Throw items over a mound of dirt to defeat the enemy
Is There a Rocket in Your Pocket?
Pocket Tanks is a basic strategy game where players have to overcome a series of obstacles to reach victory. Some people are hailing Pocket Tanks as one of the best games of all time, while for other people it is simply annoying. Read the full review to discover if this game is for you.
Pocket Tanks is nothing we haven’t seen before. In fact, that’s kind of the point. people who grew up playing computer games in the 1990s will instantly recognise the very basic and block colour graphics, the shaky manoeuvring and the strategy involved. However, Pocket Tanks is not trying to compete with modern games in all their graphic glory and pixulated power. This game is all about nostalgia.
The concept of the game is as simple as the graphics. Two tanks hurl munitions at each other in the hopes of defeating their opponent before they are blow out of existence. Two gamers can play against each other, while a single player version is also available. The movement of the tanks is very limited, so players must plan their moves carefully and put their powers of strategy to the test.
One of the great things about Pocket Tank is that losing is almost as fun as winning. If you are playing alone, you can choose to set the difficulty level of your CPU opponent from 1 to 10. Naturally, higher levels are more challenging as the CPU will have better aim and be able to form strategies.
The whole play area is contained on just one screen, making it easy to see exactly where you are and what is going on around you. Players are presented with four different types of landscape, namely cliff, flats, valley and hill. The landscape you choose will make a difference to how you play the game, as your tank will have to cross this landscape to attack and use other parts as shelter. There are lots of other variables that can make attacking either easier or more difficult. Wind will play a part and can be set at the start of the game if you wish.
The main part of the game involves learning about the different weapons at your disposal and how to use them to your advantage. There is a fairly large collection of weapons to get to know such as lasers and cannons. A few weird and wacky weapons are also thrown into the mix such as popcorn and burnt popcorn. Some of these weapons require a clear line of sight in order to work properly, while others will cause damage to your own tank if not used correctly.
As you progress through the game, you may be represented with extra weapons to use and surprise gifts from time to time. use these with caution, as they could easily be a trick and send you hurtling through the air on the way to a fiery death. Despite all this, there is not really much development to the game and battles tend to be other fairly quickly.
Whether or not you enjoy Pocket Tanks will depend on whether or not you need cool graphics to keep you entertained. While the game may not look very exciting, the strategy elements and other features more than make up for this and will give players more than enough to keep them entertained and engaged for hours.
- Plenty of nostalgic moments
- Learning how to play is easy
- One and two player modes available
- Basic graphics and sound effects
- Not many weapons to choose from