Tiny Troopers should be on your radar. In fact, it should’ve been on my radar and I’m kind of wondering why it wasn’t. It’s a nice little indie game that blends explosions, South Park, and questionably dark humor with a cartoonish appearance and an easy-to-play functionality. All you need is your mouse and a willingness to destroy bad guys who look like good guys. Seriously, the game’s graphics turn even the most evil creatures into cute pandas that make you want to take them home and set them up in your spare bedroom. It’s the kind of thing that’s just awesome on a whole new scale.
When I bought the game I wasn’t really looking for all that much. I wanted to invest in something simple and quick to download so I could play it while Borderlands 2 finished downloading. It was an impulse purchase, not a long, thought out process. Turns out, the game is pretty awesome. You command a squad of about three soldiers, barring the ones that die and say “bye bye” as they fall rigidly to the ground. You can unlock specialists along the way and you have three basic command abilities. Whether you shoot your enemy, throw a grenade, blow them up with a rocket, or call in an air strike, you’ll only ever need to use three buttons to command the interface. Your two mouse buttons, one for moving and one for shooting, and the Q button, which allows you to access your special weapons and really put a hurting on the enemy. It’s a beautiful and refreshing simplicity.
The one thing I’ll say honestly about the game is that its missions are both uninspired and easy. You go here, you do this, you kill some baddies, you blow some stuff up, and then you pack it up and head to the LZ, usually in a location you’ve already cleared. It’s so easy my grandmother could do it, assuming my grandmother had my morally questionable sense of humor. Seriously, I never thought watching cute things blow up would be so entertaining!