May 12, 2011
Turn-based, aim-and-shoot style tank games have been around for a long time. We’ve seen a number of variations on the theme and even stepped into some weird territories with games like Worms. That said, the trick with any new game coming into the genre is to add something that makes the game fresh and exciting. Like new weapons, new tanks and online multiplayer. Throw in the mobility of a smartphone with a 3G connection and you’ve got yourself a game called Armored Strike.
In Armored Strike, you’re pitted against 3 other tanks on a battlefield of varying terrain. From hilly to flat, and sometimes featuring trees and other obstacles that block your shots and prohibit movement. If you’ve never played this type of game before, the idea is that each player takes a turn aiming and firing a projectile at his or her opponent. You have 31 different weapons to choose from that each do a varying amount of damage. Weapons vary from the standard unlimited shell rounds to bouncing bombs, hand grenades, acid barrels and incendiary bombs. Each time you hit an opponent, you get an amount of money based on the damage done. The money made is used to buy bigger, better weapons for later rounds.
What makes the gameplay in Armored Strike a little different is that paratroopers will occasionally fall from the sky. Simply move your tank over one to pick him up and you’ll get a random item. However, it’s a gamble when picking them up. Some items help you while others can hurt you a lot. Another nice addition to Armored Strike is that you aren’t limited to the same old, boring tanks. You actually have 7 different vehicles to choose from with different strengths and weaknesses. You can choose from “Mechwarrior-esque” walking tanks, larger siege tanks and a droid infantry unit. However, to use these other vehicles, you’ll have to prove yourself worthy by ascending the ranks to unlock them. That means you’ll be playing for a while if you want to unlock them all.
Finally, there’s the online multiplayer mode with in-game chat. It’s as simple as selecting multiplayer and finding an open game, However, be prepared for a massacre. You might find yourself in a game against much higher ranked veterans who aren’t in the mood to show mercy.
My only complaint with the game is that there is no asynchronous multiplayer option. All rounds are played in real-time. I would have liked to have seen a mode allowing for a more casual game where you take a turn and then put the app away while waiting for your opponent to take their turn. As such, rounds are usually quick and you can jump in and out of a game at any time.
Armored Strike is a very well-done game that offers a lot for fans of this genre. If you love the core gameplay mechanic of classic tank games and are looking for a good Android-based one, this would be the one to buy.