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Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Developer: Westwood Studios, Inc.
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
Release Date: November 22, 1996
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Surrender is not an option.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert is the explosive new strategy game from the creators of the million-seller Command & Conquer.

Dark experiments have permanently altered time. Or have they? Now, Soviet tanks crush city after city while Allied cruisers shell bases. Spies lurk, land mines wait, and strange new technologies aid both sides in their struggle for ultimate control.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert gives you the opportunity to be more devious, cunning and ruthless than ever before.Easy to play and highly addictive, Red Alert puts the fate of the world in your hands!

• Multiplay features include modem head-to-head and 8 player IPX
• Fight over land, sea and air. Thirty new units and structures to choose from including MIGS, spies, destroyers, submarines and more
• Award-winning soundtrack with 20 original scores
• Create and trade battle maps with new terrain editor
• Two CDs - one for you and one to lend to your favorite victim
• Over 40 missions to play and dozens of multiplayer maps
• Three game difficulty settings
• Now battle maps are twice as large
• FDozens of close-ups and action movies

taken from the back of the box


Source code availability

The source code was released on March 30th 2020 on GitHub, under the GNU General Public License 3. The community was able to convince Electronic Arts to release the source code along with the Remaster available on Steam.

"Today we are proud to announce that alongside the launch of the Remastered Collection, Electronic Arts will be releasing the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll and their corresponding source code under the GPL version 3.0 license. This is a key moment for Electronic Arts, the C&C community, and the gaming industry, as we believe this will be one of the first major RTS franchises to open source their source code under the GPL. It’s worth noting this initiative is the direct result of a collaboration between some of the community council members and our teams at EA. After discussing with the council members, we made the decision to go with the GPL license to ensure compatibility with projects like CnCNet and Open RA. Our goal was to deliver the source code in a way that would be truly beneficial for the community, and we hope this will enable amazing community projects for years to come." - Jim Vessella, producer

How-to-play On-line

It's absolutely recommended to get OpenRA. It is free, contains support for multiple games and does everything you want plus more. No manual installation of the game-data from CD-ROM or the Internet required. As easy as it gets.

However, when playing the digital Steam re-master, you'll also experience great multiplayer out of the box.


As of August 31st 2008, the game has been released as freeware by Electronic Arts. Below you can find the original, full copies of the game as released by them. The installation instructions for those are here.

Filename Size Description
RedAlert1_AlliedDisc.rar 500 MB Freeware Release: Allied Disc
RedAlert1_SovietDisc.rar 502 MB Freeware Release: Soviet Disc

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