A fun tank game that would be infinitely more enjoyable with online play.
Crazy Tanks is a delightful 3-D combat game that challenges you to maneuver a tiny green tank through a series of mazes and blast enemies before they turn you to scrap metal. Attractive, easy to control and fun to play, it's without question one of the iPhone's most impressive apps and a steal at .99. Without online/Ad-Hoc play, however, it's little more than a casual distraction.
After playing numerous (and bad) 3-D iPhone games, Crazy Tanks' controls renewed our faith in the third dimension. We had no trouble guiding our tanks through each of the 21 stages, tilting forwards/backwards to move in those directions and left/right to turn. Lining up shots and blasting enemies by tapping the screen is incredibly easy, and within a matter of seconds, we skillfully weaved through cones, made hairpin turns and dodged gunfire while destroying bad guys.
To make things interesting, the developers allow you to ricochet shots off walls and other objects. This adds a unique and strategic element to the game, and there's nothing more rewarding than nailing a rival tank or gun turret with a well-placed 45-angle canon strike. In addition, Crazy Tanks comes with a plethora of power-ups to give you the upper hand on the battlefield. These include health boosts, a three-shot upgrade and a shield.
So here's the thing. As much fun as the single player campaign is, Crazy Tanks screams for a multiplayer mode, and the fact that it lacks this very important feature diminishes its overall appeal. Competing against several players (or just one) and posting your kill totals to an online leaderboard would make this the iPhone's premier multiplayer game and worthy of a higher score.
For now, however, it's a worthwhile pick-up that'll keep you entertained for a couple of hours. In the meantime, send an email to Bootant demanding online multiplayer. One update is all that stands in the way of making Crazy Tanks one of the iPhone's killer apps.
What's Hot: Costs .99, surprisingly accurate controls, fun tank blasting gameplay, cell shaded graphics, cool power ups, 21 levels and three difficulties.
What's Not: No online play.