Tank2 (DOS)

Tank2 DOS Game installation menu
(DiV Games Studio development system)


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You drive a tank to complete a special mission, namely to destroy the new type of torpedoes, which are not launched from a submarine, but from a torpedo-house...

You start out with a side view of a tank, at the left end of a long side-scrolling battlefield, and have to navigate your tank to the right end without touching any obstacles or being hit by enemy fire. The obstacles include exploding barrels, shallow ditches, narrow streams, turret-mounted cannons, and enemy tanks. Once you reach the middle of the screen, it starts scrolling with the progress of your tank, keeping you centered.

The soft targets can be demolished with the machine gun, while the hard targets require the main gun. Firing the main gun is followed by a reloading time, during which you cannot fire it for a few seconds. The machine gun however can be fired with no interruptions, becoming the bane of all barrels.

The movement of your tank is controlled by the cursor keys; moving sideways using the up/down keys, and accelerate right by holding down the right arrow key. You brake with the left arrow key, and fire machine gun and main gun with ctrl-key & space bar. The tank can only move forward on the field, not reverse, with sideways movements required to point your tanks fixed guns onto a target, or navigate a bridge. The tank cannot turn, instead it slides sideways while also moving forwards, so the challenge is to go slow enough that you can position the tank in line of your objective before getting too close and avoid possible return fire by quickly sliding sideways.

Your tank is not very sturdy, unfortunately: it cannot touch any barrels, or it explodes. It cannot cross any ditches or streams, or it overturns without a bridge. Neither can it resist a single enemy round, so the main task is one of survival, not so much offence. While the enemy tanks have mastered the art of shallow ditch climbing, they still cannot turn/slide sideways, likewise as the fixed turret guns they always fire in one direction, so it is possible to evade even these somewhat mobile enemies.


Tank2 DOS Game installation menu
(DiV Games Studio development system)
Tank2 DOS Sound setup - various sound cards are detected by the installer.
Only sound effects are used, no music.
Tank2 DOS Here the pillboxes aim fixed left or right only, you shoot straight right only. The red explosion is from a round fired from the lower right enemy.
Tank2 DOS The starting position of your tank is in the lower left corner.
Movement is up/down (while moving forward, to the right).
Speed is variable, and stopping is allowed, but not reversing.

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Missing Sound Effects

It seems some (download) versions of Tank2 lack all sound effects, which are included in the development system used: 'Div Games Studio'.
If no sound files are present, the game won't run, even if you configure the game to be silent.

A user on the Vogons forum debugged the game to identify these files and offered them for download in an archive.

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Arny Swine (21) added Tank2 (DOS) on Mar 19, 2001