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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.
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 the 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
341 products in account
13 reviews
2.2 hrs on record
Great little strategy game, especially in multiplayer. It's aged very well.
Posted: June 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 review
2.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 29
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
I hope you like 640/480 because that's all you ll get.
I hope you like clunky mouse controle because your speed is impaired and only left button works. Don't try to zoom.
So, there is no tutoriel nor campain. You can choose to map edit, skirmish, multi player or challenge.
In challenge, you will find mission of easy caliber and objectives. Don't expect any help or direction on whatever you must do.
On the first one you must build collect from enery pools. They of course don't appear on munimap but first one is in reach. Second one, you must build a line of hub to get there. There is strictly no indication or tool tip. You can hover mouse over the buton all you like before you find the utility on divers actions.
How can such unfinished game be published in 2014 baffles me.

I bought this game during sales because it looked fun. The good part is that I now have more time to play other games.
Posted: June 30
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10 reviews
13.6 hrs on record
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).
Posted: July 15
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6 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
Definitely recommend this game.
It is a childhood classic and still a great game.

I just wish there was a sequel to this
Posted: June 28
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
134 products in account
2 reviews
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 6
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