Great Tank War [rating: 3.5/5]
The dual-stick controls work very well and are nice and responsive with the left thumb-stick controlling your movement while the right thumb-stick controls the firepower of your tank. While these controls seem very simplistic they offer a lot of control and the right thumb-stick will not only fire your tanks cannon but also the secondary weapon whether that be the standard missile or one of the upgradable items such as the Pounder Firefly, Flamethrower, Calliope or 105MM howitzer.
The whole app has a nice military theme to it, from navigation menus to the game itself it’s very in keeping with the World War II theme. The sound effects in the game are good too and when you are under attack from multiple sources the sound only adds to the overall frenzy and action that is felt. Having said that it would be nice if there was a great variety of sounds when the soldiers die rather than the same one repeated over and over again!
It’s difficult to tell how many levels there are in total and how much variety there is but of the levels I’ve completed there are split equally between survival mode where you have to stay alive for a certain amount of time and Destroy Mode where you have a certain amount of time to clear the level of all enemies whether they be on foot or at the wheel of a tank.
Death can not only come from the enemy on the ground but also from bombs that are dropped from planes flying overhead. You can’t shoot at the planes but avoiding the bombs is relatively easy, despite the speed of your tank, thanks to the destination of the bombs being marked on the ground. The same can be said for the men that parachute in and rather than having to wait for them to land before you can kill them, you can also place your take beneath them and they will die as soon as they land on your tank.
While the controls are easy to pick up the same can not be said of the difficulty level of the game itself where I find multiple attempts were required to complete even some of the early levels and while this adds longevity to the game it would be nice if there were options to how difficulty the game was so that both beginners and advanced players could play the game on a level playing field.
The other thing that makes the game a little difficult is the ability to upgrade your tanks. Upgrading is done via earning gold from pick-ups within the game, however the amount of gold you are able to pick up compared to the amount that is needed for even the smallest of upgrades required you to complete multiple levels before it becomes attainable.
It’s also disappointing to see that there is no multi-player option available as Great Tank War would be a great two play game with only some minor changes to the game-play. Perhaps this will be introduced in a future update.
If you are quick you should be able to pick up Great Tank War for a mere 99c which is a bargain especially if they continue to release updates to the game, at it’s full price of $4.99 the game becomes less great value for money.
- Great WWII themed action
- Great looking and sounding
- Simple and effective controls
- Steep learning curve
- No multi-player mode
- Too slow to upgrade tank
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Jul 01, 2010
Size: 30.8 MB
Seller: SK Telecom
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Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.