Metascore
45

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 37
  2. Negative: 20 out of 37
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    40
    Aside from a few moments of tank on robot action, Tank! Tank! Tank! fails to live up to the promise of its gloriously stupid name. [March 2013, p.84]
  2. Jan 23, 2013
    45
    Wow, what a crappy game! No thanks! No thanks! No thanks! [Jan 2013]
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    39
    An awful game that does nothing for Wii U and less for your sanity. [Feb 2013, p.75]
  4. Not for everyone, but younger gamers and arcade fans will love it. The multiplayer mode adds a surreal slice of joy, too. [Jan 2013, p.103]
  5. Dec 18, 2012
    35
    It fails to deliver on its B-movie premise; it fails to make consistent use of the Wii U's GamePad or its graphical horsepower; but most damningly, it fails to create the basic sensation of driving a tank - unforgivable, considering the exclamatory title.
  6. Dec 17, 2012
    30
    With workable controls, this could have been a half-decent, low-priced download game. As it stands, however, it's one of the worst games on the platform and one of the worst launch games on any system, ever. Avoid.
  7. Dec 14, 2012
    58
    Blowing up stuff is fun, but you'll end up fighting the controls and the game becomes a grind if you play it any real length of time.
  8. Dec 14, 2012
    35
    Given that it's a little more than a lazy arcade port, Tank! Tank! Tank! has no business as a $50 retail release. [Dec 2012, p.82]
  9. Dec 14, 2012
    50
    Control issues, repetitive modes, and the lack of features keep it from being a great game. It's not worth the price of admission either.
  10. Dec 14, 2012
    40
    Almost fun in multiplayer, but overall: this really stank, stank, stank.
  11. Dec 11, 2012
    20
    So completely superficial, Tank! Tank! Tank! will never require any form of thinking on your part. It's repetitive, and dull.
  12. Dec 10, 2012
    30
    A Fisher Price version of Earth Defense Force could have been fun, but this doesn't even try to offer any lasting entertainment, let alone value for money.
  13. Dec 7, 2012
    65
    It's not much more expansive than its arcade counterpart and even though it preserves the multiplayer, Tank! Tank! Tank! is a rather massive letdown.
  14. 50
    Despite its accessibility and enjoyable multiplayer, Tank! Tank! Tank! is the kind of game that's best suited for the arcades, where you only expect a game to entertain you for a few minutes.
  15. Dec 6, 2012
    40
    At its heart, this is a bad port of an average arcade game from 2009. While the multiplayer occasionally delights, the rest of the experience feels unfinished. The single player is a meaningless grind with little to offer aside from a skeletal story. TANK! TANK! TANK! might have served as a passable downloadable title, but as a full retail game it's one of the Wii U's worst launch titles.
  16. Dec 6, 2012
    50
    A fairly limited package that quickly runs out of ideas.
  17. Dec 5, 2012
    45
    Finding entertainment in Tank Tank Tank is like panning for gold in the bathtub – you're not going to find anything. I can see a group of businessmen amusing themselves with the game at a bar during happy hour, but they'd never want to bring that experience home. Like a culturally sensitive foreign joke, Tank Tank Tank fails to translate.
  18. Dec 5, 2012
    30
    Playing Tank! Tank! Tank! feels like wasting time better spent elsewhere. The game is uninspired, tiresome and boring. Perhaps the concept works better at the arcade halls, but it's pointless as a console game.
  19. Dec 5, 2012
    50
    Tank! Tank! Tank! does a few things pretty well, but a torturously mind-numbing solo campaign and a high price tag keep it from being a hit. The younger crowd will definitely enjoy the photo-taking aspect and simple multiplayer, but other than that it's pretty barren. If Namco Bandai had lopped off the limp campaign mode and released the game as a multiplayer offering on the Wii U eShop for $15 then it would be easier to recommend, but as it stands now, Tank! Tank! Tank! is better described as Lame! Lame! Lame!
  20. 60
    What it lacks in variety it makes up in sheer insanity.
  21. Dec 4, 2012
    58
    A simple and relatively fun Tank-action experience underperformed but for its poor graphics and absence of online play.
  22. 40
    In the end, Tank! Tank! Tank! feels like a game that should have been stripped of its single-player and sold on the eShop as a multiplayer-only experience. The only true redeeming quality of the solo experience is the presentation, which is the same in multiplayer. It isn't the worst of the Wii U launch titles, but it certainly is nowhere near the best.
  23. Dec 3, 2012
    60
    Tank! Tank! Tank! makes fun for about an hour, than you have seen everything. There is no variety, no gameplay-depth and old-school graphics.
  24. Dec 2, 2012
    60
    With a fairly decent presentation, it makes for a fun party game if you're up for something a bit more violent. However, with the current price point of $50, it is impossible to recommend the title unless you need to have every game for the new system. The best thing to do is to wait for a severe price drop on what should've been a breakout title for the eShop.
  25. Dec 1, 2012
    36
    Tank! Tank! Tank! is hard to recommend on any level. It's short on content, fails to take much advantage of the Wii U hardware, lacks gameplay depth, and quickly becomes monotonous. It holds some charm for those who enjoy massive creature flicks, but everyone else should steer clear despite its discounted price tag. Launch day surprise, this is not.
  26. Nov 30, 2012
    50
    Tank! Tank! Tank! probably shouldn't have elbowed its way onto the Wii U. Like most arcade games, the title is fun in short bursts, but any longer than five minutes, and you're looking for another game to play.
  27. Nov 30, 2012
    20
    People, it's great if you're making a trash-themed game. I'm all for it. Tanks vs. Gorilla-Mechs, you almost had this one in the bag. I don't even have anything against the gameplay itself being trashy. But Tank!Tank!Tank! is just garbage. It's a cheap little stinker of a buggy mini game that didn't even know what hit it, when it ended up on a retail disc.
  28. Nov 28, 2012
    30
    The visuals would have been already outdated in the Dreamcast era, the gameplay is as monotonous as it can get. I don't think that Reggie Fils-Aime had this game in mind when he said that Microsoft and Sony need to react to Nintendo.
  29. Nov 27, 2012
    60
    Tank! Tank! Tank! is a simple and fun idea that is hindered by some poor gameplay design which ultimately leaves a lot of potential unrealized.
  30. Nov 27, 2012
    40
    Though it can be fun with friends in short bursts, Tank! Tank! Tank! doesn't have nearly enough depth or content to remain enjoyable for long.
  31. Nov 26, 2012
    45
    Tank! Tank! Tank! Is a questionable budget game that gets sold for nearly full price. Driving around in a tank and shooting everything into the afterlife barely manages to entertain for a few hours at the most, not in the least because levels have to be replayed over and over again. The multiplayer might entertain a bit more thanks to hectic action, but that too gets old really soon.
  32. Nov 25, 2012
    60
    At $29.99, the game could be a fun purchase for those primarily into multiplayer, but its current price-point and lack of significant Wii U GamePad functionality add up to a release worth skipping.
  33. Nov 22, 2012
    68
    Tank! Tank! Tank! is a hard game to review. On one hand, I had a blast playing locally in both story and multiplayer mode, but the price tag is painful. I can't honestly say that what you get is worth the full $50 investment. However, if it ever drops in price, I cannot stress enough how much fun Kong mode, and just smashing enemies is with friends. This is a polarizing game, due in large part to its price tag, and that is truly a shame. Check it out when it gets cheaper, until then you might want to steer clear.
  34. Nov 21, 2012
    50
    Solo gamers will find very little in the campaign to keep them interested for long, but the title is at its best when you're playing it with friends. If you can pick it up at a discount, and can round up a couple of people together for a gaming session, you'll be in for a riotous time, but there are better options on the system to get your multiplayer fix.
  35. Nov 20, 2012
    42
    If you're not looking for a game that shows off the Wii U's unique properties (other than the off-screen play for multiplayer) and just want a time killer with some decently fun on-couch multiplayer, then run out and buy this game. For the rest of you, I recommend waiting for a price drop or a weekend rental.
  36. Nov 19, 2012
    50
    Fun for a few hours, better with friends, soon set aside for more complex experiences.
  37. Nov 18, 2012
    45
    Clumsy, visually sub-par, and disrespectful of the player's time. While it revels in its own stupidity and hopes you'll do the same, it's one of those sad games that believes a ridiculous concept is enough to make for a worthwhile game, and in Tank! Tank! Tank!'s case, that's just not true. Indeed, there's nothing more upsetting than a game that believes, if it's wacky enough, it can get away with being crap.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Nov 22, 2012
    1
    The worst launch title of the group. I twas supposed to be an arcade game but I never saw it at one of the few arcades I have been in over the last 3 or 4 years. The graphics and sound are DS quality. I wonder why this just wasn't a DLC game. Luckily I did not buy it and my local Gamestop decided to be funny and put a used (Yep....someone traded it in.) copy of the game in. Everyone who played it thought the same thing. $55 too much and pretty much crap that was released in the hope to get a few sales. Not only is it the worst launch title on the Wii U, I can't think of a worse game launched with a console period. Yes.....It is that bad. I am actually gonna give it a point since the developers and publishers actually had the balls to release it in the first place. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2012
    8
    This game is amazing. It's not the most involving experience, and it may be light on content, but it is a heck of a lot fun. Even alone, shooting mosters with tanks is fun, but it really shines when you have some friends around to team up on some bad guys, or go head to head. Now the main problem in this game is the amount of grinding needed to complete the single-player campaign. Each mission requires you to have a certain amount of medals to unlock it. But every so often, a mission comes up where you need to more than double your medal count, so you will have to replay old missions with other tanks. Some tanks are virtually unusable, but with enough practice, you might barely pass. Luckily you can take on these mission with a friend, so you never actually have to play the game alone. This may not be the best choice of spending $50, and if you can get a discount I would say buy it immediately, but if you buy it full price, you probably won't regret it. Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    6
    This game excels in its simplicity, anyone should be able to pick up a controller and play without the problem of a learning curve. Players only need to worry about two things: 1. driving; and 2. shooting. The story mode can get a become boring but if you are a gamer used to anything with a "grind", i.e. MMORPG's, you'll feel right at home unlocking all the medals. Some drawbacks to Tank! Tank! Tank! are: 1. Co-op limits you second player to use the same tank regardless of what you've unlocked; 2. Multiplayer requires you to retake pictures of each other before the start of each round; 3. and the ability to rotate your turret during movement is not an available feature. Overall it is a fun game but when placed against Nintendoland as a party title it's hard to measure up to the competition. Full Review »