Here's a game that tries to throw in a little bit of everything. At various times, Cosmo Tank is a reckless shoot-em-up on a two-dimensional screen; a search-and-destroy mission on a three-dimensional screen; a simple quest adventure with caverns, maps, and status screens; and a combat game that switches from tank battles on the ground to dogfights in outer space.
Surprisingly, the whole thing is glued together pretty well. There's plenty of action, and the alternating 2-D and 3-D views add variety. The quest-adventure plot, though skimpy, keeps the game from becoming too monotonous.
Your overall goal in Cosmo Tank is to eradicate the pesky aliens on five different planets. To do this, you must find and penetrate the caverns on each world and destroy the hidden "life cores," which apparently keep the aliens alive. After destroying all five cores, you face a final showdown with a giant alien fortress.
When the game starts, you're driving a tank across a scrolling 2-D screen. Enemies attack from all directions, and you can defend yourself by firing your cannon and releasing bombs. Some aliens leave behind power-up items that give you a more powerful cannon, more bombs, or renewed life.
Now and then you'll come across a friendly base where you can escape the onslaught. Inside, televised messages from other humans bring you valuable hints and dues.
After some more fighting, you'll discover the cavern entrance. When you enter, the game switches from the overhead 2-D screen to a first-person 3-D view. A compass and radar screen help you maneuver through the underground passages and fend off the alien sentries. By going from room to room and battling the powerful boss machines you encounter, you'll eventually locate and destroy the planet's life core. Each time you clear a planet, your tank sprouts wings and is launched into space toward the next world. If you can blast through the swarms of aliens that try to block your path, the whole cycle starts over again.
Cosmo Tank has good graphics and above-average music. Although there's a certain amount of sameness to the action from planet to planet, it's definitely one of the best shooters we've seen for the Game Boy.
Download Cosmo Tank
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
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