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Commodore64

Commando

Commando
GenreShoot em Up
DeveloperCapcom
PublisherElite Systems
Released1985
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Commando is a vertical-scrolling WWII run n' gun game released for the arcades in 1985 by Capcom and later ported by Elite Software LTD to multiple home computer formats such as the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, MSX and the 16bits Atari ST and Amiga systems. There were also additional ports for some video game consoles such as the Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Nintendo NES etc. The game is exceptional for its gameplay, though it's a bit tough.
 
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CommandoSTORY / GAMEPLAY
You are Super Joe, a Special Forces member, dropped (from a helicopter) into a jungle aiming to rapidly eliminate a massive army of enemy soldiers. You are called to shoot your way through large numbers of military hordes and save the prisoners of war. Your mission is quite tough and the only you can trust is your machine gun and your (limited) hand grenades. The enemy soldiers are either wandering around shooting and throwing grenades at you or they hide in various spots, drive army vehicles towards you etc. So shoot, shoot and...shoot again and do not forget, by any means, to rescue the captured soldiers from the enemy!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The Commodore conversion features cool graphics without having to fill the screen with impressive details. This conversion uses better color-picking compared to the CPC and has as many as possible details taken from the original, such as trees, lakes, bridges, vehicles, enemy camps etc. The game on the C64 runs smoother and faster compared to its 8bit counterparts, offering better gameplay. As for its sound, the C64 Commando conversion features a nice main menu tune and a wonderful in-game tune (that reminds me a lot of the 128 ZX Spectrum conversion) while the sound effects are limited to only the ... grenades(!)
 
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Comparable platforms
Amstrad CPC
Commodore C64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Acorn BBC Micro
 
 
Hardware information

Commodore 64/128/Plus4

Commodore 64/128/Plus4CPU: C64 MOS Technology 6510 1.02MHz (NTSC version), 0.985MHz (PAL version) / C128-D MOS 8502 2MHz, Zilog Z80A 4MHz
MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB RAM Expandable to 320-640 KB / 20KB ROM
GRAPHICS: VIC II 16 colors, 320x200 (2 unique colors in each 8x8 pixel block), 160x200 (3 unique colors + 1 common color in each 4x8 block), 8 hardware sprites, Smooth scrolling
SOUND: MOS Technology 6581/8580 SID, 3-channel synthesizer with programmable ADSR envelope, 8 octaves
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The Commodore 64/128/Plus4 (default) color palette
VIC20: 16-colors YPbPr palette (16 on screen)
C64/128: 16-colors YPbPr palette (16 on screen)
C-16,Plus/4: 121-colors YPbPr palette (16 on screen)
 
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