Arma Tactics is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where you take control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies, rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to you to decide how you will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with randomized objectives.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (468 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013

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July 21

Moving to Unity3D v5 finished - 1.7267

  • Several gameplay tweaks and fixes
  • Steam cloud saves
  • Steam trading cards
  • Steam achievements fixes

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May 1

Huge move to Unity3D v5 in version 1.7183

Hey everyone!
To be able to fix reported issues and improve gameplay side we decided to move to the latest version of Unity3D.
Thanks to this upgrade we will be also able to bring you some new Steam related features in the upcoming weeks.


  • New lighting model
  • New shaders
  • Improvements in camera system
  • Updated save system (preparation for Cloud Save)
  • Several gameplay issues solved
  • New Steam SDK implemented

Known issues:
delay on quit from main menu
achievement system under reconstruction
update for MAC/Linux version on the way

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About This Game

Arma Tactics is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where you take control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies, rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to you to decide how you will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with randomized objectives. Whether using stealth or a more direct approach, you will need to use your strategic thinking and use both basic and advanced weaponry while facing many different opponents - ranging from unorganized local militia to smart and skilled mercenaries.

With highly replayable missions, achievements, weapons to unlock and two single-player campaigns, Arma Tactics offers many hours of intense ever-changing action.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Microsoft Windows® XP SP2 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or dual core AMD XP or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Compatible(with shader model 2)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 750 MB available space
    • OS: updated OS X
    • Processor: 2Ghz Dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better Shader model 2.0 compatible graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 750 MB available space
    • OS: any current Linux distro
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or dual core AMD XP or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2 and higher graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 750 MB available space
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Bad PC port of poor mobile game cashing in on the Arma franchise. Xcom / Jagged Alliance style game play but the missions are static and poorly written. The forgettable story, the awkward camera angles, and the clunky interface all conspire to prevent you from playing this fiddly, bugged and frustrating game.

One to avoid.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Arma Tactics was ported from the smartphone for the PC in 2013. It differs from other Arma titles by being a point and click, turn-based game. You control up to 4 members of a squad who you use to overcome a variety of objectives. Each member has different abilities. Characters can purchase upgrades and level up based on experience points. In all it isn't a bad port, unlike Deus Ex: The Fall which was horrible. Arma Tactics is different but interesting and when played on a smartphone probably is a pretty decent game. As a PC game, it strays so far from the Arma format, the name and the military theme are about all it has in common with the rest of the series. If you are a fan of the Arma series, you might not like Arma Tactics; However, if you enjoy turn-based tactical games, it is probably right up your alley. As a game it is decent and deserves a thumbs up, even if it isn't a game I would personally choose to play.
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
VERDICT: A niche combat oriented game. Simple yet comphrensive mechanics. With lite roleplay and modest inventory options. The game engine is solid if unimpressive. Its an average game but it could have been the base for something greater. Just a shame really that it wasnt successful enough for the developer to build upon it. Dont expect it to be the next XCom or Jagged Alliance. If you want something cheap, short and casual then its perfectly adequate.


01. GENRE: Tactical, squad, turn-based strategy game with lite roleplay elements.

02. SETTING: Modern Day/Contemporary generic Middle-Eastern/North Africa.

03. STORY/BACKGROUND: Take control of a squad of four army soldiers who must defeat generic terrorists in a variety of missions.

04. GAME MODES: Singleplayer only. Two five mission campaigns of around 1/2h to 3/4h each. There is also a random mission generator where the team can face different objectives on different maps.

05. GAMEPLAY: The Arma Tactics experience can be summed up as being; Ready your team. Begin next mission. Complete one or more objectives. Keep your squad alive. Kill or sneak past any enemies encountered. Receive experience points and credits. Boost your squads abilities. Buy equipment, weapons or upgrades. Rinse and repeat.

Main aspects of gameplay involve movement and firearm based combat. Supplemental actions add to the tactical play including: throwing grenades, planting mines, healing and reviving fallen comrades. Inventory customization plays a small yet satisfying part of the game, allowing players to choose a weapon type for each soldier even if its from only four. An additional four slots per soldier allow add. equipment to be carried, increasing the tactical options available.

Mission failure occurs if a team member dies. The game has a good tutorial if you are unused to this type of game.

06. MECHANICS: Core gameplay consist of standard tactical options. Each soldier has two action points during a turn. They can move or shoot, stab, heal, throw grenades, revive a dying soldier, plant or detonate claymore mine, take cover, attach silencers or reload ammo. Line-of-sight adds a much needed layer of tactical playing and an element of stealth as the A.I. always begins unawares.

The steamlined nature of combat is a real draw. Select soldier, select target, choose shot type (aimed or snap). It keeps the action flowing. Soldiers that do not use all their (two) action points have a chance of a interrupt if an enemy attacks in range and in sight. Any team member who loses all their health can be revived by another member of the team though, this must be done quickly within a time limit or they will expire. XP and credits are awarded for completing missions. XP is used to upgrade skills which affect action success. These include: 4 weapon skills, tactical movement, medic, grenades, explosive and hand-to-hand combat.

Credits can be spent on purchasing weapons other than starting M-16 assualt rifles or upgrading eapons to boost their effectiveness with: larger ammo capacity, telescopic sights and silencers. In additional consumable items such as: smoke, stun and frag grenades, medical kits, revive syringes, proximity and remote detonate claymores can be purchased to augment the tactical options available to each soldier.

07. A.I: Static with quick response options when an enemy spots a member of your team. Namely it will usually kamikaze attack but look to flee if fire upon and alone. As placement of enemies is pre-determined the A.I. doesnt have to be clever. While I would say it is robust it doesnt go far enough to provide a taxing challenge but I doubt it the game was ever designed to do that.

08. GRAPHICS: Visually the game is fine. Graphics are nothing amazing but in keeping with the general setting. Models especially enemies are a variation on a standard. Weapons are distinctly drawn. Maps including furniture and terrain are fine if nothing special.

09. G.U.I/CONTROLS: Overall the G.U.I is fine. Its standard select, point-and-click fare. Aspects of combat such as choosing your shot type or performing an action other than shooting (healing, cover, reloading) is oriented around the focal point. This I like. Perhaps the worst aspect of the game is the sometimes fiddly nature of selecting the target spot when you move. Sometimes the click doesnt register and it can be annoying as hell.

10. SOUNDTRACK & AUDIO: Basic enviromental noises. No music in game.

11. VOICE ACTING: Okay. Probably one of the better aspects of the game. The members of your squad render dialogue at key points in the mission, namely at the start, end and the completion of mission objectives.

12. DIFFICULTY: There are no difficulity ratings. The game is overall is pretty easy for a veteran tactical/strategy gamer. There are a few achievements that require some care and forethought but once the mechanics and the limitations of the A.I are understood, these should not be a problem. If you are having problems then you can play a few short generated missions to upgrade your skills and buy better equipment or upgrades.

13. PLAYTIME: You can complete the campaigns in between 6-10h. It will take you less time if you do not replay the campaign missions, dont try out some of the random mission to buff your squad or dont aim to complete all the achievements. My run took 15h but I replayed several campaign missions, played around a dozen randomly generated levels to earn additional xp to buff my team and earn extra credits to spend on equipment and weapon upgrades when I need to replay a mission.

14. PROBLEMS: No major issues during my playthrough. Perhaps the biggest gripe is the G.U.I. when selecting the location to move soldiers. It can be tricky at the worst of times and cause a mistake to serverely hamper your mission progress. That said though if you're careful you should be okay.

15. ACHIEVEMENTS: The game has achievements but the developer/publisher hasnt setup their store page correctly to show them. Of the twenty-two two are campaign based, four are objectives based and the others are action-based (kill x soldiers with a weapon, heal team members y times, etc.) Note that there are four broken achievements. So if you are after that perfect game look elsewhere. At the time of writing the publisher is aware of the issue as it has been reported by a few people.

16. DLC: None and there are unlikely to be any.

17. FUN FACTOR: There is a fair amount of fun in commanding your squad through each mission. Squad and inventory/equipment manage is pretty good. Despite its fairly casual nature I would wager definitely only fans of the genre are going to like it. If you are drawn here by the 'Arma' in the title, stop. Dont be. It really couldnt be more different.

18. CHALLENGE: The game only provides a taxing challenge in the later levels when enemies are deployed in larger numbers and in greater proximity. Even then it is rather forgiving in that you can restart the game with your squad intact and only equipment used missing from your inventory. There are no other penalties. If you ever find yourself out of credits to purchase equipment you may need, a few runs on the mission generator will be enough. The final two missions have a nice twist to them. :)

19. LONGEVITY/REPLAYABILITY: Fairly low as despite having a random mission generator, playing and replaying the same missions does eventually get tiresome. Especially once youve boosted your squads stats to their max. and have enough credits to buy every item, weapon and upgrade there is.

20. VALUE FOR MONEY: Not worth it at full price but not far off. The game is too short and only worth the consideration at 50% or more discount.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Arma Tactics was a mobile game backported to PC, and somehow it is extremely buggy with rage-quit worthy frustrations despite a decent tactical game under the whole thing. it cannot be recommended until the bugs are fixed.

Arma Tactics is a turn-based tactical combat game where you command your fireteam of soldiers in combat against terrorists and guerillas and mercenaries in some generic African country full of slums and such. There are two campaigns (each of which are composed of 5 distinct missions, albeit linked) and once you've played through the mission once, it becomes available as a quick battle.

The actual tactical battle happens on a full 3D battlefield, with multiple levels of elevation (i.e. you can walk to the roof / upper floor, and in case of bridges or dams, 3 levels of height difference). The buildings can often be walked into with alternate exits, and alternate paths are almost always present, so flanking, when possible, is highly recommended.

Your soldiers automatically goes into cover when you send up leaning up against columns, door ledges, K-rails, basically anything that may shield them from bullets. They will still get hit, but will take less damage if they do get hit. However, the drag to move interface means you have to wiggle slightly to get the soldier to lean up against the cover properly, and sometimes, they will simply face the wrong way, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Each soldier gets two action points per turn, and moving 5 meters is considered an action, as well as actions like throw grenade, reload, shoot, and so on. Shooting has an additional option, use 1 action for quick shot, or use both actions for aimed shot and higher accuracy.

After each mission you can purchase skill points with your accumulated XPs, and if you have credits, you can buy upgrades for your weapons as well as additional weapons such as sniper rifle, combat shotgun, as well as more exotic weapons like remote controlled Claymore mine and regular Claymore trip mine, plus other equipment. Furthermore, credits can also be used to buy upgrades for the weapons, which improves them to all users of that weapon type. And you earn about 500+ credits and about 150 XP if you win a mission.

As the namesake suggests, your need to employ proper infantry tactics such as move and fire, overwatch, proper use of cover, stealth vs. loud, and so on. The problem is there are many different bugs in the game that prevents a full enjoyment.

Ragdoll physics are often hilarious as a kill would often find the body started shaking and dancing all over the place, probalby due to some polygonal collision issues, which in turn leads to even more hilariosu results, such as a dead body fying 25 ft into the air and 25 feet sideways, or a wounded soldier managed to shoot me withOUT a rifle (the rifle fell off after that shaking and dancing after a knife hit)

Mechanics of attaching / detaching silencer was never properly explained, or that you automatically get silencer if you complete the first campaign.

Another point of hilarity is how the smoke from a smoke-grenade is solid enough to bounce off other grenades. I wanted to throw a grenade through the smoke to land at enemy's feet, but my grenade bounced off the smoke... twice. On the other hand, at other times, it won't bounce. A throw that should have bounced off the door instead went THROUGH the door instead, wasting the grenade.

These are relatively minor problems though, because there are big ones, such as how the game refused to end a mission even when one guy is standing on top of the exit zone, and thus causing me to lose that mission.

The interface also coudl use a bit of help as it's clearly NOT optimized for mouse, and how various things are hidden under lays of menu and clicks. and such.

Camera is movable but hard to control when you got to the "edges" of the playable level.

Sound is rather lame, and voice acting is quite bad. Graphics are quite good

All in all, while there seems to be a good game under all these bugs, in its present form it can't be recommended when there are games like XCOM that does the tactical combat much better.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
This game is REALLY difficult to like. I gave it a shot because it was a couple dollars and I really love tactical games but it's clunky to play and almost impossible to succeed in, with little to no instruction on what you're doing. Don't bother.
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