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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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 (142 reviews)
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Need free items
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
Best game ever.
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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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kubalourod167
( 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 ♛ CSGOBrawl.com
( 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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hitmon125
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
♥♥♥♥ shit ♥♥♥♥ controls are bad as hell
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Ɲøƨϝϵℜⱥŧų
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
Not very good. Boring to say the least.
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caruch2001
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
In Desert Thunder, you are controlling a tank and are the last line of defense to save a country from terrorists. The story is very cliché with no redeeming qualities.

Let’s jump straight into the problems:

The menu. The mouse is sporadic and gets “stuck” on random parts of the screen. I’ve never seen anything like this in a game before. There’s no way this wasn’t noticed before releasing.

The controls. The tank has sluggish controls with an annoyingly huge turning radius. Going in reverse while turning doesn’t reverse the controls (like backing up a car) so you have to unnaturally keep holding the direction you want to go while backing up. Also, the turret DOES NOT turn 360 degrees. What kind of experimental tank design is that? It really hinders the ability to shoot enemies.

The gameplay. It’s terrible. There are 8 missions total. TwoTwo of which are 20 minute forced defense missions where you go around in the same loop shooting the same guys until the timer runs out. The other missions have you driving through the desert shooting tanks and people until you reach the end. After the first mission I realized you didn’t even need to shoot anything that doesn’t immediately block your path. Just keep driving until you reach the end, that’s it. The gameplay is also extremely repetitive. Play the first level, you’ve played them all. Same enemies, same tanks.

The game tries to mix it up adding power-ups along the way to your machine gun and turret. They do adjust the damage of your gun, but I never bothered to get them after initially trying them out. The terrible tank controls combined with the small hitbox for the power-ups just leads to frustration. Hitting enemies with your regular gun does just fine.

The AI. It’s bad. Sometimes they’ll notice you, sometimes you have to hit them first until they engage you. Even the final boss tank is laughably easy. Funny enough, the hardest enemy in the game are the mines! They are generally hard to see and deal a ton of damage. Watch out for those :)


Pros
+Short (trust me, this is good)
+Voice acting isn’t terrible
+Bullet drop gives some strategy to the game

Cons
+Glitchy mouse in menu
+Bad controls
+Terrible gameplay
+Two 20 minute forced levels out of 8 total levels
+Repetitive enemies and level design
+Bad AI
+Cliché and empty story

Probably the worst offense this game has is the price. The current $9.99 price is insane. Stay away from this game. If you must have it, wait for it in a bundle or free giveaway.

2/10
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DeViLzzz
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Older graphics but still not horrible on the eyes that games that just aren't made properly are. Controls are fine and I am not even a person that likes drive vehicles in games. In regards to AI well if you sit around in range the tanks will hit you and as for the guys firing off rocket launchers they mean business. They are accurate with their shots. Oh and when you hit the enemy their deaths are rewarding despite the older graphics. The soundtrack to me totally fits the game and is a plus. The destructable environment is nice and hey if you hit a landmine you are going to feel in terms of being damaged. I think this game is a nice game to have in my library as it straight up gives me something different from other games I have. I think this would be a nice addition to others gaming libraries too. Now as for what I would pay for it well I think it is all up to the person and quite frankly I don't want to put a price on the fun I had. I can say yes I recommend this game.
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🐾 Wolf-San
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
If you want to play a nice game, where you can
drive a tank and destroy other tanks, than get World of Tanks for free.
Spending money for this game is like throwing it out of the window....
I am happy, that this game was actually a free key from some bundlesite,
because I would really bite my fist, if I had spend even one Cent for this thing.

Just some of the annoying points:

- AI is so stupid, that they shoot on own units, just because they are in the way.
- Graphics are totally screwed. The shooting pipe of the tank disappears under the tank, if you aim too low.
- The tank itself looks like a damn shoebox and drives that way.
- The mission are just play boring...drive from point a to point b and survive the stupidity...
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DjGodary86
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
No wonder why it was free.
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Da Atte
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2015
As of I'm writing this review I've played only half of the levels but I personally think it's enough to justify the game if it's good or not.

Unfortunately, the answer for this game being good or bad is that this game is bad. Really bad. The basic gameplay mechanics are there. Movement, shooting, enemies, different kind of destructable enviroments and... well, to be honest that's pretty much it. There's really nothing to the game other than moving, shooting enemies and different kinds of obstacles.

If I can sum up the whole game into a couple of sentences it pretty weak game. Desert Thunder is one of those games that you buy when you are drunk and then play it, get drunk again and cry for spending money on this...
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Donald Tramp
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
This game... right now i am lying on a hosptal bed recovering from a heart attack. This game caused it. rubbish trash thrown together in about 1 hour USE YOUR MONEY FOR A BUTT PLUG IT IS MORE FUN THAN THIS GAME
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Tyler-2k16
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
PS1 graphics!
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βΣHΣMΩTH
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
my brother is playing this game. He is 6 years old...
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stranger1982
( 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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Rothar
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 19, 2015
I couldn't even start the game because the menu was so unresponsive to my mouse that i couldn't even start the damn game, seriously i could have draged my mouse over a highway and it would've maybe moved an inch on the screen if i was lucky.

It doesn't seem from the looks of things though that i would need to even start this game and play it to tell that this game isn't good. I just needed the unresponsive main menu to convince me.

How do you fail and make an unresponsive main menu?!
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CaptainSikay
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
Glad I got it for free! 8.99$ is wayyy to much!
Really bad game! Menu works hardly at all... I dont know what to say more...
I dont find any positive things about this game...
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
As of I'm writing this review I've played only half of the levels but I personally think it's enough to justify the game if it's good or not.

Unfortunately, the answer for this game being good or bad is that this game is bad. Really bad. The basic gameplay mechanics are there. Movement, shooting, enemies, different kind of destructable enviroments and... well, to be honest that's pretty much it. There's really nothing to the game other than moving, shooting enemies and different kinds of obstacles.

If I can sum up the whole game into a couple of sentences it pretty weak game. Desert Thunder is one of those games that you buy when you are drunk and then play it, get drunk again and cry for spending money on this...
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Not very good.
Boring to say the least.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Older graphics but still not horrible on the eyes that games that just aren't made properly are. Controls are fine and I am not even a person that likes drive vehicles in games. In regards to AI well if you sit around in range the tanks will hit you and as for the guys firing off rocket launchers they mean business. They are accurate with their shots. Oh and when you hit the enemy their deaths are rewarding despite the older graphics. The soundtrack to me totally fits the game and is a plus. The destructable environment is nice and hey if you hit a landmine you are going to feel in terms of being damaged. I think this game is a nice game to have in my library as it straight up gives me something different from other games I have. I think this would be a nice addition to others gaming libraries too. Now as for what I would pay for it well I think it is all up to the person and quite frankly I don't want to put a price on the fun I had. I can say yes I recommend this game.
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191 of 211 people (91%) 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 106 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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2015
Meh. It's arcade tank game. If there was nothing similar on the market I would say go for it. But since you have World of Tanks for free, just forget about this.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
Desert Thunder is an arcade tank shooter launched in 2003.

There isn't much more to tell, really. You just ride around in your tank, shoot people, shoot tanks, pick up some powerups and try not to ride on any mines, which is the hardest thing about the game. It seems like the developers really want you to drive over the mines because often you can't even ride passed them and they already explode if you're near.

There are like 8 missions, in which you're basically doing the same thing. There's not much of a story and no real reason to finish the game.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Primitive. If you'd play this game the first time, you wouldn't miss much if you just skipped it.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Pretty cool game. You can relax for a moment. The graphics is a little weak for these times, but it does not interfere with playing.
We go in game one and the same tank. We have the task to defeat rebels. In this game there are 7 or 9 missions. I do not remember. They are varied, and some are very hard.
You can complete the game in a few hours, but it worth it.

I recommend for a small price.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
I couldn't even start the game because the menu was so unresponsive to my mouse that i couldn't even start the damn game, seriously i could have draged my mouse over a highway and it would've maybe moved an inch on the screen if i was lucky.

It doesn't seem from the looks of things though that i would need to even start this game and play it to tell that this game isn't good. I just needed the unresponsive main menu to convince me.

How do you fail and make an unresponsive main menu?!
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
Low graphics - but it's 2003 game.
Unreal Engine - cool, so it has the same bugs as other Unreal engine games. I, myself, had to make some Dual Core fix for that.
Easy? Way too easy...
Time consuming? A bit...
Price - 9 euro? Are you kidding? I got this game for 'random key giveaway' thingie. Get it only for less than 10 eurocents XD
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
Desert Thunder is bad but in a good way... Yes it's laggy and dreadful. But I love it!! When I saw the "HIP" games logo pop up I knew I was in for a treat!! Like watching boys boys boys by Sabrina in a wine bar in East Grinstead....I have played a few HIP games before most have crashed and bugged out half way through, but they were cheap and fun! I think I bought their whole catalouge in Zavvi for £1. Raise a glass of scrumpy and have a laugh!!!
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