Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
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  1. 90
    Smart new theory kicks a dying genre in the butt and makes for a unique single-player and terrific two-player game.
  2. Play Magazine
    If only Goblin Commander's visuals matched the majesty of its design... I absolutely love it, though. [Dec 2003, p.83]
  3. The game has been kept rather simple in terms of controls to allow players to jump right in and go with a minimal time spent in learning the game. The mission interface could have been better. But if you are looking for an RTS with imagination, this is definitely worth a gander.
  4. 80
    It's not the prettiest game going, but its reliance on tense, cinch-your-belt strategy with limited forces is a welcome break from the near-mindless tank- (or in this case, monster-) rush blues.
  5. The lack of any significant multiplayer hurts as well, and may very well be a deal breaker for some. Still, Jaleco has brought a quality RTS title home, and the world may never look at these games as best suited for PCs again.
  6. 80
    Though it certainly hasn't reached the same level of excellence as its forbearers from the 16-bit era (or matched the complex brilliance of its PC counterparts for that matter), Unleash the Horde is still the best of its kind to hit consoles in a very long time.
  7. It's a very good game that could have been much more. [Jan 2004, p.149]
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    Easily the best original console RTS out there in a market that relies on, usually, not-so-good ports from the PC. If Jaleco adds in Live play for next year's release, RTS fans may just find a new addiction. [Jan 2004, p.77]
  9. Anyone with even a bit of interest in RTS games but who thought they were always too complicated should take a serious look at one of the few decent console based strategy games currently available.
  10. 75
    An excellent game that disposes of traditional cheap RTS tactics, and instead rewards clever, direct action.
  11. This has to be the best Real Time Strategy game available on the Xbox but considering what else is around, this is no hard feat to achieve, but in its defence, it will take some beating with such a great control interface and one that other companies will have to aim at to beat.

Awards & Rankings

#26 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
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  1. Z
    Dec 18, 2003
    Hands down the best RTS that has come out for the consoles... period. It's an absolute blast to play. Of course, it is not a PC RTS, and Hands down the best RTS that has come out for the consoles... period. It's an absolute blast to play. Of course, it is not a PC RTS, and doesn't seem like it was ever intedned to be. People that have given this game a bad review completely missed the point. It's an action oriented RTS designed for the consoles... and it's good! Full Review »