Tank Force

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Tank Force
Designer(s)Mr. Demo
Y. Kounoe[1]
Platform(s)Arcade, Wii (Virtual Console), Nintendo Switch
  • JP: December 1991
Wii Virtual Console
  • JP: November 10, 2009
Nintendo Switch
  • JP: July 28, 2017
Genre(s)Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s)Up to 4 players simultaneously
CabinetUpright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade systemNamco System 1
CPU2x Motorola M6809 @ 2.048 MHz,
1x Motorola M6809 @ 1.536 MHz,
1x Hitachi HD63701 @ 1.536 MHz
Sound1x Yamaha YM2151 @ 3.57958 MHz,
1x Namco CUS30 @ 96 kHz,
1x DAC
DisplayHorizontal orientation, Raster, 288 x 224 resolution

Tank Force (タンクフォース, Tanku Fōsu) is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1991; it was the last game to run on their System 1 hardware (which had been in use for four years), is the sequel to Battle City, which was released six years earlier and is a sequel to Tank Battalion, which had been released five years before it (and eleven years before this title). The game was included as part of the Namco Museum compilation for the Nintendo Switch on July 28, 2017.


The gameplay is very much like that of Tank Battalion, except that this time up to two (on an upright model) or four (on a cocktail) players can play simultaneously, there are seven new ("regular") types of enemy tanks (Normal Tanks, Speed Tanks, Hard Tanks, Big Tanks, Rapid Tanks, Tomahawk Tanks and Jeeps) and there is fifteen types of powerups (Bonus 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000, Shot Powerup, 4-Way Shot, Hyper Shot, Ripple Laser, Twin Shot, Small, Shield, Bomb Attack, Timer Stop, Force Field and Extend) which appear for players to collect in order to increase their tanks' firepower and boost their score (the one with the highest at the end of any round conquers its hexagon on the overworld map); each round is also the size of 17x13 blocks instead of just 13x13 off Tank Battalion and Battle City, the enemies also roll into view from the top of the screen instead of just appearing and can also enter from the left and right sides, every fourth round is a "boss" round where the players must fight Train Cannons, AK Tanks and Boss Cannons at the top of the screen as well as the round's regular enemies, the players cannot destroy their own headquarters walls, when one player shoots another they will be pushed back (instead of getting stunned for a few seconds), and the game has an ending which will be seen after clearing all thirty-six rounds. The game's seventeenth round is also made to look like Pac-Man - even though Tōru Iwatani had no involvement with the title.


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