Frontline Commando: D-Day recreates a scenario of ground warfare where your character is on foot battling the enemies with a realistic styled battlefield that resembles a World War style environment with bunkers and gritty smoke filled skies. The game actually is an arcade shooting gallery format when you get right down to brass tacks. The shooter is moving from one target to the next and having to deal with variables along the way. The player will have to hide behind bunkers to avoid being hit and then pop up to nail those that are firing in his direction.
The game is pulled directly out of a second World War invasion with the levels named after the battles that took place in France such Juno, Omaha and Utah Beach, Sword and Gold which are all actual strikes through the German occupation. Your soldier starts on the beach and migrates inland as he moves through the levels, hiding in trenches and behind bunkers, slinking down dirt roads and coming across destroyed towns. It is necessary for him to try to take cover and hide from the forces that are on the offensive and there are places that he can hide where ever he goes. Every shooting gallery you’re your player moves to will have optional places for him to hide or duck into to protect himself but he must focus on taking out the enemy as well. There are optional weapons of choice available from a machinegun to a rifle and you’ll be able to use accurate sights to get precision shots.
The game has 145 different levels and each one has different requirements for the player to complete in order to move on to the next one. Once he does, he can move immediately to the next one, leaping over obstacles or dodging fire and mines exploding around you. You’ll have to achieve grenade kills or be restricted to a single type of gun depending on what level you are at and you’ll achieve stars that will help you to unlock more levels. Occasionally you’ll be up against vehicles such as planes or tanks but these aren’t the most plentiful.
The enemies are positioned in a variety of spots and the levels cycle through. You can buy new weapons if you want to, using either the currency you’ve earned or your own money, and those will provide you with tools that might improve the power or accuracy of your shots.
While it may not be the most inventive game out there, Frontline Commando: D-Day can be pretty entertaining particularly if you’re a historic war buff. The shooting is fun with the arcade like appeal and the change in scenarios will prevent you from becoming bored with a repetitive environment. It is a fermium game so you can get by without having to make any purchases but that is an option if you would like to do so. In the end, it is worth giving it a shot – it’s fun, requires more than just nominal skills and won’t put a huge dent in your pocketbook.