This is a riotous online battle game starring cartoony, customisable tanks. So put thoughts of realistic simulation-style play in the bin – this is about frenetic, competitive fun.
Skirmishes take place in action-packed arenas as you drive your tank around with your left thumb, tapping to shoot with your right. The arena maps feature obstacles to take cover behind and foliage you can hide in. Health regenerates if you hold fire, which is a useful touch.
3v3 team brawls – where your trio aims for the most kills in two minutes – are the core of the game. But Tanks offers a rotating batch of intense gameplay modes.
Resource Brawl has you rushing to collect barrels of oil. A fashionable Battle Royale mode is a last-man-standing challenge on a wider map. And in Crazy Football, you’ve got to carry a ball through the enemy’s goal.
The key to success is upgrading your tank between battles. You win chests if you perform well, which deliver new sorts of weapon or currency to spend on upgrades.
You can improve your tanks’s tracks, balancing armour, speed and your cannon. Types include flamethrowers, a rail gun and more.
It can take a while to earn the trophies to advance to higher levels, where better upgrades are available. But matches are quick, and every scrap is a (gun) barrel of fun.