Tank Operations: European Campaign is a turn-based, tactical wargame featuring a dozen nail-biting historical scenarios set on the diverse battlefields of World War II. With more than 50 faithfully-rendered, authentic military combat units, along with sabotage options and the need to manage your supply chain, the game will keep armchair...
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Release Date: Nov 22, 2013
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Tank Operations: European Campaign is a turn-based, tactical wargame featuring a dozen nail-biting historical scenarios set on the diverse battlefields of World War II. With more than 50 faithfully-rendered, authentic military combat units, along with sabotage options and the need to manage your supply chain, the game will keep armchair generals occupied for hours in realistic combat scenarios.

Battle scenarios range from the landing of Allied troops in northwestern Africa to the invasion of Southern Italy, and wrap with the liberation of Paris and the final battle in Berlin.

Key Features:

  • Engaging and intense turn-based gameplay, feel the weight of the war on your shoulders as the AI reacts to your every move on the battlefield
  • A dozen historical scenarios to challenge your combat acumen
  • 50+ authentic combat and support units, based on real-world tanks, planes and infantry
  • Destroy bridges, Capture buildings or Jam Weapons with 10+ special skills,
  • Supply Chain Management is key - make sure your forces are well armed and well fuelled for battle
  • Sabotage options allow you to covertly break the enemy’s supply chain, disrupting their well-laid combat plans

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Singlecore
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 2.0 compatible 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatable
    • Additional Notes: Saved files are saved in the User’s documents folder. Title not fully tested on Windows 8 purchase at your own risk and also make sure to to 8.1 as Win8.0 does not work
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Singlecore
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 2.0 compatible 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatable
    • Additional Notes: Saved files are saved in the User’s documents folder. Title not fully tested on Windows 8 purchase at your own risk and also make sure to to 8.1 as Win8.0 does not work
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
"The first 10 minutes of the game where amazing"

- Terrain has no effect on fighting skills (attack, defence), desert, open field, jungle, hills, trees its all the same
- You are just allowed to play one faction (same units all the time)
- Infantry and tanks are useless, just spam paks. They are the strongest land unit.

But its still a good Game, had no crashes or bugs at any time.
If you are new in this kind of games, its ok. (maybe 10€)
Otherwise, when you are expecting something like Panzer General (haha) or Advance War, forget it !
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
The game looks in the beging not that much fun and quite hard, but when you learn a little about it, you discover that you have to use a lot of strategie to defeact the game and have a lot of fun planning your next moves and best actions. Unfortanely, there are some bugs quite annoying, but when you get used to then you learn how to avoid them and make the best of the game.
I really recommend it if you really are looking for some good straregy game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
All I can say is wow, I've never before seen such overpowered German units like this in any wargame.

There's only 1 difficulty and the AI just walks all over you and it's your first time, how much fun is that?

I played the first mission a whole 30 minutes, every single unit that landed on the beach was just wiped out regardless of how big the stack was. All those critical hits on the bunkers hardly did any damage, but they sure do sink your ships fast and you can't move those. And once the money is gone that's it, you don't get anymore.

Game crashed on the third tutorial mission, that's never a good sign.

Games are supposed to be fun, this game is anything but fun.

Glad I got this POS game in a bundle and didn't waste that much money on it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I have played this offline so it will not show right amount of time played.

The game itself is not bad but it is hard and unfair. For example: You must keep your veichles with fuel and ammo and to do that you must have fuel and ammo trucks wich is easy picking for the enemy. This idea was most certain good on paper but in game its just painfull anoying. And one more thing your bombers must return to base after each bombing run but germans can bomb 2-3 times, how is this fairplay?

In some turns you cant see what hit your tanks? They just explode maybe hit from a tank far away? An animation showing wich tank who hit you would be most welcome feature.

GFx 6-10 (The gfx is not bad but some animation wouldnt hurt for the eyes.)
SFx 6-10 (The sound is ok but some more ambient music would make it more enjoyable)
Gameplay 5-10 (The game starts out way to hard. There is no option for easy, medium gameplay wich is sad)

The game is Is not bad just plain HARD.

To developer. Add EASY MODE for us casual players who want to enjoy a turnbased ww2 strategy game now and then. The game is not bad but way to HARD to be enjoyable in the longterm. Easy could be drop out the need to re-fuel or resuply ammo. And if possible make enemy a little bit less deadly?
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77 of 101 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Not terrible, but a far cry from things like Allied Corps. If you're completely out of WW2 strategy games I'd say go for it, but if not you can do a lot better for the money.
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48 of 63 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The game is pretty good, but has some issues. Looks like it was rushed into release with all that it brings. Technical issues (seems like the game suffers from a memory leaks, as it started to lag/freeze and act unresponsive after an hour or so into playthrough) and poor AI being the most critical. Some gameplay mechanics and GUI are also not thought through well enough. On the bright side - game looks really well, nice GUI and unit textures, maps look great, game is really appealing visually. It also has some interesting gameplay mechanics, like carriers, naval warfare, supplies.

The game is certainly good, but it could use some additional 3-4 months of polishing and debugging.
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62 of 88 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Terrible. Could not match even to a 10+ years old Panzer General. I am trully sorry for the money spent for this.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
85.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Lots of potential, but it was rushed out the door pre-beta to get it on the virtual shelves by Christmas. So we got to beta test it, only to find the devs stopped fixing bugs around February. Some are real show stoppers, some are just annoying; visit the forums if you want to see a few pages' worth. I should point out there is absolutely no realism here; it's a toy, nothing more. Modding might be able to breathe some life into it, but at this point it's obvious they've washed their hands of it.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
This is deep strategy with an eye for detail. In a lot of ways it's like a turn-based RUSE, but with much more realism and time to think. I have read a lot of negative reviews that say the game is too hard. Oh, poor babies! You think invading Axis Europe was easy? Hell no! So you can't take out the shore batteriess with ships or artillery? Maybe that's exactly what they were desiogned to resist! Oh no! What ever will we do? How about you use your dive bombers? Now there's an idea! This is exactly what makes the game great! You absolutely HAVE to rule the skies before even attempting a land-based advance. My only real criticisms are: management of your aircraft squadrons is a bit messy, and generally a warning needs to be displayed if aircraft are low on fuel. Also, There needs to be a warning that tells you if you have forgotton to move and fire with any unit when you press 'next turn'.There has been a lot of talk about the following exploit: You can send in one unit followed by a group of ten, attack the enem,y with the lone unit and lose it to their counter attack. Then you can defeat the enemy unit with your ten and recieve no counter-attack. This is not a massive problem, but it xcould be fixed by allowing units infinite counter-attacks (ammo permitting), with exponentially decreasing effectiveness.

Peoiple that are having trouble with operation Torch should think themselves lucky they are not trying to invade mainland Italy. Wow. Once you crack it, though, it's very reqarding. This game is a 'just one more turn' epic that will devour weeks of your life. Well worth every cent!
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
I rarely play titles like these, i have dabbled with XCOM and i was pleased with that.
Of course Tank Operations is not in the same league as XCOM and any other high budget Turn Based Strategy, the strategic style of play is certainly there, and with an addictive nature indeed.
Once you start playing the game you forget the retro art style and the old school nostalgia this title gives you, and suddenly find yourself thinking "did that really take that long?" resulting in "DAMN i burnt the Chicken!"

Suffice to say, I’m happy being hooked to an addictive game, not many games have such a simple and essential ability to be addictive
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
The concept is excellent. reminds me of panzer general. But the implementation is horrible. The game play is not smooth. The map, tooltips and unit info are more irritating than useful. The map scrolling leaves much to be desired. When I end my trun the game some times refuses to let me issue any orders to my units. The mission objectives and tutorials are not clear (possibably a bad translation). Several images are still in german. The number of unit types available and the unit balance is very poor. Come on people made a better version of this game in 1994! seriously do not waste your money, download panzer general (its abandonware) and run it off dosbox. You will find all that this game has to offer there and more.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
At first I was really excited about this game but the more I play the more it shows it short comings. This biggest for me was the static naval units. Overall its just an OK game not great and not bad. Its good for a few hours. I give it a 65%
I recommend it only if you really love WWII games but there are so many better ones out so watch some vids and decide.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
Lazy programming, doesn't allow for 64 bit windows 7 use, avoid wasting your money on this, toilet paper is better value.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Really not worth any money - agree with other reviewers that any SSI game (they came out nearly 20 years ago) has better gameplay and better graphics. Not sure about the art in the teaser, but the art in the game is terrible.

Nice idea to redo the old SSI style games, but if - please execute it properly and spend a few bucks on an artist who can actually draw.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
Is this some pre-alpha edition of a game in development, or did I just throw my money in the sea?
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
This should be an early access game. Horribly unbalanced, not fun and once you actually do muddle thorugh a mission it crashes! AVOID.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
One of the worst game I have played so far. Played the first mission. Couldn't really make head or toe. Then head to the tutorial. Tutorial was good, but I was stuck on the third one where it want me to buy/build armory. Which I did, but the game stuck there. Can't quit can't do anything except to buy more stuff till I ran out of money.
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Do not buy. This game is ugly, unpolished, simple and not worth your time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
I am sincerely pissed off that I paid 15 bucks for a game this ♥♥♥♥♥♥. If it were not for the constant bugs it would be great. Options menu freezez game, Loading aircraft to a carrier to refuel with a new bought craft ready to go erases the purchased craft like it never existed, loading more than one group of troops in a town delets additional groups of troops like they never existed, the list goes on. Next time you make a game dont make it to where someone is excited to play it only to find out that its a piece of garbage. I have a very nice computer with 16gb of ram, core i7 with turbo boost, and a nVidea 650GT, and a freshely reinstalle system. Please please fix the bugs or continue to see posts such as this one describing how you ripped people off and sold them a half ♥♥♥ game. Thanks again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I like the concept. It's an exciting, challenging strategy game, really able to tie the fans of the genre. But is not yet finished!!! Gets slow and/or freezes all the time. I can't get through the 4th mission, because it freezes every time when about only 2 rounds for me to win. So i'm really looking forward to some patches and updates, but till then it's not worth to pay for it. Unless you want to annoy yourself beyond all limits.. And additionally, big black dot for the lack of multiplayer possibilities! I don't even understand, what they thought to publish this game in this state. Finish it!!!
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