Desert Thunder is an arcade-style action tank game for the PC. Ripped from today’s headlines, the storyline immerses players into the heat of a desert-based military conflict. Players will tear through desert, urban and industrial settings in their experimental battle engine, the Abrams M1A6 Advanced tank that’s loaded with awe-inspiring...
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Mostly Negative (145 reviews) - 32% of the 145 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 19, 2003

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Desert Thunder is an arcade-style action tank game for the PC. Ripped from today’s headlines, the storyline immerses players into the heat of a desert-based military conflict. Players will tear through desert, urban and industrial settings in their experimental battle engine, the Abrams M1A6 Advanced tank that’s loaded with awe-inspiring devastating weapons and armored to near indestructibility. You are the commander of a top secret M1A6 experimental tank division in the Armor Task Force. Your mission was to lead the northern front of Operation Desert Thunder, a secret military operation to overthrow a terrorist faction that has taken control of a peaceful Middle Eastern country. Your mission has been compromised, your small battalion devastated. Left with no alternative, you must complete your mission to reach the capital city and rendezvous with allied forces.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
    • Processor: Pentium III/750 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX 8 compatible video accelerator
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
    • Processor: PIII/1.4 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB DirectX 8 compatible video accelerator
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Mostly Negative (145 reviews)
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Anorak714
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
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KharØutchev
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
M1A6 Tank Simulator...back in the 2000s.

PROS :
I got this for free.
Good voice acting.
Fun for the first minutes.
Many pick-up.
Nice music.
Destructible environment for its time.

CONS :
Kinda repetitive.
Poor story, cliched from the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Terrible control.
Bad camera control.
Outdated graphics.
Max resolution: 1280x1024.
Terrible sounds effect.
Dumb AI.
Over-priced.

If you really wants this game, wait for discount -80% or something like that.

▂▃▅▇█ Final judgement : 30/100 █▇▅▃▂
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LechubbbzTV
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
Best game ever.
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csgorage.com csgodicegame.com
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Boring game and tank it's hard to control(mouse).
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Meister_Leuchte
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
so i know this game is old but that's not a problem for me.
the problem is: this game is below average in every department even when considering its age.
visuals, sound, story (wat?), gameplay, map design...everything.
and it's short. i explored every corner of every map on every mission and finished the game in just over 3 hours.

stay away. you are not missing a thing here.
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Nullkommaneun
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Never had so much fun in a game. 5/7
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The Guardian ♛
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Not very good.
Boring to say the least.
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Pr.Dr. Peter Banik
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
For 2003, this game is not that bad as people think. On Windows 10 you can start this game only in windowed mode. So this game ♥♥♥♥ed up a bit at this point, but anyways this game works but for 9 $ it it a little bit to expensive for a 13 Years old game. But for People who like classic tank games they can try it out ;) But when you have a game in your Wishlist that costs 10 or more $, I would buy that by your side ;)
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Virex ♛
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
This is 17% luck, 17% skill, 17% concentrated power of will 17% pleasure; 17% pain, And a 17% reason to uninstall the game
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
M1A6 Tank Simulator...back in the 2000s.

PROS :
I got this for free.
Good voice acting.
Fun for the first minutes.
Many pick-up.
Nice music.
Destructible environment for its time.

CONS :
Kinda repetitive.
Poor story, cliched from the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Terrible control.
Bad camera control.
Outdated graphics.
Max resolution: 1280x1024.
Terrible sounds effect.
Dumb AI.
Over-priced.

If you really wants this game, wait for discount -80% or something like that.

▂▃▅▇█ Final judgement : 30/100 █▇▅▃▂
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
192 of 213 people (90%) found this review helpful
146 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
Touched a tree, it exploded. Touched a rock, it exploded. Touched a person, he did not explode. Game needs to be more consistent with its explosions.
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149 of 186 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
The controls are horribly laggy, especially if you're trying to use a mouse. There's no option to invert the mouse, by the way, and the top end resolution on the game well below what a modern monitor can use. All in all, it feels (and looks) like a PS2-era game. It certainly isn't worth more than a dollar, tops, although some modding could help.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
The only interesting thing in this game is the hotdog trucks. I blew them up. I may not have the right to speak since I haven't completed the game fully yet but i have 2 hours into the game with 3 more levels to go. Jeez thats a 3 hour game. But the length of the game is good considering you will not want to play any more after the first hour. The fun moments are there when you blow stuff up with some new tank shells/bullets but besides that and a couple of new enemies this game lacks gameplay variety. One tank and 8 boring levels with some fun moments to be had. 2 of those levels are 20 minute survival missions that rot your brain cells with the same respawning enemies for 20 minutes. Its short 3 hours and a boring 3 hours. Its a good thing I got this game for free. "10/10 Its ok. Needs more hotdog trucks." For more on Desert Thunder stay tuned on IGN.
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66 of 107 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
It is ♥♥♥♥ and short
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Budget tank game from 11 years ago. Get what you expect. 5/10.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
This is a very simple and arcade like tank game. Think of a modern version of BattleZone from the 80's.

Easy to learn and pretty easy to win. There are some spots where you cannot just charge in, but that's a good thing. The bad thing are the soldiers. They are a little too powerful, arguably harder to kill than the tanks at times since they are tiny and can hit as hard as the tanks do.

I got this in a bundle, and as usual for my reviews, that is the price point for my recommending it. It's $10 at full price and that is way too high. Get it for $1-2 or less.

6/10
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Only 8 missions, and I took 8 minutes on the first - do the math. Realism? Look elsewhere; straight arcade action. AI - not particularly smart. UT2003 under the hood, and yet no multiplayer. I feel like throwing up... barf... guess I did. Bargain bin material. Fetish for explosions? Get it.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
In Desert Thunder you control an experimental tank and are asked to single-handedly liberate a country from a terrorist threat: you do so by basically blowing up everything as you move through levels.
The result is sadly a very arcadey game with dull gameplay, awkward controls and little variety.

PROS:

-can be mildly fun for the first minutes

-considering its age the game had a decent amount of destructible objects

-shells have bullet drop

-the voice acting isn't too bad

CONS:

-extremely repetitive gameplay gets dull fast

-forgettable soundtrack

-barebones, cliched story

-the tank controls awkwardly

-problematic camera

-poor AI

-meager enemy variety

-quite a bit of clipping

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=563237800

Desert Thunder is a one-trick pony with a pretty lousy trick: it asks you to stay interested for the two hours it takes to beat it by simply throwing wave after wave of enemies and hoping you'll be happy with all the resulting explosions. Don't expect any tactics, deep gameplay or interesting missions: what you see in the first minutes is all you get: now, this'd be good for some if the gameplay was at least decent but sadly it has a plethora of problems.

For starters the tank controls very badly as it slides around, has no traction, an huge turning circle and will stop abruptly if you hit a small slope or a wooden sign: its turret also can't rotate 360 degrees making it difficult to properly engage enemies behind you. The awkward controls are paired with sections where you need to zigzag between mines or ostacles (sometimes under fire) and this gets annoying fast. The camera also moves jerkily whenever you hit something of a different height and this can get either confusing or downright nausea inducing.

Pair the aforementioned problems with a lack of enemy variety- all sporting a braindead AI- and extremely repetitive missions and you'll easily see how Desert Thunder is a dull, forgettable experience that you can safely skip.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Possibly the most terrible tank driver game I've yet played. And yet, it's weirdly enchanting in its terribleness.

So the weird thing about it is the fact that it kind of works well, but at the same time, really doesn't. The graphical quality is reminiscent of the Playstation era, and the control handling is fraught with override problems. The handling is made worse by mines that you can't shoot, but that you can see clearly, hill climbing that somehow works sometimes and not others on much less steep hills, troops that shoot a neverending barrage of rockets at you, but are ridiculously difficult to hit, enemy tank AI that oftentimes just plain doesn't work at all, and resolution choices that don't work with 16:9 displays. Sufficed to say, this game is kind of terrible. Something kept me playing it through two levels, but that's time I'd really like to get back somehow.
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