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Tank Wars
(Antz Entertainment)


"Pinball and Physics-inspired Pulverizing!"

It's come down to this, with tanks assembled on the Earth's surface with one and only one purpose: to destroy each other! Man your battlestations, and prepare to shoot each other silly on the battlefield!

Play with up to three computer opponents, or play with a buddy as you shoot missiles toward each other. Shoot down your opponent or feel the impact of shrapnel and explosions on your tank. Whether it's tournament style or an all-out war, in Tank Wars only the last soldier standing counts!

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
Tank Wars uses a high-resolution mode for it's graphics, at the expense of having less colors to play with. The purple and ice blue colored landscapes atop a bland black sky are not the most impressive visuals to look at, but what is a nice touch is the ability of the landscapes to adjust according to missile fire. With a slight tank flicker problem though and some other factors, Tank Wars can't gather more than one point in the Graphics category.
Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
There are sounds in Tank Wars, but none of them are really spectacular. Fortunately, none of them are annoying either. This is an area that can be improved by Antz Entertainment in a positive way.
Gameplay (n.)The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe vvv
Good. Unlike other QB Tank simulation games, Tank Wars requires mastery of terrain. After choosing your mode of play (you get to decide the height of terrain, and the number of human and computer players before every match), you use the keyboard controls to adjust the direction and force of your missile. If you shoot with enough force, you'll shoot your missile at an arc and into your opponent's tank. If a tank takes enough damage, it will blow up. Last tank remaining wins.

To add to the gameplay, some of the angles you have to shoot your weapon into are tricky at best. The missiles have a "pinball" effect upon hitting the walls of the playing field, often richoceting backwards. In addition, the game comes with a shop mode after every match, allowing you to unlock new weapons. These new weapons, along with the game's control system, is fully explained in the instruction document included now with the zipfile.

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
(Very Poor) Tank Wars doesn't really develop a plot. Just take your typical "mass-destruction" formula and thrust it into some one or two-player alternating play and that's pretty much how this strategy game is set up.
Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
At first glance, this looks like one of the areas in which Tank Wars is lacking. But that's because many of the game's hidden features aren't easy to discover unless you read the Tank Wars instruction manual, which is now included with the zipfile. Once you learn how to control the tank and appreciate the game's many modes, you'll find out that Tank Wars has quite a bit to offer for even the deepest of Scorched Earth fans. You just have to get into the game first.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
The computer difficulty is adjustable, and so are the number of computer enemies you play against. At the hardest difficulty level, near-perfect precision is a must to win; you will not be able to outsmart the crafty computer AI, and you have to take advantage since you have first blood.

The best way to get really good at Tank Wars is to start at a lower difficulty setting then working your way up. It's more important to get used to the game's physics than to get intimidated by your computer opponents. That way, when you enter a human versus human match, you'll have an edge over your less experienced opponent.

Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
The top dog among the Scorched Earth clones is still Delta Code's Torched Earth, but what Torched offers with immediate access to mutliple weapons and eight-player play, Tank Wars makes up with pure strategy. With many difficulty levels to choose from, learning to aim well against your computer opponents becomes a key factor in the long term, especially since you only have one weapon to choose from. And the ability of the landscape to adjust according to the explosions in the battlefield mean you can't just plow your way through to the enemy. Tank Wars is reserved for the gamers who like to think first in strategy games before they can invest in the flashier-looking weapons (like the atom bomb). But all fans of games where you blow up each other should give this one a look anyway.

Tank Wars Reviewed by QBShire

Players 1-2 players
Genre: Strategy Game
Rating To solve: N/A Final Rating: 12/35

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Installation Tip
wTo play Tank Wars, unzip the file and run "TANKWAR.EXE".

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