Tanks of Fury: iPhone App Written Review
In our time here at the iPhone App Review, we’ve seen our fair share of war simulations and physics puzzlers. However, rarely have we seen an app that seeks to combine the two playing fields, much less one that does it well, as Tanks of Fury, by developer Iversoft Solutions, does. This arcade title for the iPhone gave us plenty of opportunities to both exercise our laugh muscles and destroy enemy unites—and all without leaving our armchairs! All in all, if you’re looking for a quirky, creative, and not-quite-baked app that combines the best of projectile shooting and witty one-liners, Tanks of Fury is your new best mate.
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Tanks of Fury is somewhere between a classic arcade shooter and an Angry Birds clone, allowing for the best of both worlds to nest and take root. The app has players piloting their own tank—though its helmed by a captain of their choosing—into various missions, requiring them to pull back the turret and launch projectiles in a physics-based way that most reminds us of Angry Birds Seasons. However, there are no pigs to be found here. Instead, the player must punch their way through 16 solid levels, each presenting a new objective. These missions were varied, and came with enough detail that we never once found ourselves bored with the proceedings. As though they thought we might doze off, though, the developers have included a wealth of power-ups and defensive skills to keep us on our toes. And in most cases, we did need these additions: The game comes with two unique difficulty modes, but in our experience, the whole thing can be categorized as hard.
Design and Graphics
Still, the challenge didn’t stop us from enjoying the app’s excellent design. The characters are well animated, and the physics engine at work here behaves organically, as we like it. However, we did have some difficulty seeing our targets: More often than not, the view screen is somewhat limited, requiring us to slide back and forth from our station to the front lines, hoping our shots were aimed properly. That being said, we had no problem controlling either the placement of our tank, nor its actual firings. All in all, it’s a tight package, though one we might (literally) like to see more of.
At the end of the day, Tanks of Fury clocks in at $0.99 in the App Store, which is a bargain in our books. For that measly dollar, players can enjoy all 16 levels, including the menagerie of tank commanders and missions. At that price, the app is a solid steel, especially with the challenging arcade gameplay. All in all, it’s a four star rating for Tanks of Fury, as well as a hearty recommendation from us here at the iPhone App Review.
Tanks of Fury requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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