LaserTank has been going continuously since 1995 and has over 20,000 levels for you to try and solve! It is a turn-based logic puzzle game so it doesn’t require fast reflexes nor good hand-eye coordination. You drive a Tank which has a laser cannon which can be used to manipulate objects in your environment.
Each time you move your Tank or fire its laser cannon it counts as one turn. You can take as long as you like while considering what you will do next. If you make a mistake or change your mind, you can undo as many turns as you wish, all the way back to the beginning of the level.
It has some similarity to the Japanese block-pushing puzzle game Sokoban but, instead of just moving blocks into their final positions, the object of the game is to get your Tank through an obstacle course to the Flag.
The game board is currently a 16 × 16 grid of squares, also known as “tiles”. At the beginning of the game, each square contains exactly one type of tile – either terrain such as Ground or Water, or an object such as your Tank or a Movable Block. Some objects are movable. Each movable object begins the game on Ground but may be pushed onto other terrain types (see below for more detail).
You only have one job – to move your Tank onto a Flag tile! Of course, there will be various obstacles in your path which you will have to negotiate, manipulate, or avoid.
LaserTank Terrain and Objects Summary
Object Laser Shot Hits Object Your Tank You die Anti-Tank Disabled or Pushed Solid Block No effect Movable Block Pushed Bricks Destroyed (disappears) Crystal Block Passes through unharmed Movable Mirror Reflects shot / Pushed Rotary Mirror Reflects shot / Rotated Terrain Your Tank Movable Block Other Objects Ground Safe Safe Safe Flag Wins game Safe Safe Water Drowns Makes Bridge Sinks out of game Tank Mover Is moved Is not moved Is not moved Ice/Thin Ice Slides Slides Slides Tunnel Teleports Teleports Teleports "Black Hole" Dies Disappears Disappears
LaserTank Terrain and Objects Detail
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Tank – object Flag – terrain Ground – terrain Water – terrain Anti-Tank Gun (“AT”) – object Solid Block – object Movable Block – object Movable Block Bridge – terrain Bricks – object Crystal Block – object Tank Mover – terrain Movable Mirror – object Rotary Mirror – object Ice – terrain Thin (Cracked) Ice – terrain Tunnel – terrain “Black Hole” Tunnel – terrain