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- Steel thunder -

Steel thunder is one of the few tank simulators that were available on the C64 and I had great fun with it when I first got hold of it. Later it was also released for DOS which I never played until now.
In steel thunder you get to command four different tanks, an M48A5 Patton, M3 Bradley, M60A3 and an M1A1 Abrams. Not just command because you can also take the position of the gunner and driver.
All four tanks can be used for any mission and outfitted with as much ammo as they can carry.

You start the game by enrolling as a private and going on your first training mission. It's a fairly simple mission in which you have to destroy a number of enemy artillery. You are invulnerable for the first mission so it a good idea to get to know the controls while on this mission. You can choose any tank that you would like and also change the amount of ammo for the different types of weapons. You can view detailed specifications on the tanks and ammo while you select them so it's wise to read them before you choose. Finally you can select one extra type of armor and then it's off.
Before you start driving off you have to do some standard tasks like powering the engine and weapons and setting the correct view for the type of weather and daylight. You can mark a navigation point on the map and tell the driver to go there or you can take the controls yourself and it's off on your first mission.
After you finish this mission you are promoted to corporal and you can get some real missions and now that you are a commander you can select your own crew from a roster of cadets.
Some harder missions also have a rewards in the form of a promotion and/or a medal.

I used to play this game a lot when I got it on my C64 and now when I played it again I quickly found myself finishing one mission after the other. The controls once you get used to the keyboard layout are easy to use and the difficulty of the game is not so high that you get frustrated by it.
Even though the graphics ingame are not very good (my favorite are the stick figures representing infantry) it doesn't really bother me. The DOS version looks a bit better but not much.
This is one of the best tank sims that was available on the C64 despite the fact that it's focused more on action and I can recommend this game to anyone who would like to play a good tank game.
I suggest you look at the keyboard controls if you're going to play the game.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for two systems here are some notes:
C64 Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 V2.0 win.
The tab key is the key to end a mission and you can't change it so in the heat of battle it's possible you hit that and cancel your mission.
DOS Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed on Win2000 and DOS-PC.
Graphics support ranges from CGA 4-color to MCGA 256 color.
The DOS version is equal or better in almost all aspects of the game compared to the C64 one.

Date added Nov-26-2004 16:42
Name Steel thunder
Developer Accolade
Publisher Accolade
First released 1988
Genre Simulation
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 104 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 222 Kb
Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
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