8-Bit Commando is a run and gun platformer with fast-paced action, a rocking soundtrack, local multiplayer and explosions.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (93 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 2, 2014

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July 26

Laser whip update

First, we would like to thank everybody who has played 8-Bit Commando. We're very grateful for your support and feedback. We read all your comments and reviews and although it may take a while to put out updates of the game, we really do take your suggestions and bug reports into consideration.

We have just rolled out an update to the Windows version of 8-Bit Commando. The Mac and Linux versions will be updated soon.
Here is what's new:

  • new laser whip power-up
  • more balanced distribution of power-ups, especially in the later levels
  • player health resets after completing a level
  • fixed shooting through enemies in the Mountain hideout level
  • fixed the resolution and fullscreen toggle bugs
  • fixed a bug that occurs when browsing the leaderboards
  • fixed minor visual artifacts

We want to thank you again for playing our game and please continue posting your bug reports and suggestions on the "Discussion" boards.

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July 18

Collisions on Greenlight and new sale!

Collisions, our new atmospheric puzzle game, is now out on Steam Greenlight.
Please show your support, so we can bring the game to Steam.

Also, we are lowering the price of 8-Bit Commando to $2.99 to celebrate the release of our new game.

Thanks for taking a look! :)

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“Excellent animation and serious attention to detail really bring it life”
8/10 – Game Cola

“The artwork is solid and is some of the best pixel work I’ve seen”

“All the levels are distinctively individual and look fantastic”
82/100 – Bytten

About This Game

8-Bit Commando is a run and gun platformer with fast-paced action, a rocking soundtrack (from the chiptune artist Ozzed), local multiplayer and explosions. The graphics will take you back to the classic age of gaming and the gameplay is bound to challenge even the most seasoned vets.

  • 6 levels of intense action
  • Local coop multiplayer
  • Beautiful retro graphics
  • 2 difficulty modes
  • Online hiscore
  • Rocking chiptunes soundtrack

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 64 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: At least one controller required for co-op play
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Sluggy, uninteresting and probably copy pasted together by some kids into Contra and Megaman on the NES, this game hardly tries to have its own atmosphere or mechanics. Weapons, other than the assault rifle are rather useless and the only challenge here comes from "bullet hell" situations where there's plenty of projectiles being shot at you from different angles.
I thought the nostalgic value would at least tide me over but this game is like a hack of a Chinese bootleg contra, and NOT in a good way unfortunately. The graphics are bland and the animations are simplistic. Although to be fair, they do their jobs alright.
Spend your money on something with a little more character. This plays like a free flash fan project you'd find in some obscure Chinese website. You can finish it in less than an hour.
Cool soundtrack though.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
What an amazing review I could write for this game, if I could ever get it load that is...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Video of game completion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlFZbqEgiZw

Very difficult to find a reason for you to spend the RRP to own this game. If you're relatively new to shooters of this ilk, and are stunted by using a keyboard, you'll still have it done in less than 2 hours.

As everyone's said before - it's a CONTRA-clone, but sadly lacking any real drive. Zero storyline worth mentioning (Oh no, nuclear things BAD!), no character development, a lacklustre artistic direction and little in the way of knowing what powerups do what.

That said, I picked this up as part of a bundle a while ago, and I reckon I spent a tiny fraction of the RRP to own this game. The game may only be about an hour or so of actual enjoyment, so for the pence I spent on this game, it was worth it.

So - like a lot of people are saying - wait for it to be in a bundle. Not worth buying outright. If the developer sees fit to add a few more levels and a more... interesting plot (and more difficult bosses) - then this could be a bit of a gem!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
A contra clone with nothing new to offer. Also no way to pause/quit the game via controller.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Got it in a bundle and had some fun with it. The life mechanic is neat, where you have infinity lives and get checkpoints, but you're given a time limit. Once that's up, it's a full game over and you have to start the level from the beginning. If an update would be done, it should be to add a hard mode with more enemies and more complex boss AI, making coop mode more of a challenge.

Weapons are more taimed than Contra (I got something like the spread gun but it worked differently), with the homing missiles being the most useful to me.

Took me around an hour to complete and had some variation in the levels, but they are pretty short. Was hoping for a more explosive ending, but it's really basic

As it is now, I recommend getting it on sale and playing coop with a friend, or go play Super Cyborg.
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