The player remotely controls a robot tank in 2019. The mission is to locate enemy rebel tanks rampaging across the countryside with radar, then destroy them with a cannon to stop them from reaching downtown Santa Clara, California, United States.
As tanks are damaged, radar, speed, firepower and/or visual display capabilities are irreparably worsened. Enough damage will eventually destroy a tank. Combat can take place at any time of day or night (displayed on-screen), possibly with rain, snow, or fog (announced in a weather report each morning), which adds additional challenge in tracking enemy combatants by radar alone.
The enemy is organized into squadrons of twelve tanks each. By defeating an enemy squadron, the player earns an additional reserve tank to the initial three, to a maximum of twelve. The game ends when all of a player's tanks are destroyed.
In a 2008 review, Lee's "Peek n Poke" said of Robot Tank: "In a toss between the official Atari Battlezone and this — each one is just as good and its hard to choose — maybe the Atari effort wins? But it is nice to have two versions I can play and enjoy — a near perfect slant on Battle Zone".
- Robot Tank Review 2008 Review of Robot Tank by Lee Bolton from his Peek n Poke site Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Encounter, a 1983 Atari 8-bit computer game with similar gameplay
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