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Nintendo NES
Namco Limited
Namco Limited

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Genre Non-Sport:
Shooter, Tank
Game Misc:
Coin-Op Conversion, Editor / Construction SetCoin-Op Conversion, Editor / Construction Set

Loose Value:
US  $21.86
Complete Value:
US  $21.86
New Value:
US  $21.86
  9/10 Very Rare

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Battle City

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Rating: 9.2 (53 votes)
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Filesize: 16kb

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Battle City Box Description

Battle City is an Action game, developed and published by Namco, which was released in Japan in 1985.


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Battle City Featured Review

Battle City Review by: Eirinn - 6.5/10

Tanks! It must be fun, right?
Man, you just have to love a game that puts you behind the wheel of a tank, assuming tanks have steering wheels. In any case, it can't be denied that there's something awesome about getting to control a virtual tank, and blast away at enemies and buildings, like a maniac. Well, battle city has done nothing to take away from that experience, so all of you fans of 8 bit warfare and explosions, jump on board, and be prepared for one very interesting ride.

Battle City is an interesting blend of action, strategy, and puzzle, with a hint of shooter mixed in. It reeks of 4 bit to 8 bit transition, like so many of the early NES titles. By that, I mean that you can easily tell that it was coming out of an era dominated by one-level games, and developers seemed to still be getting their bearings in the new systems market, and learning to expand beyond the comfort zone of Pac-Man and Space Invader-esque games. Soon this expansion would allow for games as open as Maniac Mansion, as vast-worlded as The Legend of Zelda, and as long as Super Mario Bros, but for now, developers were still learning the ropes. For examples of more games like this, I give you Burger Time, and Bubble Bobble. And while Bubble Bobble and Battle City were later releases, they still had that feel. Perhaps some devs were just behind, or afraid to take that step away from their comfortable classics, and that definitely isn't a bad thing! This game delivers that classic feel, while managing to dabble in the new waters of freedom offered by the NES, and I think it made a pretty nice combination of the two, personally.

The gameply controls are simple: D-pad to move, A button (Not A key) to fire. It's easy to learn, but a little more challenging to master.

So now for judgement time, I suppose. Let's see how Battle City stands up against the competition of the fledgling game industry.

Graphics: 4/10

Sadly, the graphics here are less than impressive. The sprites are rather crude, but you can tell what they're supposed to be, without any trouble, so the lack of detail doesn't mess with the game in any way, it just makes it less appealing visually. Still, I can't think of many NES games with less detail in the sprites than we have in the tank and wall sprites here. I will say that the tree(?) sprites look cool, as do the lattice(?) sprites, but if my "(?)"s didn't give it away, I'm not even sure if that's what they were supposed to be or not. But at least they look cool...whatever they are. Right?

The tiny little explosions are fun, and quite honestly, I enjoy them a lot. Unfortunately, they aren't that great either, and much better effects were done by games of it's time.

The level designs are nice later on in the game, even though they are obviously only new tiles filling up the little box that all of the game takes place in. Hey, I told you it reeked of 4 bit influence, didn't I?

I really wish I could find something better to say about these graphics than "they look cool", but Namco really didn't give me anything to work with here, and at times, you can't even tell what some of the effects are supposed to be at all.

-The unidentifiable sprites look cool...whatever they are.

-Blatant tile rearrangements or not, the later levels are fun to see and play in.

Sound: 4/10

Where's the mean, music? Don't come here looking for any. You get an opening tune, and a game over tune, and that's just about it. Anybody but me smell "Atari 2600"? Yeah, more 4 bit transition stuff right there.

Sound effects? Uh...yeah, we don't really get many of those either. Still, what we do have is good enough. The explosions are about average, but the motor sounds are great. The thing that stands out to me is that the motor idles and sounds a lot different than when you're driving. A small thing, but it actually makes a big difference, especially if we're going to be hearing nothing but motor sounds only interrupted by the occasional 8 bit explosion.

-Hummmm hum hum hum Yeah, motor noises actually made the highlight list for the sounds. Not saying much for the game's sound, eh?

Story: N/A

Yep, no story, which is really sad. By this time, we were seeing games with stories in them, but again, it seems like Namco was still toying with these new fangled systems. "It looks like a toaster, but I shoved my bread in there this morning, and five minutes later, it was still cold!". Who knows what they were doing, but then, who cares? The game is still fun, even if it is a little behind it's time.

Depth: 10/10

Ah, now we finally get to praise the game for it's strengths! I've been waiting for this part a lot longer than I had anticipated before this review started. Battle City offers us a lot to do, and far more than most other NES games did.

We get two modes: one and two player. Pretty basic, right? But I was a little surprised to see that the two player mode is co-op, and offers simultaneous two player action.

We also have a total of thirty-five levels to play through. Good work, Namco. They also thought of the player when they allowed for level select, which also makes this more of a game about high scores, than a game about finishing every level. To select what level you want to play in, all you have to do is press the A button to go up a level, and B to go down a level, and press Start to, well, start.

Now for my favorite part! There's a level editor mode! Yes, you read that right, you can actually make your own level, using those tiles we discussed earlier. This, in my book, more than makes up for the lack of variation in the different level designs. I could personally spend a good hour editing my own level, and then I to get to play on it and see if it plays like I imagined it would or not...which it never does for me the first time in any game's level editor. Better luck to you level designer hopefuls.

-Simultaneous multiplayer co-op!

-A level editor! How cool is that?

Addictiveness: 8/10

With thirty five levels to conquer, two player co-op mode, and a level editor that allows for seemingly endless level possibilities, how could this game not score high in this category? I know I'll be coming back for more soon. It's stupid simple: drive a tank, shoot things, stay alive, protect your base. That's it, yet somehow, it stays fun in that charming 4 bit way. So while you may not play it for long periods of time, you will have plenty to come back to with Battle City.

-Blow things up. Enough said.

-Simple gameplay that doesn't require much time to play, but manages to pull you back for more everytime.

Difficulty: 5/10

I started to rate this a seven because it's a trick to beat every level in one run, but it offers a level select, so that obviously wasn't the goal of the game. The goal is simply to have fun and get the highest score that you can.

Then I started to give it a four, because, even though it's just about high scores, some levels are a bit challenging. But then some people will still try to beat every level, and a four would be decieving for them.

So after a while of arguing with myself openly, and trying to convince the nice men with the white coat, that my neighbors called on me when they saw me nearly shove myself to the ground during said argument, that I didn't need to go with them, I finally agreed with myself that a five would be a good compromise. And so here we are with a review.

-Stupid simple gameplay, yet plenty of challenge if you want it.

Overall: 6.5/10

While Battle City offers us next to nothing worth mentioning by way of graphics, sound, or story, it does offer us plenty of depth, addictiveness, and what really matters: fun. That's right, this game is fun despite it's flaws, and in the end, isn't that really what matters in any game?

So should you try Battle City? Yes. Especially if you're into games of this style. It reminds me a little of Bomberman, only with tanks. So bomberman on steroids, pretty much, but this time it comes with a level editor, and two modes. In the end, Battle City is a fun game that's more reminiscent of the 4 bit era than the 8 bit era it came from, but it's fun to play, and one game that I'm glad I found.
  Graphics 4   Sound 4   Addictive 8   Depth 10   Difficulty 5

Battle City Game Description

Destroy different enemy tanks, while trying to keep them away from your base. When you have destroyed 20 enemy tanks you advance to the next level with different layout. In each level there's some obstacles which you can use to your advantage. Obstacles include red bricks which you can shoot out of your way, silver bricks which are highly armored, water and ice. You start the game with a basic tank, which you can power up to better one little by little. The game includes a construction mode, so you can make your own levels when you have played through all the 35 original levels.

Battle City Reviews

Overall 9.2    Graphics 6.5    Sound 6    Addictive 9    Depth 8.5    Difficulty 5

Tanks! It must be fun, right?   Eirinn
Man, you just have to love a game that puts you behind the wheel of a tank, assuming tanks have stee...
  Graphics 4   Sound 4   Addictive 8   Depth 10   Difficulty 5

      Review Rating: 4.5/5     Submitted: 11-30-13     Updated: 12-01-13     Review Replies: 9

Battle City   brawlproV2
  Battle City is a very classic experience that you don't want to miss. Battle City i...
  Graphics 9   Sound 8   Addictive 10   Depth 7   Difficulty 5

      Review Rating: 4.5/5     Submitted: 08-20-12     Review Replies: 0

Battle City Highscores

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TimeTrial: 00:27:43
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2. 118,200
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3. 108,100
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4. 97,500
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5. 66,900
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Battle City Cheat Codes

Secret Message
On title screen, select the "Construction" option and press Start to enter it and Start again to return to title screen. Repeat this 6 more times and once you're back on the title screen, press and hold Down on the 1st controller and press the A button 8 times on the 2nd controller. Then, press and hold Right on the 1st controller and press the B button 12 times on the 2nd controller. Finally, press Start on controller 1 to see the secret message.

Stage Select
When you start the game and the screen with 'Stage 1' shows up, please do the following. Note that this is the only moment you can perform the cheat, you can't do it afterwards.
Stage Select Press A and B to choose any stage you want.

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Comments for Battle City

Brony_BlackNinja 03-31-14 - 04:32 PM
 Im remember the game my fav. year 2000 ago in play it!. YEAH THANKS VIZZED GAME MY FAV!
Diamond982 01-16-14 - 07:05 PM
 I wonder why it doesn't show the title screen every time I start playing.
painlessmango 01-16-14 - 10:45 AM
 i got it on my sony ericsson
TheJmsGamer 01-16-14 - 05:00 AM
 Yeah! This is game of the day! I love that game!! :D
cujocricket 01-16-14 - 01:00 AM
 Good times, I'll tell yeh
dexterkkk 10-19-13 - 06:00 PM
 Hitler has Golden Tank and Goebbels has Green Tank.
Ryroe 10-13-13 - 02:04 PM
 Remember that game. Pretty nice.
iN008 03-24-13 - 12:59 PM
 Boom boom
nguyenminhthien.. 10-25-12 - 11:49 AM
 van chua co mot cai gi cu the.
xRianne06Karlox 05-25-12 - 02:42 AM
 I LUV IT!!!
Ainz 03-29-12 - 11:38 AM
sy 11-29-11 - 11:24 PM
sonthi 11-15-11 - 03:38 AM
 Its ok
freddy153 10-15-11 - 02:09 PM
 the classic numer une
daxel09 05-04-11 - 09:58 PM
 stage 89
technoworm 01-30-11 - 09:24 AM
 classic !
cyrax 11-06-10 - 05:04 PM
 I used to play this when I was 3
vedoni93 10-29-10 - 07:35 PM
 stage 69
golden_arrow_84.. 10-28-10 - 06:11 PM
 After a long time havent played this game, I stop at stage 55! Unbelievable!
retro_lover 09-09-10 - 11:25 PM
 old school at its best I love it
yoshi1098 06-11-10 - 12:29 AM
 oh my god!!! 666 plays 0.0
nightflight 05-23-10 - 02:57 AM
siraj 03-03-10 - 08:14 AM
 very good game