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Review: Tank Hero: Laser Wars – The Sci-Fi Sequel to Tank Hero

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, $0.99

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Clapfoot, the developers of Tank Hero created a sequel called Tank Hero: Laser Wars which is a vast improvement upon its predecessor, Tank Hero. The game adds tons of extra levels and worlds to explore such as a space station and space itself. This sequel like I said, is a vast improvement. It’s improved a ton graphically and gameplay wise. The added features to gameplay has made this game a ton of fun. Instead of missiles now, we get to play as all kinds of different tanks with different abilities! New ways to beat puzzles!

The coolest thing that was added into Tank Hero: Laser Wars is the dynamic lighting system. Upon installing the game (there is a free version) you’ll get to see how dynamic the lighting actually is. Honestly, there are few games on Google Play and even iTunes that take advantage of dynamic lighting when they obviously should have. Games like Cytus or Lightopus could of taken advantage of this to make the games a whole lot better. Not only is the lighting dynamic in Tank Hero: Laser Wars but its also very beautiful. The different colored lasers flying across the screen in a dark space station make for a engaging experience graphics wise.

I said the improved on the graphics, but let me tell you, it wasn’t a complete overhaul. Things look sharper now, which I think they had to do to make the dynamic lighting system work. Not only do things look sharper but tanks also have their own individual designs now instead of solid colors. They’ve also added a lot more detail to tanks weapon wise. It isn’t all just missiles in bombs now, it’s lasers. I think this was a good move because the lack of detail in Tank Hero got old after a while.

The gameplay has improved a ton. They’ve added a bunch of different ways to do puzzles now. Some ways it’ll limit your movement in a little square so you can’t travel across the whole level. You have to dodge the lasers as all four to six tanks fire at you at once. This is fun and engaging due to the difficulty of it all, it’s not so difficult that you can’t beat it, but difficult enough so that you feel engaged in the game. Again, this was a great move to go. Tank Hero felt a bit too easy.

There are tons more levels added to the game. At least ten times more than there was in Tank Hero. Also, they added new space worlds as I said earlier, the only thing is, they are a whole lot more detailed and jam packed with content. I’m very glad that developer, Clapfoot, was able to expand upon their previous title that was a pretty good idea in terms of creativity.

I do wish they would update the game with more levels though. Tank Hero: Laser Wars seriously gets addicting after a while. I’d even be fine if they charged for the levels, I just need more!

Review: Tank Hero – A Puzzle Action Game?

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, $0.99

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Tank Hero is one of those games that you do not forget about. The game offers some very thrilling and engaging warfare while engaging your mind in the different puzzles integrated into the levels. Each puzzle is very unique. How do the puzzles work? Well, your tank starts out with three lives. You have to kill all the other tanks using physics. There might be twenty tanks, fifteen and sometimes even thirty. It gets crazy and maddening but there are still ways to do beat the puzzle. There are tons of different levels to go through along with different worlds. Each world you advance to, the harder the difficulty.

The controls are very fluid and engaging. They aren’t blocking your view to finish the level or puzzle. The only thing is, the free version has ads in it, those usually block your view sometimes. You can eliminate the ads by purchasing the full game for cheap though. It’s really worth it as I had hours of fun with this game. I think many people will like it because its a action game while integrating puzzles into it. The game is also kid friendly, so if you have children, it’s not going to be a problem for them.

The graphics are pretty dang good in Tank Hero. They did a great job at designing the tanks exploding and the missiles bouncing off of walls and such. They didn’t put much effort into designing the tanks and I think that was on purpose. I’ll say why momentarily. The environments were very well designed and were definitely fun to look at. I’d consider them to be minimalist, but it’s still very well designed. The sequel to the game, Tank Hero: Laser Wars, expands upon the graphics and makes them more detailed with some other awesome graphical features.

Tanks are usually only made of one solid color. This could be red, purple, green, blue and etc. Each color represents that the tank has a different ability than the other. Dark red tanks take longer to hit while purple tanks usually only take one shot. Purple tanks also fire missiles, but not very often. You’ll be able to take these types of tanks out easily. The other tanks though, they get difficult and hard to get past. I think the solid colors are okay, because they actually mean something to the game, it wasn’t a graphical error but more of a design decision.

Overall, the game is great. More people need to play it because I would love to see more levels. If this game was popular, I swear it would be the next Angry Birds. It has some very intriguing and mind boggling puzzles that were really well designed. They’re engaging, fun to play through and usually fun to play again instead of just once. Three cheers for replayablity!

I hope the developers look at making another game (aside from the Laser Wars sequel) in the future.