Dive into the Real-Time Strategy genre with 8-Bit Armies! With a colorful, blocky, voxel art style, it's Petroglyph's most fast-paced, friendly, and accessible RTS game to date. This free multiplayer version lets players jump in and compete online with a different faction every day.
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Mixed (104) - 66% of the 104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 17, 2017

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November 10, 2017

8-Bit Armies: Arena Game Update #10 - 11/10/17

Greetings once again!

We're making a balance tweak today to fix a problem found in our last update. Thanks for all the feedback and help in identifying this issue!


  • GUARDIANS - HEAVY DRONE: Fixed issue with Machine Gun weapon timing that was causing the DPS to be double the intended value.
  • LIGHTBRINGERS - AIR ELEMENTAL: Build cost reduced to 130 (was 150), Build time reduced to 13 (was 15)
  • LIGHTBRINGERS - TREANT: Health reduced to 175 (was 190)
  • MARINES - OGRE: Health reduced to 230 (was 250); shield health remains the same
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October 27, 2017

8-Bit Arena (Free) Game Updates! - 10/27/17 @ 12:00 PST

It's time for another balance update based on our awesome players and a little bit of internal research! Have fun and enjoy the player-sponsored tournament!


  • MARINES BARRACKS: Build cost reduced to 300 (was 400), Build time reduced to 15 (was 20)
  • MARINES HEAVY FACTORY: Build cost reduced to 575 (was 700), Build time reduced to 25 (was 30)
  • MARINES DRONE WORKS: Build cost reduced to 575 (was 700), Build time reduced to 25 (was 30)
  • MARINES SHRIKE: Build cost reduced to 150 (was 180), Build time reduced to 12 (was 15)
  • MARINES HARPY: Adjusted spacing of attack to make it more accurate. DPS did not change.
  • GUARDIANS HEAVY DRONE: Weapons targeting has been adjusted; rockets are now only fired at air, machine gun only fires at ground. The MG weapon has been changed to NEUTRAL damage. It is now a continuous fire weapon (not volleys). This sets the DPS to a consistent 6.0 vs. all ground target types. Rocket damage and timing has not changed.
  • DEATHSWORN SHAMAN: Air attack damage changed to neutral (this is mostly for data clarity since the anti-air damage was already 1-1).
  • CYCLOPS: Increased AoE radius of club hit to 75 (was 50)
  • RENEGADES HEAVY TANK: Anti-Air rocket base damage increased to 5 (was 4)
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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, 8-Bit Hordes, and 8-Bit Invaders features offline single-player mission campaigns, two-player cooperative campaigns, AI skirmish modes, and Player-vs-Player Multiplayer modes running on dedicated game servers. If you're interested in many hours of offline/campaign gameplay fun, definitely check out our the full version of our games

This Free version of Petroglyph's popular 8-Bit Series of games lets you get online and play one of six different armies across dozens of multiplayer maps versus players around the world. You get a different faction to play each day from 8-Bit Armies, Hordes, or Invaders including a sample of maps you can launch games with.

The free version includes all of the following...

  • Access to all 6 Armies (Renegades, Guardians, Lightbringers, Deathsworn, Colonial Marines, and Cranioids) - one per day.
  • Free players can host a game or join any game in progress including those hosted by anyone else.
  • The original game tutorial to get you up and running quickly
  • In-Game Manual to reference on demand
  • Select music tracks from our composer Frank Klepacki across all three original titles
  • Replay mode to watch and learn new strategies from the top players
  • Observer mode to spectate games in progress and stream online
  • Custom Game options to choose your own win conditions, random crates, cash, and other parameters
  • AI support in multiplayer so you and a friend can team up with or against the computer
  • Quickmatch mode - just one click to get into the action
  • Dedicated 24/7 monitored servers

The full package including all our games includes the above plus...
  • Access to all 6 factions with no restrictions
  • Over 70 challenging offline campaign missions
  • Endless skirmish battles against up to 7 AI opponents with multiple difficulty options
  • 30+ Co-op missions to play with your friends against the AI
  • 30+ multiplayer/skirmish maps that support up to 8 players online
  • The full in-game soundtracks for all three 8-Bit titles
  • 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

Buy one of the games - or all three at a substantial discount. 8-Bit Armies, Invaders, and Hordes are for anyone that enjoys fast action, strategy games. With hours of solo and co-op gameplay included, there's something here for everyone!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTS 250 or ATI Radeon HD 3870
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2 GHz+ Quad Core Processor
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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