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Codename: Gordon

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Codename: Gordon
Codename: Gordon cover
Nuclearvision Entertainment
Valve Corporation
Release dates
Windows May 17, 2004[1]
Monetization Freeware
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform, Shooter
Vehicles Off-roading
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Half-Life
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Codename: Gordon is a singleplayer side view platform and shooter game developed by Nuclearvision Entertainment and published by Valve Corporation. Originally developed as a Half-Life 2 fan project, the game was later officially endorsed by Valve.

Codename: Gordon was released for free via Steam on May 17, 2004.[1] The game was set to receive an additional update introducing a second bonus game and several enhancements, but it was cancelled by early 2005.[2][3] The game's Steam page was taken down in 2008, due to cybersquatting of the Nuclearvision web domain embedded in the game's menu screen following the developer's collapse.

Codename: Gordon is still downloadable from Steam content servers via a protocol command.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Not directly available. Install with the following browser protocol command: steam://install/92

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Macromedia\Flash Player\localhost\hl2d_settings.sol
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/92/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

The game does not have a save feature.

Save game cloud syncing

The game does not have a save feature.


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Apparently Capped 60fps
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Control settings.
Control settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
All speech (excluding background music for menu) is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB


  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/92/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (92) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 News - Codename Gordon Released - last accessed on 2023-06-02
  2. HomeLAN Fed : Exclusives : Codename: Gordon Interview : (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-06-14
    "Continued support and development of Codename: Gordon is definitely part of the plan. We have an update coming that includes a second bonus game for those who have finished the main game, as well a few other surprises and enhancements."
  3. Half-Life 2 News: Codename: Gordon - No Continue? (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-06-14
  4. hl2d - faq - last accessed on 2023-06-15