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With graphics and animation taking big leaps, older games are becoming a rarity these days. Games nowadays are usually high on graphics, has thrilling sound effects and some of them have excellent story lines. Today, if a game is released without any of the above elements, a game is bound to perform poorly in the market. However, one game released in 2001 stands tall and faces the demands of the industry to a good effect. The game is developed by Blitwise and the name of the game is Pocket Tanks.

Pocket Tanks is a turn-based artillery game which you can play against Computer or your friend on the same computer. There are two tanks on each side of screen, one yours and other your opponent’s. Each one of you fires weapons one by one and the person with more number of points at the end of the game wins. It’s simple. Isn’t it? However, there’s much more to look into than simple aim and shoot. Let’s dig deeper into the world of tanks and battle through the questions which need to be answered.

Unlike recent games, Pocket Tanks works like a charm even on the PCs with lowest of resources. It was initially developed for Windows platform only, but now it works on Mac OS/X, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Amazon and Android in addition to all versions of Windows. Pocket Tanks is available in two variants: free and the paid one which costs $15.99. Free version comes packed with 30 weapons while the paid one has 60 built-in weapons with free weapon packs from the shop. Besides that, there isn’t much of a difference. Installation of Pocket Tanks is like breeze and gets completed in no time. It just takes a minute or two and the tanks are there to battle.

Just as you’d expect from a 2D game released in 2001, this game is not spectacular as far as graphics are concerned. Graphics are kept extremely simple yet they are easy on the eyes. Although the graphics of the game are little outdated, something Blitwise could have worked upon looking at the industry trends, they hardly leave any negative impression. The terrain is displayed in green color which degrades with depth of the terrain. The remaining portion is covered with weapon selection and control panel and black color in background with nice gradient feel. Each weapon has its own explosion effect associated with it and they all appear different and appealing enough.

This game definitely lacks a story, but maybe that’s one of its positive points. It’s an artillery game which is kept like that without any irrelevant fuss. A story in artillery games isn’t required and it isn’t present in Pocket Tanks as well. One aspect were Pocket Tanks could have been innovative is the soundtracks. While the originally included tracks are gentle and warm and match the demand of the games, you are bound to get bored only by listening it time and again. It should have had an option of inclusion of our own music files. This can still be done by muting the game sounds and playing the music on your favorite media player.

The most interesting and engaging aspect of the game is its gameplay. This game is very short and is still addictive. It is easy to learn, but hard to master. The longevity of game doesn’t matter here as each round is different due to different sets of weapons available which are distributed randomly. In order to attack your opponents and score, you just have to find the right projection angle and the correct power to hit your opponent and score points. It’s not as simple as it sounds though; the angles and power can change with every volley. What adds more to the brilliance in gameplay is that sometimes being too accurate can hurt your score. Some weapons deliver more points when they land at a little distance from opponent’s tank. There are weapons which travel through the dirt or terrain, some travel in straight line, but not through anything and others like a normal projectile. AI of the game is not that great as once you’ve got hold of power and angle, it’s not at all difficult to beat it. The game is much better when it is played against a friend on two player mode. Unfortunately, it lacks a LAN gaming or online gaming which is one of the biggest drawbacks of the game.

This game can always be played for little time whenever you are getting bored. Once you’ve mastered it, you won’t find it challenging enough. Playing it against a friend on two player mode is something that can keep you busy for quite long.

Positive Points:
 - Extremely light on system resources, runs perfectly on older computers too.
 - Intuitive gameplay.
 - Exciting range of weapons available.
 - Never ending fun when in two player mode.

Negative Points:
 - Considering the game has gained so much popularity, graphics could’ve been made better.
 - It seriously lacks LAN and online gaming options.

Conclusion:
 Pocket Tanks is a game with lots of fun and addiction in it. However, that fun and addiction subsides very quickly if you don’t have anyone play with you as its AI is not that good. When playing against a friend, this game certainly helps you to pass your time and keep you engaged for long time. Although it lacks multiplayer options over network, it should certainly be kept in the system as playing it for even ten to fifteen minutes may cheer you up.

Rating:4.0/5







Pocket Tanks Publisher's Description

This is the fastest game of artillery you will ever play. Pocket Tanks is streamlined to be easy to learn and fun for all ages. All the excitement of lobbing projectiles over a mound of dirt without all the complicated details found in most artillery games. Select your angle, power, and fire over 30 distinct weapons at your opponent. Games are won based on points for good aiming and is lighthearted fun. There is an innovative Weapon Shop to keep the game moving fast and a Target Practice mode for experimenting with all the weapons no holds barred.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Pocket Tanks is an artillery game that is streamlined to be easy to learn and fun for all ages. Select your angle, power, and fire over 30 distinct weapons at your opponent. Games are won based on points for good aiming and is lighthearted fun.

Publisher: BlitWise Productions, LLC | License: Shareware | Price: 15.99
Version: 1.0 | Size: 2895 KB | Platform: Win2000, WinOther
Released Date: 26-10-2001 | Rating: 5 | Title: Pocket Tanks

Author Url: http://www.blitwise.com
Program Info Url: http://www.blitwise.com/ptanks.html
Download Url: http://www.blitwise.com/ptanks.exe
Screenshot Url: http://www.blitwise.com/ptanks/pt_hailstorm.jpg

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