Touch to aim, and fire!

Pocket Tanks is the iPhone version of the popular desktop artillery game Pocket Tanks for the Mac and PC.

Pocket Tanks is the iPhone/iPod Touch version of the popular desktop artillery game Pocket Tanks for the Mac and PC. This app includes some minimal touch controls (including a scrolling, zoomable battlefield) but otherwise it deviates little from the desktop version in both appearance and gameplay. As with similar artillery games, you and an opponent (an AI, or other person sharing the same device) each control tanks that take turns firing at each other over mountainous terrain, adjusting angle and power to line up the perfect shot.

What makes Pocket Tanks interesting is the large array of unusual weapons (35 in this version, 105 in Pocket Tanks Deluxe), from the Spider, Skipper, and Zapper to the Tommy Gun, Pile Driver, and Crazy Ivan. You can divvy up weapons at random or take turns choosing for each match (10 per tank), and in the settings you can control which options are available from the "Weapons Shop." Fortunately, Pocket Tanks also gives you an open-ended target-practice mode that lets you test out all the various weapons and tactics.

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