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Commander: The Great War

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Take Command and Secure Victory in the Great War!
At the heart of the conflict, when men fought for every inch of land, only visionary leaders could make the choices that would lead their troops to victory. The remarkable sequence of events that inexorably led to the 'Great War' is written in our history books and pictured in our movies. Now a new turn-based strategy game captures this time of war with unprecedented realism, playability and accuracy. Developed by The Lordz Games Studio, Commander - The Great War is the latest release in the popular Commander series to bring the thrill, excitement and challenging decision-making of these difficult times to life. Gamers can enjoy a huge hex based campaign map that stretches from the USA in the west, Africa and Arabia to the south, Scandinavia to the north and the Urals to the east on a new engine that is more efficient and fully supports widescreen resolutions.

Commander – The Great War features a Grand Campaign covering the whole war from the invasion of Belgium on August 5, 1914 to the Armistice on the 11th of November 1918 in addition to 16 different unit types including Infantry, Cavalry, Armoured Cars and Tanks, Artillery, Railroad Guns and Armoured Trains and more!

For generals looking to test their mettle against other players, Slitherine’s revolutionary play by e-mail system will also bring a whole new level of excitement in Multiplayer battles while simultaneously offering near limitless replayability!

The game is now also available on iPad! The iOS version packs the same great gameplay and allows you to challenge PC owners in cross-platform multiplayer!

Commander - The Great War is not anymore officially supported by the developer. The last patch is from 2015. A few glitches might be encountered.Features
  • A huge hex-based campaign map that stretches from the USA in the west, Africa and Arabia to the south, Scandinavia to the north and the Urals to the east.
  • 5 Grand Campaigns, each starting in a different year of the war, at the start of a historical offensive: 1914 The Great War, 1915 Ypres Artois, 1916 The Battle of Verdun, 1917 The Nivelle Offensive and 1918 The Kaiserschlacht.
  • Over 40 unique historical and what-if events triggered by conditions on the campaign-map.
  • 18 different unit types including Infantry, Cavalry, Armoured Cars and Tanks, Artillery, Railroad Guns and Armoured Trains, Cruisers, Submarines and Battleships, Fighters, Bombers and Airships. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, based on their historical performance in the various theatres throughout the war.
  • Attach historical Commanders to your units. Each has their own specific strengths, so decide wisely which Commander is most suited to which front. Three types of Commanders are available: Generals for ground units, Admirals at sea and flying Aces to strengthen your air units.
  • Invest in research and technology to improve your units. Aircraft evolve from fragile tools of aerial observation to deadly ground and air attack planes. Artillery barrages become ever more accurate and powerful. Or focus on Armour technology and unleash a dreadful new weapon on the battlefield: the Tank.
  • Detailed and realistic combat that models supply, morale, terrain, leadership, equipment, training and fog of war.
  • Multiplayer via Slitherines revolutionary PBEM++ server system.
  • Easy to learn, hard to master game play.
  • An all new engine, supporting any display resolution from 1024x600 upwards and includes full wide screen support.
  • Extreme moddability using the Lua scripting language, allowing players to alter many aspects of gameplay including combat, research, unit statistics, terrain effects and many more
Release date
The Lordz Games Studio
Slitherine Software
Age rating
10+ Everyone 10+

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Processor: Pentium 4
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Graphics: With OpenGL 1.3 support (GeForce FX / Radeon R300)
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6
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Last Modified: Oct 22, 2019

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Microsoft from Deutsch
An essential Buying Argument for Commander: The Great War, if you can do anything at all with Lap strategy games, is its unused setting of the First World War. A rare Luck-like the 1914 Christmas Truce. As An Armrest General, it is our Task, round by round, to "make the Fronts clear," to organize And deploy units into combat, as well as to manage Production, Research and administration. Each Troop Association on the Hexfeldkarte Can move once per Turn and attack once. The Essence of the War Of Position in the West is skilfully taken into account by the Importance of The intervention; Breakthrough Attempts or further Operations are therefore always a Challenge. In the East, by its very nature, the "War of Attrition" rages, which, on a chronically overstretched front, presents Men and Material with harsh Tests. At The same Time, we are Wisely adding Infantry divisions and Artillery units, Armored Cars and battleships, aircraft and submarines to the production chain, exploring the latest Technologies of land, air and Sea Warfare and frightening in The Face of Pminent Frontline Collapses also did not return before the Development of Flamethrowers, Explosive Weapons and Poison gases. The strategic Sabre-rattling is garnished With Information texts about historical Events and Backgrounds. Of Course, the deficits of the Game should not remain unnamed. It is regrettable that we have very limited Influence on diplomatic Matters. In Fact, the Player always takes over all The nations of the Entente or the Central Powers themselves; A friendly AI is therefore not available. Moreover, I had hoped that the war-technology ventures, the experimental "Hit and Miss" of those Pioneering Years, would become more prominent. So I waited in vain for the German A7V tin boxes to get stuck in the Morass or for Russia to lead its legendary Tar combat car to the Battlefield. < 3 At the Beginning, one may be a bit overwhelmed by the numerous Functions and Possibilities. But Once you have dug into the System with the help of the (English) manual as well as some Tutorial Videos, Commander: The Great War develops an enormous Addictive factor that gives each Round of play an unimagined Arc Of tension. This should be highlighted, since the outdated Graphic is well designed to deter.
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Microsoft from Norsk
Surely one of the best strategy games on the App Store, unfortunately, the waiting time between each round is almost unbearable. I would have thought twice before I bought this one, exclusively due to the waiting time
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Microsoft from Dutch
I spent a lot of money on the Slitherine games. The games are around €20 and aren’t updated to IOS 11 or 12. The games won’t start anymore. I stop supporting Slitherine if they won’t support their own customers. Shame on you.
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Microsoft from Dutch
Totally unrealistic game. Not Historical in order of events and totally no realistic power ratios. Even in the simplest mode you are forced into the defense as Centralen. ' Man-worse-you-not ' for advanced..
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Microsoft from Deutsch
The Game is really unfair. B.s.p, I carry out an Attack on a Position and each Time my Unit loses 70% Vitality and the opposing Unit only 3 or 0% that I find really unfair. The Game is not worth a Penny
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Microsoft from Dutch
This is so far the best strategic war Game I have played. Accessible, very extensive and sufficient draught. Looks very well cared for and before you get into it you'll be back for several hours. Money more than worth it. For the lover.
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Microsoft from Swedish
A deep, Premium wargame like I was hoping to see more on iOS. Commander is not too hard to get into, and hooked me for 7 hours straight the first time I got into it. Highly recommended for digital generals looking for a deep game and the opportunity to learn something on history.
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Microsoft from Norsk
I have played strategi game fore like 25 years now. And this game is sow bad. Intension is good but WW1 is all about artillery. In this game you can't use more then 1 one uno artillery a turn. If you do your out off ammo. And you can never win as central power. They sworm you in turn 8-10. My tips get another game.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
I am a big Fan of Strategy Games (TBS/RBS e.g.: Battle of the Bulge, Drive on Moscow, Panzer Corps, Etc.) and this Game really excited me-or still excites me. There are an incredible number of Possibilities (strategic, tactical ...) to proceed. Even the one Can not undo a train seems annoying at first, but this eliminates the "Trial & Error Method." So I can highly recommend to anyone who is passionate about challenging strategy Games this Game (certainly).
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