Published on June 27th, 2013 | by Cody Perez0
Review: BUGS vs TANKS!
BUGS vs TANKS! is a top-down action game from Level-5 and Comcept. You best know comcept as the studio recently formed by Keiji Inafune, the creator of Dead Rising, Mega Man, and other great games from Capcom. BvT! is the second game in the GUILD02 trilogy of experimental games proceeded by last month’s The Starship Damrey. The trilogy itself is the second after last year’s GUILD01 was released for the Nintendo 3DS. BvT!’s title is self-explanatory, much like PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies games, as you play as a tank well, fighting bugs. Unlike PvZ, BvT! is very much a strategic action game as opposed to a strategic tower defense game.
The basis the story revolves around is just as whacky as its name implies. It is World War II and a battalion of tanks from the German Army have gone missing, been mysteriously shrunk to the size of an ant. You play as the pilot of one of those tanks as you try to survive against the large bugs you once could easily flick off the tip of your finger. The game has a surprising amount of dialogue, at least compared to what I expected. There are conversations before, after, and even during each mission with your Commanding Officer being particularly ridiculous. The game is very much lighthearted and fun, something that makes for a great 3DS title. The graphics aren’t bad at all compared to other downloadable games you might find on the eShop.
The game’s storyline is divided up into individual missions that each last about 5 or so minutes. For a game meant to be played on the go, this is nice for your quick fix when commuting from place to place. The missions never overstay their welcome or are overly complicated. The game does a good job of teaching you the mechanics of the game fairly early on. While the typical difficulty levels are all here, there is an interesting addition. You pilot one tank that automatically fires its machine gun but you control the main cannon. What’s interesting is that you can decide whether or not you control the cannon manually by pressing the right shoulder button or if it shoots automatically when an enemy comes into view. Movement is controlled by the analog stick or D-pad, while the camera is controlled by your face buttons. The missions do get progressively hard, so once per mission you can call a SOS and a squad of tanks will arrive and eliminate all surrounding enemies, which almost becomes necessary during some of the later missions.
There is plenty of customization for the tank itself, ranging from the look to performance and even two different types of ammo, effective against different types of bugs. As you complete the missions, you are graded and unlock the different parts to customize your tank with. There is plenty of variation in the missions themselves, which is great. One mission you could be collecting food for your men while dodging lethal rain drops and the next protecting the camp from wave after wave of bugs. The replayability is high as there are dozens of missions and each can be repeated for a better score.
If you can get a group of friends to get a copy of the game, you can even enjoy the fun together in up to 4 player co-op through Streetpass. BvT! has a distinct personality to it, reminding me of the settings of games like Resistance and Valkyria Chronicles with music (particularly the mission success song) reminiscent of Fire Emblem: Awakening. If you are interested, you should check out on the eShop right now where you can purchase this fun and challenging game yourself for only $7.99.
BUGS vs TANKS! was reviewed with a digital copy of the game provided by Level-5, Inc. The team and I appreciate Level-5 and Comcept allowing us to review this game and are thankful for their amazing support. We hope to have further contact in the future, so we can bring more information about their future games.
Summary: BUGS vs TANKS! is a quirky, top-down action game where the short missions allow for quick fun on the go.