Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943

James Batchelor

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943

Mamba Games has established itself as a key player in the budget PC game market with a series of point-and-click adventure titles – now it’s adding to that collection with war strategy simulation Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943.

As the title suggests, the game is set in 1943 during the historic World War II battle of Kharkov between Germany and Russia.

“We have high expectations for Achtung Panzer,” says Lace Mamba Global’s European MD Jason Codd.

“It is the most realistic tank simulation on the market and with the added value of an additional DVD documentary, it gives consumers real value for money.

“Luckily there are no similar titles in the market at the moment, so every tank simulator fan will be looking for something like Kharcov as it’s so detailed.”

TANKED UP

Mamba is really placing an emphasis on the realism of Achtung Panzer, which includes up to 250 soldiers and 40 vehicles on screen at once in each of the game’s technical battles.

Players are able to select either the USSR or Wehrmacht armies to re-create history and can play across six separate scenarios set during the 1943 Kharkov Defense Operation.

The levels themselves are huge and are based on real-life locations tree for tree, boasting fully destructible environments. Achtung Panzer has already received strong acclaim from gamers and press for level design alone.

There are 87 types of individual units to take control of, ranging from infantry and artillery to battle tanks and aviation vehicles. This includes more than 40 carefully reconstructed real-life World War II weapons and tanks.

Vehicles have real-time damage systems, with their engine, suspension and aiming appliances all susceptible to damage. Even soldiers have different varying levels of morale, fitness and experience, affecting their performance on the battlefield.

Achtung Panzer also boasts two key gameplay features – a turn-based strategy mode where troops are deployed and attacks planned, and a real-time tactic feature which shows units moving across the war zone, offering players the ability to quickly change tactics as the conflict progresses.

The opposition’s AI is highly flexible and will test gamers depending on their choice of tactical movements and strategies, analysing players’ behaviour to constantly throw new challenges at them.

PANZER PRESS COVERAGE

Initial feedback from players and gaming publications has been warm, complimenting the game’s AI, scope of units and attention to detail.

Early reviews of the game have also been positive, with an average review score of 75 per cent along with an average user score of 100 on aggregator website Metacritic.

Codd adds: “The reviews so far have been very positive and therefore the product has been well received.

“For a genre we haven’t previously entered, it’s important to see how retail and especially the public take to it.”

Mamba Games has established a thorough print advertising campaign to market the game in the UK. This will run across a range of major gaming magazines and specialist websites including wargamer.com.

With its depth of detail, engaging gameplay, positive feedback and an attractive price point, Achtung Panzer is set to tickle war gamers’ hearts when it’s released later this month.

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 will be released for PC on May 14th.

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