Late last week we posted a preview of Vector Tanks Extreme, which was released just hours later through author (and retro lord) Peter Hirschberg's new operation, BlipTime Studios. As I had the final build in-hand a few days before its official release, I knew the game was something to get excited about, but since then I've spent a great deal more time with the title and, well, I haven't been disappointed. (I have, however, been blown to bits more times than I'd like to confess...)

First, let's step back a moment and take a look at the overall Vector Tanks situation. Peter's original Vector Tanks appeared in the App Store, published by Chillingo, just over one year ago. It delivered a stylized iPhone take on Ed Rotberg's 1980 arcade classic Battlezone, with a large helping of modern-day retro, thanks to the lovely glowing vector effects that make the iPhone's screen feel more like an Atari Quadrascan display than a 3.5-inch LCD. It's some of the best retro gaming to be found in the App Store.

Early this year Peter parted ways with publisher Chillingo and formed his own studio, the aforementioned BlipTime Studios. In that transition, he brought Vector Tanks along -- and with an update -- but was unable to provide said update for free to those who purchased the Chillingo Vector Tanks release.

As Peter explains it,

…I apologize that there isn't a way to upgrade. I worked with Apple to try and establish and upgrade path for my current customers but the final answer from Apple was that once you change the account under which an app is published, it will always appear as a "new" app and upgrading is NOT possible. I sincerely apologize. I did try and I know it sort of stinks. My hope is that the reduced price will serve as a good-faith gesture to my current customers who wish to pick up this updated version of Vector Tanks.

To soften the blow of the situation to those who purchased the original, and in honor of the release of Vector Tanks Extreme, Peter is offering the latest version of the original, Vector Tanks (Classic Version) [App Store] for free for one week. Everyone reading this post should just go grab it right now.

Now that we've got all that sorted, let's move back to Vector Tanks Extreme. I had, earlier, described the original Vector Tanks as Battlezone on crack. Given that, Vector Tanks Extreme can only be described as Vector Tanks on crack -- squared (and on fire, screaming while giving out wedgies). It's one of the most intensive, white-knucle shooters I've ever played on any platform. And this is true even on the easiest setting. But, when you play at the INSANE difficulty level or in the game's unlimited-lives, balls-to-the-wall, 2-minute Rage mode, it's enough to necessitate a heavy dose of beta-blockers.

The game is basically an exercise in GO GO GO, watch the map to dodge enemy fire, swing behind an obstacle for shielding, and lay down the smack as fast and as hard as you can. And if the aforementioned obstacle is slowing you down, just blow it away. Like the original, Vector Tanks Extreme is controlled by left and right thumb sliders at the edges of the screen that guide the action of your tank's tracks. It's a tap to the screen to fire your weapons, and this time around there are more to be found lying about the battlefield. Canons, rapid fire turrets, rockets, rail guns, nukes -- not a very good place to get caught in the crossfire.

Notching up the intensity of the virtual battlefield carnage are the encouraging quips of your in-game crew, consisting of the voices of both Jon St. John (the voice of Duke Nukem) and Jeff Straub. When I try to capture the essence of the game experience, I keep conjuring the image of the famous, '80s Memorex advertisement. It's pretty much like that, but on an iPhone. And with glowing vectors.

Vector Tanks Extreme uses the network to track global scoring, but things should get even more interesting when Peter releases the first major update, which will enable network competitive play. I'm quite anxious for that to land, but until then, single play against the game's vicious AI is definitely keeping my hands full.

If all that gets your juices flowing, go grab Vector Tanks (Classic Version) [App Store] -- for free (for a few more days) -- and give it a try. And if you want to take that experience a fair piece beyond the next level, you know where to look. Vector Tanks Extreme. Can you take it?

App Store Link: Vector Tanks Extreme, $1.99

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  • Bruce

    I bought Vector Tanks original a while back. I wish other developers would do half as good a job of recreating the arcade classics!

  • Bruce

    I bought Vector Tanks original a while back. I wish other developers would do half as good a job of recreating the arcade classics!

  • Bruce

    I bought Vector Tanks original a while back. I wish other developers would do half as good a job of recreating the arcade classics!

  • walle

    The trailer alone sold this title to me, and I'm sure the game itself delivers.

  • walle

    The trailer alone sold this title to me, and I'm sure the game itself delivers.

  • walle

    The trailer alone sold this title to me, and I'm sure the game itself delivers.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Again: This is the best and most intense arcade shooter I've every played. On any device. This game just rocks! The classic was nice, but this is a totally different game and it's epic!

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Again: This is the best and most intense arcade shooter I've every played. On any device. This game just rocks! The classic was nice, but this is a totally different game and it's epic!

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Again: This is the best and most intense arcade shooter I've every played. On any device. This game just rocks! The classic was nice, but this is a totally different game and it's epic!

  • Mark

    Can I take it, no - not after a few level upgrades, and that's on Easy. The game kicks my ***, ad I'm loving every minute of it. Like others have said, easily the best shooter on the iPhone, and most likely the best I've ever played.

  • Mark

    Can I take it, no - not after a few level upgrades, and that's on Easy. The game kicks my ***, ad I'm loving every minute of it. Like others have said, easily the best shooter on the iPhone, and most likely the best I've ever played.

  • Mark

    Can I take it, no - not after a few level upgrades, and that's on Easy. The game kicks my ***, ad I'm loving every minute of it. Like others have said, easily the best shooter on the iPhone, and most likely the best I've ever played.

  • god

    Look at the chompers on that guy!

  • god

    Look at the chompers on that guy!

  • god

    Look at the chompers on that guy!

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    Outstanding promo video, hilarious.

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    Outstanding promo video, hilarious.

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    Outstanding promo video, hilarious.

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

    I'm not stretching the truth here just for amusement's sake: This morning on the subway ride in to the office, I ended up three stations past my stop before I realized it, my head down into a game of VTE. Oy.

    Merciless, Peter...

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

    I'm not stretching the truth here just for amusement's sake: This morning on the subway ride in to the office, I ended up three stations past my stop before I realized it, my head down into a game of VTE. Oy.

    Merciless, Peter...

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

    I'm not stretching the truth here just for amusement's sake: This morning on the subway ride in to the office, I ended up three stations past my stop before I realized it, my head down into a game of VTE. Oy.

    Merciless, Peter...

  • Crunc

    This is a pretty fantastic game, and the original version is great too. I love the voices in EXTREME. That really adds to the game. The game is indeed quite intense. Both verisons highly recommended. But I really wish they'd integrate OpenFeint for leaderboards and for adding achievements. The current leaderboards suck. It only shows the top 10, and only if you wait at the title screen.

  • Crunc

    This is a pretty fantastic game, and the original version is great too. I love the voices in EXTREME. That really adds to the game. The game is indeed quite intense. Both verisons highly recommended. But I really wish they'd integrate OpenFeint for leaderboards and for adding achievements. The current leaderboards suck. It only shows the top 10, and only if you wait at the title screen.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Hello!

      It's only briefly mentioned in the game (in the About/Credits screen), but the FULL LEADERBOARDS are available here:

      http://vectortanks.com/leaderboardCombat.php
      http://vectortanks.com/leaderboardRage.php

      I plan on making them less ugly (on the website) and integrating them into the game better. For example, telling you your global ranking after your game.

      I really tried VERY hard to stay away from the OpenFeint's and Crystal's in this world - they just seem like SOOO much chaff added to your app that I almost qualify them as malware.

      What's the feeling here? Am I in the wrong?

      Anyway...

      Hope that helps!

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • MrMuesli

        Yes, I personally can't be bothered with all those OF and Crystal things. But then again, I use an iPod Touch. Quite rarely am I near wifi out and about. But aside from that, I find it would distract from just simply playing the game in this case. It's too good. It would be akin to going to a beautiful place and spending the whole time taking pictures and forgetting to actually just experience the place with your own eyes and ears, if you see what I mean.

        Did my comment below about replenishing shields on a level up tickle your fancy?

        Thanks for a stellar game: )

      • MrMuesli

        Yes, I personally can't be bothered with all those OF and Crystal things. But then again, I use an iPod Touch. Quite rarely am I near wifi out and about. But aside from that, I find it would distract from just simply playing the game in this case. It's too good. It would be akin to going to a beautiful place and spending the whole time taking pictures and forgetting to actually just experience the place with your own eyes and ears, if you see what I mean.

        Did my comment below about replenishing shields on a level up tickle your fancy?

        Thanks for a stellar game: )

      • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

        >Did my comment below about replenishing shields on a level up tickle your fancy?

        Actually yes. I'm seriously considering it. My only worry would be upsetting the gameplay balance. I fear if I do this people will be able to play forever.

        Peter Hirschberg
        BlipTime Studios

      • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

        >Did my comment below about replenishing shields on a level up tickle your fancy?

        Actually yes. I'm seriously considering it. My only worry would be upsetting the gameplay balance. I fear if I do this people will be able to play forever.

        Peter Hirschberg
        BlipTime Studios

      • MrMuesli

        Excellent, well perhaps you could add it only to Hard and Insane? I speak for myself here. There's not a chance in hell I could play forever on them, even with more shield top ups.

      • MrMuesli

        Excellent, well perhaps you could add it only to Hard and Insane? I speak for myself here. There's not a chance in hell I could play forever on them, even with more shield top ups.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Hello!

      It's only briefly mentioned in the game (in the About/Credits screen), but the FULL LEADERBOARDS are available here:

      http://vectortanks.com/leaderboardCombat.php
      http://vectortanks.com/leaderboardRage.php

      I plan on making them less ugly (on the website) and integrating them into the game better. For example, telling you your global ranking after your game.

      I really tried VERY hard to stay away from the OpenFeint's and Crystal's in this world - they just seem like SOOO much chaff added to your app that I almost qualify them as malware.

      What's the feeling here? Am I in the wrong?

      Anyway...

      Hope that helps!

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • Crunc

    This is a pretty fantastic game, and the original version is great too. I love the voices in EXTREME. That really adds to the game. The game is indeed quite intense. Both verisons highly recommended. But I really wish they'd integrate OpenFeint for leaderboards and for adding achievements. The current leaderboards suck. It only shows the top 10, and only if you wait at the title screen.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Hello!

      It's only briefly mentioned in the game (in the About/Credits screen), but the FULL LEADERBOARDS are available here:

      http://vectortanks.com/leaderboardCombat.php
      http://vectortanks.com/leaderboardRage.php

      I plan on making them less ugly (on the website) and integrating them into the game better. For example, telling you your global ranking after your game.

      I really tried VERY hard to stay away from the OpenFeint's and Crystal's in this world - they just seem like SOOO much chaff added to your app that I almost qualify them as malware.

      What's the feeling here? Am I in the wrong?

      Anyway...

      Hope that helps!

      -Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • MrMuesli

        Yes, I personally can't be bothered with all those OF and Crystal things. But then again, I use an iPod Touch. Quite rarely am I near wifi out and about. But aside from that, I find it would distract from just simply playing the game in this case. It's too good. It would be akin to going to a beautiful place and spending the whole time taking pictures and forgetting to actually just experience the place with your own eyes and ears, if you see what I mean.

        Did my comment below about replenishing shields on a level up tickle your fancy?

        Thanks for a stellar game: )

      • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

        >Did my comment below about replenishing shields on a level up tickle your fancy?

        Actually yes. I'm seriously considering it. My only worry would be upsetting the gameplay balance. I fear if I do this people will be able to play forever.

        Peter Hirschberg
        BlipTime Studios

      • MrMuesli

        Excellent, well perhaps you could add it only to Hard and Insane? I speak for myself here. There's not a chance in hell I could play forever on them, even with more shield top ups.

  • darrin

    great game!
    i downloaded the original and after 15 mins of play i bought extreme, too bad i am at work though :) definite addiction

  • darrin

    great game!
    i downloaded the original and after 15 mins of play i bought extreme, too bad i am at work though :) definite addiction

  • darrin

    great game!
    i downloaded the original and after 15 mins of play i bought extreme, too bad i am at work though :) definite addiction

  • Frumius

    Lol, "chompers" "Romancing the Stone" reference! And quite appropriate.

    Hilarious, awesome video!

  • Frumius

    Lol, "chompers" "Romancing the Stone" reference! And quite appropriate.

    Hilarious, awesome video!

  • Frumius

    Lol, "chompers" "Romancing the Stone" reference! And quite appropriate.

    Hilarious, awesome video!

  • LordGek

    The game is a great suped up homage to Battlezone to begin with but with the voice of Duke Nukem or Jeff Straub (never heard the name before but know the voice as the guy behind countless Rock Station's promos) takes it up a huge notch!

  • LordGek

    The game is a great suped up homage to Battlezone to begin with but with the voice of Duke Nukem or Jeff Straub (never heard the name before but know the voice as the guy behind countless Rock Station's promos) takes it up a huge notch!

  • LordGek

    The game is a great suped up homage to Battlezone to begin with but with the voice of Duke Nukem or Jeff Straub (never heard the name before but know the voice as the guy behind countless Rock Station's promos) takes it up a huge notch!

  • cranker

    It needs openfeint and then I will buy it.

  • cranker

    It needs openfeint and then I will buy it.

  • cranker

    It needs openfeint and then I will buy it.

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

    Great great game, kicks my ass every time.

    @cranker - serious question - you'd miss out on a fantastic game because it lacks openfeint? What if it never gets openfeint? Will you never buy it?
    You'd be missing out on a classic, fella... online leaderboards and achievements does not make a game fantastic, it merely augments the experience. And when the experience is this good...

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

    Great great game, kicks my ass every time.

    @cranker - serious question - you'd miss out on a fantastic game because it lacks openfeint? What if it never gets openfeint? Will you never buy it?
    You'd be missing out on a classic, fella... online leaderboards and achievements does not make a game fantastic, it merely augments the experience. And when the experience is this good...

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

    Great great game, kicks my ass every time.

    @cranker - serious question - you'd miss out on a fantastic game because it lacks openfeint? What if it never gets openfeint? Will you never buy it?
    You'd be missing out on a classic, fella... online leaderboards and achievements does not make a game fantastic, it merely augments the experience. And when the experience is this good...

  • cranker

    I might pick it up and I don't insist on openfeint but a top 5 ? It takes away from the competitiveness alot. Some good leaderboards would be really nice for this game.

    • Eggbert

      It's got online scoreboards. They're at vectortanks.com, and go past the top 200. Seriously, this is awesome without multiplayer.

      • cranker

        Ok, All I ask for is that it shows your personal rank on the leaderboards so you know where you stand.

      • cranker

        Ok, All I ask for is that it shows your personal rank on the leaderboards so you know where you stand.

      • Eggbert

        Is it really so hard to find a hotspot and check then?

      • Eggbert

        Is it really so hard to find a hotspot and check then?

    • Eggbert

      It's got online scoreboards. They're at vectortanks.com, and go past the top 200. Seriously, this is awesome without multiplayer.

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

      Thanks for the response - I was genuinely curious!

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

      Thanks for the response - I was genuinely curious!

  • cranker

    I might pick it up and I don't insist on openfeint but a top 5 ? It takes away from the competitiveness alot. Some good leaderboards would be really nice for this game.

  • cranker

    I might pick it up and I don't insist on openfeint but a top 5 ? It takes away from the competitiveness alot. Some good leaderboards would be really nice for this game.

    • Eggbert

      It's got online scoreboards. They're at vectortanks.com, and go past the top 200. Seriously, this is awesome without multiplayer.

      • cranker

        Ok, All I ask for is that it shows your personal rank on the leaderboards so you know where you stand.

      • Eggbert

        Is it really so hard to find a hotspot and check then?

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

      Thanks for the response - I was genuinely curious!

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

    I would love to see this game OpenFeint-free in the future.
    Don't wanna see this leaves in here. It just doesn't belong to this piece of arcade heaven.

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

    I would love to see this game OpenFeint-free in the future.
    Don't wanna see this leaves in here. It just doesn't belong to this piece of arcade heaven.

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

    I would love to see this game OpenFeint-free in the future.
    Don't wanna see this leaves in here. It just doesn't belong to this piece of arcade heaven.

  • Lukeb

    So if I buy this game and manage to get onto the Insane leaderboards, will people will think I took a "heavy dose of beta blockers" or something stronger than coffee. I'd be willing to take a dope test at any convenient location (know anyone at MGH or MIT?) before playing any idevice game in a way that woulf blow anyone's mind. To wind down, I'd be giving pawn or knight odds in blitz chess games to just about anyone under the expert level.

  • Lukeb

    So if I buy this game and manage to get onto the Insane leaderboards, will people will think I took a "heavy dose of beta blockers" or something stronger than coffee. I'd be willing to take a dope test at any convenient location (know anyone at MGH or MIT?) before playing any idevice game in a way that woulf blow anyone's mind. To wind down, I'd be giving pawn or knight odds in blitz chess games to just about anyone under the expert level.

  • Lukeb

    So if I buy this game and manage to get onto the Insane leaderboards, will people will think I took a "heavy dose of beta blockers" or something stronger than coffee. I'd be willing to take a dope test at any convenient location (know anyone at MGH or MIT?) before playing any idevice game in a way that woulf blow anyone's mind. To wind down, I'd be giving pawn or knight odds in blitz chess games to just about anyone under the expert level.

  • JohnCoop

    How in the name of poop do you shoot down the helicopters?

  • JohnCoop

    How in the name of poop do you shoot down the helicopters?

    • Corey

      Nukes and Missiles

    • Corey

      Nukes and Missiles

    • Doomboy

      I don't get how the helicopters attack you...? I'm sure they only just fly around uselessly?

    • Doomboy

      I don't get how the helicopters attack you...? I'm sure they only just fly around uselessly?

  • JohnCoop

    How in the name of poop do you shoot down the helicopters?

    • Corey

      Nukes and Missiles

    • Doomboy

      I don't get how the helicopters attack you...? I'm sure they only just fly around uselessly?

  • Crunc

    JohnCoop - you need the heat seeking missiles to shoot down the copters. That's the only way.

  • Crunc

    JohnCoop - you need the heat seeking missiles to shoot down the copters. That's the only way.

  • Crunc

    JohnCoop - you need the heat seeking missiles to shoot down the copters. That's the only way.

  • menom

    The Nukes work on copters as well

    great game - congrats to Peter - think I may be missing a few train stops too!

    reminds me of Spectre Supreme on early Macs

  • menom

    The Nukes work on copters as well

    great game - congrats to Peter - think I may be missing a few train stops too!

    reminds me of Spectre Supreme on early Macs

  • menom

    The Nukes work on copters as well

    great game - congrats to Peter - think I may be missing a few train stops too!

    reminds me of Spectre Supreme on early Macs

  • Evil Timmy

    Vector Tanks Extreme is one of the best iPhone games available for pure, immersive action. Real Racing is about the only other app I can think of that comes close.

  • Evil Timmy

    Vector Tanks Extreme is one of the best iPhone games available for pure, immersive action. Real Racing is about the only other app I can think of that comes close.

  • Evil Timmy

    Vector Tanks Extreme is one of the best iPhone games available for pure, immersive action. Real Racing is about the only other app I can think of that comes close.

  • Corey

    This game was TOTALLY Worth the 1.99!!

  • Corey

    This game was TOTALLY Worth the 1.99!!

  • Corey

    This game was TOTALLY Worth the 1.99!!

  • MrMuesli

    A most excellent game. Lot's of fun: ) I'm curious though, normally when you level up in a game (well, the ones I've played) the health (in this case shields) gets replenished. That would be quite a welcome thing on Insane when there are no shield icons in sight; )
    As for Rage mode, I seem to spend most of my 2 minutes dying and not much else lol.

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

      Yes, that's a great idea: getting shields back when leveling up.

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

      Yes, that's a great idea: getting shields back when leveling up.

  • MrMuesli

    A most excellent game. Lot's of fun: ) I'm curious though, normally when you level up in a game (well, the ones I've played) the health (in this case shields) gets replenished. That would be quite a welcome thing on Insane when there are no shield icons in sight; )
    As for Rage mode, I seem to spend most of my 2 minutes dying and not much else lol.

  • MrMuesli

    A most excellent game. Lot's of fun: ) I'm curious though, normally when you level up in a game (well, the ones I've played) the health (in this case shields) gets replenished. That would be quite a welcome thing on Insane when there are no shield icons in sight; )
    As for Rage mode, I seem to spend most of my 2 minutes dying and not much else lol.

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

      Yes, that's a great idea: getting shields back when leveling up.

  • Johncoop

    And apparently I can't type to save my life.

  • Johncoop

    I'M NUMBER 3 IN THE WORL WOTH 74550 points! heh.

  • Johncoop

    I'M NUMBER 3 IN THE WORL WOTH 74550 points! heh.

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

      You got me beat. I'm 5th in the world at 66,000.

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

      You got me beat. I'm 5th in the world at 66,000.

  • Johncoop

    And apparently I can't type to save my life.

  • Johncoop

    I'M NUMBER 3 IN THE WORL WOTH 74550 points! heh.

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

      You got me beat. I'm 5th in the world at 66,000.

  • Johncoop

    And apparently I can't type to save my life.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    The game is awesome and totally worth $1.99

    I would not describe it as a whole new game though. It's almost identical to Vector Tanks classic. But it is much more intense and awesome. I think paying for the voice actors was a really, really smart move. It greatly enhances that mystery factor that make games extra special. They sound so awesome!

    The only thing you need now is online deathmatches, and this will be the game I've been waiting for since I first tried Battlezone.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    The game is awesome and totally worth $1.99

    I would not describe it as a whole new game though. It's almost identical to Vector Tanks classic. But it is much more intense and awesome. I think paying for the voice actors was a really, really smart move. It greatly enhances that mystery factor that make games extra special. They sound so awesome!

    The only thing you need now is online deathmatches, and this will be the game I've been waiting for since I first tried Battlezone.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    The game is awesome and totally worth $1.99

    I would not describe it as a whole new game though. It's almost identical to Vector Tanks classic. But it is much more intense and awesome. I think paying for the voice actors was a really, really smart move. It greatly enhances that mystery factor that make games extra special. They sound so awesome!

    The only thing you need now is online deathmatches, and this will be the game I've been waiting for since I first tried Battlezone.

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Okay, everybody please check out the review for Vector Tanks Extreme just left by "StarvngArtst" (a rather appropriate handle)

    (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewUsersUserReviews?userProfileId=100448685)

    It reads:

    ********************************************************************************

    great game but RIP-OFF COMPANY
    by StarvngArtst - Version 1.4 - Mar 2, 2010

    about 4 weeks ago I bought this game because the game looked great and it still is amazing
    but then the company just comes along and makes a new $2 version and BEGS everyone to "please check it out" and expects all of the owners of the Classic version to go out and use another $2 on thier "new-and-improved" EXTREME version
    MAKES ME SICK --------------------------------------- the only reason this is not a 1 star review is because the classic version is great for the $

    ********************************************************************************

    WHAT??????

    I think my head is going to explode from the complete lack of logic and totally baffling sense of self-entitlement.

    I released a new game and it makes him "sick"? He probably got Classic for FREE for crying out loud.

    Vector Tanks Extreme is a SEQUEL. I ~knew~ I should have called it Vector Tanks II darn it!!

    Does Namco hand out free copies of "Pac-man Championship Edition" because you bought "Pac-Man"? Uhhhhhh...checking....checking...hmmm. That's odd, they don't. SICKENING! But I bought "Space Invaders", and now I want "Space Invaders - Infinity Gene" for free! I have to buy it "again?!". SICKENING RIP OFF COMPANIES!!!!

    StarvngArtst - I truly hope you read this and realize how far off base you are from reality. You can beat me up over my game and give me bad reviews because you hate the game. You can beat me up over the price. You can beat me up because it crashes on your device or whatever. But DO NOT leave a bad review on the FREE Vector Tanks Classic version because I have another game on the App Store with the words "Vector Tanks" in it. Even Apple itself on the App Store shows an ad for Vector Tanks Extreme on the Classic page (lower left). What developer WOULDN'T plug their other apps? This is nothing more than the equivalent of "Finding Nemo - from the people who brought you Toy Story and A Bugs Life..."

    Okay, calm down....deep breaths....

    I DID report the review it to Apple as "irrelevent" since he's bitching about EXTREME in a review of CLASSIC, but seriously I doubt they'll pull it. And even it they pull it, just the stupidity of someone leaving a comment like this is going to make my brain hurt for months.

    *******
    PLEASE GUYS - I'm about to throw up. Seriously. Can some kind person on the forum talk me down from this ledge because I swear to god I'm going to jump to my death.
    *******

    I think I need a hug.

    -Peter :-(

    • Lukeb

      If your head did "explode," I think that the Vector Tanks project as a whole (i.e. both making and testing it) would be named as the first suspect.

    • Lukeb

      If your head did "explode," I think that the Vector Tanks project as a whole (i.e. both making and testing it) would be named as the first suspect.

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Okay, everybody please check out the review for Vector Tanks Extreme just left by "StarvngArtst" (a rather appropriate handle)

    (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewUsersUserReviews?userProfileId=100448685)

    It reads:

    ********************************************************************************

    great game but RIP-OFF COMPANY
    by StarvngArtst - Version 1.4 - Mar 2, 2010

    about 4 weeks ago I bought this game because the game looked great and it still is amazing
    but then the company just comes along and makes a new $2 version and BEGS everyone to "please check it out" and expects all of the owners of the Classic version to go out and use another $2 on thier "new-and-improved" EXTREME version
    MAKES ME SICK --------------------------------------- the only reason this is not a 1 star review is because the classic version is great for the $

    ********************************************************************************

    WHAT??????

    I think my head is going to explode from the complete lack of logic and totally baffling sense of self-entitlement.

    I released a new game and it makes him "sick"? He probably got Classic for FREE for crying out loud.

    Vector Tanks Extreme is a SEQUEL. I ~knew~ I should have called it Vector Tanks II darn it!!

    Does Namco hand out free copies of "Pac-man Championship Edition" because you bought "Pac-Man"? Uhhhhhh...checking....checking...hmmm. That's odd, they don't. SICKENING! But I bought "Space Invaders", and now I want "Space Invaders - Infinity Gene" for free! I have to buy it "again?!". SICKENING RIP OFF COMPANIES!!!!

    StarvngArtst - I truly hope you read this and realize how far off base you are from reality. You can beat me up over my game and give me bad reviews because you hate the game. You can beat me up over the price. You can beat me up because it crashes on your device or whatever. But DO NOT leave a bad review on the FREE Vector Tanks Classic version because I have another game on the App Store with the words "Vector Tanks" in it. Even Apple itself on the App Store shows an ad for Vector Tanks Extreme on the Classic page (lower left). What developer WOULDN'T plug their other apps? This is nothing more than the equivalent of "Finding Nemo - from the people who brought you Toy Story and A Bugs Life..."

    Okay, calm down....deep breaths....

    I DID report the review it to Apple as "irrelevent" since he's bitching about EXTREME in a review of CLASSIC, but seriously I doubt they'll pull it. And even it they pull it, just the stupidity of someone leaving a comment like this is going to make my brain hurt for months.

    *******
    PLEASE GUYS - I'm about to throw up. Seriously. Can some kind person on the forum talk me down from this ledge because I swear to god I'm going to jump to my death.
    *******

    I think I need a hug.

    -Peter :-(

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    Okay, everybody please check out the review for Vector Tanks Extreme just left by "StarvngArtst" (a rather appropriate handle)

    (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewUsersUserReviews?userProfileId=100448685)

    It reads:

    ********************************************************************************

    great game but RIP-OFF COMPANY
    by StarvngArtst - Version 1.4 - Mar 2, 2010

    about 4 weeks ago I bought this game because the game looked great and it still is amazing
    but then the company just comes along and makes a new $2 version and BEGS everyone to "please check it out" and expects all of the owners of the Classic version to go out and use another $2 on thier "new-and-improved" EXTREME version
    MAKES ME SICK --------------------------------------- the only reason this is not a 1 star review is because the classic version is great for the $

    ********************************************************************************

    WHAT??????

    I think my head is going to explode from the complete lack of logic and totally baffling sense of self-entitlement.

    I released a new game and it makes him "sick"? He probably got Classic for FREE for crying out loud.

    Vector Tanks Extreme is a SEQUEL. I ~knew~ I should have called it Vector Tanks II darn it!!

    Does Namco hand out free copies of "Pac-man Championship Edition" because you bought "Pac-Man"? Uhhhhhh...checking....checking...hmmm. That's odd, they don't. SICKENING! But I bought "Space Invaders", and now I want "Space Invaders - Infinity Gene" for free! I have to buy it "again?!". SICKENING RIP OFF COMPANIES!!!!

    StarvngArtst - I truly hope you read this and realize how far off base you are from reality. You can beat me up over my game and give me bad reviews because you hate the game. You can beat me up over the price. You can beat me up because it crashes on your device or whatever. But DO NOT leave a bad review on the FREE Vector Tanks Classic version because I have another game on the App Store with the words "Vector Tanks" in it. Even Apple itself on the App Store shows an ad for Vector Tanks Extreme on the Classic page (lower left). What developer WOULDN'T plug their other apps? This is nothing more than the equivalent of "Finding Nemo - from the people who brought you Toy Story and A Bugs Life..."

    Okay, calm down....deep breaths....

    I DID report the review it to Apple as "irrelevent" since he's bitching about EXTREME in a review of CLASSIC, but seriously I doubt they'll pull it. And even it they pull it, just the stupidity of someone leaving a comment like this is going to make my brain hurt for months.

    *******
    PLEASE GUYS - I'm about to throw up. Seriously. Can some kind person on the forum talk me down from this ledge because I swear to god I'm going to jump to my death.
    *******

    I think I need a hug.

    -Peter :-(

    • Lukeb

      If your head did "explode," I think that the Vector Tanks project as a whole (i.e. both making and testing it) would be named as the first suspect.

  • DYen

    Peter: Look at all the accolades you are getting on these boards. There are probably many more people who feel the same way that did not write on these forums. As I stated in the Feb 25th thread, you obviously have a love for the old games and you have enabled a large number of people to share that bit of nostalgia. Look at that accomplishment rather than the nearly insignificant minority of people whose sense of entitlement will never make them happy. You did good with these two games.

  • DYen

    Peter: Look at all the accolades you are getting on these boards. There are probably many more people who feel the same way that did not write on these forums. As I stated in the Feb 25th thread, you obviously have a love for the old games and you have enabled a large number of people to share that bit of nostalgia. Look at that accomplishment rather than the nearly insignificant minority of people whose sense of entitlement will never make them happy. You did good with these two games.

  • DYen

    Peter: Look at all the accolades you are getting on these boards. There are probably many more people who feel the same way that did not write on these forums. As I stated in the Feb 25th thread, you obviously have a love for the old games and you have enabled a large number of people to share that bit of nostalgia. Look at that accomplishment rather than the nearly insignificant minority of people whose sense of entitlement will never make them happy. You did good with these two games.

  • ant

    Peter the true test of any game is how long you play it, well sir you have a taken a classic arcade game and made it way better, this game will be on my iphone for the forseeable future and the list of games that I keep for longer than a month is short. Sir thankyou and goodluck

  • ant

    Peter the true test of any game is how long you play it, well sir you have a taken a classic arcade game and made it way better, this game will be on my iphone for the forseeable future and the list of games that I keep for longer than a month is short. Sir thankyou and goodluck

  • ant

    Peter the true test of any game is how long you play it, well sir you have a taken a classic arcade game and made it way better, this game will be on my iphone for the forseeable future and the list of games that I keep for longer than a month is short. Sir thankyou and goodluck

  • Lukeb

    #1 in the world on Global Rage mode

  • Lukeb

    #1 in the world on Global Rage mode

    • Lukeb

      @63k

    • Lukeb

      @63k

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Nice! Your score fills me with Rage! :-)

      Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • Lukeb

        I never moved forward more than a couple of times the whole game. I made a video of a 52k game in Rage mode, but am afraid to post it to youtube because the way I play it looks moronic, and doesn't do justice to Vector Tanks Extreme as a title.

      • Lukeb

        I never moved forward more than a couple of times the whole game. I made a video of a 52k game in Rage mode, but am afraid to post it to youtube because the way I play it looks moronic, and doesn't do justice to Vector Tanks Extreme as a title.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Nice! Your score fills me with Rage! :-)

      Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

  • Lukeb

    #1 in the world on Global Rage mode

    • Lukeb

      @63k

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Nice! Your score fills me with Rage! :-)

      Peter Hirschberg
      BlipTime Studios

      • Lukeb

        I never moved forward more than a couple of times the whole game. I made a video of a 52k game in Rage mode, but am afraid to post it to youtube because the way I play it looks moronic, and doesn't do justice to Vector Tanks Extreme as a title.

  • DYen

    Sorry to bring this up in the Vector Tank Extreme thread, but any chance of LEDHead coming out on the iPhone?

  • DYen

    Sorry to bring this up in the Vector Tank Extreme thread, but any chance of LEDHead coming out on the iPhone?

  • DYen

    Sorry to bring this up in the Vector Tank Extreme thread, but any chance of LEDHead coming out on the iPhone?

  • jaze

    awesome game love i!t really love it, the best graphics ever, but one thing is needed thats online deathmatch co op team deathmatch and stuff.....pleeeease!:))

  • jaze

    awesome game love i!t really love it, the best graphics ever, but one thing is needed thats online deathmatch co op team deathmatch and stuff.....pleeeease!:))

  • jaze

    awesome game love i!t really love it, the best graphics ever, but one thing is needed thats online deathmatch co op team deathmatch and stuff.....pleeeease!:))

  • Lukeb

    Less than an hour ago (around midday), the app exited Combat mode just after the score had passed the 105k mark, which would have been good for a global, if temporary, #1 spot. I have no way of proving such, yet I was doing so well that it was tempting to take a screenshot, knowing that the end would be imminent anyway.

    Usually I refrain from repeatedly submitting new scores that are either lower than my best, or so few points excess of it that submitting would needlessly bump a player out of the top 10 or so without advancing my global rank. Going forward, I may submit all scores over 90k, if only to strengthen the argument that I was in fact cheated out of a well-earned, beefy 105k record from a game began in Insane Mode.

  • Lukeb

    Less than an hour ago (around midday), the app exited Combat mode just after the score had passed the 105k mark, which would have been good for a global, if temporary, #1 spot. I have no way of proving such, yet I was doing so well that it was tempting to take a screenshot, knowing that the end would be imminent anyway.

    Usually I refrain from repeatedly submitting new scores that are either lower than my best, or so few points excess of it that submitting would needlessly bump a player out of the top 10 or so without advancing my global rank. Going forward, I may submit all scores over 90k, if only to strengthen the argument that I was in fact cheated out of a well-earned, beefy 105k record from a game began in Insane Mode.

  • Lukeb

    Less than an hour ago (around midday), the app exited Combat mode just after the score had passed the 105k mark, which would have been good for a global, if temporary, #1 spot. I have no way of proving such, yet I was doing so well that it was tempting to take a screenshot, knowing that the end would be imminent anyway.

    Usually I refrain from repeatedly submitting new scores that are either lower than my best, or so few points excess of it that submitting would needlessly bump a player out of the top 10 or so without advancing my global rank. Going forward, I may submit all scores over 90k, if only to strengthen the argument that I was in fact cheated out of a well-earned, beefy 105k record from a game began in Insane Mode.

  • http://toucharcade.com Ballistic Jello

    Awesome, AWESOME game. Don't let the cheap, critical bastards of the world get you down. These are the kind of shmucks that if they were lucky enough to have with sex with a nymphomaniac supermodel (or anyone really) they would still say "Meh, I've had better!" or, "What? You won't wash my laundry and clean up my apartment too?" Ingrates!

    Vector Tanks Extreme! not only does justice to the original Battlezone game, it surpasses it. (IMHO) The weapons are better, the touchscreen controls are better, and the addition of Jon St. John's voiceovers is sheer genius. As someone who is thinking about getting into programming games for the iPhone, I can only hope that I may someday make a game even half as good as VTE!.

    Thank you again for bringing such a great game to my newly acquired iPhone. May you continue to prosper (Capitalism, what a concept!) and bring us more incredible handheld games...

    • Lukeb

      Wikipedia's entry on Battlezone mentions some guy having played over 10 hours to make a world record of something like 10+ million. How long do you think he would last in VTE expert or insane mode?

    • Lukeb

      Wikipedia's entry on Battlezone mentions some guy having played over 10 hours to make a world record of something like 10+ million. How long do you think he would last in VTE expert or insane mode?

  • http://toucharcade.com Ballistic Jello

    Awesome, AWESOME game. Don't let the cheap, critical bastards of the world get you down. These are the kind of shmucks that if they were lucky enough to have with sex with a nymphomaniac supermodel (or anyone really) they would still say "Meh, I've had better!" or, "What? You won't wash my laundry and clean up my apartment too?" Ingrates!

    Vector Tanks Extreme! not only does justice to the original Battlezone game, it surpasses it. (IMHO) The weapons are better, the touchscreen controls are better, and the addition of Jon St. John's voiceovers is sheer genius. As someone who is thinking about getting into programming games for the iPhone, I can only hope that I may someday make a game even half as good as VTE!.

    Thank you again for bringing such a great game to my newly acquired iPhone. May you continue to prosper (Capitalism, what a concept!) and bring us more incredible handheld games...

  • http://toucharcade.com Ballistic Jello

    Awesome, AWESOME game. Don't let the cheap, critical bastards of the world get you down. These are the kind of shmucks that if they were lucky enough to have with sex with a nymphomaniac supermodel (or anyone really) they would still say "Meh, I've had better!" or, "What? You won't wash my laundry and clean up my apartment too?" Ingrates!

    Vector Tanks Extreme! not only does justice to the original Battlezone game, it surpasses it. (IMHO) The weapons are better, the touchscreen controls are better, and the addition of Jon St. John's voiceovers is sheer genius. As someone who is thinking about getting into programming games for the iPhone, I can only hope that I may someday make a game even half as good as VTE!.

    Thank you again for bringing such a great game to my newly acquired iPhone. May you continue to prosper (Capitalism, what a concept!) and bring us more incredible handheld games...

    • Lukeb

      Wikipedia's entry on Battlezone mentions some guy having played over 10 hours to make a world record of something like 10+ million. How long do you think he would last in VTE expert or insane mode?

  • Lukeb

    Congrats to the player Metal Jaw for scoring 148k in Combat Mode and bumping my 120k to 2nd place. That's some serious skill :)

  • Lukeb

    Congrats to the player Metal Jaw for scoring 148k in Combat Mode and bumping my 120k to 2nd place. That's some serious skill :)

  • Lukeb

    Congrats to the player Metal Jaw for scoring 148k in Combat Mode and bumping my 120k to 2nd place. That's some serious skill :)

  • http://vidrioquimica.blogspot.com vidrio quimica

    Wow, the graphic is amazing.

  • http://vidrioquimica.blogspot.com vidrio quimica

    Wow, the graphic is amazing.

  • http://vidrioquimica.blogspot.com vidrio quimica

    Wow, the graphic is amazing.

  • http://www.fd.com air

    the player Metal Jaw for scoring 148k in Combat Mode and bumping my 120k to 2nd place. That's some serious skill :)
    Reply

  • http://www.fd.com air

    the player Metal Jaw for scoring 148k in Combat Mode and bumping my 120k to 2nd place. That's some serious skill :)
    Reply

  • http://www.fd.com air

    the player Metal Jaw for scoring 148k in Combat Mode and bumping my 120k to 2nd place. That's some serious skill :)
    Reply

  • Traer

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGHhhhh!

    Does not work with OS4, keeps crashing out at main screen.

    I always reboot after I download an app. I have tried to even reinstall this app game.

    Can you please tell me everyone if this game works with your OS4?

    Thanks

  • Traer

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGHhhhh!

    Does not work with OS4, keeps crashing out at main screen.

    I always reboot after I download an app. I have tried to even reinstall this app game.

    Can you please tell me everyone if this game works with your OS4?

    Thanks

  • Traer

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGHhhhh!

    Does not work with OS4, keeps crashing out at main screen.

    I always reboot after I download an app. I have tried to even reinstall this app game.

    Can you please tell me everyone if this game works with your OS4?

    Thanks

  • PhysicalEd

    ARGHhh is right! It is crashing for me too...

    The original Vector Tanks seems fine. But Extreme is crashing if I let it sit at the main screen, or if I try to start a game. It almost seems to just be a timer. I can actually get into a game if I'm quick enough, but then it still crashes. 3GS with iOS4 :(

  • PhysicalEd

    ARGHhh is right! It is crashing for me too...

    The original Vector Tanks seems fine. But Extreme is crashing if I let it sit at the main screen, or if I try to start a game. It almost seems to just be a timer. I can actually get into a game if I'm quick enough, but then it still crashes. 3GS with iOS4 :(

  • PhysicalEd

    ARGHhh is right! It is crashing for me too...

    The original Vector Tanks seems fine. But Extreme is crashing if I let it sit at the main screen, or if I try to start a game. It almost seems to just be a timer. I can actually get into a game if I'm quick enough, but then it still crashes. 3GS with iOS4 :(