So - thanks to their special relationship with Apple - Atari has successfully scrubbed the app store of their perceived competition. It looks as though Apple complied without so much as a rebuttal or independent evaluation. Tank games, asteroid shooters, and so on have all been pulled.
Vector Tanks and Vector Tanks Extreme! are just two victims of Atari’s gameplan. It doesn’t seem to matter that the game bears only a vague resemblance to Atari’s Battlezone. As of this week, you won't be able to download the first two apps if you haven't already got them.
What are we planning to do about this?
In designing The Visceral Adventures of Vic Vector (codename: VT3), our heavy vehicle battle takes place on a far away planet with Alien hardware. In our storyboards, agile and deadly hovercraft and air based attackers had already replaced the slow moving tanks of vintage earth wars. Vic Vector truly is a ‘new classic’ that cannot fall under the Atari claw.
So - spurred by the competition and their heavy tactics, we’re making our game that much better, and Vic Vector’s universe that much sleeker and cooler.
“It all seems so much easier on the other side of the screen.”
Vector Tanks is an iOS tank battle game comprised entirely of vector graphics - the same visual art form seen in Arcade games and home gaming systems of the 80’s and 90’s. There’s just one key difference - the Vector Tanks franchise takes that nostalgic experience and kicks the adrenaline up to 11!
VT’s high-octane gameplay, gorgeous vector visuals and High-Octane VO and sound effects rocket it miles above the vast majority of App Store titles. John St. John - the voice of Duke Nukem - adds his booming voice and impromptu bawdy humor to the raucous mix.
With its frenetically-paced action, unique controls and power playability, VT is one of those few great games that reaps full advantage of the iOS platform’s interface and speed. Played on an iPad, it gains a new level of immersion and pulse-pounding action that you have to download to believe!
- a 'glowing' review of VTX:
- and the original Vector Tanks:
Lone wolf programmer Peter
Hirschberg envisioned VT while playing in his colossal home arcade. ( www.lunacityarcade.com )
A few months after he was able to
release VTX Peter fell on hard times.
A messy divorce sent his world into a
spiral, saw his arcade sold off to cover legal expenses and Vector Tanks a
dream disappearing in his rear-view mirror.
Now hope is on the glowing green horizon. Peter has passed the baton to Black Powder Media - and we are pumped for action, ready to blow VT up! We're bringing in reinforcements in the form of programmers and artists - we'll stay true to Peter's original vision and push the vector envelope even further.
What is the future of “Vector Tanks”?:
The game has grown bigger in scope and ambition. “VT3” is
now just one Chapter (Chapter 4, to be precise) of several that chronicle “The
Visceral Adventures of Vic Vector”.
It’s the story of retired stuntman and part-time satellite
repairman, Vic Vector, who is sole witness to, and
survivor of, the destruction of Earth by marauding aliens. Vic sets about coolly
dispensing his own brand of justice on the evil race that blasted his people to
Revenge turns to rescue, as he discovers a way to go back in
time. Could he reverse the
devastating events that led to the abrupt end of the human race?
Each chapter of this epic tale contains numerous classic
style games rendered in the vector art style.
About this Project:
We’ve been kicking around the
idea of VT3 for a while now. Our ambitious plans for the game include adding a
multiplayer option with unique skins for different players, an all new vector
visual interface and experience, new weapons, control schemes, game modes and
much much more.
And that’s just for starters -
our long-term goal is to bring you all 7 chapters and the entire nail-biting
tale of Vic Vector’s adventures.
We don’t forget for a minute - this is YOUR money that we
treat with love and gratitude, apply big doses of effort, talent and skill so
that we can bring YOU the best possible product.
The focus of VT3 is on
Multiplayer and new game modes.
Local multiplayer will allow
anyone within bluetooth or wifi range of other players to link their iOS
devices and battle one another, in teams or work co-operatively against
AI. We can attain Local Multiplayer
within the 20K budget. We would
also create a mac desktop version of the game. So a group could be in a room playing together on an
iPhone, an iPod, an iPad, a Mac desktop and a MacBook (or various combinations
thereof) - all simultaneously!
World Wide multiplayer is much
more ambitious from a programming perspective. If funding hits the 40K mark we will pour that extra
resource into achieving World Wide multiplayer. Fight your friends across the globe! As well, a slew of extra game modes such
as capture the flag, crush the flag, Headquarters Assault and Jack Rabbit will
If funding makes it to 60k or
above we will port the iOS title to the PC platform with an eye to bring it to
xbox live arcade.