Armoured Assault is a tank battle game of the orthodox style which is enjoyed to this day. Two players start out in their home bases, with the simple goal of destroying the opposing tank. Each tank can take three hits before it is destroyed. Chasing each other uses up fuel reserves as well, and when the fuel gauge reaches zero, the tank is destroyed. The number of shots available is also limited. The screen is filled with barriers to hide behind, but each barrier has a hole in it which can be passed through both by shots and tanks.
Eight modes of play are available:1. Each tank has two reload zones for fuel and one for bullets. - The middle of the screen has a first aid zone which repairs the armour of any tank passing over it. - None of the special features mentioned above. - All the features of modes 1 and 2 combined. - Like mode 1, but with four invincible computer-controlled tanks roaming the screen. - Mode 2 with computer tanks. - Mode 3 with computer tanks. - Mode 4 with computer tanks.
Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 4 ratings with 1 reviews)
Tolerable graphics, over-cheerful music, very good sound effects, and offers some nice strategic and action-packed gameplay. And nice militaristic cover art. (I'll come to that in a moment.)
Well, obviously, there's not terribly much to do in this game in modern terms - tiny screen, limited controls, pretty simple premise. Nowadays, it's probably good for just random short games and possibly sheer nostalgia factor, but little else.
The game being two players only is a slight problem - not anything against the concept itself, it's just that you never seem to find the second player when you are in the mood for a particular game. This game would have benefited some from having computer controlled player...
The Bottom Line
This is easily one of the better two-player Spectravideo games. It's a pretty simple game as far as tank fighting games go: Just drive around, shoot stuff, collect power-ups from the designated stations. But even on such limited terms, it's got enough glitter to make it look like a competently-put-together game.
When I was a kid, this game was so cool. Army stuff is cool, right? This game has got tanks! Tanks that shoot stuff! And it has cheerful militaristic music! And quite amazing, television-speaker-shattering booming sound effects! Who needs toy tanks when you have a militaristic tank game on your computer? ...okay, maybe I'm re-interpreting my childhood a little bit.
Perhaps this game would have withstood the test of time a bit better with a little bit more maneuverability - the tanks are pretty big and the screen is a bit small. My friends liked a magazine-published game called "Tank Duel" for Commodore 64 a little bit more, even when it had less features than Armoured Assault (No fuel or ammo tracking), mostly because the tanks were smaller, which meant a lot more room to run around.
But all in all, Armoured Assault isn't that bad. It's certainly fun enough in small doses.
Spectravideo · by WWWWolf (444) · 2008
- MobyGames ID: 36076
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Game added September 6th, 2008. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.