Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines cover
Pyro Studios
Retail, original digital Eidos Interactive
Second digital Merge Games
Third digital Kalypso Media
Release dates
Windows August 28, 1998
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Stealth, Strategy
Vehicles Automobile, Naval/watercraft, Tank
Art styles Stylized
Themes Europe, Africa, World War II
Series Commandos
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines on HowLongToBeat
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines guide on StrategyWiki
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines on MobyGames
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines on Wikipedia
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 1998
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty 1999
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 2001
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin 2003
Commandos: Strike Force 2006
Commandos 2 HD Remaster 2020
Commandos 3 HD Remaster 2022

Key points

The original 16-bit installer won't work on 64 bit systems. See: Issues fixed.
Audio-/video-options are very limited.

General information

Commandos Wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Illegal Table of Contents and oversized DRM (lead-out area shortened and used for data, to prevent most contemporary CD-RW drives from copying the method)
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Includes Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty. Cannot be purchased in Germany.[1]
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Commandos Collection
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ZOOM Platform

Version differences[edit]

The version has added compatibility fixes for modern systems, includes Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty, and is cheaper than buying both games separately on Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename H_Intro.avi[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\VIDEO\
  2. Delete or rename H_Intro.avi.


The latest official patch for the European retail release is 1.1. The US release is already patched.

Steam "Ultimate Fix"[edit]

Install Steam Ultimate fix patch[2]
Fixes many of the numerous bugs the Steam version has (lack of sound, not being able to save or load and the gameplay running incredibly fast)
  1. Download the patch
  2. Extract it in the folder where the game is installed

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6800/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\OUTPUT\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6800/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video options is limited to changing between four resolutions.
Video options is limited to changing between four resolutions.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Apply the resolution fix
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use DxWnd.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game is coded to run at low FPS(aproximated 16fps), but mouse control is unaffected


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Keys cannot be remapped. F1 displays a list of hotkeys.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


The only available audio option is master volume.
The only available audio option is master volume.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and only.
Retail and only; download for Steam version.
Fan translation.
Retail and only.
Retail only.
Retail and only; download for Steam version.
Unofficial localization by «Fargus Multimedia»


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated servers were taken offline in 2001.
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't install original retail version on 64 bit Windows[edit]

Manually install the game[3]
  1. Create the folder where you want the game to be installed (default would be C:\Program Files (x86)\Eidos Interactive\Pyro\Commandos)
  2. Open the <cd drive>\COMANDOS folder and copy its content inside the first folder
  3. Open Notepad and save this with the .reg extension
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



"DirIns"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Eidos Interactive\\Pyro\\Commandos"


The above .reg file -which you need then to open to add the key to registry- assume D: as your CD drive and the default game path as the installation folder. If this is not your case adjust the registry keys accordingly

"Please run the German version on this computer" error[edit]

This issue has been fixed in the version (specifically using the hex edit below).
Change your Windows language setting from "Deutsch (Deutschland)" to "Deutsch (Luxemburg)"[citation needed]
Hex edit Comandos.exe[4]
  1. Open the game executable with a hex editor such as HxD
  2. Search for 74 0C 81 FE 07 14 00 00 74 04
  3. Replace first and last 2 groups of byte (74 0C and 74 04) with 90 90
  4. Search for 74 0C 81 FF 07 14 00 00 0F 85
  5. Replace 74 0C with 90 90 and 0F 85 with 90 E9

"DIRECTX 5 NOT FOUND." error[edit]

Rename comandos.exe to commandos.exe[5]


This fix works on windows 10 for the version.

"Black Screen " error[edit]

This occurs due to the lack of VP6F codecs in modern operating systems


Rename the video folder to another name .

Game stutters when moving the mouse[edit]

Mouse movement seems to be tied to frame rate which can cause the game to stutter only when the cursor is moved
Change your mouse polling rate to 125 using its software. If no software is available, try using a different mouse (cheap mice work better) or use any bluetooth mouse to play the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Multiplayer Servers were taken offline in 2001.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 120 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 135 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/6800/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6800) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.