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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
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AgentAST
( 7.8 hrs on record )
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 on record )
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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( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
This game was one of my favourite games when i was like 6, and i still love to play it.
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myNameIsSam
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Great classic turn based strategy game.
It's kind of no-frills fun.
The only annoying thing is the element of chance - judging the distance new nodes are thrown from your existing structure.
But some may even say that's a benefit, as it rewards experience.

Definately worth buying.
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Vision X
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
This is an utter failure by steam, to not have multiplayer support. will recommend with multiplayer addition
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Star Paladin
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
This is a great little game. We played it for years until it was not playable on the new Windows OS. Fun SP, really fun MP. And you can't go wrong with the price of a candy bar.

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kamekadvance
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
10/10, I highly recommend getting this.

This game is incredible. It's definately my favorite strategy game of all time.

I own a physical copy of this game, played it when I was six years old! I sucked at it back then but today, I beat Brutakas!

The enemy AI is stunningly inteligent, sometimes while playing I'll feel like I'm playing one of those computer chess games where the computer just does not mess around.

The challenge mode missions are fun and, as the name implies, challenging.

LAN multiplayer is a blast! If you're playing with a few friends who are as equally skilled at the game as you, then it can be a blast! Just make sure you don't play against a person whose new to the game, you'll crush them easilly. Moonbase Commander is highly skill based game, I'd go as far and say that it's probably the most solid skill based game out there.

There is only one complaint I have with the game, which is that there is a balancing issue when it comes to underwater crawlers. Those who have played this game probably know what I'm talking about. If a crawler is launched into water, then it becomes the most overpowered weapon in the game, because the only way to neutralize it is to hit it with another crawler, when both crawlers hit each other, they detonate. This means that if a crawler is underwater right next to the shoreline, and you have buildings next to the shoreline, there is no way to stop the crawler from detonating and destroying your buildings. And if you think that's bad, it gets worse, because despite not being able to get hit by anything aside from other crawlers, missles will STILL lock on to the little things, and they won't do any damage to them. Underwater crawlers are easilly my least favorite thing about this game, and the more devious computers love spamming them. Normally, crawlers aren't that ridiculous, because when they're on ground you can hit them with any type of weapon, and hitting them with a reclaimer defeats them without having them detonate. But put a crawler underwater, and it becomes very annoying. Honestly, a good way to balance it is if they would have allowed reclaimers to hit them while they're underwater.

So yeah. That is seriously the games only flaw. And guess what! If you don't play on levels that have a ton of water, then underwater crawlers won't even be an issue!

But, let's not leave things off on a bad note. I'm now going to discuss some of the even cooler things about this game!

This game features a map editor where you can make your own planets! And then you can play on them with your friends! And the map editor gives you a surprisingly large amount of freedoms, you can set spawn points, you can set multiple spawn points for different types of game types (such as if it's a team battle, a four on four battle, or a two on two battle). The map editor makes the possibilities of this game considerably greater, and I love it to death!

This game also features some interesting ways to change the game. In skirmish mode you can play with teams, set a WIND setting that changes the game feel considerably, and allows you to turn off fog of war. These options allow you to adjust the game to your preferences, in order to create the most fun experience possible.

Finally... presentation. This game is gorgeous for a 2002 PC game. The theming of this game is awesome! Each of the four factions has their own narrator, and layout. In skirmish mode you can change the color of the team, and your faction, which also changes the color and style of your in game menu.

The four factions are as follows, (I'll give you my vague understanding of what they're supposed to be):

NiceCo: Russian utopians who are hungry for control. "They will fall to our superior gameplay."
Dewulf: Industrialists who sound like agents from The Matrix. "We're gonna own this planet."
System 7: Evil robots who are obsessed with triangles for some reason. "Our Galactic domination will continue."
Team Alpha: Military guys, the good guys, on a quest to save the galaxy. "Nice shot shirley! Keep em coming!"

My prefered fraction is Dewulf. But everyone else I know loves Team Alpha the most because they don't give you a hard time when you miss a shot.

Also it should be a mention that this game has a AWESOME soundtrack.

Final thoughts? GET THIS GAME. This game is awesome! And this downloadable version is just like the physical copy version! Except this one actually works on my new laptop, which has Windows 10.

I give this game a perfect 10/10. One of my favorite games of all time. I honestly should have bought it twice during the winter sale and gifted it to one of my good friends .
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Shoe
( 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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da3ouk
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 3, 2015
This is one one the most classic and greatest games to ever exist on PC! You cannot be a legit classic gamer if you have not played this game! Recommended by daouk!
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Bird-made Bread
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
It's good
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[WS]-Sparkyhodgo
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
Copying my review from GOG.com:

Moonbase Commander won Gamespot's Best Game No One Played award in 2002. Well you should! This game is EXCELLENT! It's a strategy game that's instantly understandable, easy to play, hard to master, and tons of fun. Throw crawling bombs into the lake, send decoy cluster bombs to take out his anti-air, lob a virus at his hub, and laugh maniacally as he amputates his own arm! The music is hilariously bad. Don't let the Crayola graphics fool you--this is a deep game and a blast to play with friends. A *must* for LAN parties!
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▂▅█gnomeSlayerᴴᴰ█▅▂
( 101.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 6, 2015
I know nearly all the gimmiks. I love MBC.
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amac4
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22, 2015
I love this game because it has all the fun, challenge, and competitiveness you'd expect, but without the overwhelming number of skills, abilities, items, and whatnot of a modern game. It's the kind of battle game that's easy to learn and hours of fun. The AIs are actually pretty good too, with a significant range of difficulty level. Every once in a while they'll do something stupid enough to make you laugh, but for the most part they provide perfectly challenging opponents.
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'Jellyman'
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10, 2015
Yes. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES.
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Chuckroast
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29, 2015
A classic strategy game which is still very enjoyable to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owKsWNySGmk

The Multiplayer works great!
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[JTT]CrimsonMoose
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21, 2015
Impossible to play multiplayer, I love the game, but dont' give them $$$ until they fix it!
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LordGooch
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7, 2015
I usually like retro games - never cared for fancy graphics... But this game isn't it. Wierd abstract sort of gameplay - can't even control where you build your base - you have to pick a direction and "velocity" and launch new base modules and hope they land where you want - there is no feedback - so if you don't get the velocity right you lost the cost of building and a "turn" for nothing! Assuming you do build where you want - launching attacks is the same direction and velocity mechanic! Argh! I don't see how this could be so well rated. It's not worth one dollar - can't believe I bought this!
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Theki
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2014
Grab this game when is on sale, its a lot of fun!

I remember the days when i had MBC on my first pc.... It brings back a lot of memories.
Ok about the game : This is game is realy old but its good. The game mechanics are simple. You have one main base and you expand from there . If your main base is destroyed you are dead. Its the same for your opponents.

There are 2 ways to win in this game :

First is to try kill the enemy main base ASAP on turn 4/6 and get +7 enegy and go for the next enemy or expand your economy and then kill the rest.

Second is to be good at aiming and hit the energy pool on first turn and after that you can go for the next energy pool or try fighting.

Important !!! Disable fog of war , the wind and play on flat maps till you get use to the game machanics. When you feal ready turn them on again so you can realy enjoy the game.

Also dont be discourage when you are playing challenge mode. This game dont give gold medals easy.
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icecuttingfire
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2014
I find the controls while weird make for an intresting elment in a well thought out stratgy game.
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CHEJoK
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2014
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
This is one one the most classic and greatest games to ever exist on PC! You cannot be a legit classic gamer if you have not played this game! Recommended by daouk!
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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36 of 57 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.2 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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:
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 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!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
This is the greatest game to ever bless the world with its presence. A true classic, Moonbase Comander immerses the player in a sci-fi world of intense strategy and beautiful destruction. Battle your friends, or take on the AI on a multitude of premade maps, or use the level editor which is easy and fun to use. A sassy, robotic voice is hilarious and the funky music will always keep you groving. The wonderful simplicity of Moonbase Commander gives games on the caliber of Starcraft 2 a run for their money. Moonbase Commander is a must-buy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Grab this game when is on sale, its a lot of fun!

I remember the days when i had MBC on my first pc.... It brings back a lot of memories.
Ok about the game : This is game is realy old but its good. The game mechanics are simple. You have one main base and you expand from there . If your main base is destroyed you are dead. Its the same for your opponents.

There are 2 ways to win in this game :

First is to try kill the enemy main base ASAP on turn 4/6 and get +7 enegy and go for the next enemy or expand your economy and then kill the rest.

Second is to be good at aiming and hit the energy pool on first turn and after that you can go for the next energy pool or try fighting.

Important !!! Disable fog of war , the wind and play on flat maps till you get use to the game machanics. When you feal ready turn them on again so you can realy enjoy the game.

Also dont be discourage when you are playing challenge mode. This game dont give gold medals easy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
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 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
only LAN multiplayer works
I have still not managed to beat gnomeSlayer yet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Every bit as awesome as I remember it being. Whether you're hoping for some nostalgia or you've never played this game and want to try it out, you should buy it!
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