I have been playing many tank-shooter mobile games lately and the one problem that I usually notice in their
design is that either the games try too hard to copy World of Tanks: Blitz – or they don’t try to do
something special at all and instead fall into mediocrity.
Enter Tank Battle Heroes.
It’s a top-down 3D shooter that does not try to rip off other popular games in the genre and instead tries to deliver an ideal experience within its own comfort zone.
The gameplay of Tank Battle Heroes is straightforward and uncomplicated.
The left side controls movement and the right side has the attack and special ability buttons.
You start with a basic tank that is not particularly strong, and as you progress further you unlock special abilities such as a shield, camouflage, and more.
The game lets you play in two different ways – you can either hold off on the upgrades a bit and let the enemy tanks provide you with a challenge or you can constantly grind and upgrade your tank so that you stay stronger than the enemies you face.
This freedom of choice is one of the reasons that I enjoyed the game a lot, and I purposefully kept my tank de-powered so that I have to be more careful when fighting. As a result, I was forced to be strategic about which tanks I attack first based on their strengths, and that added an extra level of intensity to the experience.
The game has a fleshed-out campaign with many different tanks to fight, which should keep you busy for a while.
Once you’ve played through it, or whether you wish to take a break and try something different – we have the PvP mode.
Tank Battle Heroes’ PvP mode is one of the most entertaining online experiences that I’ve had and it works like a charm(most of the time).
You are paired against 3 other players who are usually around the same level of strength as you, but sometimes they can have stronger tanks and extra abilities.
Once all four of you are spawned, it’s just you and the chaos of explosive tank rounds being fired at each other – and it’s as fun as it is intense to survive these matches.
Of course, after you earn a lot of money in the game, you can buy more tanks from a very long list, and they all feel a bit different from each other in terms of handling and strength.
The only thing that slows the game down is its energy mechanic, which completely runs out after 10 consecutive uses and you have to wait for the cooldown to finish before you can resume playing. Fortunately, you can sometimes win fuel (the energy resource of this game) as rewards for beating missions and you can also get some of it by watching ads.
But given how good the game is, and if you enjoy tank shooters, spending a bit of money on it wouldn’t be a waste either.
The graphics of the game are generally good and there is a lot of variety in both the tanks themselves and
the game’s environment.
Every single building, tank, and terrain of a map are perfectly textured and have great animations. And on the other hand, the fire effects, explosions, and destructible environments are some of the best that I’ve seen in a mobile game and are nothing short of eye-candy.
The UI is excellent and feels very professional to use, thanks to some really good design and smooth transitions.
The main menu music becomes repetitive after a while as it's on an endless loop without any variation throughout the game's screens. The sound effects, on the other hand, are very satisfying to listen to, especially when it comes to explosions.
The game has its share of bugs and connectivity issues from time to time, most of which have not been patched in a long time, but with a well-balanced campaign mode, an exciting real-time PvP mode, and tons of customizations – fans of tank games will still find themselves addicted for hours.
Tank Battle Heroes is one of the best tank-shooter mobile games and definitely one of the most authentic experiences that I’ve had with the genre.