They may be little pixel men but once the battle starts and you see them die by the hundreds and their scream fill your ears you'll know it's more than a bit retro-cute. (I owned this long ago, before I used Steam, I have many more hours than listed here.)
Multiwinia isn't a direct control RTS type of game so to speak, they have a bit of their own mind. They will battlewhen near enemies, and mill about when without orders. Yet they loyally follow the orders of their own commanders. That's where you come in! Now you can grab a few or group and give them a general move order, they do the fighting needed there and along the way. But for better results you can upgrade individuals to leaders marked with a simple flag. Now those guys can lead a tightly orginized group with direct marching orders. Or they can simply create a movement vector marked by an arrow on the flag and a small pulsing line across the ground. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279038171
So you set up a line of movements to get those coming into the area to head out to a rally point or simply swarm an area. Once the "pulsing line" movement order is on the ground they will follow it like ant, and as long as it's active they wander nearby, as other movenear the path they take up the order too. In any place you can quickly put together a formation, and these will have better fighting skills and will automatically resupply its troops from nearby unassigned troops. Basically it's ant trails and battle lines for movement and warfare.
There are some support itmes and "data" to retrieve during battle. Bombers, troop transports, turrets, and even some resource collectors which basically collect the little glowing digital souls of all those fallen. And fall they will!http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279037151
Multiwinia is a hands-on and hands off-game in a way. You will most certainly be involved in your efforts to win or hold a battle line, but you will also find yourself gladly zooming in to watch the epic little retro digital warfare! You WILL hear theri screams! You'll see men running on fire! Bodies fly through the air as a Bomber run lays waste to an area! Hold a ridge or hilltop and fight off swarms of AI. Control the flow of battle by locking down choke points, controling spawn points and grabbing all the field drops you can. And enjoy the wonderfully colorful retro arcade epic battle graphics.
No need to worry about massive tech-trees or specialized units. Not major economic structureto build up. Just get the spawn points, resources you can and take the high ground. They will do the rest! Sit back, relax and enjoy! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279037804
And remember: no matter how many adorable little lives are lost, or the endless digital screams that fill your gamer nightmares, it's all okay; they are just pixel men. See, look at them march, oh... that's cute. And...they're all dead.