Toy soldiers battling it out isn’t only successful on the playground or the big and small screens, as GOG brings back the classic series of Army Men games.
Back in 1998, there was an RTS game that ported miniaturized warfare onto the computer screen. Army Men was a title that was a spoof of war titles, i.e. the plastic soldiers had to rescue POWs, destroy enemies or bases with an action-strategy focus. If one finds this distasteful, then one will probably never have played with the toy soldiers anyway. Using destructive force and driving all sorts of vehicles adds to the realism, but it’s still differently colored toys blasting each other away.
One year later, Army Men II upped the ante for silliness in transporting the army into the kitchen, garden and garage, i.e. real-world locations that are closer to home than the typically serious historian landmarks. Adding zombies, cult members and cockroaches as enemies and also having magnifying glasses and spray cans as weapons should make it clear that this isn’t taken that seriously anymore.
Finally, in the same year of 1999, Army Men: Toys in Space went one crazy step further and introduced space troops (led by the silly-but-also-awesome-sounding Tina Tomorrow) and aliens, while weapons were more sci-fi this time around. Of course environments changed as well with a space planet, but everyday locations like a bathroom, a sandbox, and a backyard picnic made appearances as well.
All three games are now available, either separately or in a bundle with a 44% series discount, on GOG only, so make sure to grab these nostalgic throwbacks to schoolyard battling.
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