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 (373 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
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September 10

Arma Tactics Updated and on sale!


Soldiers, listen up! On top of the 80% discount on Arma Tactics this entire week, we've just deployed a brand new update for the Windows and Linux versions of Arma Tactics on Steam! Check out the complete mission report below.

Changelog:
* Fixed enemies being invisible and unselectable
* Fixed incorrect texts pop-ups
* Fixed inability to equip silencer if no other item was present in inventory
* Fixed disappearing selection decals around characters
* Fixed campaign objectives points of interest appearing in generated mission maps
* Minor fixes

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September 9

Update 1.5261 in development branch

Changelog:
* Fixed enemies being invisible and unselectable
* Fixed incorrect texts popups
* Fixed inability to equip silencer if no other item was present in inventory
* Fixed dissapearing selection decals around characters
* Fixed campaingn objectives points of interest appearing in generated mission maps
* minor fixes

Updated Linux version as well (still in testing)

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
As a mad Fallout Tactics fan I just had to get this. At it's original release it was a little limiting and had a few game breaking bugs which probably leads to it's initial bad wrap. Do not be fooled however, this game has come a long way with updates, and extra campaigns. This is well worth the asking price now if not more so ($8.99 at time of writing). If turn based shooters like Xcom, Jaggard Alliance and Fallout are your thing add this to your library.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
It reminds me of an old game, "Commandos" but it is more freely moving. Every choice and move matters and that is the good thing. You don't have to shoot and run, it needs strategy. It is like I train my brain every time.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Modern military squad/turn-based strategy brought to you by people who make great simulation games (especially military ones)! Sounds pretty great right? WRONG. Everything about this game is poorly done. Ahem. For instance, cover doesn't matter, a grenade will stop pretty much immediately as soon as it touches something (You know how bouncing/rolling grenades are actual military and videogame techniques? Not here), AI is incredibly stupid and are perfectly unaware of anything SPRINTING behind them and is totally willing to stand out in the open instead of laying traps or taking cover (which would really be a great idea, because my men are so accurate that the game isn't even close to a challenge when fighting at range), and the UI sucks and results in a mess of missclicks. Still not convinced this game is bad? There is no music, the sound effects are completely uninmpressive, the visuals are just okay, the squad isn't remotely worth listening to, any items you use on a mission have to be bought with credits beforehand (and you have to either grind or be efficient to get them), and worst of all is that amongst only 10 or so premade missions and some badly constructed random missions is that THE GAME HAS NO MULTIPLAYER. And none of this helps how horribly buggy it is too. Frequently my men would stop dead a few paces away from where I told them to go. Locations that were totally accesible were avoided by my men, and areas that you couldn't pass a grenade through they were willing to try. I got shot though walls twice in ten minutes.

TL;DR: Everything is ♥♥♥♥♥ily slapped together and it's not even good for a laugh or a quick game with some friends. A game that could have been a great battle of wits has no multiplayer to speak of. Heartbreaking really. 3/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is a surprisingly fun game to play once you learn the controls. The AI is what it is, but for the most part the game is very enjoyable and a bargain for $10 (or less). It is kind of like Full Spectrum Warrior, but has enough of its own personality to make it a worthwhile gaming investment. It is actually quite nice looking in terms of graphics as well, and has one of the best implementations of an in-mission map overlay that I have seen in any video game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Sometimes you can heal people, sometimes you cannot, this isnt tactics, its luck whether the game will work or not
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Buggy, with a very poor GUI and very simplified gameplay. In 2007 it can be good freeware game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Boring gameplay,rubbish campaign,many bugs and horrible graphics. Don't buy this unless it's maybe 60p
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
A big disappointment. I was a fan of both the first ARMA games (played original operation flashpoint and ARMA 1 and 2), and a fan of tactical turn based strategy games, like Jagged Alliance, 7.62 high caliber and Silent Storm. This game will not appeal to fans of either genre, as is not as near as “realistic” as the ARMA series, nor a heavy tactical game. It’s more like casual tactics for the casual gamer. In games like Jagged Alliance you could shoot from different positions (standing, kneeling, prone) and spend AP to aim (a “snapshot” or a “aimed shot”). In this game you don’t have any of that, and can only choose form spending 2 AP or 1 on a shot, but no further aiming gameplay.
The story is non existent. It’s just a straight forward army game (maybe the only aspect similar to the original ARMA series) against your random “terrorist”. You cant’ “build” your team, since you can’t choose your solders, and both the experience system (to improve skills) and the weapon system are very limited. Another drawback for me was that you can’t really build “random missions” like in the ARMA series, you can just replay the maps with different goals, but not really design a mission.
It might be a good cellphone game, but it’s totally out of league for a PC game.

I payed less than 2 dollars for it, since I bought it on sale, and still feel I payed to much. AVOID this game, you are better of buying XCOM or Jagged Alliance.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
please fix the game it wont run
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Quite Fun, and challenging... I really enjoyed it, but it lacks a lot of content.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
As a huge fan of turn based strategy game I was very disappointed with this title. The tutorial seemed like it may be a good game, but on the first mission I ran into too many issues to continue playing. Shooting an enemy at point blank range with an M4 did not kill the enemy. Also, cover is always huge in TBS games and both my squad and the enemies were able to shoot through walls. What's the point of using strategy and position if you can just shoot through walls? Waste of time/money.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Complete waste of money! Just disappointing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
This game reminded me of Jagged Alliance 2 ... one of my most favorite Turn based tactic shooting game. Although the design of this game is good, the shooting thing is really bad. It was too easy to shoot or be shooted even in cover. I won't recommend anyone intend to buy this game. But if you really want to try this game, it won't hurt if you grab it on sale.
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97 of 121 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
It's something that's simple enough for a person who's not familiar with tactical turn based strategy games to use as an introduction, but it's simply lacking in complexity for any person who is a veteran of tactical turn based games.

Also, it's just a cheap port of a mobile game, so go figure.

If you're a fan of the genre, feel free to skip over this unless you really want another game to play. If you're new, it's a decent starting game, but I would still suggest trying to get into a better game like X-COM.
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55 of 66 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
First of all, we all need to remember that this game was actually made for mobile devices and this is one of the reasons why I won't judge it as harshly, I suppose. The question, however, is do I recommend it? As you can see by the big symbol over this "review" I do. I do, but to a certain type of people.
Firstly, if you are a big (so called "hardcore") tactical strategy player ARMA Tactics is not for you. It's simple, easy and fast. But, if you are like me and are quite new to the genre it is a good starting point.
As far as graphics go...they're pretty bad for a PC game (again, remember that this is a port of a mobile game) but they get the job done. You don't need insanely good graphics to enjoy this type of game so that's all I'm going to say about that.
Gameplay is what we are looking for here. Is it good, you ask. It's...decent, I say. It doesn't require some amazing set of tactician skills. You basically move your squad around, shoot some people, heal if you need to and you will rarely need to heal if you put some thought into it. What I like is that the game gives you good feedback. If there are enemies around you, you see an indication on your screen that shows you whether he's in line of sight, the hit chance percentege and you can click on the bullseye to see where he is. When you finish a mission you get rewarded XP to level up your team's skills and credits to buy different weapons, medkits, grenades and the likes, so there is some progression.
Sound is decent, again. The voice acting gets weird sometimes and I'm astounded by how much one of your soldiers sounds like Bear Grylls. Other than that - silenced, unsilenced gunshots, grunts and moans and other battle-related sounds.
To sum it all up, it's not exactly a tactical game, more of a "squad control simulator" but it's decent for newer tactics gamers like me. I haven't encountered any major bugs but I guess, seeing the other reviews, I might have been lucky so far. So yes, I can recommend it to newer players but if you're a veteran tactical game player stay away from it.
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50 of 68 people (74%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I purchased this game at the 2013 Xmas sale, but didn't play it right away. The game has since been included in a Bohemia Interactive Humble Weekly Sale, so the game may have gained a number of players since its release.

It always saddens me when I have to write a negative critique about a GNU/Linux game (even if it's a proprietary one), but this game was very buggy and really left me with no choice... so here goes it.

The first problem I noticed was when tossing a grenade from behind cover. Although the line indicating where the grenade would be thrown looked fine, the grenades would always hit the cover you were behind and you would blow yourself up. By the time I completed the game, I had probably killed my team members with grenades more than the enemy. Needless to say, I didn't use them much.

Shortly thereafter, I discovered that I wasn't unlocking any Steam achievements. Some people in the forums indicate that they also have this problem occasionally, but even though I completed the game I never obtained a single achievement. I personally like collecting achievements so I found this particularly frustrating.

Completing the first campaign (out of the two included) didn't take very long. After completing the last level of the first campaign, the stats screen appeared (as it normally did at the end of each level) except there was no Continue button. This made sense since it was the last level, and it still had two other buttons - "Restart" and "Main Menu". Clicking Main Menu did absolutely nothing. I didn't want to restart, and I didn't want to lose my progress, so I did the only thing I could immediately think to try ran the kill command on the game process ID.

Unfortunately, that didn't save my progress either. Possibly a SIGQUIT instead of a SIGTERM would have been better, but in any case I had to replay that level from scratch... and when I completed it a second time I had the same issue reappear yet again! This time around I pressed ALT+F4 to close the program, and that command did enable the game to save my progress and unlock the next campaign. Presumably ALT+F4 is the equivalent of a SIGQUIT.

A couple of levels later and I came to a mission whereby I was instructed to send two soldiers to one exit on the map, and two to another exit. I tried this many many times, and every time the level would freeze. Not cool. Eventually (searching through the game forums) I discovered that the only way to complete the level was to ignore the mission objectives and just kill everyone on the level. That wasn't hard, but it took time to find some of the enemies hiding and it was certainly not obvious that doing this would have any impact on the game not working.

One other problem I noticed throughout the entire game was that sometimes the lines which indicate how far you can move in a turn would not appear. Sometimes they would be completely missing, and other times just part of the lines were missing. This was certainly an annoyance when it occurred, and by the end of the second campaign it had happened a lot.

The last annoyance that I'll write about here was that the soldiers would often not do what I wanted them to. If I only wanted them to move a tiny bit, and next to one of the other soldiers, the soldier I was commanding would more often than not heal the nearby soldier without moving at all. In later levels where mortars can take out multiple soldiers in close proximity, it's can be very difficult to select the man you wish to revive. The mouse just didn't seem to do what I wanted it to do when the soldiers were bunched together, which only added to the above frustrations.

In summary, this game is seriously buggy. Due to the massive amount of bugs you will certainly encounter, this game is stripped from much of the fun that would normally have been enjoyed. Even if this game was bug-free, this would not have been an amazing game (it doesn't have multiplayer, there's not a lot of depth, the enemies are really stupid, you can easily miss shooting somebody standing right in front of you, etc.). Even on the GNU/Linux operating system, you could likely do better than ARMA Tactics for a turn-based game. eg. Expeditions: Conquistador looks like it could be good, and of course there's always The Battle for Wesnoth.

The bottom line: Steer clear!
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48 of 69 people (70%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Addicting and fun, i have been playing this game for hours. My biggest problem is the lack of gun selection and upgrades. the game flows well at the beginning and has the problem of hitting the peak of gameplay quickly. Even with this con, I still can't stop playing for a few hours a week.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
This is an awesome game! BUT DO NOT BUY IT...YET!

If you enjoy games like fallout tactics, you will likely love this.
It is a great game I had hours of real enjoyment.

My pain is that there is a bug mid way in the game, I cant complete it the game.
There seems to be no desire to fix this issue.
Wait for this game to hit a special of under $10 and buy it.
That being said buy it right now at the time of writing this the cost is $8.99 and I think that game even broken is worth it.
I do not feel it is worth $14 in a state where I can not complete the game.

If you could complete the game I would pay over $30 for it.
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61 of 103 people (59%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
Not a good game. Incredibly buggy, to the point of unplayability in some parts, and unenjoyment in most. There are a few cool things but these are quickly drowned out by the mediocrity and lack of effort that seems to have gone into this game. Maybe pick it up if you're a huge fan of tactical rpgs but wait until it's $2, I wish I would have.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
The game is short, too short. But you can replay it. The AI is not very tough and there are some bugs in this game. At one point the enemy shoots through the floor at you. I Ignored it. There are some annoying bugs, however, I had a great time playing it.

It has a Demo if you want to try it out before you buy it.

The game crashed for me and I had to set the game version to developer mode to get it to work, like setting it to beta mode in the steam profile. No problem.
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