Here's the gist of an email I received recently:
Usually, I wouldn’t comment on anything, but half a year ago, I stumbled
across your review of “Armored Encounter/Subchase” for the Odyssey 2
which you gave an “F”. It left me stunned since “F” means to me that the
game is almost unplayable or at least no fun at all. This completely
contrasted with my memories from the late 70s.
So, I dug out a bunch of old friends an we played and replayed it (and
other Tank variants) over and over. Thank you for the incentive to do
so, by the way I strongly suspect, Armored Encounter is rather a
pure Tank clone than a rip-off of Atari’s Combat. It adopts other
features than Combat. So, here are three key features we found enthralling:
- limited ammo (which usually leads to a hilarious race against time
when one player runs out of it)
- driving backwards (which -correctly applied- impedes the cheap hits
you wrote about)
- the mines (which are a sudden pain in the ass when driving backwards
trying to evade your opponent)
I still agree that Combat’s “tank pong” and “invisible tanks” outrank
Armored Encouter, but not by two grades and not to an “F”! So, I would
really beg you to reconsider your review in an evenhanded manner.
I'm going to give this game another look the next time I have friends over (it may be a while).
I'm sure there are some reviews I've written that rubbed you the wrong way, or maybe you think they missed the mark. You can let me know in this thread what games I should revisit and why.