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Commando Commando - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Commando - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You are a highly trained solder whose mission is to annihilate the enemy and rescue important captives. To do this you must destroy the enemy base, which is said to be impregnable. Your weapons consist of a machine gun with unlimited shots and a limited supply of hand grenades that may be replenished by stealing from the enemy.

Commando was produced by Capcom in 1985.

Capcom released 228 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Capcom was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Capcom during the time period Commando was produced include: 1942, HiGeMaru - Pirate Ship, Son Son, Vulgus, Pirate Ship HigeMaru, Exed Exes, 1942 (PlayChoice), Makaimura, Ghosts 'n Goblins, and Gun Smoke


Name Commando
Developer Capcom (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7376
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Capcom Classic
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireGrenade
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Commando Control Panel Image
Side Art Commando Side Art Image
PCB Commando PCB Image

Game Play

Use the joystick to maneuver the player, the fire button to shoot the machine gun and the grenade button to hurl hand grenades. Dodge all bullets and grenades and do not collide with the enemy soldiers!

Extra lives are awarded for exceeding certain scores. Score more points for destroying enemy leaders and their headquarters. Bonus points are awarded for rescuing captives.

The arch bridge is a dangerous spot so watch for attacks from above. Be careful of trucks and jeeps that may try to run over you. Do not fall into rivers or ponds. Trees, walls and other obstacles may be used for cover.

Commando KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.34 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.39

Overall Like 3.88
Fun (Social) 2.75
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 2.63

Technical Rating: 3.28

Gameplay 3.38
Graphics 3.75
Originality 3.13
Sound/Music 2.63

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Older ROM revisions allowed the player to hide behind trees or other obstacles indefinitely. A new ROM revision - U3-F at 8M and U4-F at 9M - was released to allow the enemy characters to hurl hand grenades at the soldier when he is hiding.

At the end of each area, when the enemy soldiers are pouring out of the gate from their compound, move your commando to the bottom of the screen and shoot down. Your shots will come down from the top of the screen, killing the soldiers as they come out of the gate.

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The original Japanese title, Senjou No Ookami translates to "Battlefield Of The Wolf."


Since the game uses the standard CAPCOM pinout, games such as Avengers, Legendary Wings or Exed Exes can be swapped in without modification. The game was licensed to Data East who also included a Capcom-to-Data East pinout adaptor board with Commando, so it should be possible to play any of these games in a Ring King or Battle Lane Vol. 5 machine.


COPY OF: Senjou No Ookami

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Commando Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 231 known instances of this machine owned by Commando collectors who are active members. Of these, 93 of them are original dedicated machines. 10 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 128 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 8 active VAPS members with a Commando machines for sale. There are 7 active VAPS members with a Commando circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Commando. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Commando boards sets.

This game ranks a 57 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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