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Space Crusade

DOS - 1992

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - ZX Spectrum

Year 1992
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom (1992)
France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom (1995)
Genre Strategy
Theme Board / Party Game, Licensed Title, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Turn-based
Publisher Gremlin Graphics Software Limited, Gremlin Interactive Limited
Developer Gremlin Graphics Software Limited, Gremlin Interactive Limited
Perspectives Isometric, 2D scrolling, Top-Down, Fixed / Flip-screen, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4.31 / 5 - 48 votes

Description of Space Crusade

Space Crusade is a follow-up of sorts to Gremlin's underrated Hero Quest. Like its predecessor, Space Crusade is an excellent tactical turn-based wargame based on a Games Workshop boardgame, this time the more famous Warhammer 40,000 universe. A ship carrying high-ranking marines have been hijacked by aliens, and it's up to you as commander of 4 veteran marines to save the day. The game can be played from either 2D overhead (useful for planning movement) or 3D perspective for up-close-and-personal view of the aliens.

The game has many random elements from the board game that can get you killed by sheer (bad) luck no matter how careful your planning may be, but luck can be on your side if your defence die roll is high enough. There are also many random events that occur at the end of your turn that add to the fun, such as "Master Control" which gives you control over all the doors on the level, which you can use to trap or crush the aliens. The game gives you score at the end of each level, which makes an excellent incentive to replay to try to increase your score, either by accomplishing the mission in less number of moves, or fulfill secondary objectives. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Space Crusade has an addon available: Space Crusade: The Voyage Beyond (Data Disk), don't miss it!

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Comments and reviews

[deleted] 2023-02-03 1 point Amiga version

Perhaps Gremlin missed an opportunity here. By keeping as true to the original board-game they missed the chance to make some improvements. The whole reliance on the roll of the dice is frustrating. If facing an enemy at point blank range then surely a 99% hit would be more appropriate than relying purely on luck. Missions are all very similar (shoot as many aliens as possible)

sumguy 2021-07-03 0 point DOS version

"ctrl+f10" to unlock cursor works when played with "dosbox"

click and drag the "crack" file to dosbox icon then type "crusade" and hit enter. when asked for words from manual , just hit "enter". when game starts hit "ctrl+f10" to move mouse.

sumguy 2021-07-03 1 point DOS version

to "unlock" the cursor/mouse just click "ctrl+f10" , you will now be able to move the hand around.enjoy!!!

Paul 2020-08-22 2 points

I suggest you should use a program called D-Fend, it is a front end for dos-box that handles all the setup and install issues for an old dos game, use the wizard setup in the program, go through the steps and you will be playing most dos games with ease. The Dos version of Space Crusade is really good, but on newer computers the mouse control is twitchy, I was just playing the Amiga version which is my favorite with an Amiga emulator called UAE (ultimate Amga Emulator) once you set up the emulator right and get the roms in the right spot it runs great. I did not know that there was an add on disk for the Amiga version and I been playing it for years. I own an Amiga and used to play it back in the 90's. This game really has good replayability. Great game.
I bought the board game years ago from E-Bay, because it was never released here in USA. Back in teh 90's I searched high and low for it. I do own the board game of Hero Quest and the expansions for it I bought it from Toys are Us back in the early 90's. Those two games are excellent.

Silent Wolf 2020-06-19 -1 point DOS version

There is an easy installer located on:

Here is a walkthrough for those, like me, that distrust direct links from sites I haven't used before:

1-Free users are limited to 2 dloads a day and they will auto download once you click their download link, quick links usually top right side of page, after 15 seconds give or take. (Keep note that downloading the game and manual will count as 2 separate downloads and max you out for that day)

2-At the bottom of the linked page you will see "How to run this game on modern Windows PC?" Click it to see the "Download - Easy Setup (2.28 MB)"

I hope this helps anyone having issues

If you like the game style of Space Crusade I have 2 recommendations:

1-Hero Quest
Direct Download Link:

2-Sorcerer's Cave (Free Creator's )
Direct Download Link:

saba 2020-05-09 -1 point

@PBU i have the same problem someone please post the solution

TimmyJ 2020-04-21 -1 point DOS version

I can't seem to get the DOSbox version to work.
I used to know my way around DOS so I'm not brand new to it, but I just can't figure out how to mount the game

Giant Squidy 2016-02-01 8 points DOS version

Great game, especially for Warhammer fans. The cross between X-COM and the first Jagged Alliance. *FIRST* use the crack file, and *THEN* run the game's exe. This will alleviate the code issue people are having.

PBU 2016-01-24 0 point DOS version

I run the SC.bat version and the game starts just fine but i cant move the cursor in-game. It registers when i click but i cant move it. Does anyone else have a similar problem?

TheStig 2014-10-21 -6 points DOS version

How do i run this? says "cannot start or run due to incompatibility with 64bit versions of windows". im running windows 7. Really want to play this game!

batts 2014-05-12 0 point DOS version

cant believe i found this the old games bring back a lot of memories

black orchid 2014-03-29 1 point DOS version

Thank you for this!

confused 2014-01-19 3 points DOS version

I can't get past the manual word for security
No idea how to run sc.bat or to use the crack when I've got D-Fend Reloaded running
I was just clicking the game to run from in there.

Any suggestions?

Using windows vista if that's an issues


starbook 2013-07-14 -2 points DOS version

use the crack

idiot 2013-04-14 -2 points DOS version

Hoe do i get this game to load

kremolaði 2012-10-29 2 points DOS version

i need the manual for this game to get the passcodes. help?

EVONY 2012-07-08 0 point DOS version

Music Remade 2012: Follow Link for Youtube Vid. EVONY

wolfpack828dk 2012-04-09 0 point DOS version

arrrrh just speed the game down and it works cool

wolfpack828dk 2012-04-09 -1 point DOS version

but then i cant fire the guns only melee

Semiru 2012-03-09 0 point DOS version

Run sc.bat and you can just hit enter at the manual check.

Pathos 2009-06-06 0 point DOS version

How do I play it, if I don't have the Manual?

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