If you want large-scale real-time strategy, you've got to think little. At least, that's according to IriySoft, who brings us fantasy conquest with itty-bitty soldiers in Takeover. You'll command a legion of warriors as they fight back enemies across maps with limited resources and other dangers, balancing your own defenses with making a bid to destroy or conquer enemy territory. As your structures generate gold, you use that to hire various units that can then be directed around the battlefield with a click and a drag. Of course, the amount of units you can hire depends on everything from how much farmland you have to support it, and the structures under your command. Your soldiers will automatically attack any enemies they encounter, and you can help them out by dropping "banners" into their vicinity that give a variety of helpful effects... provided you have the mana to spend. Destroy and reclaim all enemy territory on the map to win the level, then spend any edicts you earn on upgrades like bonuses or new unit types.
With only a handful of upgrades you can reset at a click and simplified unit building that comes down to supply points and gold, the main word that comes to mind with Takeover is streamlined. Also, pretty. Very, very pretty. The game's vibrant style makes up for its squint-worthy visuals, and it would be easy to pick up and play even without the tutorial. It showcases that strategy games can provide a satisfying bit of depth and challenge while still remaining accessible to the casual crowd, and the unlockable campaigns add some replayability too. The only real downsides are the tiny visuals makes keeping track of individual units a pain when there are big battles going on, and real strategy fanatics might find the whole thing a bit too simplified to really sink their teeth into. It also winds up feeling a bit too much like Kingdom Rush, but not as immediately charming or addictive. Ultimately, however, Takeover's winning style and easy to grasp gameplay makes for an effortlessly playable strategy title this just the ticket for making the time fly by before you realise it.