Tank Battle: Iron Warfare iPhone Game Review ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tank Battle: Iron Warfare iPhone Game Review

Tank Battle: Iron Warfare iPhone Game ReviewTank Battle: Iron Warfare is the latest in Tank Warfare games for the iPhone/iPod touch. Unlike some of the other games in this genre, Tank Battle is more action than strategy and it is easy to jump right in and start playing.

In Tank Battle, you guide your World War II style tank through a series of terrains to play a high stakes version of capture the flag. The goal within each level is to find the enemy flags which are positioned in different areas of the terrain (and directionally identified by the red flags in the sky) and park your tank in close proximity to each of the flags to give your 'men' time to lower the enemy's flag and raise your own. The primary challenge is that the enemy guards their flags and will start firing on you. While you have a number of allies and a heavy tank in many of the early levels, the number of allies decrease in the later levels along with your tank's ability to sustain a direct hit. To clear each level, you need to capture all of the flags. The game includes a training level along twenty additional levels of increasing difficulty.

One of the features that stands out in this game is the controls. You can guide your tank with almost pinpoint accuracy by using a combination of the on-screen directional arrows (see the bottom left corner of the screen shot) and the accelerometer. This precision is critical when you are using the Light tank (fast and nimble but weak) and you need to 'hit and run' when directly fighting the enemy. Other tank classifications are Medium (well-balanced) and Heavy (powerful and tough but slow).

Tank Battle: Iron Warfare is the first game developed by John Judnich, a 19-year-old college student at Santa Clara University near San Jose, California who is a self-taught videogame developer. The game is available for $1.99 in the AppStore.