Real time strategy game featuring over 130 different types of units and technologies, 21 campaign missions with characters and an intriguing story, unlimited random map skirmishes with many customizable settings, network multiplayer to challenge your friends, and so much more in this RTS!
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Release Date: Jul 23, 2014

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“A 21 level campaign, online multiplayer, and endless skirmish maps with the random map generator means there's something for everyone.”
95% – MobileTechReview

“You want a flying fortress with Air to Ground missiles? Well you got it buddy!”
100% – Invision

“Fast, nail-biting action, real-time strategy. Easy to learn but tough to master.”
87% – Armchair General

About This Game

Real time strategy game featuring over 130 different types of units and technologies, 21 campaign missions with characters and an intriguing story, unlimited random map skirmishes with many customizable settings, network multiplayer to challenge your friends, and so much more in this RTS!


  • Build over 130 different types of units and technologies
  • Rescue the Omicron Initiative in 21 missions
  • Command and conquer massive 5,000 unit battles
  • Play unlimited random map skirmishes
  • Conquer four friends in online multiplayer combat
  • Dominate with seven awesome RTS mega units
  • Deploy a full arsenal of infantry, aircraft, naval, and ground forces
  • Enjoy rich environments with ambient objects and weather

The story:

You investigate a secluded military lab and find something horribly wrong! All of the scientists are missing and the facility is ransacked. Years of research and top secret classified experiments are no where to be found.

The missing scientists, known as the Omicron Initiative, are responsible for developing new technologies. The only clue to their disappearance is a mysterious text message reading "we were forced to do it". The team's disappearance threatens the secrecy of it's research, which could potentially put your country into a chaotic panic. Now there's only one person who can rescue the Omicron Initiative and protect its secret technology from falling into the wrong hands.

In 21 real time strategy missions you'll race across the world to find out who, or what, is responsible for the team's disappearance. You'll battle with over 130 different types of RTS units ranging from infantry and ships to giant modern mega units.

After honing your skills in the campaign, fire up a random map and experience insane 5,000 unit real time strategy battles! Choose your nation and test your mettle in online multiplayer or conquer some AI opponents offline. Many adjustable options ensure every game is unique. Want to play with only ground units? Make the victory condition the death of a specific unit? The options are limitless in this real time strategy game!

It's time to arm up and get in the war!

Behind the Game:

Hello, my name is James, I'm an indie developer and programmed 100% of Machines at War 3 over the last two and a half years! It was quite the undertaking and I almost gave up several times, but through bad times and good, I'm excited this real time strategy game is done! I hope you enjoy it and if so please let me know, sometimes when things are tough an email or review from a customer really helps. Game on!

Even more reviews!

"Easily one of the smoothest playing RTS experiences"

"This game is epic."

"The number of units that can be created is staggering"
Armchair General

"An ultra-solid strategy game full of interesting features, large maps, and a wide array of gameplay situations."
Gamers Critic

"An assault helicopter above, exploding, and a little trooper in a teal jumpsuit parachuting out. Maybe a nice visual touch in another game. Here? Well, shucks to that 'copter. You've got another pair of boots on the ground and a forward position to secure."
"This control scheme really shines"
"Normally you can't access beard tech like that until the end of the the tree."

"A robust selection of gameplay modes and units."
"Machines at War 3 is all about the action, and the game coats it in an engaging 21-mission campaign with unique objectives."

"Every fibre screams homage to the retro RTS games we grew up on"

"Machines at War 3 has a variety unmatched by other RTS titles."

"The randomly generated maps mean that the experience is new each and every time."
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System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Any
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Any
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
for the good/bad points skip to the end of the review
Its worth noting the official site contains a demo (i dont know if its just one map or what not but if your unsure about the game still you could grab it and see)

Type of game
large-scale strategy (this means you will be trying to control multiple units and bases generally trying to attack while defending your own base to exploit your opponents weaknesses).
In short you will build hundreds of units fairly quickly, send them off to die (i mean take control of a area you like), train more units as your opponent counters, or exploits a lack of defence on your base, this struggle goes back and forth untill you or they/them break though and wipe you out

Like most strategy's of the war genre there is a Rock-Paper-Scissors based combat, this does not mean air kills land units, but each unit has a strength and weakness, so a helicopter with ground missiles is easy prey for a jet with high calabure machine guns, but a infantry man with anti air can happily take your pretty jet out of the sky, however if they can shoot at it, enough rocks with happily tear the paper in half
On top of that if you control special deposits of ore you can build mega units, these big boys can decimate a whole army, but like anything enough bee stings will quickly bring them down, costing the user more money than the units used to kill them, so needs a suitable force to protect them still
The music is a nice mix of Heroic/Inspiring music, its a nice mix but for extended play, you will most likly turn it off and pipe in your own music/tv over it while leaving sound effects on
Sound effects, these are not awe inspiring but are distinctive enough to tell whats shooting, and when a unit dies
Due to the combat model used the AI is fairly competent, it throws a mixture of units at you and keeps up the attacks, meaning you will always have something to do, be it train more units, lead a offensive or counter attack, or defend your own bases
At this time i havnt completed the Campain, while described as epic i think i was Spoiled by the campaign of Supreme Commander (1), leaving me to feel abit less epic. That being said the missions have good dialogue with each mission following on from the last. however start of fairly short. along side this the AI here tends to be fairly restricted at least on the 1st 6-7 missions leaving you to do most the attacking, and stomping them

you and upto 3 AI
Like most War Strategy games this (and multiplayer) is where you will spend most of your game time. It features a nice suite of options including muliple landscapes eg, islands and climents (just for a change of scenery), and a handful of "popular" game modes,

with the nice background of units, the multiplayer is failry equal, you have lots of statergys to use against your human opponent/s and spamming one type of unit might work, but can very quickly be countered. it doesnt support ui, meaning you cant have you and a mate battling too "robotic" ai. you have to face off another human team alone. you also cannot set it up as a private game, meaning if you want your friend you should time it, so no one else jumps in and steals his place(granted its a bit quite at the moment)

most the normal options here, sound controls ect, resoluctions (upto 1080) and the ability to adjust particles (quality of the wepon's fire)
one of the negative aspects is the save option, it works but you can only save one game (although it seems Campaign save and Skirmish save is separate, but it mean you can only play one Skirmish at a time, and not bounce around between several, or have a backup save incase it gets corrupted (i personaly like to make a save at the very start as a map backup, incase i realy enjoy that map and want to use it again, but in another way)


This game plays somewhat like Supream Commander (1), if you have played that and enjoyed it, you will enjoy this game, it might not be a grand or as pretty but its a very good spitual successor to it with plenty to keep you busy
Large amount of units to choose from
Large scale war, who likes mothering over 20-30 units, you trained them to die,they will die
Good selection of countrys to pick from, not just the old fashion USA/Russia/China choice (although the campain Revolves around these)

Multiple resolutions (most of them are common ones such as 1080)

Easy to use UI, if you have played a staregy game before you will generally feel at home

Keybindings (kinda)

Plenty of map choice (eg continates/sea/ islands ect)

Most of the keybindings are your control groups or open the map, you cant set keybindings to build buildings or train units

No repeat queue order

Mini map is in a odd place and cant be moved

Default options have the unit cap at 1000, im assuming this might be the top end cap for phones, and pc's can go higher without a high fps drop (upto 5000 units)

Shadows seem to be a dark green which just looks odd when your near a forest

Low Res Grahics (commonly called charming or retro)

Only one Save slot (One for Campain, One for Skirmish)

No Private mode or AI in Multiplayer

Steam Overlay doesnt work
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Excellent game, would recommend to anyone who loves the original C&C style games, especially the Red Alert series. It seems simple at first, but it can be very in depth with choosing your reserach and deciding what type of army to build. The tactical map is probably my favorite part, as I have longed for a map that in depth (with grids, unit locations, forces, ect) and tracked the warfare live. You can zoom out, get some good SA on the battlefield, and then zoom in where you want back to the normal game.

Balance is very well rounded, no massing one type of unit with no counter, every unit in this game, while seemingly OP, has a good counter, so no BS wins.

Definitly worth the purchase, I got the 4 pack and me and my buddies play it every night, a good break from the monotony of the other games we play.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
A great RTS. Lots of big battles, challenging AI. Enjoyable base building - not quite as extensive as the castle/wall building in Battle for Middle Earth 2, but you do get a sense of "home base" that is sometimes missing in other RTS, or is too artificial in games like COH where you are limited in the scope of your base building. And you can create sprawling bases, or have satellite stations with defense structures to help maintain control of areas. There's a good selection of defense structures and weapons, as well as various ground, air and naval units.

Graphics are 2D, but don't let that fool you, there's plenty of gameplay under the hood. You can also stack buildings, for example undersea energy generators beneath floating air defense platforms.

In addition to Tech Levels, there are specific research enablers across Air, Land and Sea - for offensive and defensive units. Additional map features (e.g. magma flows) add strategic resources that can be fought over.

Economy plays a secondary role - you don't need to micromanage your economy, but you will need to maintain ore and energy reserves to build units and advance technology levels. Base building is important, as defensive buildings have limited range, so as your base expands, you'll need to build outer layers of defenses.

Some really memorial battles - across Air, Land and Sea (underwater too). Lots of good tech advancements. Oh, and you can pretty much play as any country - Ireland for World Domination (TM) :)

The UI is not perfect, but nor does it get in the way. And there's nice single-click options to scout unchartered territory, so you spend less time uncovering the map and more time building your empire and expanding your war machine.

Plenty of game options to start at different tech levels, starting resources, mutators etc.

And an indie developer that cares about customers.

I've not tried it multiplayer, but single player campaign and especially skirmish is extremely good fun.

Buy it if you like Supreme Commander, BFME2, Company of Heroes etc. Or buy it if you want a fun game that can easily absorb hours at a time on a mammoth battle.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
This game is pretty good, definitely a step up from the old Land Air Sea Warfare game.

I actually started playing LASW when it was first released for IOS. I actually helped James at Isotope 244 with some ideas for the game on Facebook. If I remember correctly, 3 or 4 people pitched ideas on the Isotope 244 Facebook page. My suggestion was a nuclear power plant mega unit that blows up when destroyed. Good call not including that James, it was a bad idea.

Compared with LASW I feel like Machines at War 3 is just a big update. Graphics are the same, units are a tiny bit different, and the AI is a little more aggressive but no necessarily better. However, Machines at War is a game in its own, so I'll treat it as a new game for this review.

Graphics / Gameplay: 2D icon type graphics with some cool particle effects and decent physics. The graphics work well for the RTS genre, but the grid system is where the game really shines. Being able to zoom out and look at the map in the form of a giant graph is mad cool. It makes me feel like I'm some cold war commander controlling robots from a underground bunker somewhere.

I also love the stats that pop up at the end of the battles. Its super cool being able to break down your strategy into the raw stats and numbers.

Music: The soundtrack is OK / Bad. The real problem is trying to play your own music instead. I'll cover this later

AI: The AI is a huge part of any RTS, and this one does pretty good.

Back in LASW the AI had OK strategy and terrible tactics. In Machines at War 3 the AI has become very aggressive strategically, but not much smarter tactically.

Strategy: The AI knows that the key to success is mega units and Ore. So it conducts search and destroy missions for the special resources from the start of the game. Once it has the resources, the AI is able to out produce you, and overwhelm you with massive amounts of building, units, and mega units.

If you don't get a leg up on the AI by getting some special resources in the early game, you're on the defensive for the rest of the game for sure.

Tactics: The AI is still lacking a bit on the tactics side. The AI tries to overwhelm you with massive amounts of units, and it really isn't that effective against a human player who can set up decent defenses. One thing that I noticed was that the AI only attacks with one kind of unit at a time. The AI will launch an air attack, and then a land attack, and then a sea attack, waiting in-between to rebuild more units.

A human player easily defeats the AI in tactics because we know that you're supposed to attack with air, sea, and land at the same time. No point in sending in tanks if a helicopter will destroy them. No point in sending helicopter if a fighter will shoot it down. No point in sending a helicopter, tank, or fighter if a gunboat or submarine is covering the river. The AI does not understand this, and sends units into areas where they cannot help or get slaughtered.

In addition, I just have to mention how horrible the AI is with building facilities. Why the hell would you rebuild your mother base next to mine? How does it make sense to build a factory within shooting distance of my factory? The AI is just too aggressive with building factories and buildings, and it ends up just being a waste of resources that the AI hoards.

Other: I have to mention that this game has troubles on Mac. You cannot go into big picture mode while this game is running. You have to save and quit if you want to do ANYTHING ELSE while the game is running. Want to play music through iTunes? Better not want to change a song, you have to save and quit. Why is this still a thing Isotope 244?

Rating: Overall, I think Machines at War 3 is pretty good. I don't think it is worth $14.99 though. I would suggest this game to my friends, and I think that its great that Isotope 244 still makes RTS games even after they have fallen out of style all over the Mac / PC space. In addition, it is great to support an indie dev.

I'm also really glad this game was released on steam. No offense James, but your website made me afraid to buy your game for a long time.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Overall, the game is fantastic. The art is good, the sound is decent and the game keeps your attention. However; when you play in skirmish, the AI seems to pop up EVERYWHERE. Even in your base. Not to mention that, when you seem get rid of them, they'll sometimes spawn in the same spot no more then a second later. Other then that, there are a few bugs here and there but it's still very much worth the money.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
I've been playing this series since the 2nd game release, before this one even came to Steam. I reccommend it. If you're interested enough to read this review, I can safely say that you'll have fun with it. It's basically an indie Supreme Commander with a few of its own twists, and it's well made.

Note: I'm running it great on my Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1 with just a touch screen and it is working like a charm so far (not that you have to on any of those counts).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Machines At War 3 is a Command and Conquor like RTS game taking a ton of influence from the 90s series. The graphics will instantly remind you of the C&C series like Red Alert 2, but that isn't a bad thing.

Postive's (+)

Great if not excellent AI
Tons of units and buildings to have at your disposal.
Large Maps
Tons of unit upgrades
Good amount of factions
Decent single player campaign
Large amount of of units for epic battles

The negatives or just things I thought could be better ( - )

The UI is weird ( not sure if it was released before or after mobile version )
Sometimes the reflections don't look like reflections ( on the trees in certain lighting )
Some of the graphics could be more consistent
The price tag I personally think is a little steep for this game, but I guess it depends what you find yourself getting out if !

Over all it's not C&C, yet it feels so good to bring back the 90s style RTS. I would recommend this to hardcore RTS fans, and those trying one out. The system requirements are not surprisingly low, but that does not kill the fun factor the game gives. Pick this game up especially if you like the older C&C series!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
if you enjoyed the old C&C games this might be for you.
the game is easy to get into and i really have a lot of fun playing it.
it may has a few flaws and the graphics are pretty old school but if you into this sort of game give it a shoot,
machines at war is well worth the little money it costs
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
I played Macines of war 3 before it came to steam. It is a great game. It has solid AI and the retro graphics bring back great memories of late 90's RTS. The build and resource model is a bit different and a nice new takepm the genre. If you enjpy old school RTS you will enjoy this game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
I have to say that I love this game and bought it before it came on steam. The large maps are fun to play and each map is randomly generated. Each game that I play feels different and more fun. You don't need a great computer to enjoy this either, making it enjoyable for everyone.
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32.0 hrs
Posted: May 7
it's the greatest game of all time, cuz it's so ♥♥♥♥♥♥ easy, but seriusly the AI could be a little more interesting. other than that the game is the gratest game of all strategy games that I have played
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0.6 hrs
Posted: April 24
Terrible interface - this is the type of interface bad games had in 1995, now it's 2016. Why am I playing this? Unless you are somehow stuck in the mid 90's play something else - anything else, or mop the kitchen floor - yeah mopping the kitchen floor would definately be more enjoyable.


The interface is quite terrible. I'm playing at 2560x1600 and the menu structure is tiny on the right side of the screen. The individual units are tiny, the animations sorely lacking, there's no Warcraft or Command and Conquer charm in the voice acting. The music is weird, like some recycled MIDI version of Robin Hood Prince of Theives cinema music. The game keeps popping up a message saying if the units are too small - then I should lower my resolution...(I don't want to lower my resolution). The interface is sooo unitunitive I can't even find anything in the tutorial, where is the dang thing I need to progress teh turorial!!!! ahhhhh get me out of here!...

After the 30 minute tutorial I uninstalled and wrote this bad review. In 2016 we have RTS games like Warhammer 40,000, Company of Herores 2, etc. Compared to those games, this is like something made for Windows 3.1. I wish the lack of modern graphics, great sound, usuable interfaces, and zilch charm were forgivable, but with Triple A titles all over the place on Steam for $5 on a sale any given day of the week--- I just think you'd have to be Haaaaaaard up, or friends with the developer to want to play this title.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: April 16
fix the damn long range defense weapons jesus christ it becomes unbarebly to play
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1.1 hrs
Posted: April 13
Not enough hotkeys, basicaly played with one hand only which feels very wrong in an rts game.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: February 10
If you like Total Annihilation, you like this too.
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137.2 hrs
Posted: November 30, 2015
Set skirmish with AI able to control my units.
Had a bit of a tussle with AI on where to plop down structures and what units to build.
Resign to concentrating on plopping down electricity structures instead.
Let AI do its job combating enemy AI.
Leave chair and enjoy the outdoor air for several hours.
Come back to see battle still raging with my forces on the brink of victory.

This is my kind of game.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: November 19, 2015
Most people dont like the game because its a 2D rts which is something people dont like.

Other then that its fun
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0.3 hrs
Posted: June 23, 2015
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