Video Game / Commando
(Senjou no Ookami) is a top-down Run-and-Gun
game released by Capcom
in 1985. Originally an arcade game, it was later ported to a wide range of game consoles, including the Atari 2600
, Nintendo Entertainment System
, Commodore 64
, and ZX Spectrum
. In this game, you control a soldier (unnamed in the game, but identified as "Super Joe" in the promotional flyer) who is dropped off in a jungle and has to shoot and bomb his way through enemy territory.
It had two sequels: Mercs
(aka Senjō no Ōkami 2
), released in 1989, and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
, released in 2008. Both sequels featured cooperative play for up to three players.
Not to be confused with Ōkami
or the similarly-named flash game series
Tropes used in Commando:
- Bullet Hell: Sometimes.
- Excuse Plot: You're dropped down in a battlefield and kill everyone.
- Mooks but No Bosses: In the first game, each section ends with a red uniformed general ordering his soldiers to attack, but he goes down in one shot just like all of the others. The second game, Mercs, adds some formal boss battles, though.
- Nintendo Hard: One man versus the entire army—and they can kill you pretty easily.
- No Export for You: The third game was not released in Japan.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Both you and your enemies.
- One-Man Army: Even if you don't succeed, you'll have killed most of the Russian/unnamed African nation's army.
- Tank Goodness: Tanks are encountered throughout the series. You can even drive one in Mercs.