...at home 1 Button 1977 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store C home video games only Joystick Military Planes Tanks

Combat

The Game: Two players each control a fearsome armored fighting vehicle on a field of battle littered with obstacles (or not, depending upon the agreed-upon game variation). The two tanks pursue each other around the screen, trying to line up the perfect shot without also presenting a perfect target if they miss. In accordance with …

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...at home 1 Button 1978 2 quarters (2 stars) A Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Military Odyssey2 Planes Submarines Tanks

Armored Encounter! / Sub Chase!

The Game: War is pixellated, blocky hell on the Odyssey2! In Armored Encounter, two combatants in tanks circumnavigate a maze peppered with land mines, searching for the optimum spot from which to blow each other to kingdom come. In Sub Chase, a bomber plane and a submarine, both maneuverable in their own way, try to …

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...in the arcade 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) A Arcade Cinematronics Maze Military More Than 2 Buttons Shooting At Enemies Tanks Vector Graphics

Armor Attack

The Game: One or two players are at the controls of speedy ground assault vehicles which can zip around an enclosed maze of open areas and buildings with almost mouse-like speed. Heavy tanks and armed helicopters routinely appear in this maze, attempting to shoot any player vehicles they spot; the player(s) can, in turn, fire …

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...in the arcade 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Available In Our Store B Cockpit First-Person Shooting At Enemies Specialized Controller Tanks Two Joysticks Vector Graphics

Battlezone

The Game: As the pilot of a heavy tank, you wander the desolate battlefield, trying to wipe out enemy tanks and landing vehicles. (Atari, 1980) Memories: Though the above description is exceedingly simple, Battlezone was another pillar of Atari’s stable of outstanding vector graphics games (which also included Tempest and Asteroids). With its two-stick control …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) C Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Military Odyssey2 Planes Submarines Tanks

Conquest Of The World

The Game: In probably the weakest of the Master Series games – Odyssey games which included overcomplicated board game elements, a la Quest For The Rings – you control one of the world’s superpowers, attempting to gain as much influence as possible through political and economic means and, where necessary, warfare. (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: Well, …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Joystick Maze Military P Publisher / Manufacturer Sega Shooting At Enemies Tanks

Pulsar

The Game: You control a tank – though it seems like an awfully tiny one – zipping through a maze teeming with enemies. Three color-coded keys are tucked away in a corner, and after grabbing one of these keys you must fight your way past enemy forces to open the corresponding lock. The process must …

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...under development 1981 Arcade Atari B Cockpit First-Person No Rating other Specialized Controller Tanks Unreleased Prototypes Vector Graphics

Bradley Trainer (a.k.a. “Military Battlezone”)

The Game: As the pilot of a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, you wander the desolate battlefield, trying to wipe out enemy tanks and helictopers without accidentally firing on your own allies. (Atari, under special contract for the United States Army, 1981) Memories: You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the arcade business who’d complain that …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1982 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only F Ground Troops Joystick Military Paddle / Rotary Knob Taito Tanks

Front Line

The Game: In a very genteel and almost inappropriately cute game about armored combat, you’re a lone footsoldier fighting your way through a platoon of enemy troops, trying to take out as many of them as you can until you find your way to a handy empty tank. (Nice of the enemy to allow your …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 5 quarters (5 stars) Activision Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Game Systems Joystick Military Planes R Shooting At Enemies Tanks Vertical Scrolling

River Raid

The Game: You’re piloting a fighter jet on a canyon run through enemy territory. You can’t fly outside the canyon walls, so stay over the river and blast everything in sight. Well, almost everything – flying your plane on top of “FUEL” buoys instead of shooting them puts a little bit of gas in the …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store B Cockpit First-Person home video games only Joystick Military Tanks

Battlezone

The Game: As the pilot of a heavy tank, you wander the desolate battlefield, trying to wipe out enemy tanks and landing vehicles. (Atari, 1983) Memories: Battlezone, in its arcade incarnation, was a huge, lumbering hulk of a beast with controls which were at best difficult to master (and at worst impossible), though it did …

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...at home 1 Button 1983 4 quarters (4 stars) Activision Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Cockpit First-Person Game Systems Joystick Military R Shooting At Enemies Tanks

Robot Tank

The Game: So much for the tank platoon. You’re in charge of a lone robotic tank on a battlefield buzzing with bad guys. A radar sweep gives you advance notice of approaching enemies, but there are so many of them out there that even that warning may not come soon enough. A series of critically-placed …

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...under development 1 Button 1983 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 B Cockpit First-Person home video games only Joystick Military Shooting At Enemies Tanks Unreleased Prototypes

Battlezone

The Game: As the pilot of a heavy tank, you wander the desolate battlefield, trying to wipe out enemy tanks and landing vehicles. (Atari, 1983) Memories: If Atari’s 2600 version of the arcade wargame was a pleasant surprise, the unreleased 5200 edition of the same game is almost a revelation. Combining adaptations of the menacingly …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1984 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store G Joystick Maze Military Namco Tanks

Grobda

The Game: You’re piloting a lone tank trapped in an arena with numerous indestructible obstacles – and quite a few hostile tanks. The moment you’re sent into battle, those other tanks converge on you immediately, so survival usually hinges on finding an advantageous configuration of obstacles to use as a makeshift fortress from behind which …

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...on computers 1 Button 1984 4 quarters (4 stars) Action Strategy Apple II Cockpit Electronic Arts First-Person Joystick Keyboard Military Planes S Tanks

Skyfox

The Game: The invasion is on, and as usual, you’re the only thing standing between Earth and alien domination. (Ever wonder why no one else is answering their pagers at times like these when the call goes out?) Fortunately, your aircraft is a kick-ass piece of military hardware, capable everything from breaking the sound barrier …

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1996 4 quarters (4 stars) Available In Our Store C Electronic Arts Ground Troops Home Computer System IBM PC Keyboard Military Planes Real Time Strategy Resource Management Tanks

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

The Game: It’s the Cold War all over again – but worse. Tampering with the timeline has wreaked immeasurable damage with the development of technology, and the result is a new wave of deadly weapons, including Tesla tanks and turrets (which discharge immense electrical energy at their opponents) and Chrono-tanks (which can shift their position …

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2007 4 quarters (4 stars) Available In Our Store Educational Game Systems Hockey home video games only Jumping Military Nintendo Racing Shapes & Matching Sports Tanks Tennis W Wii Wii Remote

Wii Play

The Game: Wii Play gathers a collection of mini-games in one place, from fishing, billiards and target shooting to a futuristic hockey game and tank battles, each showcasing different ways that the Wii remote controls can be used. (Nintendo, 2007) Memories: As with Wii Sports, Wii Play is an easy-to-pick-up but hard-to-put-down grouping of fairly …

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