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Gratuitous Tank Battles

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Gratuitous Tank Battles (GTB) is a unique hybrid of tower-defense, strategy, simulation and RTS. Set in an alternate history timeline where World War I never ends, you are the commander of allied forces fighting right up to the year 2114, where Mechs and lasers are used alongside tanks and rifles. The war continues across Europe, with the allied commanders still locked into the optimistic patriotism of the 1900s.

A tower-defense game where you can play as the attacker has been done before, but GTB lets you play the same maps as attacker OR defender, and even lets you save out your attack as a recording to defend against. An online-challenge system lets you upload your custom maps and custom units and attacks for other players to fight against. Speaking of custom units, GTB doesn't have simple pre-built units, but allows you to build them from individual components, and even design the appearance and colors of every single unit. An unlocks system gradually reveals more modules, abilities and unit 'hulls' to experiment with.

GTB also features an integrated map editor that lets you trivially change and tweak existing maps, or create entirely new ones, and the process of sharing these custom maps with friends is built right into the game. Combine it with Steam achievements, community, cloud support and more, and you should be kept busy fighting over Europe for another two hundred years./>Key Features
  • Alternate History Tower Defense: Fight a 200 year war to save Europe
  • Play as attacker or defender on any map, even custom ones
  • Fight with Infantry, Tanks, Turrets and Mechs
  • Optional Adaptive AI adjusts to your play style and tactics for endless variety
  • Customizable units allow you to design your own personal army
  • Built-in level editor makes creating a new map a breeze
  • Save out your attack and play against it as the defender
  • Online map and challenge-sharing system allows you to fight your friends armies
Release date
Positech Games
Positech Games
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D card with 128MB video memory
  • DirectX®: 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 500 MB HD space

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X 10.6 or later
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 125 MB HD space
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2,542 items
Royal Signals Medal
For deploying over 100 command units in battle
Rememberance Medal
For collecting 20 or more dog tags in a single engagement
Distinguished Service Medal
For achieving 100 victories in battle
Long Service Medal
For fighting 100 battles
Strategic Ops Medal
For posting 5 or more new or edited maps online
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Gratuitous Tank Battles reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Russian
Interesting Strategy version of the game, yelling and attacking, modify their weapons and infantry, but very quickly pass. There Are also online, but the players there you will not find, maybe because of the fact that this game is outdated and on the schedule and on the update. But to fans of strategies I recommend, there is a good head.
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Microsoft from Russian
Half-Strategy of indirect action/turrets. And yet, it's more of a manager ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ What), not a strategy. Yes Tower Defence, yes Indirect control, yes customization and a lot of missions. However, unlike the first toy of these razslaves (Space Battles), here everything is simplified (flour selection of guns in the cells are gone, and players love to suffer the same), maps of battles monotonous and simply the gods. Yes, frankly, all the gameplay grandeur almost reduced to reflect alternating waves of the enemy. I Think it's not necessary to remind that Tower Defence and so are fed as of two horns of abundance. By the Way, the cards editor is put down, the truth on which to spend time is unclear. The General boredom and apathy arises during the game, the dead number. Not those tanks! 4 out of 10:)
Translated by
Microsoft from Russian
For the two-dimensional Top-Down Tower Defence looks very good, quite deserving of all the epithets of different degrees of storeys in the developer's address. Of Course, it is not necessary to wait for something more from this game, based on the existing content in it. Strategy with free micro-management units here will not do, although the introduction of such a regime would be ideal for such a game, giving it a new round of development and bringing a significant addition to the army of already few fans. In fact, a good idea with the customization of the technique was little in demand because of the lack of interest in the game as a whole. Friends there will not call-laugh, and the examine 2-3 to the ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The ♥ ♥ ki individual tank on the battlefield there is no time. It Should be said that the placement of the modules of improvement of the technique is not tied to the principle of stone \ Scissors \ Paper, which gives a spacious field to the players for the comparator of scribes. If for games older such was forgivable, then it is inadmissible. For the same reason, not to be considered a strong warrior on the battlefield-always there's someone who has a number of pumping modules will be higher than yours and no special tactics or skillfully trained ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Liness does not help. In General, if you think and do not try to explain the advantages of this very decent toy tempted by picky pseudo-intellectuals, who are nothing two-dimensional or a la Worms try not, then you can play and it looks like I said, quite and Very nice.
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