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Steel Thunder

aka: Steel Thunder: American Battle Tank Simulation
Moby ID: 1732
Commodore 64 Specs
Buy on Windows
$6.99 new on Steam
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Steel Thunder offers multiple theaters in which to do battle ranging from Cuba to Europe. While actually in the tank, the player can easily move from the position of Commander to Gunner or Driver, offering a significant degree of realism, but still keeping the action moving. You can simply stay in the Commander's seat, and give commands to the Driver and Gunner and just watch the action as it plays out, although only from the internal views.

As play progresses, the player also increases in rank. The initial mission set-up screen offers the player multiple tanks ranging from the Bradley to the M1A1. In addition to this, the player can also choose specific crew members and see their respective "grade" regarding their performance characteristics.

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Average score: 70% (based on 7 ratings)


Average score: 4.2 out of 5 (based on 4 ratings with 1 reviews)

An oldie, but a goodie in the realm of tank simulations.

The Good
A long-time ago, Steel Thunder was THE tank sim. It's still a game that I dig out from time to time, and spend hours playing. The player has, at his disposal, various tanks ranging from the Sherman to the M1A1 of modern-day warfare. It's fun to change up your tanks, and see how well they do/don't perform on a given mission. While the graphics are certainly nothing compared to today's, it does offer what you want in a tank sim: various mission environments, the ability to do EVERYTHING involved in commanding a tank, lot's of firing, and cool explosions when you kill an enemy. A little fascination of mine has always been focused on sounds that programmers can get to come out of that pathetic little speaker in your computer, and these guys did a top-notch job on that! You hear the idle of the engine, your own gun's explosions, and you definetely hear A'LOT when you're being pelted. A good game for some quick, armored warfare.

The Bad
Not much......a couple of additional training missions might have been nice, but that's about it.

The Bottom Line
Steel Thunder offers fast and furious gameplay that is well-balanced between realism and fun.

DOS · by Paul Budd (425) · 2000


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Paul Budd.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Windows added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: formercontrib, Victor Vance.

Game added August 12, 2000. Last modified May 7, 2024.