Tank Universal creates a huge virtual 'Tron-like' world where you take part in immense 3D tank battles involving scores of units both friendly and not so friendly in wide open levels! Players can bombard the enemy from a distance or close the gap and dodge shells point blank - all in an immersive first person perspective.
User reviews: Mixed (292 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 21, 2008
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Includes 5 items: RIP - Trilogy™, Tank Universal, Space Trader: Merchant Marine, Penguins Arena: Sedna's World, Larva Mortus

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Includes 63 items: Gumboy - Crazy Adventures™, RIP - Trilogy™, Vigil: Blood Bitterness™, Tank Universal, Space Trader: Merchant Marine, Penguins Arena: Sedna's World, Larva Mortus, Obulis, Chains, Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, Crash Time 2, Greed: Black Border, Gumboy Crazy Features, RIP 2 Strike Back, RIP 3: The Last Hero, Avencast: Rise of the Mage, Chrome, Chrome - SpecForce, Future Wars, Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes , Post Apocalyptic Mayhem, Scratches - Director's Cut, Still Life, Still Life 2, Syberia, Syberia II, Wasteland Angel, Post Mortem, Grotesque Tactics 2 – Dungeons and Donuts, Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, Post Apocalyptic Mayhem: DLC - Chaos Pack, Stellar Impact, Stellar Impact - Support Ship DLC, Stellar Impact - Carrier Ship DLC, Stellar Impact - Artillery Ship DLC, Frontline Tactics, Frontline Tactics - Sniper, Frontline Tactics - Close Quater Combat Soldier, Frontline Tactics - Medic, Frontline Tactics - Woodland Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Ninja Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Desert Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Snow Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Tiger Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Golden Guns, Syder Arcade, Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead, Return to Mysterious Island, Return to Mysterious Island 2, Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy, Dracula: The Resurrection, Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary, Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon, Haegemonia: Legions of Iron, Haegemonia: The Solon Heritage, Iron Storm, Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches, Salammbô: Battle for Carthage, The Egyptian Prophecy: The Fate of Ramses, The Cameron Files: The Secret at Loch Ness, Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness, Selknam Defense, Space Hack

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Includes 61 items: Gumboy - Crazy Adventures™, RIP - Trilogy™, Tank Universal, Space Trader: Merchant Marine, Penguins Arena: Sedna's World, Larva Mortus, Obulis, Chains, Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, Crash Time 2, Greed: Black Border, Gumboy Crazy Features, RIP 2 Strike Back, RIP 3: The Last Hero, Avencast: Rise of the Mage, Chrome, Chrome - SpecForce, Future Wars, Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes , Post Apocalyptic Mayhem, Scratches - Director's Cut, Still Life, Still Life 2, Syberia, Syberia II, Wasteland Angel, Post Mortem, Grotesque Tactics 2 – Dungeons and Donuts, Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, Post Apocalyptic Mayhem: DLC - Chaos Pack, Stellar Impact, Stellar Impact - Support Ship DLC, Stellar Impact - Carrier Ship DLC, Stellar Impact - Artillery Ship DLC, Frontline Tactics - Sniper, Frontline Tactics - Close Quater Combat Soldier, Frontline Tactics - Medic, Frontline Tactics - Woodland Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Ninja Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Desert Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Snow Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Tiger Camouflage, Frontline Tactics - Golden Guns, Syder Arcade, Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead, Return to Mysterious Island, Return to Mysterious Island 2, Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy, Dracula: The Resurrection, Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary, Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon, Haegemonia: Legions of Iron, Haegemonia: The Solon Heritage, Iron Storm, Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches, Salammbô: Battle for Carthage, The Egyptian Prophecy: The Fate of Ramses, The Cameron Files: The Secret at Loch Ness, Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness, Selknam Defense, Space Hack

 

Reviews

“Tank Universal is the love child of the movie Tron and the game Battlezone. This tank battle game becomes more then just a minor fun diversion but a benchmark title in the indie development community.”
78% – GameFocus
“One of the best kept secrets of this summer. There is quite a bit of strategy lurking beneath the run and gun gameplay. The trick is to find the willpower to actually stop playing this game. It is quite addictive.”
81% – GameChronicles

About This Game

Tank Universal creates a huge virtual 'Tron-like' world where you take part in immense 3D tank battles involving scores of units both friendly and not so friendly in wide open levels!
Players can bombard the enemy from a distance or close the gap and dodge shells point blank - all in an immersive first person perspective.
Features:
  • 20 levels of highly addictive and intense tank battles
  • Some missions require you to leave the safety of your tank and explore the world on foot
  • Ability to upgrade weapons and tank equipment
  • Fight alongside allies against highly intelligent and numerous enemies
  • Spectacular looking virtual world and eye-popping particle effects
  • Take the battle in any direction with wide open levels allowing freedom of play
  • Intriguing storyline switching between the 'real world' and the digital virtual world
  • Enhanced resolutions, including widescreen support up to 1680x1050
  • Unlock over 25 achievements, including Roadkill, Sheep Master and the all important; Saviour of the Resistance

System Requirements

    Minimal:
    • Supported OS: Windows Vista/XP/2000
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 Mb
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB graphics card*
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 8.0 or higher
    • Sound: 100% DirectX compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB of available hard drive space
    • * Tank Universal does not support on-board Intel video cards
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Wow. This game surprised me. Very fun game & very unique in some aspects, the game gives off a neat Tron like feel, if Tron was a complete warzone anyway.

Story wise Tank Universal delivers, I'm only a few hours into the main story but it's pretty fun, the only dissapointment is that they set it up that you're some old guy using a simulation helmet.. ruins a bit of immersion, but oh well! The actual story is pretty fun to play but so far I've realised there's a lot of empty parts of the game where you're just driving endlessly to get to your next objective which can be a bit drab.

When you're actually in a battle though the game is very exciting to play, alongside a ranking up system with Steam achievements to match your rank the game can make it feel rewarding to excel in combat.

Overall? Great game but the story can drag on a bit, and there's a lack of a proper skirmish mode (Maybe you unlock it when you complete the game?) -Also the music they have in the game.. perfect, well suited to it's theme. 8/10

I would love to see these developers have a kickstarter to make a much more advanced version of the game too.
Posted: July 9
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
A great game about tank skirmishing in 80's-version-of-the-future-worlds. The player goes up against a giant eyeball overlord along with men from a resistance movement. Together they fight past vast amounts of enemy vehicles such as tanks, artillery, and even ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ bombers.
The story is more or less just there so people won't complain about lack of a story, and the read-only dialogue is laughably bad at times, but the game contains a lot of fun to be had and some really unexpected twists.
Once you beat the campaign, you can test your strength in the "skirmish" mode, where you have 20 minutes to kill as many enemies, of all types, as possible, and try not to die in the process.

However, there are a few downsides to this game:
  • no multiplayer whatsoever
  • capped at 30fps
  • you don't have a reliable way to deal with swarms of enemies

This game is one of a two-part series, and there is a Tank Universal 2 in the works. Hopefully we see some modernization in it, I would absolutely love to skirmish with real players.

Overall, I really like this game, and definately recommend it, but know that replayability is extremely limited and there is no multiplayer.
56/64 bits
Posted: July 12
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Very captivating plot full of twists,
Probably the best 'TRON' game ever made.
Epic tank battles.
A sleeper hit - highly recommended!
Posted: September 10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Fun, simple, and awesome indie game. The pictures do not lie. :)
Posted: June 10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
a game that has qualities that made the ps{1} a must too have.this game has the classic feel of retro and action packed intensity. madness is not present,it is very simple to control and play.a sutble title ,and it delivers a calm hardcore experiance.this is my 3rd game i recommand.
Posted: June 28
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150 of 179 people (84%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
A highly sopisticated Tron like game where you alternate between controlling a 65 year old man, and a 65 year old man driving a vehicle with all the handling of a refrigerator precariously perched atop a unicycle.
Posted: January 4
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