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Polygons, polygons, POLYGONS!!! That's essentially the name ol the game (Ouch, stupid pun!) with Sega's Desert Tank. This coin-muncher uses technology borrowed from Martin Marietta Co., the same U.S. defense contractor that produces high-tech battle simulators for military use.

The polygon technology used in Desert Tank produces some of the most visually stunning graphics seen since Sega's Daytona game. The graphics transport the player into a kind of virtual battlefield where literally anything is possible.

The story behind the game Is a simple one: a computer has been programmed by some madman to launch a nuclear attack on many of the world's cities. It is up to you to penetrate the computer's defenses and save the world. It sounds a lot easier than it actually is! Along the way, you'll encounter heavy opposition from the enemy.

Two factors critical to your survival are mission time and armor strength. Mission time is the amount of time that you are given to complete your assignment. Armor strength gauges your lank's ability to take an enemy hit. Every time you get hit or run over a mine, your armor strength goes down.

Desert Tank has four different viewing modes. For example, you can view the action on the battlefield from above your tank or from behind your tank.

This feature is also included in Sega's other ' Virtual" games like Virtua Racing and Wing War. This is all line and dandy, but how does the game play? Well, it plays like the other "Virtual" titles from Sega--very goodl The graphics are extremely smooth and are quite intense. The missions, while lengthy, are not overdone. Plus, the sounds blend well with the action on-screen.

Sega is no doubt becoming the industry leader in these "Virtual" games. With titles like Desert Tank, it is really easy to see why. Give this sucker a few tokens and get ready for action!

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Desert Tank rating

Desert Tank system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Desert Tank supports single modeSingle game mode

2016-06-23 Desert Tank game added.

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