Command & Conquer Red Alert

A classic real-time strategy video game set in an alternate timeline

7.3

383 Votes

  • Category Strategy
  • License Free
  • Version Allied 1.0
  • Size 524.01 MB
  • Works under Windows XP / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95
  • Language English
  • Program by Eagames

Surrender is Not an Option

Commander and Conquer Red Alert is the first in a series of popular strategy games that really put players in command. Players will have to use all their cunning and deviousness to figure out who the bad guys are in the game and take them down before they turn traitor and stab you in the back.

The action takes place in real time, which gives it an extra sense of realism. In the back story Albert Einstein created a time machine that allowed Hitler to be assassinated. Unfortunately, the Red Menace took over and Stalin created a deadly war machine that could completely destroy the western world. Your character plays on either the Societ or Allied side to take out the bad guys and save the day. The side that you choose to play on will affect your strengths and weaknesses in the game.

While the game has a strong story line, it often seems unnecessarily complicated. Players may find that they become lost in all the twists and turns and the sense of purpose becomes rather confused from time to time. the back story of the game is interesting and sets the stage for the main character to go to work, but it takes rather a long time to get through and players may find that they are rather impatient to get to the action and join in the fun rather than simply sitting and watching passively.

Players are given a series of missions to complete such as destroying a town and killing all the people in the town. Each mission starts in a meeting room where players are presented with their missions in a detailed storyboard rather than simply reading the details in a text box. This helps to create an extra sense of realism and by the end of the meeting players are sure to be raring to go.

There is no denying that the design of the game is very sleek and sophisticated. The graphics are very smooth and engaging and players will enjoy exploring their new world. There are lots of things to discover along the way and plenty of surprising in store to throw you off guard just when you think you have got the hang of things.

There is lots of variety in the buildings and other structures, which helps to keep things fresh. While each side has their own strong points such as weapons and ways of healing players, these are varied between the two sides rather than being simple copies of each other.

Players will be able to make their way through more than forty different levels, which offers hours of fun. Each of the levels is well created and varied to make the game world more realistic and interesting. Battles vary between long wars that must be strategically planned and short battles that offer madcap action. This variety helps to keep the game feeling fresh and interesting. Players are given a large number of possible ways of taking a territory and completing certain puzzles in their missions and all options have their strengths and weaknesses.

Command and Conquer Red Alert definitely has room for improvement, but it is not a bad game. Players will be able to enjoy hours of fun and use their powers of planning and strategy to complete tasks and save the day.

Pros

  • The controls are easy to use
  • The graphics and sound effects are great
  • Plenty of game twists to keep players engaged
  • Highly addictive game play

Cons

  • The game needs polishing
  • Too much content to keep track of
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