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Army Men

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Color
60
3.9
Windows
68
3.2

User Reviews

A mildly amusing romp with those little plastic men you probably melted on the kitchen stove. Game Boy Color DANIEL HAWKS ! (1910)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Game Boy Color 6 3.9
Windows 26 3.2
Combined MobyScore 32 3.4


The Press Says

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89
WindowsFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Overall, this is a good "beer and pretzels" type game that easily engrosses the player. Army Men is a good investment, both for those who want to relive a bit of their childhood, and/or those who are looking for something a little less taxing than Starcraft or Rebellion.
80
WindowsPC Jeux
Un jeu de stratégie qui se démarque bien de la concurrence par son originalité.
80
WindowsGame Zero
The biggest plus for the game is the AI factor. The enemies don't just run up to you for the most part. They actually stand a distance away and shoot. Also, if they see you posing a threat they will run away. A good example is if you are in a tank... They won't just stand there and shoot at you in the tank (which is a pointless endeavor because a tank is virtually impossible to destroy with a rifle), they will try as much as possible to run away. The troops that are on your side are also somewhat intelligent. They will shoot at the enemy and run away from an impending threat.
80
Game Boy ColorIGN
From the bad rep the Army Men series was getting on the Nintendo 64 and PC, I was a little reserved in playing the Game Boy Color game. But I was pleasantly surprised -- the portable game is a heck of a lot of fun to play. It's not entirely difficult since you can get hit plenty of times by gunfire and find a health pack nearby almost like clockwork -- but after two hours of straight play I only managed to get through half the available missions. I also wish there were more opportunities to drive the vehicles in the game -- I only found two jeeps in the first 12 missions. If 3DO is continuing the series on the Game Boy Color, we've got two suggestions: two-player link cable support, and more variety in the missions. Otherwise, it's a fine Game Boy Color product and worth picking up.
80
Game Boy ColorGame Vortex
The only real complaint I have about the game is the choppy scrolling involved with the gameplay. Other than that, it's not the best game on the system, but it ain't bad. Not bad at all.
80
WindowsElectric Games
None of the problems with Army Men is enough to ruin the experience. It is a fun game that is very addictive, and has enough action and humor to satisfy. It's just different enough so that it doesn't look like a copy of anything else, and it never takes itself too seriously. If you played with toy soldiers as a kid, this will bring them to life for you again in a very endearing manner. Bottom Line: Excellent graphics, addictive gameplay, and lots of fun. Just different enough to set it apart from the pack. Promises to bring back some fond memories. You can't save your game during a mission, and the AI could have been better, especially ally troops.
80
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Deze oorlogssimulatie is zeker geslaagd, al was het maar door de zeer originele invalshoek, waardoor de fanaten en andere grote kinderen vele uren spelplezier zullen beleven.
79
WindowsPower Play
„Army Men“ liegt eine wirklich originelle Idee zugrunde und es muß deshalb auch keine Indizierung fürchten. Die Umsetzung ist recht gut gelungen, angefangen von dem Intro im Stil der Wochenschau der 40er Jahre, über die dazu passende Musik, bis hin zur eigentlichen Spielegrafik. Angekündigt als Strategie-Titel ist jedoch ein Action-Spiel mit taktischen Elementen daraus geworden, dem man aufgrund des witzigen Spielprinzips und der Vielzahl an erfreulich facettenreichen Missionen kaum widerstehen kann. Dennoch ist „Army Men“ nicht ohne Fehler. So wird man beispielsweise von Gegnern attackiert, bevor man sie überhaupt sehen kann. Obendrein wäre eine Speicherfunktion während eines Einsatzes wünschenswert gewesen — es fördert nämlich nicht gerade den Spielspaß, eine Mission immer ganz von vorne beginnen zu müssen, wenn man kurz vor der Erfüllung einer Aufgabe doch noch dahinscheidet.
78
WindowsPower Unlimited
Army Men is geen slecht spel maar toch denk ik dat er veel meer in had gezeten dan er nu uitgehaald is. Jammer, want Army Men is verder zonder meer een vermakelijke game.
75
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Что я могу сказать, подводя итог этого короткого обзора. МНЕ игра понравилась. Может быть это из-за ностальгии по Airborne Ranger и Cannon Fodder, может из-за того, что в детстве я недоиграл в солдатиков :))) А может потому, что игра хорошая. Не супер, не хит, но просто хорошая. Проходить миссии приятно, хочется посмотреть, чем закончится весь этот конфликт ненастоящих генералов... А может просто иногда прикольно посмотреть, как из взорванного банка твои друзья выгребают ценности... В общем, если даже вы не прониклись духом “игры в песочнице”, то взгляните хоть глазком на новое 3DO-шное творение. Вдруг понравится... ВЕДЬ НАДО ПОБЕЖДАТЬ!
74
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Lassen Sie sich vom Spielzeug-Look der kleinen Plastik-Kerle nicht täuschen: Army Men ist alles andere als kinderleicht. In den letzten Missionen habe ich mir auch beim x-ten Anlauf noch die Zähne ausgebissen. Wenn Sarge, nur mit einem MG bewaffnet, drei Panzern gegenüberstehe, sind die Chancen reichlich ungleich verteilt. Trotzdem macht Army Men einen Heidenspaß: Die abwechslungsreichen, spannenden Aufträge, die Mischung aus Ballern und taktischen Vorgehen und das ungewöhnliche Modellbau-Flair begeistern mich Schlacht für Schlacht aufs Neue.
72
WindowsPC Action
Army Men zeigt in vielen Bereichen sehr gute Ideen. Das Spiel selbst hätte ein enormes Potential, aber die Umsetzung ist etwas mißglückt. Grafik und Sound kommen über den Mindeststandard nicht hinaus, und die angesprochenen Kritikpunkte zeigen, daß Army Men noch nicht reif für den Markt ist. Eigentlich schade, denn es kommt durchaus gehobener Spielspaß auf, allerdings nur so lange, bis wieder eine unfaire Szene alle Bemühungen zerstört.
71
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Wer gerne lange an schwierigen Stellen herumprobiert, wird sich bei Army Men mit Wonne in den Schlamm werfen. Leider fehlt eine Zwischen-Speichermöglichkeit während der laufenden Einsätze, wodurch dieses Programm für Choleriker völlig ungeeignet ist.
70
WindowsGamesmania
Army Men ist ein gelungener und origineller Mix aus Action und Taktik und bietet solide Unterhaltung. Mehr als 7 Punkte sind aber nicht drin, dafür sind Spielbarkeit und Grafik einfach zu durchschnittlich. Insgesamt also kein Spiel, daß man unbedingt haben muß, wen aber unsere Beschreibung des Spielprinzips angemacht hat, der sollte sich das Spiel ruhig näher ansehen.
70
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
If Army Men fails anywhere, it is in its effort to conjure a world reminiscent of those little green plastic guys. Yes, when soldiers are shot they fly apart in an explosion of parts (with no blood); and yes, when tanks flips over they look vaguely like toys. But only vaguely�if you didn't know that the game was supposed to be about miniatures, you could easily think it was about real soldiers. Not a big problem, obviously, especially since the gameplay is so accessible and satisfying. Army Men is so easy and fun that, yes, even a grown-up can play it.
70
WindowsGameSpot
While the plastic soldier theme might have been better served if it had played up the Toy Story angle a bit more, the end result is fun nonetheless.
69
Game Boy ColorGameSpot
Whether you choose to make do with your trusty rifle, move up to the destructive bazooka, or play a game of catch with grenades, the game's seven unique armaments make blowing up plastic soldiers almost as fun as when you were a kid. Though Sarge's sluggish response takes time to get used to, the airtight control found in the weapons system redeems this minor flaw. While it can be murder to adjust to a proper angle for targeting an enemy, shots leap out of the muzzle with a tap of the A button and strike their mark with satisfying accuracy. Additionally, switching between weapons is as easy as tapping the B button, providing instant access to whatever devastation you choose to unleash. If you were ever a fan of run and shoot games like Ikari Warriors or Commando, the gameplay is going to seem comfortably familiar. In addition to that, the story is entertaining as well.
68
WindowsGamezilla
Army Men seems to have taken several turns for the schizophrenic in its development -- it’s got action, strategy, single-player and squad level aspects, but instead of breaking new ground, it borrows heavily from other types of games without ever clearly defining itself. It was fun enough to play through it once, but after trying to get excited for a second time around, I just found that I didn’t look forward to playing. Overall, Army Men rates a 68 for a decent idea that just failed to measure up with everything else on the market.
65
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Das Gute gleich vorweg: Die Missionen sind vielfältig aufgebaut, die Ausrüstung der Plastik-Söldner ist schön umfangreich, und die über 30 Levels sollten erstmal ausreichen. Der Grafik hätte aber etwas plastische Chirurgie nicht geschadet, und vor allem die hakelige Steuerung kostet Army Men einige Wertungsprozente. Auch Künstliche Intelligenz und Kollisionsabfrage sind gruselig, was in Actionspielen heutzutage einfach nicht mehr passieren darf. Im unterhaltsamen Mehrspieler-Modus fallen diese Mankos aber nicht so stark ins Gewicht.
60
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Neat as the little plastic toys are, you can’t help but wonder why 3DO didn’t use fully 3D models and support the major 3D accelerators. Plus, we’ve seen a lot of this before. Origin’s CRUSADER had smoother controls (and better rolling moves) two years ago, and even mediocre fighting games make better use of the PC keypad. All of which makes you wonder what the 3DO folks were thinking when they devised such a lame interface. You can’t change the mouse control, and it’s amazing that there’s no gamepad support, since 3DO was founded as a console company. If, like me, you find yourself entranced by the subject matter, ARMY MEN will make a fun diversion. Otherwise, wait for a patch, and hope that 3DO buys a clue before the inevitable sequel.
60
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
For a budget title, Army Men would normally be resigned to obscurity, but you know, I kind of liked it. The multiplayer element is unquestionably the best section, as the single player lets it down somewhat. Seeing as the latter is what most people will play though, I can't highly recommend Army Men. But on the other hand, it is only a fiver, so if you're bored one afternoon, why not?
60
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Det verkar som om 3DO fått idétorka i samband med utvecklingen av Army Men. Grundtanken var helt enkelt perfekt, men allt förstörs av ett tråkigt spel. Det är skamligt att förstöra en härlig nostalgitripp på det här viset. Army Men är kul de första fem uppdragen, sedan blir spelandet enformigt. Det som håller spelet vid liv är multiplay, där spelarna kan tävla i vanlig deathmatch eller capture the flag. 3DO har lyckats göra en dålig kopia av klassikern Cannon Fodder. En god idé som förstörs av tarvlig spelkänsla.
60
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Savner du dine små plasticsoldater, og ængrer du dig stadigvæk over, at din ynglingskampvogn blev spist af naboens hund, så bør du helt klart prøve Army Men. Men spillet er forholdsvist simpelt, og hvis man er til de store, strategiske spil, skal man nok holde sig væk.
60
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
As you might be aware from reading my previews and my Strategic Advantage column, Army Men went through some plastic surgery (pun intended) a couple of months ago. Instead of a real-time strategy (RTS) game with some elements of action, it really became an action game with some elements of strategy. Having played virtually every RTS game that has come out in the last year and a half, I caution strategy gamers who may have misconceptions about this title. Both Editor in Chief Emil Pagliarulo and I agree that this game reminds us of the old coin-operated arcade games, like Commando and Heavy Barrel, where you see the action from a top-down or isometric view and move about blowing things up and picking up special weapons. Certainly Army Men is leaps and bounds beyond these games in terms of what it offers, but the roots are almost unmistakable.
40
WindowsAttack Games
Army Men är utseendemässigt ett väldigt enkelt spel, det är inte särskilt snyggt och det är heller inte särskilt avancerat. Men idén bakom spelet är skojig och det har en så stor dos av charm att man bara inte kan tycka illa om det.
40
Game Boy ColorJeuxvideo.com
Bouh ! le vilain jeu ! La jouabilité détestable et la technique décevante relèguent cet Army Men au rang de figurant dans les rayons des revendeurs de jeux vidéo. Passez votre chemin.
40
WindowsIGN
Plastic toy soldiers make the move to the PC screen... but is it worth the effort?
33
WindowsGame Revolution
In the game industry, this kind of a game event doesn't occur very often. In this era of light sourcing and 3D acceleration, it's rare that we see a game with a story that is much better than the graphics.
30
Game Boy ColorSuper Play
Army Men bygger på ett koncept som borde fungera bra på Game Boy eftersom huvudrollsinnehavarna är små plastiga leksakssoldater. Men tyvärr har utvecklarna 3DO slarvat för mycket med kontrollen, som är grundläggande i spelets uppdrag.