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|Command & Conquer:|
The Covert Operations
|Release Date||22 April 1996|
|Platforms||DOS, Windows 95|
Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations is an expansion pack for the original Command & Conquer, released in 1996. Like many expansion packs at the time, it did not bring any changes in gameplay or options, while new units were limited to the dinosaurs in the secret Jurassic Park mode. It did use some of the previously multiplayer-only units, such as the Chem trooper and SSM launcher in its missions.
The expansion included fifteen new single-player missions (7 for GDI, 8 for Nod), ten new multiplayer maps and seven new high quality CD audio tracks, as well as lower quality in-game versions. In contrast to the original game, the new expansion missions could be played at any time, in any order and are not accompanied by briefing cutscenes - instead they are selectable from a list. Amongst the expansion packs files are several unused music tracks that were present in the DOS version of Command & Conquer, but not in the Windows 95 (Gold) version. In the PS1 version of C&C, after completing one faction campaigns, there will be password seen in the credit part to open The Covert Operations in the start menu. From there, players can proceed to play the missions individually.
- Bad Neighborhood
- Eviction Notice
- The Tiberium Strain
- Cloak and Dagger
- Hostile Takeover
- Under Siege: C&C
- Nod Death Squad
Secret Jurassic Park mode
The expansion pack contains a hidden 5-mission mini-campaign of dinosaur missions, accessible by launching the game with the command-line argument funpark, and then starting a new game. The side choice determined which side's construction options you would get in the fourth mission, the only one where a construction yard is available. The secret mode had several problems, through. In some cases, missions finished from loaded savegames went on to their GDI equivalent, despite starting the game in funpark mode, and the game was also prone to forget the user's starting side choice, giving a full 2-side combined tech tree in mission #4.
In Nyerguds' 1.06c release of the game, all special behaviour of this mode was implemented into the normal game as special mission options, removing the need for the buggy funpark mode. The 5-mission set was made accessible as single item in the New Missions menu. It is listed once for each side, to emulate the original campaigns' ability to choose a side when starting the game.