Wild Metal Country

aka: Wild Metal
Moby ID: 3553
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Wild Metal Country is an action game in which one of five little tanks can be selected to control. Tank-like machines have gone wild on the three different planets of the Tehric system and the player's job is to defeat them.

The battles take place in desolate mountain environments. The big differences in altitude play an important role in the game. In the single player mode, complete levels by collecting 8 colored power cores, which are defended by the machines, and returning them to one of several hovering stores. The player has an infinite amount of lives. The weaponry consists of 8 types of missiles and 4 types of mines. Help is received from a pair of helicopters that drop ammo and provide healing.

The two tracks of the tank are operated independently. For example, make a quick spin by going forward with one track and backwards with the other. Moreover the turret can be turned in any direction. The camera always moves with the turret sometimes diverting the view towards the camera. The angle of the turret and the distance the rockets travel can be changed. The tank can only be controlled using the keyboard.

Noteworthy aspects of the game are: the physics modelling, the 3D engine and the amount of freedom the player has (no time constraints etc.).

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Average score: 58% (based on 33 ratings)

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Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 14 ratings with 1 reviews)

Tanks do battle in slow-paced retro-arcade game!

The Good
Rockstar (the new name of DMA Design) offered this game for download in exchange for some personal information they can use in their marketing. A great way to benefit both the company that created it and the gamer, in addition it gives the older games a chance to reach a new audience. Great move!

The physics incorporated into this game give it a unique flavour; it makes the driving much more interesting, it adds to the combat tactics (using the shock-wave of explosions to flip over a hostile tank, the need to constantly correct your aim because the recoil slightly changes the heading of your tank, etc), and it is refreshing to see this in an action game.

Although the action can be played fast, there is also time to approach the challenges as puzzles. The levels hold varying challenges. It is addicting!

You can choose several vehicles. There are plenty of different hostile vehicles and stationary artillery.

It is a pity i didn't find a multiplayer game, because i think this is a great game for people to play together! But if i really wanted to, i could organize such a match.

The Bad
The landscapes do not vary in their emptiness. Even though the textures and height map change often, making you change your approach to completing the level, i would have loved some aesthetic additions, such as bushes, to break the monotony.

The land-textures could be improved.

Finding your way around the map requires a navigation skill, which is good, but it can get frustrating when a lot of the environment looks similar.

After a few levels, i was slightly bored, knowing that the objective was the same as in the last.

I would have enjoyed playing a tank with faster movement and less mass (the available vehicles do not differ a lot)

A split-screen option for multiplayer. This feature should be a standard one, even in modern games that primarily use network connections.

The background story. I prefer a game that doesn't pretend to have a story, if not present.

The Bottom Line
It is no grand experience, but fills a niche. The physics add to the fun and are a great challenge to discover how to use them to your advantage. A game that builds on arcade mechanisms.

Windows · by re_fold (291) · 2004

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Brand New Map Game Level for WMC : Work in Progress ian Thomson (3) May 5, 2024
Multiplayer Co-op vs Ai tanks now available! ian Thomson (3) Dec 2, 2021

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The PC version of the game is available as free download from Rockstar Games in their Rockstar Classics series. See the related sites section for a link.

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Game added by Roedie.

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Game added April 3, 2001. Last modified January 19, 2024.