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8-Bit Armies: Arena (Free)

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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!
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System requirements for PC

  • 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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Last Modified: Aug 23, 2019

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Mega good game makes really much laune is of Gameplay and Graphics a Number in itself! Continue such a great team of developers! Zocke's Regulatory Gi also Twitch.tv/Villadox
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Moin People The game is terrible get it doesn't bring nothing to play Rather Command and qonquer generously or age of empire but please don't do you dises game
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Microsoft from French
I recommend this games but the only problem is that on the free version one has the right that has only 1 faction... Otherwise Super games a can expensive 20euros... I would say 10-15 euros
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Is not free at all and a deliberate Misdirection. When you start it, you can do a Tutorial (very very short) and that's it. For everything else, you have to buy the full Game. Pretty brazen action to land in the free Rubric.
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Microsoft from Spain
This is a game of the 0stia to be with friends and there are several army maps of the community and too many DLCs there is a pack that is worth €30 reduced but otherwise is a very addictive game and can also make war teams if you like the strategy I recommend EST E game
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Microsoft from French
The best game I have on steam, except that I have not buy frankly it is worth are price defects:-few players so galley to find a part-you have to buy to enjoy the armies advantages:-it does not take a intel451352 to make tour the game-none Breeef bug I love < 3 < 3 < 3
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Improved 1st Man can play only 1 Faction The other MUST man pick up 2. Even if you have a good Internet connection, one has VERY strong Connection problems to others playing online 3rd. Would one have at least three Factions select The Aliens, Guardians and then still the Apostates etc.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
8-Bit Armies: Arena is an "Old-school" Real-time strategy game with Base Construction and formidable army rush at The End of Petroglyph (let's know eg from Empire at War). Graphically, this is kept simple In an 8-Bit Pixel Style, the Name says yes. There are different Variants of the Game: 8-Bit Armies contains the Single player and the full Multiplayer, 8-bit Armies: Arena contains the full Multiplayer (without Single-player) and 8-Bit Armies: Arena (Free), what I'm most important here, is a very severely restricted Multiplayer in terms of Faction Choice, etc. But to test the Game in the MP times it is completely enough. The Game itself is of course designed for Nostalgia, funny I find the very different Factions (Tanks vs. Dragons), problematic is the extremely Player Shortage. So rather recommended if you have Friends in Steam who are willing to gamble along, otherwise you will have to wait so long for the Cerebellum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRKMqwu-bxY
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