IndieAn has released a really nice side-scrolling tank shooter called Heavy Mach. [App Store] for $2.99.

The game is split into 6 missions with multiple stages (4-5) within each mission. A total of 60 stages are provided and can range in length. The game involves driving your tank and destroying enemy tanks while avoiding enemy fire. Controls are very well suited to the iPhone and involve left/right tilt for tank movement. Tapping at your target to fire and tapping on a lever to jump.

With my limited time with the game (Mission 3), it progresses in difficulty, though the basic mechanic stayed the same. It involves shooting and jumping (dodging) your way through levels. One strange omission, however, is the lack of collision detection between your tank and the enemy tanks. You can just drive right through them (though you do need to destroy the bosses to progress).

The best aspect of the game is the number of powerup weapons and upgrades you can get for your tank. Powerful weapons upgrades include a machine gun, shotgun, howitzer (high-angle gun), missile, laser, nuclear bomb and more. You have to be judicious about your use of these weapons, however, as you only get a limited supply of each as you go on. I found it worked much better to reserve these weapons for "boss" enemies rather than waste them on the minor players.

There are a few "1.0" issues that we hope will be addressed quickly. The in-game menu button was not functional, and some readers are experiencing crashes (I personally experienced one). The in game documentation is also quite limited, so you should read through the iPhone description on gameplay. That said, the graphics and gameplay already provide a very polished experience, and I still think it's easy to recommend at only $2.99.

This gameplay video shows almost the entirety of level 6 (Mission 2, Stage 2).


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App Store Link: Heavy Mach., $2.99

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  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    whoa! Looks like metal slug on tanks!

    Love the sound effects. Tempting.. very tempting. Hehe.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    whoa! Looks like metal slug on tanks!

    Love the sound effects. Tempting.. very tempting. Hehe.

  • marc

    screenshot? eh whatever

    video... agreed, very tempting!

  • marc

    screenshot? eh whatever

    video... agreed, very tempting!

  • Adams Immersive

    I thin I might like the apparently slower, more tactical pace, vs. pure-instinct twitch gameplay in some shooters. I like a bit of planning and decision-making in my shooting and dodging :)

  • Adams Immersive

    I thin I might like the apparently slower, more tactical pace, vs. pure-instinct twitch gameplay in some shooters. I like a bit of planning and decision-making in my shooting and dodging :)

  • dean

    i agree it is pretty tempting

  • dean

    i agree it is pretty tempting

  • G

    so....tempted.....

  • G

    so....tempted.....

  • http://www.appleotaku.com Apple Otaku

    Looks nice and in a small way reminds me of Moon Patrol.

  • http://www.appleotaku.com Apple Otaku

    Looks nice and in a small way reminds me of Moon Patrol.

  • ryoi

    a skipping tank, ow well

  • ryoi

    a skipping tank, ow well

  • TareX

    Looks a lot like Metal Slug. VEWY VEWY IMPWESSIVE.

    Love the Airstrike

  • TareX

    Looks a lot like Metal Slug. VEWY VEWY IMPWESSIVE.

    Love the Airstrike

  • jinchile

    Already buy this Game, is incredible! roolz!

  • jinchile

    Already buy this Game, is incredible! roolz!

  • Anonymous

    The graphics are great, but the premise is ehh. What ryoi said about a skipping tank. So... inconceivable. At least with Moon Patrol, there is the premise of zero gravity.

  • Anonymous

    The graphics are great, but the premise is ehh. What ryoi said about a skipping tank. So... inconceivable. At least with Moon Patrol, there is the premise of zero gravity.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    i had moved from tempted to finally got it yesterday. The sound effects is really cool. It sounds so powerful. Yeah, it's a simple game but, there's no other games like it right now. Did, I mention the sound effects? Next! iDracula!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    i had moved from tempted to finally got it yesterday. The sound effects is really cool. It sounds so powerful. Yeah, it's a simple game but, there's no other games like it right now. Did, I mention the sound effects? Next! iDracula!

  • xn0

    Looks interesting, but the sound FX are not very good. And apparently no music. Its a Metal Slug clone allright, so I would be more interested if the graphics were more comic-like. The tanks should have been more exaggerated like in Toy Tanks 3D or something. I guess the skipping and jumping tank would be more acceptable. Anyway, do you guys remember
    the old anime "Dominion Tank Police" ? I like to see that as a game.

  • xn0

    Looks interesting, but the sound FX are not very good. And apparently no music. Its a Metal Slug clone allright, so I would be more interested if the graphics were more comic-like. The tanks should have been more exaggerated like in Toy Tanks 3D or something. I guess the skipping and jumping tank would be more acceptable. Anyway, do you guys remember
    the old anime "Dominion Tank Police" ? I like to see that as a game.

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