Tank Battalion

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Tank Battalion
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade, MSX, VIC-20, X68000
Release Arcade
  • JP: October 1980
  • NA: 1981
  • JP: August 30, 1984
Genre(s) Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco Warp & Warp
CPUMOS 6502 @ 1 MHz
Sound Discrete
Display Vertical orientation, Raster, 224 × 256 resolution

Tank Battalion (タンクバタリアン, Tanku Batarian) is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1980. The only real port was to the MSX, but in 1985 received a successor in the form of Battle City for the Family Computer. Tank Battalion received a sequel called Tank Force, for the arcades in 1991.


The player, controlling a tank, must destroy twenty enemy tanks in each round, which enter the playfield from the top of the screen. The enemy tanks attempt to destroy the player's base (represented on the map as an eagle) as well as the player tank itself. A round is cleared when the player destroys all twenty enemy tanks, but the game ends if the player's base is destroyed or he runs out of lives.

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