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T-72: Balkans on Fire! is a highly realistic Russian tank simulation that takes place in a historical European war zone. The game is based around the fighting in the Yugoslavian war of the early 1990s, utilizing several different types of scavenged tanks that are modeled with precision. Extreme attention to the physics of tank warfare is the focus of the game's engine, with the ballistics model forming the centerpiece. This is implemented as much in the firing of various projectiles as well as in the impact and penetration of armor, with the after-mission statistics feature displaying impacts on vehicles in a color-coded vector form.

Available in the game is a campaign mode in which you assume the role of a Russian volunteer and progress first from commanding the WW2-era T-34/85, upgrading to the T-55A, finally finishing in the modern T-72B itself. You gradually gain direct control over additional military forces on the battlefield to aid in carrying out the missions. There are also single missions that are able to be played outside of the main campaign, as well as co-operative and head-to-head multiplayer via LAN.

Control of the tank in the game is carried out from either the gunner's, commander's, or driver's stations, with the ability to jump to each station on the fly over the course of a mission, with the co-operative mode allowing human players to occupy different stations on the same tank. The player can also assume control over the anti-aircraft position on the tanks, which effectively removes the player from having direct control over any of the critical positions of the tank, and through orders allows the AI to operate the tank automatically.

The basic game mechanics in T-72: BoF! are similar to other modern tank simulators, most notably Steel Beasts. The most user-friendly feature common to all modern simulators is included in the game, in that realism settings can be tuned by the player to bring the difficulty to levels that they are comfortable with.


Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Windows Preparing to escort a convoy, this time in a T-55.
Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Windows Driving to an ambush position in a scavenged T-34, complete with cracked speedometer.
Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Windows Ground dust and barrel flame obscuring the view, but this is the kill shot for the Sherman.
Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Windows Pillars of smoke in the distance indicating kills, although my T-72 took one heck of a beating in turn, as the vectors on the tank show.

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Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Screenshot
Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Screenshot
Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Screenshot
Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "T-72:巴尔干战火" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "T72: Bałkany w Ogniu" -- Polish title
  • "T-72: Balkans on Fire!" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Gamers' Temple, The Sep 19, 2005 76 out of 100 76
Game Chronicles Jun 26, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 Jun 05, 2006 13 out of 20 65
Out Of Eight Aug 22, 2005 5 out of 8 62
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug 27, 2005 61 out of 100 61
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2006 57 out of 100 57 Jun 12, 2006 56 out of 100 56 Aug 02, 2006 9 out of 20 45


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Bet (569) added Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command (Windows) on Dec 23, 2005