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Tank Battalion
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Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) 1980
Genre(s) Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Input methods 4-way Joystick; 1 button
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco Warp & Warp

Tank Battalion is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1980. It was later ported to the Japanese Famicom (with a corresponding Vs. System game) and Game Boy, but for unknown reasons was retitled Battle City. This game was also ported to the MSX 8-bit computers with its original name.

Gameplay

The player, controlling a tank, must destroy 20 enemy tanks in each level, which enter the playfield from the top of the screen. The enemy tanks attempt to destroy the player's base (represented on the map as an eagle), as well as the player's tank. A level is completed when the player destroys all 20 enemy tanks, but the game ends if the player's base is destroyed or the player loses all his lives.

A sequel named Tank Force was released in 1991, which allowed 2 players to play simultaneously.

Eventually there was an 8-player version, played looking down on a table with 2 players per side.

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Tank Battalion
Box artwork for Tank Battalion.
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Japanese title タンクバタリアン
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Multi-directional shooter
System(s) Arcade, MSX
Players 1-2
Followed by Battle City
Tank Battalion marquee

Tank Battalion is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1980. It didn't make a big splash in the arcades when it was released in 1980, since it was out-shone by Namco's other classic, Pac-Man. The game was ported to the MSX 8-bit computers under its original name. It was later ported to the Japanese Famicom (with a corresponding Vs. System game) and Game Boy. Since new features like better animation and new variety (like different terrain, powerups and different types of tanks) was added, it was retitled Battle City.


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