If you look at the games that have historically performed the best on Russia’s App Store, it’s generally tanks for as far as the eye can see.
Arcade and simulation tank games, action and strategy tank games, premium and free-to-play tank games — make a decent game featuring a T-90 and a huge portion of the Russian game-playing public will be all over it.
Game Insight is a Russian developer whose contribution to the armoured vehicle genre is Tank Domination. I’ll be checking it out over the course of a week to see how it fares against the competition.
It’s being billed as more action-focused than the CSR-alike that is Boom! Tanks — the last game I reviewed that starred hulking machines of death. Perhaps it will be a little closer in scope to the wildly popular PC (and soon mobile) MMO simulation World of Tanks.
So far I’m liking what Tank Domination has to offer.
You’re assigned a small tank at the beginning of the game, and given training missions to go on that teach you the basics of controlling your vehicle.
A virtual stick on the left of the screen handles track movement, and the right stick moves your Commander’s View. There’s a ’binoculars’ button to zoom, and a ’fire’ button to shoot shells.
The sticks feel a little twitchy, and this is made worse by a firing reticle that takes a little while to catch up with your view, but after a little practice you get used to it.
You roll about in large battle environments — based on real world war zones — as part of a squad, participating in online multiplayer combat against another team of human opponents. To secure victory you must either destroy the enemy tanks or capture their base.
It’s really tough, and I got my butt kicked within a couple of minutes of starting my first match. But after a couple more rounds I’m beginning to understand how to better approach the game.
When not on the battlefield you’re refilling your ammo, repairing your tank, and (if you can stomach the bravado and sexually aggressive language) engaging with other community members in the chat area.
I’ve barely begun to explore the depth of the combat, I’m sure, and I’m definitely keen to keep playing.