8-Bit Commando

8-Bit Commando

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8-Bit Commando guide
By 2dengine
Tips, tricks and cheats for beating 8-Bit Commando.
Official guide
Official Guide to 8-Bit Commando
These are the default keyboard keys which can be customized by going to Options > Controls.

A / Z / Space
S / X / Left Ctrl
Arrow keys
Move / Aim
Q / W / Left Shift
Select Weapon
Start / Pause
Quit / Pause

Hold Jump
Lock movement
Climb down from platform
Toggle full-screen mode

Note: Some keyboards fail to register more than two key presses at the same time. This is a hardware limitation, but fortunately there is a simple workaround. Try using the left "Control" key to shoot. Go to Options > Controls and make sure the “shoot” button is assigned to either the "Control" or "Shift" key.
Changing weapons can be done using the Q, W or Left Shift keys.
You can also switch between available weapons from the pause screen.

Rate of fire
Machine gun
Default weapon
Laser beam
Slow to charge-up
Reflected by walls
Flame thrower
Short-range defensive weapon
Four-directional spreader
Bounces off walls and platforms
Health pack
Not available in hard mode
Hidden powerups
Note: You'll need a long range weapon to get the secret power-ups. The regular machine gun should be well suited for the job.

Nuclear Threats
Jump on top of the first platform right after the fence in the beginning. Once you are on top of the platform, keep jumping and shooting upward. If your weapon has enough range, the power-up will literally drop from the sky.

The Reactor
The secret power-up is located right after the two hovercraft, before the last checkpoint. Jump between the two platforms and shoot upward in the gap on the ceiling.

Train Ride
This power-up is hidden right before the boss. Get to the wagon that has flames coming out of it. Stand in the gap between the flames and jump and shoot upward.

Mountain Hideout
The power-up on this level is located before the last checkpoint. There is a series of falling spike traps with an enemy shooting at you from above. You need to shoot the enemy and get on the platform he was standing on. It may be tricky to reach that platform as you may take a hit or two from the spikes. Once you are on top of the platform, jump and shoot upward.

This secret power-up is located around the middle of the level near the two large containers that drop when you walk under. You need to wait for the left container to drop, then get on top of it. Jump to the platform on the left of the container and shoot upward.
Hard mode
Hard mode unlocks once you complete the game and gives you exclusive access to a new set of leaderboards.

There is no healthbar when playing in "Hard mode" and you'll be treated to a slightly altered ending.
Arcade mode
Arcade mode will unlock after you complete the game for the first time. Go to the title screen and choose "Arcade mode" to continue.

Arcade mode consists of a duck hunt inspired mini-game where you are shooting at birds.
Cheat codes
The following codes can be entered on the title screen using either the keyboard or a gamepad.

↑ ↓ ↑ ↓ ← ← → →
Using the invincibility cheat temporarily disables the online hiscore.

↑ ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓ ← →
This cheat unlocks all the levels.

↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ← ← ← ← → → → →
Developer mode provides access to a few extra options, like adjusting the game's frame rate.

← → ← → ← → ← →
This code plays a secret chiptune, assuming the sound is not muted.
Frequently asked questions
How do you disable the "analog" effects?
The analog filters are optional and can be disabled by going to Options > Video > Filter. If you prefer looking at crisp pixel art, decrease the filter to 0%.

Do I need two controllers for coop/versus mode?
You must have at least one controller plugged in before you boot up the game. The coop feature works with either a keyboard and one gamepad or two gamepads. Go to Options > Controls to make sure that your controllers are configured properly.

How do you remove the borders around the screen?
Playing on widescreen resolutions allows you to see more of the level. However, this may result in borders around the screen. To remove the borders, you need to enable "stretching" by going to Options > Video.

Why does the gameplay feel slow?
Playing on widescreen resolutions "feels" slower since it will take longer for your character to move from one end of the screen to the other. Please try to decrease the game's resolution by going to Options > Video.

How do you beat the fifth mission?
If you are stuck on a particular mission, you can enable the "invincibility cheat". Simply open the title screen and press: ↑ ↓ ↑ ↓ ← ← → →

Is this game really 8-bit?
8-Bit Commando was built using modern technology, but designed to look retro - similar to the 8-bit and 16-bit consoles from the classic era of gaming.

How can I reset my game settings?
In the rare event that the game fails to boot up, you may need to reset your local settings. The following method will reset the settings without affecting your game progress:
1. Right click on the game in your library and choose "Properties".
2. Choose "Set Launch Options".
3. Enter the following command:
This option will reset your settings every time you boot the game. Note that Steam Cloud does not backup your game settings, just your progress.

Is this game better than Contra?
This game has no affiliation with Konami's classic series. 8-Bit Commando is a retro-themed run-and-gun game, developed independently. Please try the free demo here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/456000/
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Nicantob Mar 22, 2016 @ 10:45am 
Ok. All fixed. I spent about half hour to complete "Untouchable" 2 time and nothing happens. After that I read yours comment then played from two joisticks alone :) and achieve "Bros in arms". But I found easy way to do "Untouchable" at first level. May be later I will write guide.
2dengine  [author] Mar 22, 2016 @ 3:39am 
Good catch Nicantob, I have just fixed the "untouchable" achievement. This is one of the more difficult achievements so thanks for pointing this bug out.
"Bros in arms" worked on my machine but I'll need to do some additional testing. Thanks again!
Nicantob Mar 22, 2016 @ 2:42am 
It seems that there are bug between "Bros in arms" and "Untouchable". I didn't complete "Untouchable" but i have it. And we can see something strange in global stats. I try to check it this evening.
2dengine  [author] Mar 21, 2016 @ 9:35pm 
Nicantob, I believe both players have to be alive when the mission is completed. Can you confirm?
Nicantob Mar 21, 2016 @ 3:18pm 
They added achievements. I could not achieve "Bros in arms". Keyboard + Joystick. Anybody received it?
krz Mar 19, 2016 @ 7:31am 
Wow you fixed it so fast :)
Now its working. Thanks.
2dengine  [author] Mar 19, 2016 @ 7:21am 
Invincibility should be working after the latest update.
2dengine  [author] Mar 19, 2016 @ 3:01am 
Good catch, krz. There are a few more pressing bugs in the game, but I'll try to get the invincibility working in the next 2-3 updates. Thanks a lot! :8bc1:
krz Mar 19, 2016 @ 2:47am 
Invincibility cheat not working? Developer and level unlock works but not invincibility.