Set in an alternate history timeline where World War I never ends, you are the commander of allied forces fighting right up to the year 2114.
User reviews: Mixed (44 reviews)
Release Date: May 17, 2012
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Includes 2 items: Gratuitous Space Battles, Gratuitous Tank Battles

 

Reviews

"I spent the first few hours playing as a defender – until the amazing adaptive AI starting kicking my ass. I decided to switch to Attacker and instantly felt like I was experiencing something completely new." - IndieGameMagaziine

"It’s a bold and compulsive take on the tower defense genre, though, with a flabbergasting range of options to play with, and some of the most focused tweaking I’ve ever seen." - Honest Gamers

"With quick, furious battles and scads of customization options for both attackers and defenders, I can see this one eating up many enjoyable hours." - Gaming Nexus

About This Game

Gratuitous Tank Battles (GTB) is a unique hybrid of tower-defense, strategy, simulation and RTS. Set in an alternate history timeline where World War I never ends, you are the commander of allied forces fighting right up to the year 2114, where Mechs and lasers are used alongside tanks and rifles. The war continues across Europe, with the allied commanders still locked into the optimistic patriotism of the 1900s.



A tower-defense game where you can play as the attacker has been done before, but GTB lets you play the same maps as attacker OR defender, and even lets you save out your attack as a recording to defend against. An online-challenge system lets you upload your custom maps and custom units and attacks for other players to fight against. Speaking of custom units, GTB doesn't have simple pre-built units, but allows you to build them from individual components, and even design the appearance and colors of every single unit. An unlocks system gradually reveals more modules, abilities and unit 'hulls' to experiment with.



GTB also features an integrated map editor that lets you trivially change and tweak existing maps, or create entirely new ones, and the process of sharing these custom maps with friends is built right into the game. Combine it with Steam achievements, community, cloud support and more, and you should be kept busy fighting over Europe for another two hundred years./>

Key Features

  • Alternate History Tower Defense: Fight a 200 year war to save Europe
  • Play as attacker or defender on any map, even custom ones
  • Fight with Infantry, Tanks, Turrets and Mechs
  • Optional Adaptive AI adjusts to your play style and tactics for endless variety
  • Customizable units allow you to design your own personal army
  • Built-in level editor makes creating a new map a breeze
  • Save out your attack and play against it as the defender
  • Online map and challenge-sharing system allows you to fight your friends armies

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D card with 128MB video memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB HD space
    • OS: OS X 10.6 or later
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 125 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
a solid game, maybe not the best i ever played but if you can pick it up during a sale it's totaly worth it.

STAY AWAY FROM THE DLC, IT'S GARBAGE AND ADDS NOTHING TO THE GAME.
Posted: June 20
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
What I don't understand is why is this a tower defense game? why isn't this like Gratuitous Space Battles with an open battlefield where two armies simply engage in a battle? Why won't you just deploy your units, assign behaviour parameters and see how your troops perform? Space Battles would had never been even half as succesful if it would had been a Tower defense game so I don't understand why deviate from that succesful pattern they had going with the previous game?
Posted: September 2
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
I approve of this game big time. MOAR TANK!
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Tower defense / assault game. Plenty of things to do, it's just not very fun
Posted: October 6
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Unfortunately awful, get Space Battles instead and leave this one alone.
Posted: June 21
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Gratuitous Tank Battles can be an incredibly fun and rewarding game. Remember the fun it was to build your own custom ships on games like Master of Orion? GTB is a tower defense game that's like that for every single unit or turret. From the smallest cheap gun to the big strongholds, from inexpensive recruit infantry to heavily shielded mechs.

Designing the units is simple, but the management of new and older designs can be a little busywork. But this kind of complexity that usually lacks on modern games is very welcomed.

The very fact that this games plays as both a traditional tower defense game and an inverted tower defense game is a testimony to its flexibility. It's a robust selection of units with great variation of strategies you can use to beat the enemy.

At least for me, the fact that you can design, customize and name every unit in the field adds to the enjoyment and creates a very fun experience when your guys are winning a battle. It's just most interesting when that tank unit you built to be fast and strong barely makes it to the finish line.

Building units is not everything, and the battles are intense and complex.

Apart from the built-in campaign, you can edit your own scenarios, and upload and download challenges from other users.

If you like Tower Defense games or games with customization, this is a very good choice.
Posted: March 1
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