Tanktastic – 3D Tanks Online Review

Tanktastic – 3D Tanks Online Review

Sep 26, 2013

Porches. Lamborghinis McLarens.

All infinitely cool, but I dare anyone to show me a guy who hasn’t wanted to rock a tank at least once. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

For folks who can’t or won’t do a 4-year bid just to do some infantry driving, Tanktastic is a relatively safe alternative that brings team combat, tactics and good old speed of accurate firing to bear.

Jumping into a random group battle mostly describes the gameplay in all its muscled glory. The task is dropped into a terrain with different types of structured obstacles, and several other manned tanks. It’s a shameless free for all that measures speed, accuracy and cunning. The controls are straightforward, and encourage quick movement and tanks1shooting; I felt most comfortable with dual thumb controls.

It felt like a virtual form of paintball, only this game plays out with heavy machinery. There is a mapping feature that aired a view of my tank in relation to nearby tanks; the home tank is one color, bogeys are a different color. It’s possible to zoom in and swing the turret around, and shooting is effected my tapping the weapon button. After that, the biggest things are moving around and watching one’s six. Special packages (like health bonuses) appear and have to be “run into” with the tank so as to be collected.

Experience and action yields game coinage that can be used to unlock tanks. Beyond the “basic” one at the beginning, there are plenty that have impressive attributes that can be purchased. Without real cash, it seems like it does take a while to garner enough game cash “naturally.”

My biggest gripe has to do with the playability. The direction control acted a bit iffy, which is not optimal when an enemy combatant is bearing down on the tank. I found it to easier to keep my left thumb pressed down on the direction toggle permanently.

All in all, the multiplayer functionality makes this one a winner. I like that you can play with friends, or play randomly with built-in text chat.

And I get to drive a tank.

Armored Strike Online Review

Armored Strike Online Review

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.