The Nintendo GameCube has given us a whole lot of wonderful and exciting games such as the popular Nintendo exclusives Super Smash Bros. Melee and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. However, this platform also shares some games with Sony’s PlayStation 2.
One of these is Army Men, a series of strategy games featuring plastic toy soldiers. The very first game was released back in 1998 for PC and Game Boy Color.
It became popular, resulting in a surge of a lot of games released within the same year on various platforms. If you are curious about the games released for the Nintendo GameCube, here’s what you need to know.
Army Men’s Arrival to the GameCube
The first two games were only available on PC and Nintendo’s Game Boy Color. However, it also became available in other consoles made by other companies such as Sony’s PlayStation1 and 2 and Sega’s Dreamcast.
Similarly, other games in the franchise were also released on other Nintendo Consoles such as the 64, Game Boy Advance, Wii, DS, and GameCube. In total, there are four Army Men GameCube games, namely Air Attack 1 and 2, RTS, and Sarge’s War.
Today, there are several ways you can play your Army Men game discs. You can do so on your newly acquired console or an old one. You can simply dump them into an image file for use on Dolphin, a legal emulator for this console and the Wii.
What to Expect from Army Men on GameCube
The catchiest feature of this game is that the characters are modeled after the iconic plastic toy soldiers we have come to know and love. This offers a sense of familiarity for younger players while older gamers will definitely feel a sense of nostalgia when playing them.
Each game has unique yet familiar gameplay. For Air Attack 1 and 2, players get to choose the right vehicle for you including a variety of choppers, planes, and a zeppelin, even a UFO! You also get to pick a co-pilot who works best for you.
RTS or Real-Time Strategy is set after the events of Sarge’s Heroes 2 and Air Attack 2. It lets you build buildings and units, and create troops by using the two most important resources : plastic and electricity. It plays like other RTS games such as Starcraft or Warcraft.
Lastly, Sarge’s War offers a continuation of the Sarge’s Heroes games. It is an RPG shooter game. The graphics are definitely innovative even for a retro console such as the GameCube.
Aside from the unique gameplay for each title, you get to enjoy a character ensemble featuring Bullseye, Vikki Grimm, Sarge, Captain Blade, and Colonel Grimm who appear across the franchise multiple times.
If you become a fan of the game series because of these GameCube titles, you should follow the storyline by playing earlier games. There are more than 15 titles in the franchise giving you a whole lot of content and hours of fun to go through.
You can start playing chronologically by release date or in terms of timeline. There are various arcs, so make sure to play them as the events happen. You can start with the Prequel, then move on to the Rise of the Tan Army, Plastro’s Reign, and the Final Arc.
Army Men will definitely be a great option for GameCube owners who love variety in terms of gameplay and characters. By starting with GC games, you are guaranteed a taste of what this series has to offer.