8-Bit Armies is a retro Real-Time Strategy game. With a colorful, blocky voxel art style, 8-Bit Armies is Petroglyph's most fast-paced, friendly, and accessible RTS game to date. Featuring a campaign of 25 single-player missions, 12 co-op missions, multiplayer and skirmish modes.
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Release Date: Apr 22, 2016

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September 23

8-BIT ARMIES UPDATE #25 - 09/23 @ 15:15 (PST)

In addition to supporting 8-Bit Armies we have been working away on some new stuff we're very excited to talk about today. Read all about it here!

Today's patch completes translations for a total of 8 languages supported (English, German, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Chinese, and French). This also includes full subtitle support in all of these languages.

More is planned for the future. Thanks for your help in making the 8-Bit Armies community such a great place to hang out!


  • Final translations have been completed for all languages. This mostly affects Polish and Hungarian - but other languages were updated too.
  • Subtitles added for Hungarian and Polish.
  • News Wizard died in battle. Long live the Cranioids!

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September 9

8-BIT ARMIES UPDATE #24 - 09/09 @ 15:15 (PST)

Wow! Has a whole week passed since our last update? Time flies when you're having fun - and we have had a lot of fun getting this patch together for you.

With this update, we wanted to show some love for all our Russian, German, French, Portuguese and Chinese friends with a host of localization updates. Plus, we've just added support for Hungarian and Polish!

There are also a variety of other improvements and fixes we've made - check out the list below to learn more.

Have fun and as always, thank you! Your ongoing support helps us further improve the game and ready us for our next title.


  • 8-Bit Armies & 8-Bit Hordes translated to Polish & Hungarian. This translation should be considered BETA for now. A final version will be posted next week after we receive feedback.
  • Subtitles have been created for Russian, German, French, Portuguese, and Chinese languages. (Hungarian & Polish will be completed next week). To turn on subtitles, visit the OPTIONS - TEXT menu.
  • New font-remapping functionality dropped in behind the scenes for extra lengthy foreign languages so they are less likely to extend beyond the available UI.
  • Miscellaneous UI changes have been made to support longer translated text by making various text boxes longer.
  • Steam Achievements for 8-Bit Armies now support Russian, Polish, French, Portuguese (Brazil), and Hungarian.
  • Earned stars in Co-Op mode were sometimes not displayed correctly and this should be fixed now.
  • All maps have been audited for pathfinding issues and fixed if and where necessary.
  • The Mod Text File (STUB_Master_Text_Mod_Unicode.csv) for editing the in-game text was updated to include the latest additions to the game. Subtitle support will be added next week.
  • Fixed an issue where hosting and then canceling a LAN match would prevent players from loading a campaign map afterward.
  • Expanded tooltips have been added to all game manual tech tree objects.

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“This is probably the most beginner-friendly entry the genre has seen in the last decade, and it just works.”
Gaming Nexus

“The ex-Westwood guys did an awesome job here! Clearly recommended for purchase.”
HQ Gaming Network

“For fans of old Command & Conquer, this should be high on your list. A great title for those looking to get into the RTS genre or return to the classic RTS formula.”
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About This Game

A Blast From the Past!
8-Bit Armies is a retro Real-Time Strategy game for the PC. With a colorful, blocky voxel art style, 8-Bit Armies is Petroglyph's most fast-paced, friendly, and accessible RTS game to date. Collect resources, build up and defend your base, amass your army of military units, and ultimately crush your opponents! 8-Bit Armies features offline single-player missions, two-player cooperative missions, AI skirmish mode, and Player-vs-Player Multiplayer modes running on dedicated game servers.

Initial release includes:
  • 25 offline campaign missions
  • 12 co-op missions to play with your friends
  • 10 multiplayer/skirmish maps that support up to 8 players online
  • AI with multiple difficulty options to play with cooperatively or fight against
  • Classic Base-Building mechanics let you construct the ultimate HQ from which to launch attacks against your foes
  • Destructible environments on maps ranging from small to very large
  • Easy to understand modern military units and structures lets RTS beginners jump right in
  • From the same team that brought you RTS classics such as Star Wars: Empire at War, Universe at War, and Grey Goo

8-Bit Armies is for anyone that enjoys RTS games, or felt overwhelmed by more serious games. With hours of solo and co-op gameplay included, there's something here for everyone!

More reviews from game journalists...

"Its biggest offering to the RTS genre is its brilliant retro design and vivid, colourful graphics coupled with easy-to-learn gameplay. For those intimidated by the complexity of RTS games, 8-Bit Armies is a great place to start."
- CGMagazine

"Simple and balanced game play make 8-bit Armies an indie game gem! I wasn’t kidding when I said that I can’t stop playing this game, it is that good!"
- Just Press Start

"I love the the game, and it is definitely worth buying." and... "It's a fun, fun game and I'm absolutely, absolutely loving it!"
- Worth A Buy (YouTube)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTS 250 or ATI Radeon HD 3870
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz+ Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I like this game ..really i do

But has rough spots like very little unit types to pick from
its like cnc1 at best

i hope mods and such come to this game and it will be a great game not just a good/ok game
its worth 5-8$ maybe if there was more units and teams to pick from it would be what everyone
wants a new cnc clone and worth more
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
crashes to many times
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261 of 281 people (93%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
93.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I admit I am a dinosaur. I loved the original c&c and literally played thousands of matches online on the OLD Wchat system.

No RTS game since has come close to that frantic feeling of the original c&c and red alert.

That is until now.

Unbelievably to me this game has come complete full circle and has for the very very first time actually delivered on providing a fast paced, cut throat - yet easy to learn and play basic RTS formula. Bravo for making this game.

This game is basic
This game is fast
This game is easy to play
This game is fun

This game is NOT complex
This game DOES NOT have a steep learning curve
The online matches are NOT one hour epics

For me this is the game I have waited 20 years for

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116 of 133 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Basically a reskinned vanilla Command & Conquer at its finest

Read the FAQ for more information, this is basically what sold me to buy the game.
And being known for the greatest RTS company Westwood Studios (rip by EA)

Petroglyph Games
The company was formed by the last group of ex- Westwood Studios employees who resigned when Westwood Pacific was shut down by Electronic Arts in 2003

Pros: Everything. This is a modern C&C.

Cons: No Mobile HQ (Currently)
I'm not sure how well you could expand your base in classic C&C or if they had Mobile HQ's to expand easily and get more harvesters.. It's been a while since I last played.
But. This is something I'd like to see added.

The developers listen to feedback through forums and they've been making a list of popular suggestions, this game isn't Early Access but it is a game that still will get good content updates (factions / ect)
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129 of 162 people (80%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Welcome Back, Commander.
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76 of 86 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
A solid foundation for future development by Petroglyph. Tries and succeeds in recapturing classic RA2 era RTS games with another solid soundtrack by the great Frank Klepacki.

The current game is very basic in scope, hence the low asking price. Minimal tech tree, minimal graphics, a nice campaign outline with lots of C&C references and nods. Here's hoping Petroglpyh uses this as a way to revive classic C&C style RTS back to life.

Don't buy this if you want a micro-heavy game.
Don't buy this if you want a complicated game.
Buy this if you want a cute little experiment that will hopefully lead to greater things down the line.

Update 1:
CO-OP Missions are pretty broken. AI gets full tech tree access while players are restricted to underfunding & lack of options. Seems odd when the campaign has such a well structured tech-unlocking system based on objective completion.
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110 of 137 people (80%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Doesn't require origin - 1994/10

- Long time C&C fan.
- Made by the same guys as C&C
- Opened up the game
- Got nostalgia
- Just do it up.
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68 of 77 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
Hey, you! Do you remember classic real-time strategy (RTS) games like Command & Conquer? You know, collecting resources, building a base, amassing a huge army, and then annihilating your opponent(s)? Or perhaps, like me, you’re a bit intimidated by the seemingly complicated mechanics and high skill ceiling of these types of games. Well, in either case, I may just have the game for you: 8-Bit Armies!

The Breakdown
8-Bit Armies is a pretty simple game: collect resources, build a base, create your army, and then attempt to destroy your opponent(s). It’s simple, easy, and fun. Now of course, the game is a bit more complicated than that, but that is essentially what it boils down to.

Resources are gathered using “harvesters” that deliver the main resource (oil I think?) to your refineries. That then gives you a steady stream of cash, from which you can use to build a variety of buildings. Among these are the basic machine gun turrets or barracks to train soldiers in, but you could also build more….interesting buildings like a building to allow you to create aircraft in or even a nuclear missile silo. There’s a few others worth mentioning, like a radar building and a tech lab, but beyond that it’s pretty much what you’d expect. There’s 3 buildings to make troops, ground vehicles, and air vehicles in, and then there’s the “extras” - y’know, the ones that are necessary for both defense and the gradual progression from lowly bungalow to mighty base. Oh, but you can’t just rush all the cool buildings, no, you have to not only progress in a natural order (barracks → ground vehicles → tech lab → radar → air vehicles), but you also need to constantly build power stations to keep your base up and running. I found this to be pretty fair and an interesting handicap since it promotes a fast-paced early game playstyle once you know what you’re doing.

The basic gameplay is split into three main modes: skirmish, multiplayer, and the campaign. Skirmish is basically the “custom” game mode where you can pick a few settings, a map, add some A.I., and try to defeat your opponent(s). It’s fun in short bursts and the A.I. is definitely quite good, especially on Insane difficulty, so if you’re looking for a challenge the game certainly will provide it. Speaking of challenge, there’s also multiplayer! Uh….yeah, it exists! I got completely destroyed on my first match and never touched it again, so that’s about the extent of my experience. I didn’t really notice any lag-related issues, so that’s a nice touch I suppose, though your mileage may vary of course. On top of that, the multiplayer supports up to 8 players and I believe there's even a separate co-op campaign, so in that department the game definitely isn't lacking.

What is probably the meat of the game though is the campaign mode, of which there’s actually going to be TWO campaigns (and very well might be by the time you read this review!). Right now, there’s only a 25-level campaign featuring the “Renegades” faction, but there’s another additional campaign featuring the newly-added “Guardians” faction coming quite soon. Oh by the way, did I mention the developers added a whole new faction with brand new units and buildings shortly after release for free? Yeah, that’s a pretty cool gesture on their part, and they’re still adding updates even after that big one. Anyway, the campaign mode is what you’d expect: it has a 3-star system based on completing various optional objectives, which I found to be quite nice. Most of these are slight handicaps you can give yourself or just a goal of “destroy their base”. It’s definitely fun to attempt to get all 3 stars on each level, and one unique thing the game does is that it rewards you in future missions by giving you extra units, buildings, or cash for any extra stars you earn. This personally really surprised me and helped motivate me to try harder, so there’s an incentive to actually attempt the optional stuff here. One last bit that I’d like to add from my time with the campaign mode is that it seems like the difficulty progression is pretty fair from what I played. I’m not sure if the later levels hold up the same, but from what I played I felt like the game nicely challenged me and yet wasn’t simultaneously overwhelmingly hard.

The graphics of 8-Bit Armies are not quite what the title claims. I mean, yeah, I get it. Making an actual strategy game these days in an 8-bit style would be pretty difficult, so the developers behind this game decided to go with a more voxel-esque look. I’m not sure if they’re actually voxels, so hence why I say “voxel-esque”. Everything looks like it’s made of blocks, or at least everything is both simple and stylish at the same time. The game looks like something that both kids might enjoy and adults might have a lot of fun with, even if the game isn’t quite aimed at kids but more so fans of RTS classics like C&C. It’s definitely an interesting choice of an art style for a game that isn’t really aimed at the demographic of little tykes. I didn’t have any problems with it, though I somewhat wish it looked more polished at times, since everything looks so simple.

Sound-wise, this game doesn’t disappoint. The sound effects are entertaining and the soundtrack primarily consists of some rockin’ instrumental tunes. Nothing really stood out to me here, but it was a nice part of the experience for sure.

  • Harkens back to enjoyable fast-paced Command & Conquer RTS gameplay while simultaneously being a blast for newcomers to the genre
  • 2 campaigns (one singleplayer, one co-op), with a third on the way
  • Optional objectives for each campaign mission add both extra challenge and unlockable rewards in the form of extra units or buildings at the start of each level
  • 2 distinct factions to play as - one of which was just recently added for free!
  • Skirmish mode (with 4 A.I. difficulties) and the game's multiplayer are quite fun and entertaining
  • The graphics are simple yet stylistic. Oh, and the environment is partially destructible!
  • Steam achievements, trading cards, workshop support for levels, and cloud support for saves are all included

  • The graphics could look a bit more polished
  • Buildings can't be rotated, which is a bit odd (though considering how fast matches typically are, this isn't that big of a deal)
  • The A.I. loves to constantly rebuild buildings as you destroy their base, so it can take a little unnecessarily long to try and defeat them (again, this is a small nitpick)

For fans of real-time strategy classics or even for potentially interested newcomers to the genre, 8-Bit Armies likely has something to offer. Whether it's taking on the fairly challenging A.I. in the robust campaign mode or in a simple skirmish match, you're bound to have a lot of fun. Plus, there's multiplayer and co-op! Sure, there's some small bits that may be a little frustrating, but overall the game is a blast to play and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who thinks it looks interesting, even if you're not a huge RTS fan.

Final Verdict: 8.5/10
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73 of 88 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Essentially Command and Conquer - reskinned, streamlined and busted from its watery grave. It's not a bad thing, in my eyes. Looks well worth the entry fee. Looking forward to killing more Lego.
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
8-Bit Armies is a great little pixel based RTS with simple yet engaging gameplay and hours of content in both single and multi-player.

I’ll start by saying 8-Bit Armies is a simple RTS compared to most out there but I feel this is deliberate. If you’re not a seasoned RTS player and have never played anything like this before then it will be a great introduction to the genre, and for those who are already comfortable there’s still plenty of fun to be had. 8-Bit Armes stays true to the traditional C&C type RTS games; build a base, gather resources, train up units and CRUSH THE ENEMY.

There are multiple modes to choose from including a campaign, a co-op campaign, skirmishes against the AI and multiplayer. The campaign mode is the main mode where you’ll be faced with 25 missions that you must complete and this is the mode i’ve spent most time on. Each mission has an objective that must be completed and these vary from destroying two enemy HQ’s to taking out a certain number or type of enemy building to surviving a set time limit. Each mission can be played on any of the three available difficulties so you have the option to take things easy or give yourself a challenge, but fear not, there is incentive to play the levels on a harder setting. Each mission grants you stars after completing and the amount of stars you get depends on the amount of objectives you successfully complete. Each mission will have it’s main objective but if you play the mission on normal or higher you can unlock two secondary objectives to complete. Completing one or both of the second objectives will award you with the corresponding stars but this isn’t just for bragging rights, each objective completed on a mission will unlock new starting units for use in all future missions. When you start a mission you’ll have whatever units and buildings you’ve unlocked previously allowing you to complete easier missions for higher stars and extra starting missions making the harder levels a little easier.
8-Bit Armies is nicely challenging yet never feels impossible and having multiple modes with multiple difficulties add with the huge replayability (not that it needs it, i’m around five hours in and haven’t completed the campaign yet!).

The other modes include the co-op campaign which is the same as above yet you play along-side another person online which is a great feature as few good RTS games have this. You can also skirmish against the AI on any of the available maps against 4 difficulties, or battle against others in online multiplayer. I will mention though that right now it seems to be pretty hard to find a co-op or multiplayer game. There just doesn’t seem to be that many people playing at any one time which is a shame and it’d be great the see a few more people in the lobbies. That being said if you have a friend with the game you’ll be able to play with them easily online.

The graphics of the game are really nice, cute without being childish and the soundtrack is pretty great.
Another cool feature is things that seem like they are just your surroundings can be destroyed so if you’re like me you’ll probably spend a little bit of time just flattening towns for fun. It also means you can destroy any of the scenery in your base to give yourself a little more room if you end up needing it.

Though I love 8-Bit Armies there are a few things I would change. There is no option at all to rotate your buildings so they will always be put down at the same angle. The developers have said that they’ve done this on purpose because they wanted the game to be simple but I can’t help but feeling it was really just a case of laziness. Secondly the enemy nukes can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ on the larger maps. When i’m defending three spots and an enemy nukes me I have around three seconds to move the units out of the way but this is nowhere near enough time to find where the nuke is aimed AND move my units. On the missions where I can’t lose any structures this makes things unenjoyabley difficult and is the main reason I usually stop playing for a bit. Even something as simple as a mark on the minimap would help masses. The last issue i’ve mentioned already and it’s the fact that it’s hard to find a multiplayer or co-op game, but honestly it doesn’t bother ME personally as I came for the single-player but if you’re buying it for the sole reason of playing online with people not on your friends list then you’d probably be pretty annoyed.

Overall 8-Bit Armies is fantastic. The gameplay is simple but really enjoyable and there is a great amount of content and replayability. Anyone who has wanted to try the genre but not known where to start should try this one as the gameplay is easy to pick up and it’s just great example of a brilliant RTS.
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6.9 hrs
Posted: September 29
Lets get one thing strait, if your reading this then i'm assuming your on the edge of buying this game. Let me start with a big fat YES! This game is so fun to play and I have enjoyed every second of it. My one consern was that it is a strategy game and I play FPS's, However I found this game to be very easy to learn for people who don't usualy play strategy based games.
Another notable feature is the AI. The bots are actually very smart and I found that playing against them is just as fun and difficult as playing the multiplayer.
All in all, this game is One of my favorite games despite it being against my normal game flow and I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a cheap entertaining game that they can play alone or with friends.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Feel incredibly cheated by the fact that 8 bit armies is basically three factions with something like 10 units. This would have been fine if more factions and replay value was added, but what you see now is probably what you're going to get. All of the other factions are being added in the form of basically DLC, which is going to end up costing you around £30 for just the factions. Campaigns cost extra, because of course they do.

Basically, if you really want to pick up a RTS for cheap, get something like dawn of war. It's a hell of a lot more value for money, and I have a feeling 8 bit is only going to get more watered down and more expensive.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
for some reason steam is letting me post a review on this game despite the fact that I don't own it.

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9.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
If you are a newcomer to RTS games, or you are a fan of oldschool RTS games (C&C in particular)- this is a no-brainer. It is fast, friendly to learn, easy to pick-up has cool graphics, and a soundtrack made by Frank Klepacki- what more can you ask for? What's awesome that you can play 8-bit armies against 8-bit hordes, the idea is awesome because the 8-bit armies has a rafinery and power based economy like in Westwood RTS games and the hordes have a farm and worker economy like in Blizzard's RTS games, so you fight one style against the other. Love that concept. It is a bit basic- I can give that, but the base of the 90'ies RTS are there and are just as fun- maybe even a bit more because this one feels faster paced. Maybee I would wish there were more units, but the ones that are there get the job done. And the campain is bare bones. But other than that I'm having a good time with this one, because C&C is my favourite game series of all time and this one fills the gap EA made by murdering it.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
This is a great game for anyone who misses the old days of classic Command and Conquer, and wants to play an old school RTS with a great soundtrack.

Thanks to them adding new army types (which are discounted for anyone who owns at least one version of the game), from medieval to sci-fi the game has loads of replay value and is surprisingly unique and addictive.

Well worth adding to your collection of RTS games!
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
A very real time strategy game with cute graphics. A bit overpriced tho..

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6.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
This game invokes the old style of comand and conquer RTS heavily, however with limited facton choice (2 at the moment) I would say buy it if you want to play an old-school RTS, but wait if you want a very good game.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
It's a amazing game i love it because when your wifi is down you can play it for hours on end its so cool. Thanks :D
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11.3 hrs
Posted: September 16
Excellent simple rts on the surface, with a surprising tactical layer, very enjoyable RTS, the addiiton of the bronze, silver, gold rankings is very amusing!
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