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'Super Tank Poker' is the 11th
PlayStation Mobile title released by 'TACS Games', the one man
indie studio behind 'Shuttle Quest 2000' and 'Out Of Mind'.
A tactical strategy game with cards and tanks, 16 bit retro
graphics and an authentic SNES style soundtrack.
"While working on a generic engine for turn based tactical
combat games I came upon the idea of a tactics game where the
combat was not determined by luck or stats but by a game of poker.
In the game a player would consider their combatants as resources
as much as actors and an actor's ability to wage war was defined by
their value as much as it represented their health. Any unit could
best any other with the right advantages and enough luck. The idea
came together almost all at once but I decided that the concept
would need plenty of testing and this happened in two phases.
Initially I had some friends come round and play a prototype of the
basic game mocked up with a chess board as a battlefield with chess
pieces as tanks and dominoes for barriers. We used paper playing
cards to represent the playing cards. Obviously. The game as it
stood worked well enough lacked emphasis on the position of tanks.
I added the notion of tank position determining initial bet and
this seemed to work and I moved into production. The second phase
came when the game was playable on device. I wasn't wholly happy
with the way it was working and so I recorded a long playtest video
and shared this with the PSM community and my followers on twitter.
I got lots of feedback and encouragement. Lots of little changes
and additions came from this phase but the most important of all
would be the special effects and mission types. With these in place
the game started to feel complete and I went on to finish the
-Thomas Hopper (Lead Developer TACS Games)
Turn based tactics combined with tactical poker! Position your
tanks, pick your targets and place your bets!
through more than 30 missions in Story Mode.
· Play a
variety of mission types.
against 9 generals, each with a unique play-style.
tank types including rocket tanks and mobile command vehicles.
Customize and replay any battle in Skirmish Mode.