icombat titleSome of my best gaming memories, and certainly my earliest, are of hours spent blasting enemy tanks in Atari's Combat, the pack-in game that came with the Atari 2600 game console.  The graphics were horrible, the sound was worse--it was the late '70s, after all--but there was something deeply satisfying about blowing away that enemy tank before it got you.

As time rolled by, hardware became much more powerful and that same, simple tank-to-tank proposition got a prettier face in a number of releases over the years.  One that modern gamers may be familiar with is Tanks!, part of Nintendo's Wii Play collection, that adds a great deal of gloss to the core Combat game mechanic.  Tanks! is a do-or-die battle between toy tanks in an arena of wooden building blocks with a number of nice, new ways to cause destruction that Combat only dreamed about.  It's hugely fun.

icombat screeniPhone and iPod touch gamers now have a chance to get in on this particular sort of fun with iCombat [App Store] from Web Scouts.  iCombat, while surely inpired by Atari's classic Combat, would be much more accurately described as an iPhone take on Tanks!.

iCombat places the player in a tiny tank battle set among barriers of wooden blocks and cloth textured backgrounds. War is waged using the tank's cannon as well as various items that can be picked up along the way, such as grenades, homing missles, land mines, and shields.  The tank's shells ricochet off walls and barriers, which adds an element of strategy (bounce a shot around a corner) as well as danger (don't blow yourself up!).

iCombat's controls work well.  The game features accelerometer-based steering with a tap or drag to fire.  (Dragging brings up an onscreen reticle and line-of-fire marker for more precise targetting.)  The game's options screen allows for adjustment of the home tilt angle.

Features listed by the developer include:

  • 20 levels with up to 10 tank enemies per level
  • 3 difficulty modes (Hard is almost unbeatable!)
  • 3 types of tank enemy
  • Navigate obstacles including anti-tank barriers while detonating walls to pass levels
  • 2 player battle mode across 5 randomly selected levels
  • Original soundtrack and sound effects

As a fan of Wii Play's Tanks!, I find iCombat to deliver an enjoyable (and cute) pick-up game experience reminiscent of both the Nintendo shooter and the Atari classic that inspired it.  Our forum members are finding it rather to their liking as well and, according to the developer, there are more maps and refinements in store.  Anyone who likes what they see here should grab the game at it's limited introductory price of $0.99.  It's a good time.

See our gameplay video for a closer look.


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Those who like the sound of this game may also want to have a look at Alwar Entertainment's Tank-O-Box [App Store].

App Store Link: iCombat, $0.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Borat

    It's $1.99 not $0.99
    Mixed reviews, no buy for me.

    • Big Albie

      It's $.99 and a pretty good game. While it could some more depth in terms of the maps, it's a fun pick-up-and-play game.

      • Borat

        You're right, it's 99 cents.
        I clicked on the Tank-O-Box link in the bottom of the page which is $1.99

  • Borat

    It's $1.99 not $0.99
    Mixed reviews, no buy for me.

    • Big Albie

      It's $.99 and a pretty good game. While it could some more depth in terms of the maps, it's a fun pick-up-and-play game.

      • Borat

        You're right, it's 99 cents.
        I clicked on the Tank-O-Box link in the bottom of the page which is $1.99

  • Josh

    I will stick with the Nintendo Wii for this game.

  • Josh

    I will stick with the Nintendo Wii for this game.

  • rich_952000

    This game is ok, it's worth the $.99

    I now have; iConbat, SuperTank, Crazy Tanks etc.... I just hope the App Store can get away from tank games for awhile.

  • rich_952000

    This game is ok, it's worth the $.99

    I now have; iConbat, SuperTank, Crazy Tanks etc.... I just hope the App Store can get away from tank games for awhile.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Meh, not really a deal breaker for me. Give me online multi player and I'll buy it.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Meh, not really a deal breaker for me. Give me online multi player and I'll buy it.

  • shooreel

    Hmm, not sure in this game - graph are so simple.
    Tank-o-box looks much better!!

  • shooreel

    Hmm, not sure in this game - graph are so simple.
    Tank-o-box looks much better!!

  • George

    NAA NOT FOR ME NEITHER, IM GETTING A BIT MIFFED AT ALL THESE LOW END GAMES, LET'S REALLY SEE WHAT THE IPOD/IPHONE CAN DO PEOPLE

  • George

    NAA NOT FOR ME NEITHER, IM GETTING A BIT MIFFED AT ALL THESE LOW END GAMES, LET'S REALLY SEE WHAT THE IPOD/IPHONE CAN DO PEOPLE

  • http://ilans.pl shpyo

    This game looks really nice and fun but... I can't decide for it

  • http://ilans.pl shpyo

    This game looks really nice and fun but... I can't decide for it

  • Cooper

    iCombat has impressive graphics, a cool soundtrack, and is PORTABLE! I got a great deal for my dollar.

  • Cooper

    iCombat has impressive graphics, a cool soundtrack, and is PORTABLE! I got a great deal for my dollar.

  • http://icombatgame.com iCombat

    As for the "low end game" comment and the other one about not liking simple graphics, I would say you missed the point of what we tried to do. We chose to focus on the feel and game play of the game over having crazy graphics - for us busy does not equal better.

    Also, SHPYO send me an e-mail at icombatgame@gmail.com and I will try to hook you up with a promo code so we can get you off the fence!

  • http://icombatgame.com iCombat

    As for the "low end game" comment and the other one about not liking simple graphics, I would say you missed the point of what we tried to do. We chose to focus on the feel and game play of the game over having crazy graphics - for us busy does not equal better.

    Also, SHPYO send me an e-mail at icombatgame@gmail.com and I will try to hook you up with a promo code so we can get you off the fence!

  • acrobat

    Guys! You should definitely take a look at Tank-O-Box! :)

  • acrobat

    Guys! You should definitely take a look at Tank-O-Box! :)

  • piaule

    Bought it, played it, really awesome game, really addictive.

  • piaule

    Bought it, played it, really awesome game, really addictive.

  • Zincous

    This game is way more fun than tank-o-box. And has waaay better controls than tank-o-box.

    And this game is half the price. Go with iCombat. It's a better game imo.

  • Zincous

    This game is way more fun than tank-o-box. And has waaay better controls than tank-o-box.

    And this game is half the price. Go with iCombat. It's a better game imo.

  • brett

    agree the style of this game and the game play are VERY cool. music is awesome and it does a lot for what it is. very addictive and a great throwback.

  • brett

    agree the style of this game and the game play are VERY cool. music is awesome and it does a lot for what it is. very addictive and a great throwback.