Tank Hero

Common Sense Media says

Fun action-arcade app intense but not stressful.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game has a gentle learning curve that sufficiently prepares players for later levels when it's certainly more challenging to stay alive. 


The point of the game is to destroy other tanks using various forms of artillery. There are explosions, but the violence is not overly glorified. Artillery ranges from standard rounds to howitzers to homing missiles. 

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Some Android versions of the app include in-app purchase options.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Depending on their device, players can connect to OpenFeint or Game Center social networks, where they can track achievements and share scores, and in some cases chat with strangers. Players can also connect to Facebook, Google+, and Twitter in the app. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tank Hero is an arcade-style tank fighting game where players attempt to destroy all other tanks before they are blown up. The game is single player only, so there is never any aggression directed at other human players. And while the focus of the game is certainly a violent one, it's done in a benign manner, rather than one that glorifies the explosions. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Tank Hero wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Tank Hero wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

In this arcade style game, kids control a green tank set into a fighting “world” with opposing tanks using virtual d-pad and tap, or swipe and tap movements. Players use the d-pad or swipe to move their tank, and tap on targets to fire off a shot. Fighting worlds incorporate barriers for cover, and numerous levels continue to challenge.

Is it any good?


TANK HERO isn't a game that will win any awards for the depth of its gameplay, but as far as fun diversions go, it's a great one. As much arcade as it is action, the game forces players to constantly move to avoid enemy fire, but to properly maneuver their tanks into positions where they can take out opposing forces. 

The result is a game that's intense but not stressful or frustrating. It's fun, and there are enough levels to keep players satisfied, especially with the game's low price. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:July 26, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:10.80 MB
Publisher:Clapfoot Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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