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ConnecTank Review

Co-op conveyor combat

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on

ConnecTank is also available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

ConnecTank is rated Everyone by the ESRB

There are loads of great choices when it comes to co-op games but I bet you haven't played anything quite like ConnecTank before.

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This probably isn't what you imagine when you picture tank combat

There are a lot of elements to ConnecTank so where do I begin? The basic concept is that you carry out missions for a few folks which involve traversing node-based maps where you get the occasional choice of which path to take. Along each mini-journey, you'll engage in combat with enemy tanks and that's where the gameplay really shines. These battles first have you assemble a conveyor belt in order to transport your created projectiles to the cannon and after you do that, you throw materials into a repository where they combine to form various ammunition types. Keep in mind that these are merely the basics and things become much more frantic and complex. v1d30chumz 3-235-186-94

For starters, it's a good idea to follow the ammo recipes that are displayed under the battle scene and doing so will result in different elemental attacks. Not only are some enemies weak against certain elements, their projectiles can be dealt with easier if you fire ammo that's strong against it. You see; the projectiles move slowly so you have time to swat them down before they reach your tank. There are also 2 rows to consider so you'll constantly be flipping a switch to maximize your offensive output and if you're efficient enough, you'll knock your opponent out in no time. This blend of puzzles, strategy, and action is just great and is much more fun with a friend.

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Does this enemy come in a vegan option?

It's hard to stop discussing ConnecTank's gameplay because there's so much to it but I should mention just how complex things become which makes its campaign consistently entertaining. For example, you'll sometimes have to deal with enemies that board your tank which temporarily turns the gameplay to a light beat 'em up and on other occasions, conveyor belt parts may break so you'll have to repair them before making more ammo. There are more in-game elements that get introduced as well and on top of all of that, you'll also acquire permanent and temporary upgrades and ammunition types that may give you the upper-hand in battle. There are tons of collectibles, too, with the most notable of which being tanks that you gradually acquire the parts of as you defeat the specific enemy types.

One aspect of ConnecTank that I absolutely love is its charming cast of characters that are animated to be quite bubbly and watching them celebrate victories and welcome you with a smile is delightful stuff. In fact, everything about ConnecTank is lighthearted and colourful from the vibrant palettes to the cheerful sense of humour as you carry out massive operations to perform simple tasks such as return someone's book to the library. Meanwhile, your allegiances to the folks who assign missions strengthen and weaken depending on which missions you complete and that offers even more personality to the equation. It's such a lively and jam-packed experience.

Although ConnecTank is a wonderful game, it can become a bit tiresome if you play it in lengthy sessions because the core gameplay is so frantic that it'll get burned into your retinas. I wouldn't say that it's a game to only play in short sessions, though; perhaps an hour or 2 at a time will ensure that it doesn't overstay its welcome. Anyway, the difficulty can get a bit uneven and slaying easy opponents in no time is quite unsatisfying so I wish the enemies were more consistent in this regard. Finally, ConnecTank is the sort of game that you'll want to play with a friend or 3 because it's much more enjoyable to assemble munitions with a sense of comradery instead of going it alone.

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I have a Tornado Machine that I make smoothies with

ConnecTank is one of those games that will easily fly under many gamers' radars even though it's a ridiculous amount of fun, especially if you play it with a friend. So, if you enjoy frantic co-op formulas then this is a definite must-play.

  • + Frantic gameplay with lots of variety, wacky mechanics, and cool upgrades
  • + Charming characters and lively visuals
  • + Oodles of hearty replay incentives
  • - Can get a bit tiresome after a while
  • - Difficulty can be uneven at times
  • - Not as fun playing solo
8.3 out of 10
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