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Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Ben Stone, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 80%
Graphics: 86%
Playability: 83%
Getting Started: 83%
Addictive Qualities: 82%
Value for Money: 81%
Overall: 83%

Most people are familiar with the 'Battle Zone' type of game first seen in the arcades many years ago. Tank Duel was practically a straight copy of that game except it differed from other Spectrum versions because it used colour quite extensively. The idea behind this game and all other 'Battle Zone' variants is to just shoot anything you see and this goes on forever. There are several types of tank in Tank Duel and each has its own characteristics, so different strategies are needed to destroy them.

To me Tank Duel is the best game of its sort around for the Spectrum mainly because it looks different from all the other versions of the same game. The graphics are good and colour is used well except some times when it obscures your view of an enemy. Personally this type of game doesn't appeal to me but if you do like a 'Battle Zone' type of game then this is the one for you.

I was a little disappointed with 3D Tank Duel as the review of it stated that it was the best 'Battle Zone' type game on the market at the time. I preferred Rommel's Revenge by Design Design as I found it slightly more playable. This game has very good vector graphics which still look good today although it has to be said that they were slightly confusing. The sound wasn't very convincing (only the constant drone of a heavy engine). However, I did enjoy playing 3D Tank Duel as it was a very close copy of 'Battle Zone', one of my favourite arcade games.

(Rob) I don't think the ratings should be changed as the game is as good now as it ever was, and no one has bettered it.

(Ben) I thought the ratings were quite fair except for the Addictive Qualities which should go down by about 8%.