I have to start this write up with an apology to Melbourne-based developer Panda Arcade.
Months ago, the Australian developer got in touch with an early access code to Pico Tanks, an iOS and Android game that features cute cartoony tanks battling against each other in 3 vs 3 multiplayer matches.
I redeemed the code, played some of the beta, enjojed it but failed to write up my thoughts. So Panda Arcade, I apologise profusely for writing something up soon. Better late than never, right?
OK, so Pico Tanks. What is it? In a nutshell, it’s tank-based multiplayer combat with really cute visuals and high customisation for your tanks. You can build your tanks from a multitude of bases (which feature a variety of wheel and track configurations), turrets and weapons – as well as popping hats on them for that extra bit of bling!
[Update one: December 16] : Panda Arcade tells me Pico Tanks has soft launched in New Zealand, Australia and The Phillipines and will launch globally in January next year.
Tanks are moved using an on-screen virtual joystick which works extremely well and you shoot and aim using the virtual controls on the right side, either by lining up and firing of just tapping the shoot button As you progress you get a variety of extra abilities like the air strike power up, which does just what it says on the tin: Drops bombs on enemy tanks.
[Update two: December 16]: Panda Arcade has also released a new trailer for Pico Tanks. Here it is:
Good work, Panda Arcade! (and, again, sorry for the lateness in getting this up)