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Command & Conquer Red Alert (PC)

by Mastertronic Ltd
Windows XP
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Fight over land, sea and air
  • Thirty new units and structures to choose from including MIGs, spies, destroyers, submarines and more
  • Award-winning soundtrack with 20 original scores
  • Create and trade battle maps with new terrain editor
  • Over 40 missions to play
  • Three game difficulty settings

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001RIYNH0
  • Release Date: 27 Feb. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,764 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Surrender is not an option!

Command & Conquer: Red Alert is the explosive strategy game from the creators of the million-seller Command & Conquer. Dark experiments have permanently altered time. Or have they? Now, Soviet tanks crush city after city while Allied cruisers shell bases. Spies lurk, landmines wait and strange new technologies aid both sides in their struggle for ultimate control. Command & Conquer: Red Alert gives you the opportunity to be more devious, cunning and ruthless than ever before. Easy to play and highly addictive, Red Alert puts the fate of the world in your hands!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The campaign plays out in an alternate history timeline, pitting the Allied Nations of Europe against Stalin's Soviet Army. Players can play as either side, and embark upon a campaign of twelve missions, each progressively more difficult, and slowly uncovering the story of how this alternate history plays out, with different endings for victory in each campaign. Play is in real time combat format, and can't even be paused except to access the main menu. Essentially, it's a strategy game, but with the real time unpausable action, variety of mission objectives, solid graphics and adrenalin pumping music, you'll forget you're in a strategy simulator and feel like you're playing a combat war-game thriller instead. Making the real time action unpausable was a good decision by Westwood. Allowing a pause function would have made it feel too much like a planned strategy game, which of course technically it is, but the rolling play gives a sense of immediacy and urgency - all the time, the player must continue to build up and guard their base, or complete the goals of the mission, and at any moment the computer opponent could appear with a strike force and steam-roller your base.

Despite being released way back in 1996, this game is still a classic. You may have some initial problems installing it on the latest systems, but setting the game to run only in compatibility mode for Windows '95 fixes that. The scroll rate was way too fast initially, zipping all over the map when running with my modern graphics card, but turning that right down in the options menu easily fixed that problem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Westwood at its best before EA destroyed them 25 Oct. 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is freeware and can be downloaded from command and conquers own website under the classic's section.

the game uses the same tiberian dawn engine, the game is set in an alternative future where the Allies and Soviets are still at war with one another, the idea is to ally with either side and help them to victory over the other. The resource aspect is easier then TD and there have been a few changes to the game as well, while fan boys of the game remain, i actually prefer RA2 to this version for various reasons. In any case its another gem of an old game that wastes some time well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best C&C of the lot 30 April 2013
By Danny J
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is one of my favourite games of all time. It was so much fun back in the windows 95/97 era. Creating your army and sending them to invade the enemy. Hours could be spent playing this game. The only problem is computers these days are too advanced and struggle playing classics like this. I have managed to install it on my Windows 7 desktop but it is very patchy with colours and doesn't play any sound (This is a bummer as I miss Tanya's comments!)Also I am no longer able to run the map creator software, this was also tons of fun to create then play your own maps.

I would LOVE to see this game re-developed for the lastest computers but kept just as it was, as now I feel they take some games too far which take up too much HDD space then slow the computer down (example. The Sims)

After writing this review, I think I may go home and waste my life for a little longer on this game. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Game 7 July 2014
The SIMS have been constantly developed to work on later Windows versions and EA should do the same for the Command & Conquer series. The games were brilliant to play right from the original Command & Conquer, and Red Alert 1 is by far the most played game in my collection and I am now in my sixties. If I ever find an old lamp and rub it, and a genie comes out, the first thing I will wish for is that my Command & Conquer First Decade games will all work perfectly under Windows 7 64-bit. The Windows 7 compatibility mode does not work, it is a gimmick. It is always such a shame when games we love stop working just because Windows has moved on. DOSBOX is sometimes a useful trick to get old games working. EA Games need to get their act together and realise there is a lot of revenue in reselling the games to be Windows 7 64-bit compatible. Everyone will be 64-bit one day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic game, good format. 11 Jan. 2013
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I bought this after an attack of nostalgia and have really enjoyed it so far. The game itself is still hugely entertaining even for veteran gamers and those used to modern graphics - I would recommend it especially to young (12+ of course) gamers who enjoy strategy games, it is their roots after all!

Format wise, SoldOut software is reliable and well presented but it wasn't immediately easy to run the game with backwards compatibility. Eventually I ran it in Windows 98/ME compatibility and 256 colours. The only recurring problem is that the opening animation freezes if I don't immediately skip it - perhaps an installation error but very frustrating.

Bottom line, this is a great purchase.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old .... 28 Jan. 2012
By Claus
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I know Red Alert from years ago as a fun and interesting game. Wanted to play a little retro, but ame doens't at all work at Windows 7, no matter what you do.....Disappointed that you buy a game that should have been updated. Guess I'll have to make do with Red Alert 3.
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