Attack of Toy Tanks
Switch version tested
Review code provided
Attack of the Toy Tanks is the latest arcade game brought to the Nintendo Switch by Ratalaika Games. Roll through sixty levels of toys, lasers, and enemy tanks while trying to get the first shot at your enemy. That’s really all that’s to it, so let’s dig into some finer details about the game to see what you think of my experience with Attack of the Toy Tanks.
Before the music or visuals can be enjoyed, the controls bring the game to a screeching halt. From watching game-play prior I figured the controls would simply be twin stick. The moment the game begins the controls feel like the clunky version of what I had hoped for. Your tank moves slowly which contributes to that wonky feeling but I feel that it could be improved and if done, would make playing the game a better time. The left two triggers move forward and backwards while the right triggers both shoot your bomb that detonates on impact or seconds later if left untouched. If you’ve come to an unfortunate end or foresee it, the X button will restart the level. I liked that because I clicked it before the end sequence to avoid the bummer horn sound. There is a second choice for control layout but it still has an odd feel to it. But in the end, you’re a tank. So. Deal with it.
Bummer horn segue to the games general music, which is great! It’s an exciting orchestra of drums, horns, flutes, strings and more. There are slight changes per level that was kind of cute. A level with some scattered piles of snow featured sleigh bells. Generally, the music is exciting and hypes up the game. It adds to the swiftness of each level, some may only last six seconds long. The shortness of the levels and the hype music go hand in hand in a good way. Just think, if it were relaxing music how whack that would be.
Tanks are known for their strong armour, but not in Attack of the Toy Tanks. One hit kills are the name of the game as your enemies live by the same rules. Use this to your advantage by shooting what is essentially a grenade, near your enemies in hopes of it exploding once they draw near it. I honestly didn’t figure this out until about sixteen levels in as I was just simply shooting enemies head-on. There are angled corners you can bank the grenade off to hit or land close to a bad guy. Your own grenades can be used against you as well, so beware.
Difficulty ramps up a bit but overall it starts at a decent height. The beginning can be a bit unforgiving as you get a handle on the controls. Enemies will fire at the first sight of you and will result in a quickly ended match. Each level is judged on time and rating. If you feel you can defeat the level with a quicker time, maybe you will achieve the gold. Players will have the option to defeat each level sequentially or skip to any level of their choice, which is odd. Either way you make it to the end, once the last level is finished you won’t be greeted with an ending sequence or credits, just the main screen. The statistics menu will show levels completed, medals earned, enemies killed, and game completion. Not that useful but kind of cool to look at.
Overall Attack of the Toy Tanks is exactly what you would expect just by the look of it. A great example of properly judging a book by its cover. It doesn’t look that good and wasn’t a ton of fun. Very quick games. If you’re good you could run through this game in maybe one to two hours. The price point is good for what the game has to offer. Not really my cup of tea.
TBG Score: 3/10
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PSVita, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 28/06/2019
No. of Players: 1-2
Category: Arcade, Action
Developer: Petite Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: eShop