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Pocket Tanks is a 1-2 player computer game for Windows and Mac OS X, and more recently the iPhone and Android, created by Blitwise Productions, developer of Super DX-Ball and Neon Wars. Adapted from Michael Welch's earlier Amiga game Scorched Tanks, this newer version features modified physics, dozens of weapons ranging from simple explosive shells to homing missiles, and the ability to move the tank. It supports several expansion packs. At the moment, players can have up to 295 different weapons total. Pocket Tanks is often abbreviated as PTanks, or simply as PT.
The point of the game is to use various weapons, which come in various packs, to attack the other player's tank. Each hit scores a certain amount of points, which varies based on the weapon and proximity. At the end of 10 volleys, the player with the highest points wins.
The game features a fully destructible environment, which allows player to put themselves on pedestals, in tunnels, or bunkers, allowing for the probability of strategic play.
The first version of Pocket Tanks; Version 1.0 was released in 2001.
Version 1.3 was released November 2007. It contains more bug fixes, LAN and IP support.
Version 1.6 is currently the most recent desktop release and it includes more expansion packs to obtain. This version is available for OSX and the Windows Desktop.
Version 1.9 is currently the latest release of the game and is available for Windows 8, Windows RT, iOS, and Android. Version 1.9 adds support for the latest weapon packs and fixes bugs that prevented from being playable on the Surface Pro.
A version was recently released for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Which comes in free or paid versions (the only difference is that the free version has fewer weapons).
As of December 7, 2012, Pocket Tanks is also available on the Android operating system.
On January 9, 2013, Blitwise announced the availability of Pocket Tanks on the Windows Store. Users with desktops, laptops, and tablets running Windows 8 or Windows RT can now download the game from the Windows Store.
Standard Weapons and Expansion Packs
There are "weapon packs" available which give the player more weapon choices during gameplay. However, these expansion packs are only available to those who own Pocket Tanks Deluxe. All packs that include 5 weapons are free, while those with 15 have to be purchased. There are 295 weapons total, including 30 from the Demo and 30 from the Deluxe Version.
A Collector's Edition of Pocket Tanks was released on November 16, 2007. It contains the first 14 expansion packs and the Deluxe version of Pocket Tanks. The CD and case comes with special art, and it is cheaper to buy the expansion packs through the Collector's Edition, but other than that there are no differences between the Deluxe and Collector's Edition.
Network play was made available in the v1.3 release. Actual online play will be developed in the future, although it is possible to simulate this through Hamachi.