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Army Men: RTS

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Army Men: RTS
Army Men: RTS cover
Pandemic Studios
Retail 3DO
Digital 2K Games
Release dates
Windows March 24, 2002
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS, Strategy
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Comedy
Series Army Men
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Army Men: RTS on Wikipedia
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Army Men: RTS is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS and strategy game in the Army Men series.

General information Community Discussions - for game series. Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
ClanEXF forums - Army Men RTS fan community.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements

Instant Action Mod

The Instant Action Mod enables skirmishes against AI opponents in multiplayer, without the need for other players to join via the network.
  1. Download the mod and extract the files to <path-to-game>.
  2. Start the game and create a multiplayer room with at least one AI opponent.
  3. Instead of clicking Play, click the new Offline button next to it.

Custom Campaigns \ Missions Add-on Support

This mod allows for very easy installation of custom campaigns and missions.
Also adds the Special Operations and Intelligence Files, that were exclusive for the console versions of the game.

High resolution textures

Army Men RTS - high resolution texture pack contains 200 textures upscaled using Waifu2X.

Level of detail

Game switches between high and low quality models depending on the distance from the camera.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\library\engine.
  2. Open detail.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Increase the value of MrmDist, so higher quality models are rendered even far away.

Skip intro videos

Modify game executable
  1. Open base.x-e in a hex editor
  2. Replace offset 0x38D65E8 with value 0x61
This changes the file extension from .bik to .bak in the base game data file.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\settings.cfg[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/694500/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\user\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/694500/pfx/[Note 3]
data.cfg contains user campaign progress, while save files are inside the saves folder.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General audio/video settings.
General audio/video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only resolutions up to 1280x1024 are available in the options menu, for higher resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
See Ultra-widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Hor+. Camera can be zoomed in/out using in-game controls.
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the GPU control panel or use dgVoodoo 2.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in the GPU control panel or use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default, no option to disable.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Maximum 50 FPS in menus and gameplay, 60 FPS during in-game cutscenes.

Widescreen resolution

Game only lists first 22 available resolutions in the options menu (usually 1280x1024, 32-bit is the highest resolution available).
dgVoodoo 2 can be used to force higher resolutions, while the resolution set in the options menu controls the aspect ratio.
Menus and in-game interface (HUD) is scaled properly on very high resolutions and is not small.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe and all the files from the MS\x86 folder into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe, and in the DirectX tab, set the desired resolution.
  4. (Optional: enable anisotropic filtering, so that menus and text are not pixelated).
  5. Click Apply to save the settings, then click OK to exit the program.
  6. In the game options menu, select a resolution that has the same aspect ratio as the one set in dgVoodoo.
  • HUD size can be controlled with the resolution set in the game options menu; the lower the selected resolution, the bigger will the HUD be displayed on screen.


  1. In the GPU control panel create a custom ultra-widescreen resolution that is smaller than 1280x1024 (like 1280x540), so it can be selected in the game options menu for the proper aspect ratio.
  2. Follow the instructions above.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only the music volume and master volume can be adjusted.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; download for digital releases.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy Arcade

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 310 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D Accelerated Video Card
16 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: