Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a real-time tactics game set in World War II that puts you in command of a small squad of elite troopers. Send them behind enemy lines on a series of hazardous missions, and bring them back alive. Clever strategy has never been so furiously action-packed.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (300 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 28, 1998

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Includes 4 items: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos 2: Men of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin, Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty


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October 20

Commandos Update

We would like to begin with an apology for the problems that people have experienced with running Commandos on their computers.
We have faced difficulties with compatibility due to the age of the game.

Updates are now available for both Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty.

Working closely with the community, we have endeavoured to apply patches that will allow fans to play Commandos on their modern machines.

We continue, as always to listen to all community input and support for this game. It has been tremendously appreciated! We would like to thank you all!

We would like to extend a special thanks to 'LeFixyaGames' who has helped in this effort.
Please visit his Youtube page, he's a technical whizz and provides great support for some of the greatest games around!

If you continue to experience issues with the game, please contact us at If you can, please provide your system details and some details about the issue. Your feedback is much appreciated.

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About This Game

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a real-time tactics game set in World War II that puts you in command of a small squad of elite troopers. Send them behind enemy lines on a series of hazardous missions, and bring them back alive. Clever strategy has never been so furiously action-packed. Study the enemy's movements, develop a careful plan, synchronize your men, and launch them on a swift and fierce attack using all your power and skill.
  • You control 6 individual commandos each with a unique combat skill set.
  • Thwart the German war machine by means of sabotage and tactical genius.
  • Zoomable isometric camera allows for up to 6 simultaneous camera angles.
  • 20 missions throughout Europe and Northern Africa.
  • Co-op multiplayer mode on a LAN or over the internet.

System Requirements

    Minimum: IBM PC or 100% compatible, Windows 9X/ME, Pentium II 300 MHz (or equivalent), 64 MB RAM, 100% DirectX® 8 compatible 3D Accelerator card with at least 12 MB VRAM, 100% DirectX® 8 compatible (or higher) Sound card, DirectX® 8 (DirectX 8.0a included), 2 GB uncompressed hard drive space, 100% Windows 95/98 compatible Keyboard and Mouse
    Recommended: Pentium II 450 MHz, Windows 98SE/ME, 128 MB RAM, 100% DirectX® 8 compatible 3D Accelerator card with 32 MB VRAM, 3 GB uncompressed hard drive space
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66 of 76 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
I have played all Commandos games and they are excellent, a truly wonderful series. The problem here is that STEAM are selling a broken product without mentioning it to the buyer. IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW!! It's only £10 for all 4 games but it is the principle. Behind Enemy Lines and Beyond The Call Of Duty are UNPLAYABLE on new machines without the EXCELLENT fix that you can find links to in other posts. You cannot LOAD or SAVE for God sake! The game moves at SUPERSPEED compared to the way it should when running properly. Even with the fix, things like the mission preview, where your commanding officer walks you through the mission, don't always work, at least in my experience. Commandos 3, the newest of the games, also isn't working. You cannot show the enemy vision, which is a crutial part of the game. The game just goes crazy and seems to switch between different enemy vision, making it difficult to move. It's very frustrating.

So like I said, these games are all time classics but STEAM taking your money with no mention of the problems you will encounter is UNACCEPTABLE.
Posted: May 12
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Doesn't work on modern systems. You'll have to search for fixes and patches by yourself. And even that won't make game to work good. Don't buy from steam!
Posted: June 24
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
it runs too fast and you can;t save in the middle of missions, it's all or nothing, pretty terrible three quarters spent here
Posted: June 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Sadly one of my favorite games as a wee little boyo is no longer playable on modern systems. Its not that the game runs in a faster speed than it was intended; I could even handle that since waiting for partols run around is annoying. But there's a lot of cinematics, tutorials and windows missing. You load a mission and you won't even know what you're supposed to do. Guess I won't be revisiting this classic anytime soon without mods outside of Steam.
Posted: October 7
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record

The Commandos series is a great concept of isometric view multi-character stealth action... and this game doesn't dissapoint. Commandos II is easily the best in the series, but this one's still a solid game to play as well.
Posted: August 25
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68 of 75 people (91%) found this review helpful
61.8 hrs on record
Purchased as part of a bundle from Bundle Stars. I played the first two games in the series to death back when they came out.

Commandos stands tall among action strategy games. It was a simple formula: a set of men are dropped into a mission, each with a certain set of skills and using them in concert you dismantle the enemies defences and confound their long term goals.

While the games does lean heavily on the two most useful characters (Tiny and the Spy) the situations force you to think creatively and apart from a few small instances you are completely free to tackle the mission as you see fit.

It's almost bewildering that no game has successfully recaptured the formula since, even the successive games in the franchises have failed to really improve or even live up to this classic piece of strategy.

Each mission can take minutes or even several hours to complete on your first run through and while the Merit system on completion gives you a score (based on damage taken, damage done and speed of completion) you can be drawn back to try and complete the mission quicker and more cleverly there is ultimately no reward for doing so.. other than your own satisfaction.

The biggest issue is that the Steam version of the game installs poorly and in an almost unusable state. the game runs impossibly fast on modern PCs, the config file is missing the line to allow saving, multicore PCs will make the game unstable and widescreen monitors have black bands at the boarders. thankfully all these can be fixed and I've collated all the fixes I used on the Commandos wikia as noted below.


See the page on the 'Commandos Wikia' for 'Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Fixes'.

The Good:
*A classic formula that stands up today for it's simplicity and functions.
*Missions can be tackled many ways.
*The settings have a historical context and introduced as such.
*Missions are diverse.
*Fast save/load system makes experimentation less frustrating than you'd think.
*Huge sense of triumph from executing a plan that takes out even a single awkward guard.
*Looks pretty good considering it's age.

The Bad:
*Terrible install from Steam that makes the game unplayable without some searching and tweaking.
*Merit is heavily determined by speed which I don't find fun.
*The leveling mechanic 'Merit' never had a function originally nor now.
*Vehicles are overpowered but also limited.
*A few missions have an element that only has one solution...
*Leading to some missions having to be restarted unless you keep lots of saves.

Recommended for: War, Action and isometric strategy fans.

9/10. Once the screen, stability and speed issues are fixed it's a huge blast.
Posted: November 26, 2013
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