Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War

Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places


Creative Commons License

Game #1518
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Armored Fist    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Ground combat

Rating: 8.01 (97 votes)

Armored Fist box cover

Armored Fist screenshot
The underrated cousin of NovaLogic's more popular Comanche: Maximum Overkill and its sequels, Armored Fist is a fun tank simulation that tries to woo both the arcade and simulation fans, and ended up attracting neither camp. In the words of veteran wargamer M.E. Brooks, "...The most realistic graphics ever done for an armored simulation could not disguise the semi-arcade nature of the gameplay. Yet, in many cases, it doesn't matter -- playing as either the Americans or the Russians, the intense graphics often overcome the limited realism."

Mr. Brooks' synopsis succinctly summarizes the game. While die-hard fans of tank sims will be disappointed with the unrealistic physics model and the almost total disregard for historical accuracy, casual gamers will enjoy the amazing graphics that were revolutionary for their time and had high hardware requirements. Weather patterns, including nighttime and passing clouds, are depicted in breathtaking detail, and it is obvious that NovaLogic has greatly refined the Comanche engine to yield less pixellation and more detail. Drive close to the lake, and you will begin to see your tank's reflections in the rippling water. I don't usually like to describe graphics in a game because it is often not integral to gameplay, but Armored Fist is a rare case of graphics that truly enhances the playing experience.

Besides the limited realism, the game does have a few weaknesses that get in the way of total immersion. The terrain, similar to the one in Comanche, does not warp the way the Earth does. This means that you can come to an "invisible wall" when you reach the game's terrain limits. This definitely shatters the illusion, but fortunately the terrain is many square miles larger than Comanche, and you will have too many enemy units to worry about to have time for a leisure stroll. The gauges you see in the cockpit are also more decorative than usable, although a few gauges, such as the fuel indicator, must be monitored frequently. Enemy units also sometimes engage in strange, stupid behavior, such as behaving like sitting ducks waiting to be shot down.

Despite all its quirks and historical accuracy, though, Armored Fist is a Top Dog. As veteran wargamer M. E. Brooks said above, the game's "intense graphics often overcome the limited realism." Casual gamers and fans of 3D action games will enjoy this one.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: John Garcia
Developer: NovaLogic
Publisher: NovaLogic
Year: 1994
Software Copyright: NovaLogic
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links:  
If you like this game, try: Abrams Battle Tank, Sands of Fire, Tank

© 1998 - 2024 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.