Earlier this month we posted an update on Peter Hirschberg and his glowy bit of retro vector goodness known as Vector Tanks. As we indicated in that post, Peter has recently setup his own studio, BlipTime Studios, and through it has released an update to Vector Tanks known as Vector Tanks (Classic Version) [App Store] at $0.99.  As one might suspect, denoting the current game as "classic" indeed betokened the near-term arrival of a rather revamped take on the original.

That game is Vector Tanks Extreme, and Peter has given us an exclusive look at the release version of the title before it makes its App Store debut.

The game has been split into two versions to provide, as Peter tells it, a version that delivers the "retro-simplicity" of the original, along with a version that's "a Vector Tanks experience WAY over the top for those seeking a bit more of a challenge."

Vector Tanks Extreme offers everything the original did, plus more tank types, more weapon types (my personal favorite is the Rail Gun), airborne enemies (helicopters), and downright frenzied action. The standard play mode is Combat, which is a desperate bid to wipe out as many enemies as possible before losing all your lives, while Rage mode gives you unlimited lives and ammunition with the goal of wiping out as many enemies as possible before a two-minute timer runs out. Both modes are brutal, let me assure you. An integrated online scoreboard shows the world your strength (or weakness) and network play support is a planned addition, to arrive in a future update.

I've had the final build of Vector Tanks Extreme on my iPhone for the past few days and have spent considerable time scoping down enemy tanks, jeeps, and copters. Having become quite familiar with the title, I can definitely say that "WAY over the top" is in no way an overstated description. This is perhaps the most intense iPhone shooter I've ever encountered. If you enjoy Vector Tanks and feel it's a little on the difficult side -- stay away from Vector Tanks Extreme. You don't have the stuff.

As we mentioned in our earlier piece, in moving from Chillingo to his own BlimpTime Studios for the original Vector Tanks, now known as Vector Tanks (Classic Version), Peter was unable to make the latest version of the game (v1.3.2, posted earlier this month) a free upgrade. But, to help get every owner of the original up to speed on the latest version, he will be offering Vector Tanks (Classic Version) as a free download during the week following the launch of Vector Tanks Extreme. Thanks Peter!

Have a look at the Vector Tanks Extreme trailer to get a taste of the action.

Vector Tanks Extreme has been submitted to the App Store and should be available for download sometime in the next few days at a price of $1.99.

Update: It's come out already: Vector Tanks Extreme, $1.99

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    I love the original Vector Tanks.
    I LOVE the trailer.

    Purchase!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    I love the original Vector Tanks.
    I LOVE the trailer.

    Purchase!

  • Corey

    Best Trailer for an App-Period

    Purchase

    I want that Trailer song in the game

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      That would be pretty cool... However, unless he's officially licensed the song from Ministry (the band in question) it's unlikely you will hear it in-game. Since it was not mentioned in the credits it is possible they don't have video sync rights for it either. Hope it's all legit, Vector Tanks was a great game and I'd hate to see them get in trouble for something like that.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      The song is "Jesus Built My Hotrod" by "The Ministry". Go buy it now!

      http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jesus-built-my-hotrod/id297744447?i=297744477

      -Peter Hirschberg

      (btw, credit IS given in the YouTube description - I was EXPECTING YouTube to put a "purchase this song" banner over the video like they usually do, but for some reason for this video they didn't)

  • Corey

    Best Trailer for an App-Period

    Purchase

    I want that Trailer song in the game

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      That would be pretty cool... However, unless he's officially licensed the song from Ministry (the band in question) it's unlikely you will hear it in-game. Since it was not mentioned in the credits it is possible they don't have video sync rights for it either. Hope it's all legit, Vector Tanks was a great game and I'd hate to see them get in trouble for something like that.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      The song is "Jesus Built My Hotrod" by "The Ministry". Go buy it now!

      http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jesus-built-my-hotrod/id297744447?i=297744477

      -Peter Hirschberg

      (btw, credit IS given in the YouTube description - I was EXPECTING YouTube to put a "purchase this song" banner over the video like they usually do, but for some reason for this video they didn't)

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    It might be the best app trailer I've seen. :-)

    Here's some trivia about the game Peter provided me:

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    The H6 - "Heavy Sixer" tanks are named after the first generation Atari 2600's.

    From Wikipedia:
    For the first year of production, the VCS was manufactured in Sunnyvale, California. The consoles manufactured there had thick internal RF shielding, and thick plastic molding around the sides and bottom. These added weight to the console, and because all six switches were on the front, these consoles were nicknamed "Heavy Sixers".

    As I mentioned, the Helicopters are styled almost identically to a VertiBird toy.

    The ER-3 - "Bushnell" tank name comes, obviously, from Nolan Bushnell. The designation "ER-3" is in honor of Ed Rotberg, the original Battlezone programmer.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Also, apparently up until the last minute, the ER-3 Tank was actually a Big Trak.

    I love it. Strong work, Peter.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Huge credit for the trailer goes out to the extremely talented guys at Black Power Media, who produced the trailer for me.

      http://blackpowdermedia.com/

      Scott, Art, Dan - I owe you big time for this one. :-)

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    It might be the best app trailer I've seen. :-)

    Here's some trivia about the game Peter provided me:

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    The H6 - "Heavy Sixer" tanks are named after the first generation Atari 2600's.

    From Wikipedia:
    For the first year of production, the VCS was manufactured in Sunnyvale, California. The consoles manufactured there had thick internal RF shielding, and thick plastic molding around the sides and bottom. These added weight to the console, and because all six switches were on the front, these consoles were nicknamed "Heavy Sixers".

    As I mentioned, the Helicopters are styled almost identically to a VertiBird toy.

    The ER-3 - "Bushnell" tank name comes, obviously, from Nolan Bushnell. The designation "ER-3" is in honor of Ed Rotberg, the original Battlezone programmer.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Also, apparently up until the last minute, the ER-3 Tank was actually a Big Trak.

    I love it. Strong work, Peter.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Huge credit for the trailer goes out to the extremely talented guys at Black Power Media, who produced the trailer for me.

      http://blackpowdermedia.com/

      Scott, Art, Dan - I owe you big time for this one. :-)

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • http://pocketfullofapps.com yourofl10

    Looks awesome!

  • http://pocketfullofapps.com yourofl10

    Looks awesome!

  • Evil Timmy

    Agreed. Best trailer for *any* videogame I've seen in years!

  • Evil Timmy

    Agreed. Best trailer for *any* videogame I've seen in years!

  • Quickmix

    Cool, cool, cool. Played some Game like this in the 80's. I must buy this. :)

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      That game would be Battlezone.

      And Ed Rotberg (author of Battlezone) is apparently a Vector Tanks fan.

  • Quickmix

    Cool, cool, cool. Played some Game like this in the 80's. I must buy this. :)

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      That game would be Battlezone.

      And Ed Rotberg (author of Battlezone) is apparently a Vector Tanks fan.

  • Corey

    I grab it when it hit .99cents-I'm cheap

  • Corey

    I grab it when it hit .99cents-I'm cheap

  • Eggbert

    Dear Lord, that looks amazing. First trailer that made me go "WANT" watching it muted when I should be working.

  • Eggbert

    Dear Lord, that looks amazing. First trailer that made me go "WANT" watching it muted when I should be working.

  • awp69

    Kind of still sucks for the people who bought the original. If I knew I could have waited and gotten both the old version and the new version for the same price, I would have. Now I'm paying for both. I think instead of giving away the old one, the dev should have put the new one onsale for $.99 for the first week. This would be fair to both those who got the old one (still paying $2 for both) and the new owners (who also can purchase both for $2).

    Instead the people who were loyal to you to begin with, get the shaft.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      @awp69

      I'm sorry to hear you feel "shafted". Let me just say a few things.

      For the original version of Vector Tanks I was under **LEGAL CONTRACT** with Chillingo LTD to both continue to sell and *PROMOTE* the game until Feb 1 2010. Me telling you not to buy that game because an updated version was coming out "soon" would have been considered a breach of that contract.

      I think I have been as fair as I can possibly be here with respect to the pricing. Just over a week ago I gave away 40 (40!!) promo codes for Vector Tanks Classic. Did you get one? Check the TA forums - they're are probably still some unclaimed ones.

      And, as Blake mentions in the article, I plan on making Vector Tanks Classic FREE for a week once Extreme hits the store so that people can migrate over. Apple offers me NO opportunity to give you any sort of discount or free upgrade. That's Apple - not me.

      And, to be clear - Vector Tanks Extreme is NOT the same game as Classic. :-)

      I feel I am being way WAY more than generous in trying to keep everybody happy here, and frankly it hurts be accused of trying to "shaft" people. I am sorry, but I've spent the last 2 years of my life developing Vector Tanks Extreme at GREAT cost (time AND money) to myself (dude, I freaking hired Jon St. John! - how much do you think THAT cost me?) among MANY other talented people that had to be paid for their work and contributions to the product. I'm sorry, but I REFUSE to give away a brand new game at a loss just because it's not a free upgrade from the original Vector Tanks. It's not even the SAME GAME technically - anybody who's played both will attest to that.

      This is how the world works. There will ALWAYS be a better version at the same or lower price if you wait.

      I DESPERATELY wish to support all the people over the last year that purchased Vector Tanks from Chillingo. (40 free promo codes? What was the last app developer that gave away 40 promo codes? And Classic on sale for FREE for a week?)

      I am offering a game that used to be $2.99 (original Vector Tanks) and now selling it for $.99/FREE - AND offering a sequel to the game that blows the doors off the original game for LESS than the cost of the original game. And you are beating me up for it. It will honestly be months or years before I even break-even on the amount of time and money I invested in Vector Tanks Extreme.

      Send me a private message, and if you really feel like you have somehow been cheated/"shafted"/whatever, I will send you 1 promo code for Vector Tanks Extreme when it hits the store so you don't have to spend another $1.99 to have BOTH versions.

      Fair?

      But keep in mind the THOUSANDS (final development budget was probably $20k) of dollars of development costs, the endless months of me working until 3-4am in the morning on the app over the last year to get the game completed - the infighting I've had with other members of my development team, etc etc etc - and realize that you are basically complaining about ------ 1 dollar.

      Think about it.

      I can be reached at peter@peterhirschberg.com.

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • TrueAxis

        I tell you what somebody had to say this for the developers - more of we put blood and guts into making games and people still expect these games for free. Developers need to make money, you know food on the table, because if we don't then all these games that people want for free will dry up. $1.99 is crap all it real terms. Well said Peter.

        Cool video. Best I've seen so far.

      • Mark

        I am so ******* sick of all of these morons complaining about paying a few bucks for a game on this platform. Peter's not some huge company looking to nickel and dime you on game sales. He's just looking to make some return on his time and money investment. Is a buck or two REALLY alot to ask for a game you'll come back to time and time again - random environments and enemies = unlimited gameplay. It's smooth, looks awesome, will give you HOURS of enjoyment, and costs less than a value meal for **** sake.

        You've got a $300 phone - pay the **** buck.

        There - done with MY rant.

        FYI, Peter, I own the original release, and will be buying the updates classic version tonight - knowing full well it'll be going on sale for free soon. I'll also be picking up Extreme, knowing full well that it'll kick my @ss - just to support developers like you.

      • awp69

        I appologized to Peter via e-mail as well, but just hit a sore spot when in the last interview he said he wanted to do something to help us out even though he couldn't offer it as a free upgrade. That's all I was saying is that I'm a big fan of the original Battlezone and bought Vector Tanks when it first came out. So by giving it away now with the Extreme version, it's kind of a slap in the face ot basically what were his biggest supporters. I don't want him to give either game away for free. I just thought it would have made more sense to give everyone a discount - even just for a day - on the new version to say thanks to devotees as well as encourage new buyers. Maybe that would be too big of a hit to the wallet. But it was just a suggestion.

        And, yes, unfortunately, going through a separation - every little dollar counts to me right now. I didn't buy a $300 phone. There's no way I could even afford the monthly fees. I bought a 2nd generation iPod Touch on clearance for $129 with $100 of that money coming from old console games that I traded in. I'm all about supporting developers. And I'll probably pick this up in the long run. Just thought it seemed a bit cruel to punish those who actually supported him first.

        No hard feelings. Game looks great.

      • Mark

        @awp69 - I apologize for insinuating that you had an iPhone. There are MANY users complaining about prices who DO have one though - my rant was not specifically targeting you, but bad call on my part anyway.

        On your other point, I can't agree with you. It's perfectly fair to assume that the developer is going to change the price of his app whenever he/she wants, and for whatever reason. It's their call. Early adopters usually pay more, then the prices get dropped over time. My Macbook was out of date 4 months after I bought it. Should I ask Apple to give me a discount on the new model? Same with Cars, TVs, anything electronic. We all wish out money would pay for unlimited upgrades, but that's not the way it works.

        Bottom line is, if the current product is worth the asking price, pay for it and enjoy it. If an upgraded version comes out later, and that version is worth the asking price, pay for it.

  • awp69

    Kind of still sucks for the people who bought the original. If I knew I could have waited and gotten both the old version and the new version for the same price, I would have. Now I'm paying for both. I think instead of giving away the old one, the dev should have put the new one onsale for $.99 for the first week. This would be fair to both those who got the old one (still paying $2 for both) and the new owners (who also can purchase both for $2).

    Instead the people who were loyal to you to begin with, get the shaft.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      @awp69

      I'm sorry to hear you feel "shafted". Let me just say a few things.

      For the original version of Vector Tanks I was under **LEGAL CONTRACT** with Chillingo LTD to both continue to sell and *PROMOTE* the game until Feb 1 2010. Me telling you not to buy that game because an updated version was coming out "soon" would have been considered a breach of that contract.

      I think I have been as fair as I can possibly be here with respect to the pricing. Just over a week ago I gave away 40 (40!!) promo codes for Vector Tanks Classic. Did you get one? Check the TA forums - they're are probably still some unclaimed ones.

      And, as Blake mentions in the article, I plan on making Vector Tanks Classic FREE for a week once Extreme hits the store so that people can migrate over. Apple offers me NO opportunity to give you any sort of discount or free upgrade. That's Apple - not me.

      And, to be clear - Vector Tanks Extreme is NOT the same game as Classic. :-)

      I feel I am being way WAY more than generous in trying to keep everybody happy here, and frankly it hurts be accused of trying to "shaft" people. I am sorry, but I've spent the last 2 years of my life developing Vector Tanks Extreme at GREAT cost (time AND money) to myself (dude, I freaking hired Jon St. John! - how much do you think THAT cost me?) among MANY other talented people that had to be paid for their work and contributions to the product. I'm sorry, but I REFUSE to give away a brand new game at a loss just because it's not a free upgrade from the original Vector Tanks. It's not even the SAME GAME technically - anybody who's played both will attest to that.

      This is how the world works. There will ALWAYS be a better version at the same or lower price if you wait.

      I DESPERATELY wish to support all the people over the last year that purchased Vector Tanks from Chillingo. (40 free promo codes? What was the last app developer that gave away 40 promo codes? And Classic on sale for FREE for a week?)

      I am offering a game that used to be $2.99 (original Vector Tanks) and now selling it for $.99/FREE - AND offering a sequel to the game that blows the doors off the original game for LESS than the cost of the original game. And you are beating me up for it. It will honestly be months or years before I even break-even on the amount of time and money I invested in Vector Tanks Extreme.

      Send me a private message, and if you really feel like you have somehow been cheated/"shafted"/whatever, I will send you 1 promo code for Vector Tanks Extreme when it hits the store so you don't have to spend another $1.99 to have BOTH versions.

      Fair?

      But keep in mind the THOUSANDS (final development budget was probably $20k) of dollars of development costs, the endless months of me working until 3-4am in the morning on the app over the last year to get the game completed - the infighting I've had with other members of my development team, etc etc etc - and realize that you are basically complaining about ------ 1 dollar.

      Think about it.

      I can be reached at peter@peterhirschberg.com.

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • TrueAxis

        I tell you what somebody had to say this for the developers - more of we put blood and guts into making games and people still expect these games for free. Developers need to make money, you know food on the table, because if we don't then all these games that people want for free will dry up. $1.99 is crap all it real terms. Well said Peter.

        Cool video. Best I've seen so far.

      • Mark

        I am so ******* sick of all of these morons complaining about paying a few bucks for a game on this platform. Peter's not some huge company looking to nickel and dime you on game sales. He's just looking to make some return on his time and money investment. Is a buck or two REALLY alot to ask for a game you'll come back to time and time again - random environments and enemies = unlimited gameplay. It's smooth, looks awesome, will give you HOURS of enjoyment, and costs less than a value meal for **** sake.

        You've got a $300 phone - pay the **** buck.

        There - done with MY rant.

        FYI, Peter, I own the original release, and will be buying the updates classic version tonight - knowing full well it'll be going on sale for free soon. I'll also be picking up Extreme, knowing full well that it'll kick my @ss - just to support developers like you.

      • awp69

        I appologized to Peter via e-mail as well, but just hit a sore spot when in the last interview he said he wanted to do something to help us out even though he couldn't offer it as a free upgrade. That's all I was saying is that I'm a big fan of the original Battlezone and bought Vector Tanks when it first came out. So by giving it away now with the Extreme version, it's kind of a slap in the face ot basically what were his biggest supporters. I don't want him to give either game away for free. I just thought it would have made more sense to give everyone a discount - even just for a day - on the new version to say thanks to devotees as well as encourage new buyers. Maybe that would be too big of a hit to the wallet. But it was just a suggestion.

        And, yes, unfortunately, going through a separation - every little dollar counts to me right now. I didn't buy a $300 phone. There's no way I could even afford the monthly fees. I bought a 2nd generation iPod Touch on clearance for $129 with $100 of that money coming from old console games that I traded in. I'm all about supporting developers. And I'll probably pick this up in the long run. Just thought it seemed a bit cruel to punish those who actually supported him first.

        No hard feelings. Game looks great.

      • Mark

        @awp69 - I apologize for insinuating that you had an iPhone. There are MANY users complaining about prices who DO have one though - my rant was not specifically targeting you, but bad call on my part anyway.

        On your other point, I can't agree with you. It's perfectly fair to assume that the developer is going to change the price of his app whenever he/she wants, and for whatever reason. It's their call. Early adopters usually pay more, then the prices get dropped over time. My Macbook was out of date 4 months after I bought it. Should I ask Apple to give me a discount on the new model? Same with Cars, TVs, anything electronic. We all wish out money would pay for unlimited upgrades, but that's not the way it works.

        Bottom line is, if the current product is worth the asking price, pay for it and enjoy it. If an upgraded version comes out later, and that version is worth the asking price, pay for it.

  • http://www.thegamelessplayed.com Dominic White

    Haha. You got Jon St. John (aka Duke Nukem himself) to do the voicework for the game/trailer? Sweet.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      That's indeed Jon St. John. "Groovy..."

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Yes, as Blake says, that is the amazing Jon St. John doing one of the TWO in-game voices. The other is the also amazing Jeff Straub. Both are EXTREMELY nice guys and I feel extremely honored to have worked with them both. I had the HUGE pleasure of meeting Jon at MAGFest in January and I bought him dinner(!) :-)

      Both Jon and Jeff are some of the nicest people "in the business" I have ever worked with. I am very grateful to both of them.

      You can see (and laugh at) some promo shots we did at the convention for Vector Tanks Extreme here:
      http://peterhirschberg.multiply.com/photos/album/18/Jon_St_John_voice_of_Duke_Nukem_-_Photo_Op_for_Vector_Tanks_at_MAGFest_Convention_updated

      If you look closely, can see that Jon (and I) are both wearing Vector Tanks Extreme tshirts (I gave him one as a gift). I will have the shirts for sale soon after the app goes on sale - glow in the dark ink and VERY reasonably priced (I will be making $0 on each sale - seriously).

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

        That is awesome Peter! Maybe I'll snag a shirt.

    • Mindfield

      Wow, that's awesome. I was listening to the trailer and thinking to myself, "Jeez, that sounds so much like Duke Nukem." Lo and behold I read the comments and it's Jon St. John.

      The game looks intense -- possibly too much so for my aging reflexes -- but I may have to try it out anyway. :)

      • Lord Gek

        Yeah, cheesy me was thinking, "I don't care who the voice acting is credited to, they clearly ripped these quotes from Duke Nuke'm...ohhh, now I get it!" ;-P

  • http://www.thegamelessplayed.com Dominic White

    Haha. You got Jon St. John (aka Duke Nukem himself) to do the voicework for the game/trailer? Sweet.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      That's indeed Jon St. John. "Groovy..."

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Yes, as Blake says, that is the amazing Jon St. John doing one of the TWO in-game voices. The other is the also amazing Jeff Straub. Both are EXTREMELY nice guys and I feel extremely honored to have worked with them both. I had the HUGE pleasure of meeting Jon at MAGFest in January and I bought him dinner(!) :-)

      Both Jon and Jeff are some of the nicest people "in the business" I have ever worked with. I am very grateful to both of them.

      You can see (and laugh at) some promo shots we did at the convention for Vector Tanks Extreme here:
      http://peterhirschberg.multiply.com/photos/album/18/Jon_St_John_voice_of_Duke_Nukem_-_Photo_Op_for_Vector_Tanks_at_MAGFest_Convention_updated

      If you look closely, can see that Jon (and I) are both wearing Vector Tanks Extreme tshirts (I gave him one as a gift). I will have the shirts for sale soon after the app goes on sale - glow in the dark ink and VERY reasonably priced (I will be making $0 on each sale - seriously).

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

        That is awesome Peter! Maybe I'll snag a shirt.

    • Mindfield

      Wow, that's awesome. I was listening to the trailer and thinking to myself, "Jeez, that sounds so much like Duke Nukem." Lo and behold I read the comments and it's Jon St. John.

      The game looks intense -- possibly too much so for my aging reflexes -- but I may have to try it out anyway. :)

      • Lord Gek

        Yeah, cheesy me was thinking, "I don't care who the voice acting is credited to, they clearly ripped these quotes from Duke Nuke'm...ohhh, now I get it!" ;-P

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

    I am so pumped for this version, wow. It looks epic.

    I hope Apple busts out a quick approval!

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

    I am so pumped for this version, wow. It looks epic.

    I hope Apple busts out a quick approval!

  • enov

    Stellar 7 (1982)

  • enov

    Stellar 7 (1982)

  • Steve K.

    Can't wait! Big fan of BattleZone, Spectre and Vector Tanks.

    Any chance of networked wifi play against others with the new Extreme?

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Yes, that is slated for the next release as Blake mentions in the article. It ALMOST made it into this release but I had some unfortunate staffing issues with the developer of the network play piece bailing out on the project at the last minute. Nobody's fault really and not blaming anybody, but - it killed the network play feature for 1.0. I see network play as a NECESSITY on this game and basically the last "killer app" piece I need to add now. It will definitely be in a future update or I'm going to go crazy trying. :-)

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • Steve

        Hi Peter,

        You just made my day! I loved playing Spectre on our Mac LAN back in the day...Simple and fun.

  • Steve K.

    Can't wait! Big fan of BattleZone, Spectre and Vector Tanks.

    Any chance of networked wifi play against others with the new Extreme?

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Yes, that is slated for the next release as Blake mentions in the article. It ALMOST made it into this release but I had some unfortunate staffing issues with the developer of the network play piece bailing out on the project at the last minute. Nobody's fault really and not blaming anybody, but - it killed the network play feature for 1.0. I see network play as a NECESSITY on this game and basically the last "killer app" piece I need to add now. It will definitely be in a future update or I'm going to go crazy trying. :-)

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • Steve

        Hi Peter,

        You just made my day! I loved playing Spectre on our Mac LAN back in the day...Simple and fun.

  • http://www.quantum-sheep.com quantumsheep

    Fantastic stuff, sir! Already got Vector Tanks - very much looking forward to 'Extreme'.

    Long may the retro revolution continue! ;)

  • http://www.quantum-sheep.com quantumsheep

    Fantastic stuff, sir! Already got Vector Tanks - very much looking forward to 'Extreme'.

    Long may the retro revolution continue! ;)

  • robman84

    Ooh, trailer looks spiffy. Love the original VT so this is a no brainer for me. Have to say a t-shirt with a vector tank coming straight towards you would rule :o)

  • robman84

    Ooh, trailer looks spiffy. Love the original VT so this is a no brainer for me. Have to say a t-shirt with a vector tank coming straight towards you would rule :o)

  • ultimo

    Spilld my Friggin Coffee.... lol

    Gr8 Job done Pete!

  • http://donothaveone...yet ultimo

    Spilld my Friggin Coffee.... lol

    Gr8 Job done Pete!

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Apple - you made my day.

    IT'S OUT!

    "COME GET SOME!"

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vector-tanks-extreme/id358070610?mt=8

    Show me what you can do on the leaderboards guys (vectortanks.com). :-)

    • ultimo

      Woot!
      This is AWESOME!

    • awp69

      Congrats on getting it out. I'm sure I'll be picking it up eventually. Again, no hard feelings about my earlier comments. I'm just in crunch economically and took it out on you thinking you were going to offer a discount the first day or so as a note of thanks to those who got the first game.

      But I understand your point of view - how much these things take to make and how easily you could lose money on such a project. I appreciate your hard work to make what looks like a great game.

    • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

      Holy shit! That was FAST!

      Downloading and installing now, I'm stoked for you Peter!

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  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Apple - you made my day.

    IT'S OUT!

    "COME GET SOME!"

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vector-tanks-extreme/id358070610?mt=8

    Show me what you can do on the leaderboards guys (vectortanks.com). :-)

    • http://donothaveone...yet ultimo

      Woot!
      This is AWESOME!

    • awp69

      Congrats on getting it out. I'm sure I'll be picking it up eventually. Again, no hard feelings about my earlier comments. I'm just in crunch economically and took it out on you thinking you were going to offer a discount the first day or so as a note of thanks to those who got the first game.

      But I understand your point of view - how much these things take to make and how easily you could lose money on such a project. I appreciate your hard work to make what looks like a great game.

    • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

      Holy shit! That was FAST!

      Downloading and installing now, I'm stoked for you Peter!

  • http://www.blackpowdermedia.com Scott Barrett

    Thanks for all the kudos on the Trailer. I hope it helps stir the excitement for a well deserved title. We at Black POWDER Media (we're not the black militant group that Peter's typo implied) are happy to support this brilliant guy and his endeavors. Vector Tanks and VTX are my favorite games on the iphone, hands down, so it wasn't a stretch to pour the love into the trailer.

    Scott
    Director/Editor
    BPM

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Ah, the joys of making last-minute changes to an app before you submit it! :-(

    Just FYI, the ER-3 Tanks are NOT supposed to be present in RAGE mode. It also appears that the score display in RAGE is incorrect (your actual score is not what gets displayed) and the RAGE scores show up as negative numbers in the high score table.

    Oops.

    So - I'll be submitting an update to version 1.0.1 tonight. Given Apple's track record so far, I expect the update to appear Monday or Tuesday.

    Apologies for the bugs guys. Hopefully they won't detract from the gameplay (although the ER-3 tank in Rage mode is kind of annoying)

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Okay, the bugs have been patched and version 1.0.1 has been submitted. Hopefully it'll show up before the weekend!!

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • http://www.blackpowdermedia.com Scott Barrett

    Thanks for all the kudos on the Trailer. I hope it helps stir the excitement for a well deserved title. We at Black POWDER Media (we're not the black militant group that Peter's typo implied) are happy to support this brilliant guy and his endeavors. Vector Tanks and VTX are my favorite games on the iphone, hands down, so it wasn't a stretch to pour the love into the trailer.

    Scott
    Director/Editor
    BPM

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Ah, the joys of making last-minute changes to an app before you submit it! :-(

    Just FYI, the ER-3 Tanks are NOT supposed to be present in RAGE mode. It also appears that the score display in RAGE is incorrect (your actual score is not what gets displayed) and the RAGE scores show up as negative numbers in the high score table.

    Oops.

    So - I'll be submitting an update to version 1.0.1 tonight. Given Apple's track record so far, I expect the update to appear Monday or Tuesday.

    Apologies for the bugs guys. Hopefully they won't detract from the gameplay (although the ER-3 tank in Rage mode is kind of annoying)

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Okay, the bugs have been patched and version 1.0.1 has been submitted. Hopefully it'll show up before the weekend!!

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    True to my word, I've set "Vector Tanks Classic" to "FREE".

    You have a week to grab it! :-)

    As of right now it's still showing as $.99 - should propagate to the store in the next hour or so.

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    True to my word, I've set "Vector Tanks Classic" to "FREE".

    You have a week to grab it! :-)

    As of right now it's still showing as $.99 - should propagate to the store in the next hour or so.

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Played for some minutes and can already say:
    BEST ARCADE SHOOTER EVER. Love it. So frantic, so cool!
    Thanks, Peter!!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Played for some minutes and can already say:
    BEST ARCADE SHOOTER EVER. Love it. So frantic, so cool!
    Thanks, Peter!!

  • Sam

    How can anyone complain? It's $2! The cost of a coffee, if that!
    The guy programmed this game himself, and people complain about paying $2 for it?! You guys are nuts.

  • Sam

    How can anyone complain? It's $2! The cost of a coffee, if that!
    The guy programmed this game himself, and people complain about paying $2 for it?! You guys are nuts.

  • http://www.gamegavel.com Mike Kennedy

    Hey Peter,

    This looks freakin' awesome. Great trailer too! I am picking this up tonight. Let's talk soon.

  • http://www.gamegavel.com Mike Kennedy

    Hey Peter,

    This looks freakin' awesome. Great trailer too! I am picking this up tonight. Let's talk soon.

  • Player of Good Games

    Just bought this without having played your other Tanks app. This is a ton of fun except for the near-instant death in RAGE mode. Though I guess that's caused by the ER-3 tanks that you said have been fixed. Very nice work!

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Yes, the instant death in RAGE mode is because the ER tanks (well, you're still gonna get your butt kicked, but at least you have a fighting chance with no ER Tanks! LOL). I ~pray~ the update gets approved before the weekend. I'm so mad at myself for messing this up at the last minute. Grrr...

      Anyway.

      I will most likely wipe the RAGE leaderboards when the fix comes out, just to make things fair. So be forewarned.

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • Player of Good Games

    Just bought this without having played your other Tanks app. This is a ton of fun except for the near-instant death in RAGE mode. Though I guess that's caused by the ER-3 tanks that you said have been fixed. Very nice work!

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Yes, the instant death in RAGE mode is because the ER tanks (well, you're still gonna get your butt kicked, but at least you have a fighting chance with no ER Tanks! LOL). I ~pray~ the update gets approved before the weekend. I'm so mad at myself for messing this up at the last minute. Grrr...

      Anyway.

      I will most likely wipe the RAGE leaderboards when the fix comes out, just to make things fair. So be forewarned.

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • Rick

    I have had Vector Tanks (original) on my iPod for quite some time - and think it is excellent. I wish other developers would do as good a job of bringing updated versions of good ol' arcade classics to the iDevice.

    I just put the 'free' Vector Tanks Classic on my iPod and tried it out for about 20 minutes. It's a good, minor update to VT original - I highly recommend it.

  • awp69

    I don't think anyone was complaining that it was $2 (at least I wasn't). I just paid $2 for Space Miner a few days ago and $10 for GTA a week or two before that. It's just that an earlier article made it sound like there would be an effort to give a good deal to those that made the initial purchase of Vector Tanks. So I assumed there would be some kind of $.99 sale or something for the first day or two to reward those who made the intial purchase. But instead the deal is being given to those that waited since they'll now get both versions for the $2.

    Anyway, I'm just being a little sore because I found out that I'm getting separated and money is going to be an issue. So when I read what was occuring it didn't make sense at least for those who made the original purchase. I'm sure I'll get it eventually. Again, $2 is a great deal from what I've seen in the video. It looks great.

    So please stop saying you "can't believe that someone's complaining that it's $2". That's not the whole story. The money is not the issue (well, it is now that money is tight for me). It was just the principal that developers should try to reward those who were loyal to you from the beginning. But, in life, there will always be those 'damn, I should have waited' moments.

  • Rick

    I have had Vector Tanks (original) on my iPod for quite some time - and think it is excellent. I wish other developers would do as good a job of bringing updated versions of good ol' arcade classics to the iDevice.

    I just put the 'free' Vector Tanks Classic on my iPod and tried it out for about 20 minutes. It's a good, minor update to VT original - I highly recommend it.

  • awp69

    I don't think anyone was complaining that it was $2 (at least I wasn't). I just paid $2 for Space Miner a few days ago and $10 for GTA a week or two before that. It's just that an earlier article made it sound like there would be an effort to give a good deal to those that made the initial purchase of Vector Tanks. So I assumed there would be some kind of $.99 sale or something for the first day or two to reward those who made the intial purchase. But instead the deal is being given to those that waited since they'll now get both versions for the $2.

    Anyway, I'm just being a little sore because I found out that I'm getting separated and money is going to be an issue. So when I read what was occuring it didn't make sense at least for those who made the original purchase. I'm sure I'll get it eventually. Again, $2 is a great deal from what I've seen in the video. It looks great.

    So please stop saying you "can't believe that someone's complaining that it's $2". That's not the whole story. The money is not the issue (well, it is now that money is tight for me). It was just the principal that developers should try to reward those who were loyal to you from the beginning. But, in life, there will always be those 'damn, I should have waited' moments.

  • awp69

    If there's anyway to remove my last comment, please do. I think I just dug myself a deeper hole. I think Peter is a great guy and tried to make the best of a situation where he really couldn't reward the early purchasers. The app looks great, especially at $2, and I wish him all the success in the world.

  • awp69

    If there's anyway to remove my last comment, please do. I think I just dug myself a deeper hole. I think Peter is a great guy and tried to make the best of a situation where he really couldn't reward the early purchasers. The app looks great, especially at $2, and I wish him all the success in the world.

  • Chad

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    Just bought the extreme version while at work!

    "Er, yeah boss... I'm just going to the loo - I may be *some time*"

    ;)

  • http://www.quantum-sheep.com quantumsheep

    Just bought the extreme version while at work!

    "Er, yeah boss... I'm just going to the loo - I may be *some time*"

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  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

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    Wow again. Apple you guys are on your game!

    Version 1.0.1 which fixes the Rage Mode bugs mentioned above has just been approved!

    You should see the update any time now (the App Store is still showing 1.0 - usually takes around an hour to hit).

    Thanks Apple!

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios
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  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    ********************************************************************************
    Wow again. Apple you guys are on your game!

    Version 1.0.1 which fixes the Rage Mode bugs mentioned above has just been approved!

    You should see the update any time now (the App Store is still showing 1.0 - usually takes around an hour to hit).

    Thanks Apple!

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios
    ********************************************************************************

  • Jas

    Peter,

    Great attitude by you shown above. Kudos for that, and also for giving us all a freebie on the classic version.

    I think you've priced the new one very fairly too. Great game and video!

    I think the vast majority of us are happy to support devs with your kind of decent attitude :)

    Jas

  • Jas

    Peter,

    Great attitude by you shown above. Kudos for that, and also for giving us all a freebie on the classic version.

    I think you've priced the new one very fairly too. Great game and video!

    I think the vast majority of us are happy to support devs with your kind of decent attitude :)

    Jas

  • Eggbert

    Holy crap. This just gets more and more addictive as you play.

  • Eggbert

    Holy crap. This just gets more and more addictive as you play.

  • DYen

    Thanks to Peter for this updated bit of nostalgia. I have seen your website from the earlier days of LEDHead and FreshAire. You seem to have a love for the old games and it has been reflected in your work on Vector Tanks. I was wondering if you still plan to work on a LEDHead version for the iPhone? I know that TouchGrove has their versions, but I'm really hoping you might come out with your version.

  • DYen

    Thanks to Peter for this updated bit of nostalgia. I have seen your website from the earlier days of LEDHead and FreshAire. You seem to have a love for the old games and it has been reflected in your work on Vector Tanks. I was wondering if you still plan to work on a LEDHead version for the iPhone? I know that TouchGrove has their versions, but I'm really hoping you might come out with your version.

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