Tank! Tank! Tank!
|Tank! Tank! Tank!|
|Developer(s)||Bandai Namco Games|
|Publisher(s)||Bandai Namco Games|
Multiplayer (2-4 players)
Tank! Tank! Tank! (タンク!タンク!タンク! Tanku! Tanku! Tanku!?) is an action video game released in arcades in 2009 and for Nintendo's Wii U in North America and PAL Regions in November 2012 and in Japan the following December.
Whilst a retail release came first in most markets, the game was initially launched in Japan as a downloadable free-to-play game via Nintendo eShop, and got a retail release on February 21, 2013. The game is also free-to-play in Europe in February 14, 2013 and in North America in May 2, 2013. This freemium version requires DLC to unlock all of the content of the retail version (campaign mode, etc).
In this game, the player controls a tank and has to shoot monsters with ammunition. A player's photo is taken with a nearby camera (dubbed the NamCam - short for "Namco Camera") and is used as an avatar to identify each player's tank. Two examples of monsters confronted in the game are red dragons and giant spiders. Each level contains destructible elements and weapons range from a plasma bolt to a machine gun. Accessories can be added to the avatars, such as military helmets and wrestling masks. Collateral damage against the city background is encouraged in addition to dealing damage to the monsters that inhabit the game.
- Plasma Bolt - allows the player to fire a bolt of plasma at the opponent
- Machine gun - similar to a modern-day machine gun used by most armies
- Missile Rack - a rack of potent missiles that can deal a devastating amount of damage to the enemy
- Colossus Missile - a giant missile that can deal more damage than an entire missile rack
- Mega-Beam - fires a gigantic laser beam at an adversary
- Flamethrower - shoot a stream of fire
The Wii U version of Tank! Tank! Tank! has received mixed to mostly negative reviews, averaging a 45% on Metacritic. Kevin Knezevic of GamesRadar called it "a fun little diversion" but noted that the single-player lacked much depth. GamerCheese criticized the game for being below standard for a Wii U launch title, stating "...the lack of online play...make(s) this title suffer." Nintendo Power gave the game a 3.5 in the magazine's last issue.
- Tank Battalion - an arcade game from 1980 that also involves tanks
- Battle City - a Japan-only 1985 game for the Famicom and the Nintendo Vs. System arcade cabinets that includes a two-player simultaneous mode, and a level editor.
- Tank Force - 1991 sequel to Tank Battalion and Battle City.
- Tokyo Wars – a spiritual predecessor of this video game
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