518807_5Dot Matrix Interactive Design's KIL.A.TON is a first-rate artillery game with a well-implemented twist — simultaneous battles. This means more intense battles where enemy tanks shoot when you shoot ratcheting up the game in terms of strategy and intensity. And if that doesn’t interest you, the amount of in-game content and online multiplayer play may.

“Last tank standing”…that’s the mantra in KIL.A.TON as you battle a team of tanks through a variety of terrains. Aside from the simultaneous combat, the game incorporates a variety of elements including time constraints, equipment upgrades, and an AI that plays tough. The creative scoring system awards points for revenge and taking down the leader while deducting points for destroying yourself.

kilatonThe game has three modes of play: Scenario, Custom and Online. Scenario mode has 4 different campaigns as well as a Free for All mode. Each campaign scenario consists of several rounds where points are awarded for tanks destroyed with final point total determining the overall winner. Custom allows you to set up the number of rounds, shot clock, difficulty and number of players to create your own scenarios. Finally, online mode allows you to try your skills against worldwide opponents over Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE.

The 'Free for All' campaign provides 4 survival scenarios — Frantic, Nuke-o-Rama, Close Combat, and Redirection. These occur in unique environmental situations with a limited set of weapons. For example, in Nuke-o-Rama, each tank is provided with unlimited nuclear warheads which tend to destroy everything within the blast zone. Each of the Nuke-o-Rama rounds begins and ends pretty quickly but you’ll have fun nuking each other. These survival scenarios are really some of the best the game has to offer.

KIL.A.TON doesn’t disappoint when it comes to weaponry and defense. By default, each tank has a unlimited amount of standard shells and the ability to hover. But you can also go shopping for the latest in war gear with 17 weapons and defensive tools to choose from. The equipment store is intuitively organized and tapping each weapon brings up a brief description. And, weapons can also be sold back at a discount, of course.

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The weapons gauge is located at top of the screen and can be used to select the weapon or defensive system to use. The aiming mechanism in KIL.A.TON is easy to use: a circular guide appears around your tank that can be rotated by touch to aim. A gauge in the guide indicates the power behind the launch which is set by holding down the Fire button located in the bottom right of the screen. Releasing the fire button will launch the weapon or activate defensive systems.

If your tank happens to be destroyed with other tanks still remaining, you get to watch the rest of the scenario play out. The problem is the lack of a fast forward button to speed up the game in this situation. It’s interesting to watch the first few times, but can be monotonous after a while.

What makes KIL.A.TON a standout is the added strategy involved. Bonus points are awarded for taking out the leader, and that becomes very apparent when your tank is the leader. The other tanks will come after you with fervor, and revenge points are awarded if you manage to blow up the tank that destroys you. As the game increases in difficulty, additional enemy tanks as well as the proverbial shot clock become factors. In some rounds, you literally have only a few seconds to plan and get a shot off.

All in all, KIL.A.TON is a solid artillery game with an easy-to-use targeting mechanism that novices and advanced players should take to pretty quickly. The level of content and the organization of the different game modes including online multiplayer (once there are enough players) are very entertaining and should provide long term replay value.

App Store Link: KIL.A.TON, $2.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Carlos-Sz

    "simultaneous battles"... That looks interesting indeed.

  • Carlos-Sz

    "simultaneous battles"... That looks interesting indeed.

  • Kita

    The game looks good but I'm kind of burned out on buying apps, especially ones that are enhanced variations of successful ones from the top 25 list many people have bought. I think a game needs to have really good marketing and something a bit more different from the "me too" games in order to make into the top 25 list and become really popular.

  • Kita

    The game looks good but I'm kind of burned out on buying apps, especially ones that are enhanced variations of successful ones from the top 25 list many people have bought. I think a game needs to have really good marketing and something a bit more different from the "me too" games in order to make into the top 25 list and become really popular.

  • WeirdingWay

    Kita, 100% with you on that. There's a dirty side to crediting the iPhone for having so many apps, and it's that there are SOOO many bad/pointless ones.

  • WeirdingWay

    Kita, 100% with you on that. There's a dirty side to crediting the iPhone for having so many apps, and it's that there are SOOO many bad/pointless ones.

  • K

    Wow! No mention of iShoot in this review, whatsoever...seems like a total rip.

    • arn

      iShoot didn't invent this gameplay. It was a "rip" of many others before it.

      • K

        Well, of course there was Scorched Earth and the rest, but to make no mention of the game that has defined this genre on the iPhone seems strange? I'm going to try Kil.A.Ton now, but was there any particular reason for the avoidance? You've mentioned similar games for other reviews?

  • K

    Wow! No mention of iShoot in this review, whatsoever...seems like a total rip.

    • arn

      iShoot didn't invent this gameplay. It was a "rip" of many others before it.

      • K

        Well, of course there was Scorched Earth and the rest, but to make no mention of the game that has defined this genre on the iPhone seems strange? I'm going to try Kil.A.Ton now, but was there any particular reason for the avoidance? You've mentioned similar games for other reviews?

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Yes iShoot was no mentioned... but also was no mentioned WORMS, Scorched Earth, etc...

    I think is good game with polished GFX and after view the video i can say is fun as other similar games.

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Yes iShoot was no mentioned... but also was no mentioned WORMS, Scorched Earth, etc...

    I think is good game with polished GFX and after view the video i can say is fun as other similar games.

  • K

    After playing for 5 minutes, I can agree with matriax, in that this is a good, polished game, worth the $3.99 :)

    Looking forward to trying online multiplayer against my mate tonight.

  • K

    After playing for 5 minutes, I can agree with matriax, in that this is a good, polished game, worth the $3.99 :)

    Looking forward to trying online multiplayer against my mate tonight.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

    In regards to not having a fast forward button:

    If you go to Settings.app you'll see that Kil.a.Ton has a few things there. One of them is a setting for "Fast AI Sim" turning that on means that when you are killed the game will speed up when finishing the rest of the battle.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

    In regards to not having a fast forward button:

    If you go to Settings.app you'll see that Kil.a.Ton has a few things there. One of them is a setting for "Fast AI Sim" turning that on means that when you are killed the game will speed up when finishing the rest of the battle.

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    Cool. I like the game. Its like the popular game "worm" and "gunbound".

  • http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com fun games for kids

    Cool. I like the game. Its like the popular game "worm" and "gunbound".

  • Kilbot

    One nitpick from the article that isn't quite correct. The AI will speed up 2x at the start of the next turn if all Human players are destroyed. It's an option found in the Settings menu.

  • Kilbot

    One nitpick from the article that isn't quite correct. The AI will speed up 2x at the start of the next turn if all Human players are destroyed. It's an option found in the Settings menu.

  • Gnintendo

    Every time I think I have the best ... a better one comes out.

    :p

  • Gnintendo

    Every time I think I have the best ... a better one comes out.

    :p

  • spotbot

    On behalf of Dot Matrix, I'd like to point out one thing the article doesn't emphasize - 6 player internet play! It's one of the key features of the title, and one of the biggest differences vs. competing titles. it's also engaging and fun to compete online vs. real opponents, to increase one's rank.

  • spotbot

    On behalf of Dot Matrix, I'd like to point out one thing the article doesn't emphasize - 6 player internet play! It's one of the key features of the title, and one of the biggest differences vs. competing titles. it's also engaging and fun to compete online vs. real opponents, to increase one's rank.

  • Chinito77

    Would like to see that old Mac favorite "Pocket Tanks" remade for the iPhone.

    • MartiNZ

      Pocket Tanks came out on the iPhone back in April, check the store :).

  • Chinito77

    Would like to see that old Mac favorite "Pocket Tanks" remade for the iPhone.

    • MartiNZ

      Pocket Tanks came out on the iPhone back in April, check the store :).

  • spotbot

    Online play has been pretty busy the last few days, some great 3, 4 and 5 player matches... any action/strategy/artillery fans should check it out!

  • spotbot

    Online play has been pretty busy the last few days, some great 3, 4 and 5 player matches... any action/strategy/artillery fans should check it out!

  • Kilbot

    KIL.A.TON 1.1 is out now! More weapons, game options, and improved online play.

  • Kilbot

    KIL.A.TON 1.1 is out now! More weapons, game options, and improved online play.

  • mork

    just got this game the other day. it's pretty fun, but there's never anybody there for online games, which is a real shame. they should give it away free for a while to up the numbers, imho.

  • mork

    just got this game the other day. it's pretty fun, but there's never anybody there for online games, which is a real shame. they should give it away free for a while to up the numbers, imho.

  • Ian

    More turn based games should have simultaneous action like this. Great game. Mammoth gravity battles uses the same approach and promises to be amazing.