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Battle City

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Battle City Controls

Battle City is controlled by using the keyboard. Use the F key to select the mode of gameplay. The H key starts and pauses the game. Player one uses the WASD keys to move and the J key to shoot. Player two uses the arrow keys to move and the control key to shoot.

Battle City Guide

Battle City is a multi-directional shooting game originally released in 1985 by Namco in arcades and for the NES and Game Boy gaming consoles and the Sharp X1 computer platform. This Flash version of Battle City retains the graphics, sound, and gameplay of the original classic game and can also be played as a two player game by two human players on the same keyboard.

Battle City can can played in 1 player or 2 player game modes. In both modes of gameplay, the objective is to protect the eagle-like base at the bottom of the screen. If this base is destroyed by enemy tanks (or friendly fire), then the game will instantly end. The game will also when all lives are lost. To advance to the next level, you must destroy all enemy tanks, which is quite a challenging feat! Just like the original version of the classic game, your progress will not be saved, so you will begin on stage one every time that you play.

The keyboard is used to control Battle City. Use the F key to select the desired mode of gameplay. The H key is used to start the game as well as pause the game. Player one uses the WASD keys to move and the J key to shoot. In two player games, player two uses the arrow keys to move and the control key to shoot. These default keys cannot be changed, but they work well enough. It would have been better had the developers used a key closer to the WASD keys for player one to shoot with so that they could use one hand like how player two can use one hand to press the arrow keys and the control key on most standard keyboards.

Two player games in Battle City are cooperative, with both players defending the base. Friendly fire can destroy the base, so care must be taken, but friendly fire cannot harm players. Shooting your partner in a 2 player game may actually be a good idea since it makes them temporarily invulnerable to enemy fire.

Battle City is a Flash game that stays true to the original. Playing a solo game is great for nostalgic challenge, but grabbing a friend for a two player game makes things much easier!