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 (15 reviews) - 66% of the 15 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2017

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February 24

8-Bit Armies Arena Game Update!

It's Friday - which means it's very likely there's an update for the 8-Bit Series!

Today, we're serving up a few quality of life improvements as well as a number of balance tweaks that we're sure you'll enjoy.

Also, just a note to say thanks to everyone for your comments and reviews. We read them all and try to respond to as many as we can. Keep the feedback coming!



  • Two Additional Multiverse Campaigns to play against the AI
  • Replays can now be navigated by clicking on the timeline bar instead of just the timeline grabber
  • Battlecam button now works in Observer and Replay Modes
  • Fix for crash when using Alt-F4 to exit the game in replay mode


  • Harvester: The harvesters no longer crush. All other crushing units remain unchanged.
  • Rocket Copter: Build cost increased to 230 (was 200)
  • Starting Units: Overall Starting units changed to 2 Grenade Infantry and 1 Engineer (was 3 Grenade Infantry)
  • Harvester: The harvesters no longer crush. All other crushing units remain unchanged.
  • Light Drone: The target and AoE damage has been split out. The target will now take full damage while all other targets in the AoE will take half. The base damage has not changed.
  • Dragon The dragon has been reworked to split out ground and air attacks. Ground attacks will use the flame breath as normal. For air attacks, the Dragon will now spit a fireball which does a flat amount of damage and applies a burning damage-over-time effect. The DoT does not stack.
  • Treant: Base damage reduced to 16 for target (was 20) and 8 for AoE (was 10).
  • Ballista: Move speed increased to 250 (was 200)
  • General: Starting cash increased to 1600 (was 1200)
  • Motivator: Build price reduced to 300 (was 350)
  • Cranioid: Build cost reduced to 60 (was 70)
  • Research Lab: Build cost reduced to 900 (was 1000), Build time reduced to 30 (was 45)
  • Parasite Hive: Build cost reduced to 900 (was 1000), Build time reduced to 30 (was 45)
  • Destroyer Pit: Health increased to 800 (was 500)
  • General: Starting cash increased to 1600 (was 1200)
  • Power Plant: Build cost reduced to 350 (was 400)
  • Research Lab: Build cost reduced to 900 (was 1000), Build time reduced to 30 (was 45)
  • Cloaking Generator: Build cost reduced to 900 (was 1000), Build time reduced to 30 (was 45)
  • Titan Bay: Health/Shields increased to 500/300 (was 250/250)

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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).
  • 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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