete the single player campaign, you can still play skirmishes versus up to three opponents or in team with a computer against other computers. There is a multiplayer game option but you can only play it online via GameSpy.

The graphics and sound are much below today’s standard but such game doesn't need them anyway. Although the game can only be played in 640x480, everything looks real sharp and nice. Sounds are limited to the usual set of beeping, booming, crashing and whistling, with a voice commentary from your superior’s computers.

Overall, the game is quite fun but it doesn't last long enough. After I was done with the campaign, I lost interest, as I never enjoy playing skirmishes (they just seem pointless to me).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Definitely recommend this game.
It is a childhood classic and still a great game.

I just wish there was a sequel to this
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I am having lots of fun with it !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
BEST GAEM EVAR MAED.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Excellent quick strategy game to take your mind away from everyday crap. Too bad it's not on Steam server. Multiplayer is a better experience then single player.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
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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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
One of my favourite moon-based, turn-based, skill-based strategy games of all time*.

* the last 10 years.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
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:
http://penny-arcade.com/2002/06/11

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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Man, I remember this game... Back when I was in middle/high school, picked this up at a Big Lots' bargain bin sale. Thing looked old, but I figured "why the hell not?".

It's a fun little game with an interesting feature: You fight with your buildings, not soldiers.

You become more powerful by expanding your base, setting Energy Collectors to boost the amount of energy you have to spend each turn, which allows you to perform more actions, such as launching more buildings and attacks.

The base is expanded by launching structures from a "Hub", which is the primary building for attacking and expanding the base. The hub can launch other hubs for further expansion, or set defensive buildings like forcefield generators and anti-air missile bases. And, of course, they can launch energy collectors for collecting energy. The Hub can also launch attacks against other buildings by launching a variety of ranged attacks, such as regular bombs, scatterbombs, missiles, and even a virus! The Hub can also launch a special "offensive" building which can only launch attacks, but at a far greater distance than the regular Hub.

This game also has a unique feature where all the bases are connected to each other by Power Cords. The power cord shows not only which bases are connected, but which hubs are supplying them power (aka which hubs they were launched from). If you destroy a hub that is supplying power to other buildings, those other buildings are also destroyed.

All in all, this game is fun. My favorite attack is the Energy Spike. You can hit cords and attack the two buildings on both ends of it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Played this game quite a bit many years ago...

What sets it apart from other similar games is the unique way in which you build your base. You sortof, launch the new stucture to the desired location and it remains connected to your hub by a tether. So there's some skill involved in launching things safely on target. Just knowing what each unit is used for is really only half of the equation. Getting them properly deployed is where this game will offer you a fresh experience.

If you and your friends play RTS games... challenge them to a game of moonbase commander for some laughs fumbling over just getting your units deployed

Recommended for unique gameplay mechanics and a fresh take on the genre, even for an old title
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Old but still good.
Oh, and you can have multiplayer too.
Awesome retro game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
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!
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