This title is exclusive to PC and was reviewed as such.
Trash Format’s latest game, Buttle Tank, is about as basic as a game gets – and that might not actually be a bad thing. This is a game that rests on simplicity all the way through its design, and proves that a game doesn’t need to be complex to be enjoyable.
Buttle Tank reminds me of those old arcade games you would sometimes get at the local pub or dairy – the ones you and your friends would gather around trying to beat the best score before inevitably being dragged away by your parents. It relies on only two mechanics; movement and shooting. You drive your tank through a maze, shooting enemy tanks and blasting through walls in order to get to the end of the level. Every so often you’ll find a power up that you can pick up to change up your shooting (such as your bullets becoming more powerful, or being able to fire faster, etc) but everything still relies on those two base mechanics of movement and attack. These mechanics are simple, but gameplay isn’t necessarily so – you’ll likely find that this game is easy to pick up and surprisingly hard to master.
Graphics and Sound Design
Visually Buttle Tank is once again very simple – the pixelated graphics look decent but are there to serve a purpose, not awe us with their beauty. The level design gets increasingly more complex, but overall the general vibe is – as with the gameplay – reminiscent of an arcade game you might have played as a kid. The sound design in Buttle Tank is also done well; the sounds available are not hugely varied but the effects are clean and they suit the game well, also tying in to that arcade-esque feel.
Overall Buttle Tank is a very simple game that you can easily sink some time into. It’s not going to change your life and it’s not likely to have you playing until three in the morning; but overall this is a decent little game that takes a basic concept and does it well. I think I would have liked to see the devs lean a bit more on the arcade nostalgia, but overall this is a fun little game that nails the basic design angle and is available at an extremely reasonable price. If you’re looking for something a little old school, or if you’re in the market for a mindless time filler that you can play while also watching something on Twitch, then give this one a go.