Title Tiny Troops Game Type Combat simulation Company Vulcan Players 1 or 2 Compatibility All Submission D.J. Review On a planet far, far away, the insectoid inhabitants have battled themselves into near extinction. Their world cannot sustain the effects of the constant warring. But rather than strike up a peace they decide to continue fighting, somewhere else. Like Earth! Thankfully these tireless, cute, insect warriors are minuscule and have no intention of subjugating humans. You play a general and must select a company of troops from a limited roster. These start with just infantry but soon escalate to grenadiers, sappers, tanks and flyers (amongst others). Having configured your squad you are transported to a battle field on Earth. These are top-down, quasi isometric views and take various, delightful forms; an English garden, complete with Gnomes, a train set, the seaside and so on. The interface is mouse driven. You select individual troops or groups of them and may move them through several waypoints to a destination. Or you can instruct them to attack a particular enemy, taking the shortest (but not always the safest route). You can put them on guard duty and set the size of the area they will monitor. There are selections for formations (squares, lines, echelons) but I found that these were awkward and that individual troops get lost behind barriers on route. The computer enemies can be ruthless and impatient but once you understand their strategy (or lack of it) play often becomes a matter of mopping up as opposed to fighting real scenarios. I found that setting up defensive positions and luring small squads of the enemy into them, was a good way to prepare for an attack. Superior numbers as opposed to tactical innovation was the key to most victories. There are some damned tricky scenarios and some wonderful graphics and sounds. On the down side I found the mass maneuvring to be clumsy and to afford no benefits over doing it yourself. The AI presents a pretty flat challenge. A little more attention to a smarter computer foe would have paid rich dividends for individual play. There is a two player mode, with a split screen, which gets cramped but allows for greater challenge. This is a great addition to any serious military sim collection, even if it is just to lighten up your life a little. It is also a good introduction to the genre for newbies.