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 (297 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 21, 2008
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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
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Avoid buying at all costs. Do not get this game. The only reason I have it is because they weasled it in to a package deal. F*ck them I would have never bought the package if I knew this sh!t was in there. They trick you into getting it because they want you to play it. If you launch this game once your life is over. They will find you. You can't hide from Tank Universal. I can feel them coming, my time is limited. Spread the word. Do NOT get Tank Universal.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
George is ugly.
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is TRON, 1990's style.

I say this with love for this game, Tank Universal, that without directly infringing on copyright the authors have adapted the game style around our favorite classic movie in an impressive way! Tank Universal sticks to just the tank battles rather than all the different gaming styles it's obvious inspiration, the movie TRON, taught us about. This indie developer hit the mark with a sweet blend of tank simulation that is fun to play. It really feels like you are another human wandering the computer plains in a parallel story to the original TRON movie.

The game only has one real weakness, it wasn't an officially licenses TRON game. Because of this it doesn't have the strongest story line in terms of dialog and has to makes up for it in presentation. It does this in spades however and can keep you engrossed as you truly feel like you are alive in the original TRON world. Most of the time, in game, I felt as though a greater story line could have come about if only the author wasn't skirting copyright. There is an epic sense of why you are playing that feels like it needs stated outright. This is obvious, for those of us who have seen the original TRON. Without being able to state the complete and rather epic story that is hidden within Tank Universals premise, the story comes off shallow and lacking. It feels like we missed the main plot line of something truly epic. Despite this flaw, the game is incredibly fun.

This game is great in what it does, it does WELL! The tank battles are fun, and can be quite challenging! The battlefield is a living environment and there are some decent physics at play. There is even a small amount of strategy in how you attack directly affects the results of battles. Watch as the enemy rebuilds his fortress if you slack off on the attack; beware indirect fire, and call in a Titan to literally tear down your enemies walls.

I only wish that Tank Universal had been a licensed TRON game as this is what the first 3D TRON game should have been. The licensed official game should have been the sequel to this one! All fans of the movie and or tank battles should try this game out!

Tanks / Simulator combat / indie / simple strategy / retro style
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
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.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Recommended: A TRON-inspired romp made with some obvious heart and care that might not set the world on fire, but is a well-executed and well-designed game.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Personally, I enjoyed this game a lot. It was very fun and was very addicting. I highly recommend this game.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
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
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Very captivating plot full of twists,
Probably the best 'TRON' game ever made.
Epic tank battles.
A sleeper hit - highly recommended!
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Fun, simple, and awesome indie game. The pictures do not lie. :)
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I would probably give this Game 8/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I got it cuz it was $0.49 waste of 27 min and money
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
dafuq did I just play/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
It's ok for killing time. It's good fun when you play.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
this game is pretty much what i would imagine the tron movie to be but on LSD and Ecstasy. 10/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Pretty fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I didnt buy this game but I still have it...
I was looking at it thought about buying it and the next day... wll it was on my desktop!
Amazing self-buying game. A must-have for every single person that likes massive online action and war!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
great game! good gameplay and once you figure out how to use your tank it its surprisingly manuaverable. Should ad multiplayer with the fortress battles and ,when will you be coming out with second game? because if it is ANYTHING like this one, i'm buying it
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Quite honestly, there are only a few games I would ever play more than once. I played this game more than once. I just love the simplicity, I just wish there was a MP for this game though.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
tanks... everywhere...
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