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Commandos Battle Pack Reviewed
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Tea Leaves blog has posted a review of the Commandos Battle Pack, a strategy title set against the backdrop of World War II. Brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive, CBP includes both Commandos 2: Men of Courage and Commandos 3: Destination Berlin. Players must make effective use of the diverse skill sets of their team to complete each mission. Tea Leaves recommended the Battle Pack to anyone fond of stealth/puzzle titles.

From the review:

The interesting thing about Commandos I'm going to use the collective to refer to both games here is that if you're not careful you might think it is a war game. But it isn't. At its heart, it is a puzzle game, in some ways not unlike Sokoban or Chromatron. Each mission is basically asking you to figure out a way to apply your skills to reach your goal without getting caught. The game isn't turn-based, but the enemies move in patterns that are rigid enough that you can treat it like it is. While you can occasionally survive a firefight, your men are fragile enough that if they are detected, they're often dead. It is an odd sort of vibe. If you took away the World War II window dressing, what you end up with is something that feels like a cross between Metal Gear and Lemmings.

The first training level provides a good example of what I mean. One way to win would be to throw some cigarettes near a sentry. When he comes over to check them out, you knock him on the head, tie him up, and drag him out of sight. After taking out several other sentries in a similar manner, you have the thief shimmy up a telephone pole and shimmy on the wire over a minefield, on the other side of which he'll grab some wire cutters. Returning back to the first side, he'll give the wire cutters to the Sapper, who will cut the barbed wire around the minefield and then find and retrieve some buried mines. The Sapper can then place those mines near the entrance to the officers' bunker, whistle at the officers, who then run out and blow themselves up.

See what I mean? It's Lemmings.

The rest of the review can be found at the link below.

Tea Leaves: Commandos Battle Pack Review
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