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Tank Tank Tank review

In what other Wii U game can you play as an ape and shoot flames out of your bum?

Derived from a 2009 Namco arcade title, Tank! Tank! Tank! retains the simple gameplay of its ancestor and is one of the most approachable Wii U launch games. Each mission - there are nearly 40 and each can be played either solo or co-op with a friend, with one on the GamePad and one on the TV - charges you with destroying a certain type of robotic monster before the timer runs out.

There are two main types of battles. Swarm engagements drop you into endless hordes of monster attackers and sets a required kill count. More enjoyable are boss encounters, in which you face one or two enormous Godzilla-like monsters and simply have to beat them in time.

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That may already sound simple enough, but it's the control system that really highlights how basic Tank! Tank! Tank!'s gameplay is. You move your vehicle with the analogue stick and fire with any button you want. That's it.

While this one-stick, one-button control style is faithful to the arcade game, many will feel this makes things limited and repetitive. Things can be mixed up a little with the weapon pick-ups (each tank has two unique special weapons it can use for a limited number of shots) but that's about as far as the level of strategy goes - shoot everything, don't get hit and you'll do fine.

Tanks For The Memories

Repetition is something you're going to have to embrace wholeheartedly if you want to see everything Tank! Tank! Tank! has to offer. Every time you finish a mission with a different tank you get a medal, and with a total of 20 tanks eventually unlockable, you'll need to finish all 40 or so stages 20 times each in order to finish the game completely.

Some may find the idea of finishing each level 20 times to unlock every tank a bit of a grind, but the missions are short enough to make this manageable. On top of this, each tanks is unique enough to make it feel different every time. It reminds us a bit of Wii's Ghost Squad - another arcade gem that trades on endless replays. That said, we recognise not every gamer will accept this level of repetition without question.

The missions are only half of Tank! Tank! Tank!'s repertoire, however. The multiplayer mode is its big selling point, especially the ace My Kong mode, in which three other players try to destroy a giant mechanical gorilla with the face of the GamePad player on it. An ape that can fart flames? If that's not one of the greatest ideas in the history of gaming then, frankly, we're not sure what is.

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Tank! Tank! Tank! is an unabashed, shameless tribute to fun. It doesn't care if its controls only consist of one stick and one button, or that it looks a bit rubbish or if the action's repetitive, because anyone who accepts its cheesy B-movie style will be perfectly happy to play each level 20 times over. It's also ideal for younger children because it's simple to learn and full of action and silliness. What other Wii U game lets you use the GamePad camera to take a photo of your face and use digital masks to turn yourself into a snowman or a one-eyed army general? None of them.

Would we spend £50 on it? Not on your life. But once it drops to a reasonable price (we've seen it going for as cheap as £20) then Tank! Tank! Tank! is well worth a go if you crave the days of simple, quick-fix arcade gaming.

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  1. KH81314 Saturday 19th Jan 2013 at 10:20

    To bad. I was excitited for this game. Might pick it up if i find it cheap.

  2. K-tet Saturday 19th Jan 2013 at 11:43

    This game is seriously underrated. It could have been a lot better if they added netplay but, that aside, as a pure arcade title, it's one of the better games out there.

    I'd bump the review up to 75% in all honesty, but I won't lose any sleep over 4%.

  3. fritzfrapp Saturday 19th Jan 2013 at 13:36

    Very good and reasonable review.
    It's interesting to see how general tastes in gaming have changed in 30 to 40 years. Now every other game has to be a brown FPS with an overblown story and online deathmatch multiplayer. Tank! Tank! Tank! would have been lapped up a few years ago and is one of my favourite arcade games of recent years, certainly one of my favourite games of the Wii U launch an unabashed, fun game. Fun, remember that?
    Definitely worth 20, which is what I paid as a preorder. It plays very well in single, co-op and multi; sounds good and looks nice and clean in motion with lots of destruction and buildings blowing up all around; and has useful GamePad integration. if you liked EDF you should like this.

  4. TheSlenderman Saturday 19th Jan 2013 at 13:43

    I quite like the look of it. When I get a wii u, I will look around for it.

  5. m0i Saturday 19th Jan 2013 at 20:02

    Except for a wii-u game, is there even one game where an ape farts flames?

  6. MartinIsAwesome Sunday 20th Jan 2013 at 16:00

    To bad. I was excitited for this game. Might pick it up if i find it cheap.


    Why "too bad"? It's a perfectly good and respectable review of a perfectly good and respectable game. Don't forget that by ONM's new scoring system, anything between 70-79% is an instant Bronze Award title.

  7. buzzboy42 Monday 20th May 2013 at 01:18

    This game is seriously underrated. It could have been a lot better if they added netplay but, that aside, as a pure arcade title, it's one of the better games out there.

    I'd bump the review up to 75% in all honesty, but I won't lose any sleep over 4%.


    Agreed

  8. toffeeman30 Monday 20th May 2013 at 07:38

    looked fun fun fun but ended up poor poor poor. 10 bargain bin this is gonna end up

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