In this fast-paced game of strategic global conquest from award-winning game designer Dan Bunten, you'll control your own superpower as you attempt to outguess and overcome opposing superpowers in World Wars I, II, III IV, and V!
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Positive (12 reviews) - 91% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 1, 1990

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“A product capable of recreating World Wars IIV(?), this is a modified "beer and pretzels" game. Highly recommended for entertainment, although not as a historical learning experience.”
90 – Computer Gaming World

About This Game

The initial release of Command H.Q. was met with great enthusiasm from strategy game fans. In fact, it was voted 1991's Wargame of the Year by Computer Gaming World.

In this fast-paced game of strategic global conquest from award-winning game designer Dan Bunten, you'll control your own superpower as you attempt to outguess and overcome opposing superpowers in World Wars I, II, III IV, and V!

You'll allocate your resources and troops. Gather military intelligence. And assume fingertip control of an awesome military arsenal that includes land, sea and air forces. All while grappling with the harsh realities and risks of nuclear war!

Game Features:

  • Dictate strategy with an intuitive point-and-click interface!
  • Supports modem play between IBM and Macintosh machines!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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Overall:
Positive (12 reviews)
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kith101
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I bought this game back in the late 80's and played it on I believe an IBM 8086 computer. My first home PC, this game maxed it out. Also the first over the phone game I ever played with a friend. I cant stop playing this game. Every month or so I have to jump on and take over the world.

Best of the beer and pretzel games ever. Multiplayer is awesome and the learning curve is easy.
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DrRockzo
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
I began playing Command HQ when I was six years old on an IBM 386 running DOS. I have been gaming ever since.

It was an unexpected surprise to see this classic for sale on Steam. This iteration is faithful to the original program, including the one-second loading pauses noted by the circled "Z" cursor. The slight pause makes the game feel exactly as I remember it, although my 4790k is slightly faster than the Intel 80386.

I highly recommend this walk down Memory Lane to anyone who enjoyed the original during the early 90s. The victory music alone is worth the asking price.
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Mike01506
( 35.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
Good classic game. May be a little basic but it's pretty fun and intellectual for a game made in 1991.

Offers a variation of gameplays depending on the era you set the game to, at a variable gamespeed to suit your pace, at one of the many available game difficulties.

It's pretty easy to get into given a bit of time, so I'd recommend it. I've had no issues with it so far.
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Born to be Mild
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 29, 2015
You know you dropped a bomb ♥♥♥ game when somebody 25 years later is playing it and enjoying themselvs.
I wasnt even born for another 9 years when this came out and its still enjoyable.
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Dustin
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 25, 2015
The most confusing game of RISK I've ever played!

Also can't even exit/quit the damn thing.

1/10
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FABIO
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6, 2015
One of the earliest RTS that has also surprisingly aged better than stuff like the early Warcraft games.

Probably due to the simplicity. You capture cities for money and places to purchase new units. You capture oil fields to keep your army gassed (sort of the supply food cap of Blizzard RTS games). Units are kept simple. On land you have infantry (can just barely capture empty cities, weak on attack, strong on defense when dug in) and tanks (faster than infantry, stronger, but cost twice as much and get no defense bonus). That's it.

You have a single type of air unit (expensive, can fast respond over a long range, conduct a heavily damaging air strike against units but takes a long time to recover).

3 different navy units. Destroyers (cheap, toe to toe naval unit), subs (hidden but weaker in direct combat than destroyers), and carriers (long range, can carry ait unit, but expensive). Any naval unit will almost instantly sink an infantry or tank if it's caught being transported across water.

The games comes with 5 different scenarios representing world wars 1-5. Honestly I would recommend only playing on world war 5. Both sides start out with a single capital, a small amount of money, and go from there. A typical RTS starting point. Other scenarios are either too narrow (world war 1) or way too complicated (world war 3 & 4). Some have additional options like satellites, killer satellites, nukes and foreign aid but in my opinion they ruin the fun simplicity that is the game's biggest strength.

Be warned though this game was made in 1990 and the graphics and interface will show. You have to make do without a couple of the interface refinements gamers have grown used to in RTS games over the years. Graphics are what you see in the screen shots. Sound effects are a bunch of bleeps and bloops (PC speaker sound quality!).

I'm not sure about the $7 price tag If you're dying to relive this for nostalgia that's an okay price. For anyone else I'd say wait until it's on a half off sale. It's a fun simplistic game you'll get at least a couple hours of fun out of (or dozens if you get into it), plus it's an interesting historical artifact as one of the very first instances of an RTS as we know them today, a whole 4 years before Blizzard's first Warcraft game.
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cassembler
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31, 2015
For any old-schoolers who missed Command HQ, I'd put it in the Civ1/SimCity1/Gold Box rotation... Should be all I have to say.

For new-schoolers, many/most RTS games owe some respect here. Not the first or last in the genre, it has simple and deep strategic elements (oil vs cities; cheap vs quality; ground, air, or sea units; heal or tank, etc.), competent AI, and surprising playability 25 years later... Click to move, right-click to zoom, and F buttons for the menus. Even the sound and graphics hold up in a genuine-quality-retro way.

The worst I can say is clicking on the exact square can suck, and you'll want to memorize F4 and F6 (especially)... But once you're engaged, it's a pretty thrilling use of a couple of hours.

In short, play it if you haven't, and if you have, play it again :)

Someone needs to dust this off and reboot it!!! Take my money!!!
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Sablestar
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17, 2015
This was my favorite game for many years when it came out, both solo and multiplayer. I probably played this thousands of hours. It was a DOS game and when that went away, I really couldn't play it any more. It is classic strategy. I prefer the bit more complex modern age setting. It took me a few minutes to get the controls down (left-click, move unit; right click, zoom in, mouse to screen top to buy units, etc.) Sure graphics are aweful- they were even then, but the play is fabulous. No longer works for multiplayer I see, but great game to play while watching TV or such. The key of course is to gang up on enemy units and take enemy towns to gain income. Not hard, but really quite fun.
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TheMonte™
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13, 2015
Best game ever 10/10. I recommend xP
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Stickywickets
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2014
I have probably spent more hours playing this game more than any other. Played it when it first came out almost 25 years ago and still find myself booting it up. I'm glad it's on Steam now. If this game had modern graphics and was re-tooled for mobile or ipad, I imagine it could sell. Here's my pitch.

Its beauty is its simplicity. Infantry divisions, tank divisions, air wings, carrier groups, destroyer groups, submarines, cities, bases, oil fields. That's pretty much it. And spy satelites for certain scenarios. World War I, WW II, WW III (NATO vs. Warsaw Pact, WW IV (~ WW III), and WW V. I suggest World War V to start- cities are randomized on the map. You start at one city and your opponent starts in one other city with no spy satellites allowed.

The elephant in the room is the graphics. Admittedly, I cut it some slack because I grew up with it, but, honestly, it doesn't affect the gameplay, which is solid.

Finally, for STEAM, this games NEEDS a manual (for basic UI and minutiae)! For players, you may find tips and shortcuts elsewhere on the web. One tip - the menus are at the top of the screen window - just hover your mouse near the top and the menus will appear. If I get some time, maybe I will write up a quick starter guide.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
I have probably spent more hours playing this game more than any other. Played it when it first came out almost 25 years ago and still find myself booting it up. I'm glad it's on Steam now. If this game had modern graphics and was re-tooled for mobile or ipad, I imagine it could sell. Here's my pitch.

Its beauty is its simplicity. Infantry divisions, tank divisions, air wings, carrier groups, destroyer groups, submarines, cities, bases, oil fields. That's pretty much it. And spy satelites for certain scenarios. World War I, WW II, WW III (NATO vs. Warsaw Pact, WW IV (~ WW III), and WW V. I suggest World War V to start- cities are randomized on the map. You start at one city and your opponent starts in one other city with no spy satellites allowed.

The elephant in the room is the graphics. Admittedly, I cut it some slack because I grew up with it, but, honestly, it doesn't affect the gameplay, which is solid.

Finally, for STEAM, this games NEEDS a manual (for basic UI and minutiae)! For players, you may find tips and shortcuts elsewhere on the web. One tip - the menus are at the top of the screen window - just hover your mouse near the top and the menus will appear. If I get some time, maybe I will write up a quick starter guide.
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Don't judge this game by its age or graphics. It's a pretty neat little game from the 90's where you can play from world wars 1 - 5. From fighting as the allies in world war 2 to conquering washington as the warsaw pact its suprisingly fun for its age. The gameplay is slow paced and you may use a variety of units to fighting your battles or just saying ♥♥♥♥ it and turning the enemys citys into wasteland with nuclear bombs.

For a cheap price id deffinetly reccomend it to anybody who is a fan of strategy games.
TL;DR
Move squares to other squares to defeat the squares and conquer silver squares.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
This was my favorite game for many years when it came out, both solo and multiplayer. I probably played this thousands of hours. It was a DOS game and when that went away, I really couldn't play it any more. It is classic strategy. I prefer the bit more complex modern age setting. It took me a few minutes to get the controls down (left-click, move unit; right click, zoom in, mouse to screen top to buy units, etc.) Sure graphics are aweful- they were even then, but the play is fabulous. No longer works for multiplayer I see, but great game to play while watching TV or such. The key of course is to gang up on enemy units and take enemy towns to gain income. Not hard, but really quite fun.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
You know you dropped a bomb ♥♥♥ game when somebody 25 years later is playing it and enjoying themselvs.
I wasnt even born for another 9 years when this came out and its still enjoyable.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
One of the earliest RTS that has also surprisingly aged better than stuff like the early Warcraft games.

Probably due to the simplicity. You capture cities for money and places to purchase new units. You capture oil fields to keep your army gassed (sort of the supply food cap of Blizzard RTS games). Units are kept simple. On land you have infantry (can just barely capture empty cities, weak on attack, strong on defense when dug in) and tanks (faster than infantry, stronger, but cost twice as much and get no defense bonus). That's it.

You have a single type of air unit (expensive, can fast respond over a long range, conduct a heavily damaging air strike against units but takes a long time to recover).

3 different navy units. Destroyers (cheap, toe to toe naval unit), subs (hidden but weaker in direct combat than destroyers), and carriers (long range, can carry ait unit, but expensive). Any naval unit will almost instantly sink an infantry or tank if it's caught being transported across water.

The games comes with 5 different scenarios representing world wars 1-5. Honestly I would recommend only playing on world war 5. Both sides start out with a single capital, a small amount of money, and go from there. A typical RTS starting point. Other scenarios are either too narrow (world war 1) or way too complicated (world war 3 & 4). Some have additional options like satellites, killer satellites, nukes and foreign aid but in my opinion they ruin the fun simplicity that is the game's biggest strength.

Be warned though this game was made in 1990 and the graphics and interface will show. You have to make do without a couple of the interface refinements gamers have grown used to in RTS games over the years. Graphics are what you see in the screen shots. Sound effects are a bunch of bleeps and bloops (PC speaker sound quality!).

I'm not sure about the $7 price tag If you're dying to relive this for nostalgia that's an okay price. For anyone else I'd say wait until it's on a half off sale. It's a fun simplistic game you'll get at least a couple hours of fun out of (or dozens if you get into it), plus it's an interesting historical artifact as one of the very first instances of an RTS as we know them today, a whole 4 years before Blizzard's first Warcraft game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
For any old-schoolers who missed Command HQ, I'd put it in the Civ1/SimCity1/Gold Box rotation... Should be all I have to say.

For new-schoolers, many/most RTS games owe some respect here. Not the first or last in the genre, it has simple and deep strategic elements (oil vs cities; cheap vs quality; ground, air, or sea units; heal or tank, etc.), competent AI, and surprising playability 25 years later... Click to move, right-click to zoom, and F buttons for the menus. Even the sound and graphics hold up in a genuine-quality-retro way.

The worst I can say is clicking on the exact square can suck, and you'll want to memorize F4 and F6 (especially)... But once you're engaged, it's a pretty thrilling use of a couple of hours.

In short, play it if you haven't, and if you have, play it again :)

Someone needs to dust this off and reboot it!!! Take my money!!!
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
Best game ever 10/10. I recommend xP
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1 of 15 people (7%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
The most confusing game of RISK I've ever played!

Also can't even exit/quit the damn thing.

1/10
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Recommended
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Good classic game. May be a little basic but it's pretty fun and intellectual for a game made in 1991.

Offers a variation of gameplays depending on the era you set the game to, at a variable gamespeed to suit your pace, at one of the many available game difficulties.

It's pretty easy to get into given a bit of time, so I'd recommend it. I've had no issues with it so far.
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Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I began playing Command HQ when I was six years old on an IBM 386 running DOS. I have been gaming ever since.

It was an unexpected surprise to see this classic for sale on Steam. This iteration is faithful to the original program, including the one-second loading pauses noted by the circled "Z" cursor. The slight pause makes the game feel exactly as I remember it, although my 4790k is slightly faster than the Intel 80386.

I highly recommend this walk down Memory Lane to anyone who enjoyed the original during the early 90s. The victory music alone is worth the asking price.
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