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Professional, Released On Cassette Only


Game Type : Arcade Wireframe

Author : Unknown

Standalone Release(s) : 1983: 3D TANK ZONE, Dynabyte, 6.95

Compilation Release(s) : 1986: SUPERSELLERS (DYNABYTE COLLECTION), Dynabyte, 9.95

Stated compatibility : Electron

Actual compatibility : Electron, BBC B, B+, Master 128

Supplier : DYNABYTE, Unit F3 Railway Triangle, Farlington, HANTS


Disc compatibility : Incompatible. Writes to locations &400-&800.




As weapon commander, you must, with the aid of radar, scan the terrain surrounding the city and missile silos for marauding enemy tanks then destroy them before they get you. Watch out too for incoming jets and helicopters on the horizon. To aid you in your task, you have at your disposal a direct fire anti-aircraft cannon and an anti-tank missile launcher. The game features excellent 3D wire graphic tanks and battleground displays with realistic missile in-flight action and detailed instrument console.





Review (Electron User)

It's not easy being the commander of a missile silo. First there are the aircraft attacking you, then there are the tanks. And you're stuck in a hole in the ground with only anti-tank missiles and an anti-aircraft gun to ward off this unprovoked aggression. All the time your energy is getting lower and the shields weaker. No, it's not easy... Still, if you think you could do any better, have a go at 3D TANK ZONE.

Your Electron's screen becomes a view from the silo as you scan for the enemy. As you guide the sights of your AA gun to attack the jets and helicopters on the horizon, you have to watch the radar for tanks. When you see one you have to turn the turret and loose off a missile, quick. At first the action seems a little slow but, as the tanks get nearer and your energy drops, it's all too fast!

The graphics are simple but effective. The tanks appear in 3D wire form and the missiles fly in an annoyingly realistic manner. I say annoyingly because of the way they miss.

The instructions are thorough and the key controls are well laid out. It's an interesting game, very different from anything else I've ever seen on the Electron. While not the fastest program around, it should suit those looking for a change from the usual arcade remakes.

Tony Sinclair, ELECTRON USER 2. 3