Title Commando Game Type Shoot'em up Players 1 Compatibility All Amigas (With WHDLoad Patch) Company Elite Systems HD Installable Yes (With patch) Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review Commando was (and still in some ways is) one of my favourite arcade games. Despite its very simple gameplay there is something special about it - something that other similar arcade games tried to copy, but in my opinion, never managed to fully reproduce. Elite Systems (who also did the excellent 8-bit conversion) took the challenge and decided to convert the arcade to our favourite 16-bit machine. The result is - in my humble opinion - Amiga gaming history. The game's objective is very simple - the player has to guide a single super soldier (a sort of Rambo of its time) through the vertically scrolling levels, fighting against all kinds of enemies (and vehicles) while liberating POWs which appear from time to time on his route. The main character is armed with a basic machine gun and set of grenades. There's nothing philosophical in the plot of the game - it's kill or be killed all the way to the (bitter) end. There are no power-ups, no huge end-of-level bosses, no secret levels - just hordes of bullet-spitting enemies with a deathwish hurtling towards the main character and his trusty M60 machine gun. At the end of each level things get even more hectic as a sort of 'mega killing mode' is activated - suddenly the number of enemies on screen is tripled, and the player has to swiftly deal death around him before he is overrun by sheer numbers. When compared to the original arcade Amiga Commando looks quite excellent. Elite developed the conversion with aid of Capcom and claimed that most of the graphics and sound were lifted straight from the arcade ROM - which is believable since the graphics look pretty much identical when compared to the real thing running under the MAME emulator. The playability is pretty spot on too, but with some minor niggles - switching between the two weapons is not as fluent as in the arcade version thanks to the one button joystick - which means the grenades are not so useful in picking off enemies as they should be. One can always play the game purely on keyboard (clever design decision from Elite) which makes things much better. All in all Amiga Commando is a highly competent conversion of the classic arcade game. For Elite, Commando marks one of their better Amiga games - and especially arcade conversions - only in Ghost'n'Goblins did they achieve a similar level of excellence. While the game itself will probably not impress the Doom generation, it offers a few hours of innocent and addictive fun to those who enjoy pure arcade action and want to reminisce about the good old days.