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Abrams Battle Tank

aka: Krav Hatankim, M-1 Abrams Battle Tank, The Realistic M1A1 Combat Simulation

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Critic Reviews 68% add missing review

Games-X (86 out of 100) (86%)

Abrams Battle Tank is an excellent conversion from the PC, and as one of the first polygon-based games for the Mega Drive has certainly been well implemented. The game speed is up to scratch and the graphics, especially the bitmaps, have been improved from the PC's EGA screens. Realtime have done a good job. More please!

Jun 27th, 1991 · Genesis · read review

Raze (85 out of 100) (85%)

The many missions make the game accessible to all types of player, and the varying attacks and intelligence of the enemy ensure that you'll want to complete all the missions before the cart is destined for the dusty shelves. Playable and compelling.

Oct 1991 · Genesis · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (83 out of 100) (83%)

Once you've got over the initial awe of enjoying a 3D sim on the Megadrive, it all becomes very so-so and there's no real long-term challenge on offer for the rather hefty asking price. One of those games which is very good but could have been great...

Aug 1991 · Genesis · read review

One, The (75 out of 100) (75%)

Abrams Battle Tank though, is ideal for those who just want a quick shoot-out. It isn't going to keep you busy for hours on end, but it will satisfy the user who just wants to pick it up and play for a short while. In fact in that role it is highly recommended.

Jul 1989 · DOS · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (735 out of 1000) (74%)

Abrams Battle Tank is well presented and put together. The switching between screens is slow, but the rest of the game is plenty fast enough. Unfortunately, it won't take very long to work through the scenarios, but the changeable skill levels will keep you playing. And, of course, you can exercise your imagination during play by reminding yourself that HM Government have recently placed a controversial order for the tank in question.

Jul 1989 · DOS · read review

Power Play (69 out of 100) (69%)

Wer als simulationsbegeisteter Konsolenbesitzer neidisch auf den Kollegen mit einem Computer geblickt hat, kann jetzt aufatmen: GlĂŒcklicherweise hat das Panzerspektakel "M-1 Abrams Battle" bei der Umsetzung auf das Mega Drive kaum gelitten (zumindest technisch). Nur mit dem dĂŒrftigen Sound ist das Mega Drive deutlich unterfordert. Die Steuerung des Panzers via Joypad ist zwar am Anfang etwas gewöhnungsbedĂŒrftig, hat man aber ein paar Runden mit dem martialischen Schwergewicht gedreht, geht die Bedienung flott von der Hand. GrĂ¶ĂŸtes Manko beim M-1: es gibt zu wenig Missionen.

Sep 1991 · Genesis

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (8.2 out of 12) (68%)

Ansonsten hat mir das Spiel von der programmtechnischen Seite wirklich gut gefallen, alles (Grafik Sound, Geschwindigkeit, Umfang, Details) ist gut aufeinander abgestimmt und kann durchaus Spaß machen. Sieht man mal davon ab, daß die Story ganz schön abgefahren ist, so hat ELECTRONIC ARTS hier wieder eine reife Leistung vollbracht.

Jul 1989 · DOS · read review

Play Time (63 out of 100) (63%)

Meiner Meinung nach ein technisch ausgereiftes Programm, das schießwĂŒtige Simulationsfreaks durchaus begeistern kann, lĂ€ĂŸt man die ĂŒberholte Hintergrundstory außen vor.

Jan 1992 · Genesis

Video Games (62 out of 100) (62%)

Wer schon immer mal Lust verspĂŒrte mit 60 Tonnen Stahl ĂŒber Nachbars Blumenbeet zu knattern, kann diesem zerstörerischen Treiben gefahrlos mit Abrams Battle Tank nachkommen. Das FahrgefĂŒhl des Schwergewichtes ist dank der zĂŒgigen 3-D-Grafik sehr gut. Die Grafik wird auch dann nicht langsamer, wenn sich ein Dutzend Panzer im Blickfeld tummeln - Respekt. Der spielerische Gehalt bietet eher Grund zur Klage. Nur acht Missionen sind trotz des hohen Schwierigkeitsgrads einfach zuwenig. HĂ€tte man sich die MĂŒhe gemacht und zusĂ€tzliche AuftrĂ€ge und eine Batterie in das Modul gequetscht, wĂ€re die Gesamtwertung sicher etwas höher ausgefallen.

Sep 1991 · Genesis · read review

Sega-16.com (6 out of 10) (60%)

That, more so than the control, is probably what's going to drive off newcomers checking M-1 out for the first time. With all the next generation hoopla over presentation, those unfamiliar with the early days of 3D might be unable to get past its look. Add the aforementioned problems, and it's understandable to see why it gets overlooked. Those willing to get past the dated visuals and cumbersome control scheme might actually enjoy it. I say give it a chance. If you get tired of dying quickly, there's an invincibility code that you can use until you get the hang of things. A shortcut to be sure, but hey, all's fair in love and war!

May 1st, 2006 · Genesis · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (58 out of 100) (58%)

Abrams Battle Tank, while not being an imperative purchase, could provide a few lazy hours of pleasure to ardent simulation fans, offering a new angle from the normal plane/helicopter idea.

Jun 1989 · DOS · read review

Power Play (55 out of 100) (55%)

Abrams Ballte Tank hat mich nicht vollends ĂŒberzeugt. Die Steuerung des M1-Panzers zwar recht einfach und ruckelt auch richtig, wenn man anfĂ€hrt oder bremst. Mich stört aber, daß man nicht durch GebĂ€ude hindurchfahren kann. sondern der Panzer vor diesen abrupt anhĂ€lt. Grafisch könnte das Spiel noch ein paar mehr Details hergeben. Da hat es zwar die eine oder andere BrĂŒcke, und irgendwo steht auch mal ein Bauernhof in der Gegend rum. Doch in der dichtbesiedelten Bundesrepublik mehr los. Störend sind auch die Berge, die plötzlich vor des Fahrers Auge aus dem Boden schießen. Gerade auf einem AT hĂ€tte ich etwas mehr grafische GenĂŒsse erwartet. Abgesehen von den moralischen Bedenken, die ich beim Zerquetschen eines auf dem Boden knienden Soldaten habe, ist Battle Tank zu schwach, um ein Renner zu werden. Man sollte sich das Spiel vor dem Kauf einmal genau ansehen.

May 1989 · DOS · read review

Joker Verlag prÀsentiert: Sonderheft (52 out of 100) (52%)

Es gibt nur einen Panzer zu steuern, die Waffenauswahl ist recht begrenzt, und die vielen Feinheiten und Optionen, mit denen die Konkurrenten glĂ€nzen, sucht man hier vergeblich. Die Grafik ist schnell, aber wenig detailreich, der Sound öde. Nur fĂŒr PC erhĂ€ltlich, und so soll‘s auch bleiben.

1990 · DOS

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( ) (50%)

The first serious contemporary tank simulation for the faster 16-bit machines, this product has been superseded by later releases (cf. M-1 Tank Platoon, Tank). Graphics were adequate, but terrain elevation left something to be desired, and the main deficiency was that the program only portrayed a single tank while modern doctrine emphasizes larger element (company/squadron) employment.

Jun 1992 · DOS

Computer Gaming World (CGW) N/A

Tank is entertaining as a game. It offers excitement and a chance to destroy the nefarious enemy hordes. However, a simulation, it is not. Doctrine, professionalism and employment of armor are all lacking. As long as one recognizes that this is a game, there is no harm done. Nevertheless, do not think that one can achieve viable insights into armor tactics in the contemporary combat environment. Abrams Battle Tank succeeds as something more than an arcade-type game. It does require planning and careful execution; however, it is not a simulation and should not be treated as such.

Jun 1989 · DOS

Player Reviews

Not a really a sim, but not arcade either, definitely weird mixture

The Good
Good graphics (for the time), pretty good control, lots of items to blow up, decent terrain

The Bad
It's more of a action/puzzle like Stellar 7 or Nova 9, not tactics. Enemy follows exact script and you get to shoot helicopters with your cannon!

The Bottom Line
ABT is a weird mix of arcade action, 3D puzzle, and tank simulation. It's not realistic in some aspects, realistic in others, and has a strict script that requires almost a puzzle-like approach.

ABT is a 3D tank simulation that puts you in the four crew positions of an M-1 tank where you fight Warsaw Pact forces in a series of missions. The terrain and graphics are quite good for the time. However, the game seem to have no bearing on reality at times. You are virtually alone on the battlefield except for a few AI units that doesn't shoot back, and you're given "search-and-destroy" missions that require you to play guerilla war with a 60-ton tank! There's even special ammo (the AX round) for your cannon designed to shoot down helicopters!

The action reduces you to play the missions like a puzzle. Take out this portion, take out that portion, then come through this direction and do this... Then you'll win. Any other way would be far more difficult or impossible. This drops the replay value to just about zero.

If you want an authentic sim, try MicroProse's M-1 Tank Platoon instead.

by Kasey Chang (4601) on Nov 23rd, 2001 · DOS

Plus 19 player ratings without reviews

Contributors to this Entry

Critic reviews added by Tim Janssen, Jo ST, SlyDante, Terok Nor, Patrick Bregger, chirinea.