This is a great thread! I too like games with tiny beings that I can control (they don't have to be men for me, women will do nicely)
I know this is an Amiga forum but whatabout the Clonk games? I have played Clonk Planet and it was confusing controls. But it just came to me when I read this thread.
The men in Clonk are tiny but it is not top-down, sorry: