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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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Reviews

“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

    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
29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
138 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 6th, 2014
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
41 products in account
2 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
111 products in account
1 review
0.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
84 products in account
4 reviews
7.1 hrs on record
One of my favourite moon-based, turn-based, skill-based strategy games of all time*.

* the last 10 years.
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
676 products in account
1 review
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 7th, 2014
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