Retro Commander is a post-apocalyptic real-time strategy wargame (RTS).
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Very Positive (129) - 80% of the 129 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 11, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“To obtain game-play feedback in order to improve the game, e.g. balancing and feature requests. The campaign missions will need to be completed as well as the manual. Also, there is expected to be bugs.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The full release is planned for November 25, 2023!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan to have the eventual bugs fixed, missing features added and the campaign missions completed. We also plan to add missing documentation such as how to do modding. We also plan to work on sound effects and music.

For the campaign missions and battle maps, we are planning to add the following:
  • Campaign Chapter 01: 3 Missions, included with the game.
  • Campaign Chapter 02: 3 Missions, download in-game now (2022-06-29)
  • Campaign Chapter 03: 4 Missions, download in-game now (2022-08-14)
  • Campaign Chapter 04: 4 Missions, download in-game now (2022-10-13)
  • Campaign Chapter 05: 4 Missions, download in-game now (2022-12-10)
  • Campaign Chapter 06: 4 Missions, download in-game now (2023-02-02)
  • Campaign Chapter 07: 4 Missions, download in-game now (2023-06-16)
  • Campaign/more: depending on how well the campaign is received, we'll add more.
  • Battle Maps: there are currently 4 (we might add more scenarios)

Be warned, the AI is rather weak at the moment. We plan to make it stronger before we leave EARLY ACCESS.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The following functionality is implemented:
  • A couple of scenarios for both single and multiplayer.
  • Chapter 01-07 of the story campaign is completed.
  • Core AI functionality with the AI being able to do rudimentary attack and defense.
  • Cross-platform multiplayer over LAN/internet including co-op team and clan games.
  • Troops including infantry, tanks, jets, helicopters, airships, warships, submarines and more.
  • Weapons including bullets, shell, laser, bombs and EMP stun. Also included are nuclear weapons including ICBMs.
  • Factions each with their own technologies including stealth, shields, portal, hover and drones.
  • Day-night cycles, rain, wind and solar flare activity.
  • Map editor and a central server to host and distribute player-modded maps.
  • High scores, playing statistics and multiplayer ELO-ranking.
  • Music and sound effects.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Players are encouraged to post feature requests in the Steam Forums.”
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About This Game

Retro Commander is a post-apocalyptic real-time strategy wargame (RTS). Take command and fight it out in a world where a cataclysmic timeline has transpired on Mother Earth. Wage wars solo, against the AI, or take on your gaming comrades and friends in cross-platform multiplayer matches. Form teams and clans and fight co-op style with the AI and other players for ultimate victory.

As opposed to other real-time strategy game, Retro Commander tries to focus on both, a fun single player and a thrilling multiplayer experience. The game strives to be easy to learn with a modern user interface. Single player comes with skirmish matches against the AI as well as a comic-based story campaign. Multiplayer can be played cross-platform and includes a ranking and rating system.

  • Post-Apocalyptic: Real-time strategy (RTS) played in a post-apocalyptic timeline on Mother Earth. The environment includes day-night cycles, rain, snow, wind and solar flare activity.
  • Story Campaign: Deep campaign and story line of humanity after a cataclysmic event. Factions come with their own specialized technologies such as stealth, robots, drones or shields.
  • Single & Multiplayer: A challenging AI for both single and multiplayer matches with co-op play. Cross-platform multiplayer including LAN/internet. ONLINE play comes with an award and rating system.
  • Play Modes: In addition to regular skirmish matches, the game supports missions such as elimination, survival, capture the flag, defense and battle royale. Available in both single and multiplayer also are escort and rescue missions.
  • Structures & Troops: Common troops for land, sea and air warfare is available to all factions. Specialized elements such as stealth, shields, EMP weapons, nukes, portals, orbital weapons, assimilator and other troops and structures provide for additional variety.
  • Research: A tech tree and research options enable to build specialized structures and troops. A Tech Snatcher can be used to steal enemy technology.
  • Modding: A map editor is included allowing for player-modded maps including player-modded campaigns. All elements including troops, structures, as well as graphics and sound effects, can be modded if desired.

Although some troops are shared, the game is trying not to be a generic RTS-games. There are faction-specific technologies each with their strengths and weaknesses.

  • GRA Technology: gives access to stealth and cloaking. Included are cloaked agents and spies as well as bombers with EMP and nuclear weapons. Available also are snipers and heavy airlifts. Can build uranium fabricators.
  • ELC Technology: provides robots, airships and robo dogs. Available also are a mechanic and heavy airlift. Can build stationary EMP-field generators.
  • IDB Technology: provides hovertanks, drones including EMP-field drones and drones equipped with napalm weapons. Can build fusion generators for power.
  • Mayan Technology: consists of decoy capabilities. Included are hologram tanks, transformers, dogs and dolphins. Can build portals.
  • Ancient Technology: provides shields, EMP soldiers, assimilators and napalm tanks. Can build matter fabricators.

Free vs Paid (DLC or in-game): The free version includes unlimited access to over 12+ multiplayer scenarios and Chapter 01 of the single player campaign. Purchasing the DLC "All Maps & Modding" grants full access to the game. It includes everything for single player including the story campaign, skirmishing against the AI, ONLINE multiplayer or LAN-play with friends and family.

No DRM: There is no DRM in the game. You don't need to connected to the internet to play single player games or the campaign. You don't need to be logged in to play LAN games either. You don't need to login either for WAN games (locally hosted games over the internet), but you will have to work out your router settings and do the appropriate port-forwarding so your friends can connect from remote.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.8GHz single core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 256 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.3+
    • Processor: 1.8GHz single core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 256 MB available space
    • OS: Linux 64bit
    • Processor: 1.8GHz single core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 256 MB available space

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