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.
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Release Date: Aug 28, 1998

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February 18

Commandos Update for Modern Computers

Hi Everyone,

We are looking into all bug reports on our main thread. If you are experiencing any issues with the updates, please let us know here.
https://steamcommunity.com/app/6800/discussions/0/412448158145535374/

UPDATE - You can now access the old build via the "Legacy Version" launch option

Thank you all for your continued support for the Commandos series, we appreciate all the feedback we have received. We have heard all of your concerns and took them on board.

With that, we have an announcement, all of the Commandos games should now run on systems up to and including Windows 10. Significant changes have been made to the code in order to make each of the games run correctly on modern machines.

Changelog for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

  • Unlocalized text fixed. (spanish text when a commando dies)
  • Fix for the game going faster than it should.
  • Fixed various audio bugs in the briefings and during gameplay.
  • Save/Load bug fixed.
  • Mission tutorial bug fixed.
  • Windows 10 bug regarding DirectX 5 fixed.
  • Performance problems fixed
  • Compatibility issues with modern hardware fixed.
  • New, higher resolution settings (1280x720)
  • Minor bug fixes.

We all hope you enjoy the update, and thanks again for all of your support!

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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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The Darius
( 109.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
The finest Commandos ever. 10/10 - favourite.

It has 20 difficult missions, but they are not impossible. You just need to think them through. Very well made and balanced. Characters have unique abilities that lead to a magnificent symbiosis in order to win each mission. The Green Beret's massive strength and stealth, the Sniper's rifle, the Marine's diving and rowing abilities, the Sapper's explosives, the Driver's skills and the Spy's ability to disguise himself as a Nazi officer.

Commandos 2 was easier to play with improved controls. But the 10 missions were fewer and easier, some of the 10 bonus missions were impossible for no reason, and even though there were now 9 characters instead of 6, they could all dive, drive and carry bodies, meaning some characters were no longer useful. You just could leave them standing by for the whole mission.

Commandos 1, instead, requires you to think things through and find a way. There's always a way, no matter how hard it seems. And stealth is key. Until you're found, and then it is adviseable to pull out your weapons and shoot the hell out of the enemies.

Amazing storyline, extremely balanced characters, beautiful maps, excellent GUI, good controls and challenging missions make it a timeless classic. Just make sure to patch it (if you already own it) or download it through Steam so you can enjoy it at 100% speed instead of it running too fast on modern computers.

10/10 - favourite.
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Mr. Mumble afk
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a great game. I bought it on a sale because it brought back some childhood memories but turns out that it is still better than majority of rts games out there. This is not your normal rts game where you make an army and go for the opposing force's base, instead you get the command of a few army specialists (depends on what mission you are playing) and are given certain tasks to complete, like blow up a train, kill the general etc. Some people might find the game hard as you cannot just mindlessly kill everyone on the map, it is all about planning your moves and staying hidden from the enemy. One mistake and you might fail the mission as you have to keep all your commandos alive, which is not too frustrating as the save/load functions work wonderfully.

Overall I would reccommend this game to everyone who is into rts and stealth genere games and is okay with the outdated visuals.
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Jaws_2005
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
If your looking for a review on this game you've come to the wrong place, but if your looking for an outstanding pie recipe you've come to the right place.

Ingredients:
1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2. 1/2 cup white sugar
3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
4. 1/4 cup water
5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6. 1 pinch salt
7. 5 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
8. 1 pastry for double-crust pie

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate; pour in apple slices.
4. Roll out top crust into a 10-inch circle. Cut into 8 (1-inch) wide strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Weave the pastry strips, one at a time, into a lattice pattern. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
5. Pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice, and allowing any remaining sauce to drizzle through the crust.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake until the crust is golden brown, the caramel on the top crust is set, and the apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
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CyberII
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Forever classic, I've been recalling the memories of it recently and then saw it on sale here.
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IlyaLts
( 31.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
One of best WW2 strategies.
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Nicholas Winton RIP
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
One of the best games of that era.
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WalkingNowhere
( 63.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
A challenging strategic game where timing in your actions & leading your crew of commandos in the best ways is the focus point.

Commandos is one of these games that I've seen a lot sitting on store shelves but never cared about, overlooking it thinking it was the same as C&C* or AoE* only realising now that it's a more in depth look in those genre of games. Literaly it's all focused on one platoon of specialized commados instead of a whole army.

-Each of your crew members have their own abilities & using the right one at the right time is crucial. you will only have a specific set of commandos in each missions (except on the later ones where more/everyone is involved) which will limits your actions in different ways.

-Each missions takes time, say between 15 to 30 minutes (or more) depending at how you visualize/complete them.

-Stealth is primordial, everyone needs to come back alive. "Remember, this is a sneaking mission."

-Getting mad, yelling, cursing is optionnal but will happen on it's own somehow...


Overall, really surprised by how long it took me to complete it (50 hours), the replay-value is off the chart, the multiple ways of completing missions makes you go back, and so on. I absolutely recommend it, especially on sale & bundled with the sequels.

*Command & Conquer.
*Age of Empire.
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Kel-nage
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
One of the classic strategy games - and pretty hard to boot! This and Beyond the Call of Duty were mainstays of my childhood and its working great on my Windows 10 laptop.
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Decipheration
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Great action/ puzzle game that puts the brain to the test!
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dark shadow
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Commandoes behind eney lines is really good I love all there games but the controls are bad so bad the xbox 360 verion is much better becuase of the controls if you are reading this plz make the controls better so i can enjoy the game much better sorry for bad spelling
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a great game. I bought it on a sale because it brought back some childhood memories but turns out that it is still better than majority of rts games out there. This is not your normal rts game where you make an army and go for the opposing force's base, instead you get the command of a few army specialists (depends on what mission you are playing) and are given certain tasks to complete, like blow up a train, kill the general etc. Some people might find the game hard as you cannot just mindlessly kill everyone on the map, it is all about planning your moves and staying hidden from the enemy. One mistake and you might fail the mission as you have to keep all your commandos alive, which is not too frustrating as the save/load functions work wonderfully.

Overall I would reccommend this game to everyone who is into rts and stealth genere games and is okay with the outdated visuals.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the classic strategy games - and pretty hard to boot! This and Beyond the Call of Duty were mainstays of my childhood and its working great on my Windows 10 laptop.
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142 of 161 people (88%) found this review helpful
203 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
"Coming right over...sir."
"Coming."
"Coming over."
"I'M COMING!"

Coming simulator 10/10 do recommend
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70 of 78 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Background:
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.

Impressions:
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.

Fixes:

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

http://commandos.wikia.com/wiki/Fixing_Commandos

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.

Conclusion.
9/10. Once the screen, stability and speed issues are fixed it's a huge blast.
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61 of 67 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Old? No, it is classic.
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97 of 123 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
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.
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97 of 136 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
Steam should stop selling games that dont actually work on modern PCs.

Stop stealing peoples money
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Still in my heart...
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
Very Good and challing old classic from 90's, when games still reguired use of the head!
I might be little biased cause i grew up with games like this but:

+Classic
+You actually have to think hard, what to and how to do it
+Very challinging even in easy difficulty
+Limited resources
+Contains actual WW2 footage

-Visuals are from 90's, but are playable is you dont mind bit less pixels
-AI is kinda stupid, so its not reacting realisticly into situtations
-Some enemy units might get stuck for short period of time, if they are in alert mode
-Personally all most all missions were missing the briefing sounds
-Voice actors sound pretty good, but after while you start to get annoyed by constant repeat of "yes sir" "right away sir" and so on
-Vehicles are terrible to drive, but pretty usefull

If you look for game what callenges you, you dont mind playing game developed in 90's and you dont get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ when you fail constantly, then this is for you!
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
I had a pirate version when I was a kid. And in this cracked version the SAVE didn't work.

So before you say this game was difficult, remember me....I reached level 14 WITHOUT SAVINGS!!!! You can imagine the amount of time I spent in this masterpiece....

One the bests games of my childhood.
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