Panzer Rush – A tide of steel and fire
MMO/Strategy – The good old days of strategy games in which you simply build tons of tanks and wrecked your enemies seemed to be over – we thought. Panzer Rush, a recently released free to play strategy game, showed us that these days weren’t quite as over as we thought. Here is why.
Official Panzer Rush Trailer
Panzer Rush is a classic mix between strategy and economic simulation. As the commander of your own military compound you are trying to fortify your perimeter, including the construction of resource producing facilities while also establishing a strong strike force to overpower your rivals. Manage your income, build units from a wide variety of vehicles of the World War II era and bring the fight to your foes. Only those that are able to maintain a strong balance between resource income and a strong strike force will survive in the harsh world of Panzer Rush.
Manage your base:
In Panzer Rush you are the commander of your own little base. You start out with just a basic compound, a few sentry guns as defense and that’s about it. In order to build up a strong military strike force you will need resources and a lot of them. Therefore your initial steps will revolve around building different factories, like a concrete factory or a steel mill. Once you have set up your industry you will be able to build the first few units and explore the map. But make no mistake since you’re not alone on the map and an exposed base might invite some uninvited guests. Therefore it is also important to keep an eye on your defenses, which are mostly stationary turrets and such. Because once those are gone, anyone can simply march into your compound and take it over. And you definitely don’t want that to happen.
A wide selection of vehicles:
Aside from the base building component Panzer Rush offers a wide selection of different World War II era vehicles. One of the first vehicles you will definitely build is the BA-10, a former soviet scout vehicle. It is lightly armored but pretty fast and once you have more than a handful of those little tanks, you can actually start to dish out some damage. Obviously there are other things out there that are way more threatening, such as the Panzerkampfwagen VI, better known as the Tiger Tank, who will turn your little BA-10’s into minced meat. Nonetheless, each vehicle, plane, and even the heavily armored railway gun wagons, has its place in Panzer Rush. Simply stacking one type of unit won’t do the trick and that’s exactly the point where good players become excellent players.
Rock, Paper, Bomber:
Image that there is a full load of super heavy tanks rolling towards your base. What do you do? Your BA-10’s won’t cut it and maybe you can’t produce your own Tiger tanks yet. So what can you do? Well, how about calling in some heavy bombers? Panzer Rush is a game that works heavily along the lines of a rock, paper, scissors game where each type of unit has a form of counter. Base defenses are best taken out by artillery, bombers and helicopters by anti-air vehicles and so on and so on. In order to gain access to all these toys you have to expand. On each map are several points of interest, claimed or unclaimed bases that offer unique facilities that allow you to produce tanks, trains or even seaports that allow for the construction of war ships. Maintaining control over said facilities is absolutely crucial and you and your alliance (you should definitely join one!) will only succeed if you have access to these structures.
Special Features of Panzer Rush
- Free-to-play: Just sign up once and you are good to go. Panzer Rush is absolutely free-to-play.
- Manage your base: Build unique production facilities and raise an industry strong enough to get you through your battles.
- A wide selection of vehicles: Build units from a wide selection of World War II era vehicles.
- Rock, paper, bomber: Panzer Rush is a game that works heavily along the lines of a rock, paper, scissors game where each type of unit has a form of counter.
The Bottom Line
Panzer Rush is a game that revitalizes the feeling of the old days of strategy games in which you were building tons of tanks and simply right-clicked them towards your enemies base. Granted, what doesn’t sound very sophisticated is still a lot of fun. Panzer Rush modernized the whole thing by a bit with the addition of airplanes, railway guns, warships and dozens of other vehicles. Essentially though this game is about building huge armies and sending them into mass battles. Having your screen explode in artillery fire while airplanes and tanks are giving it their all is quite common in this game and even when you lose 20 tanks then it’s not the end of the world. In Panzer Rush you go big or go home and that’s what we really liked about it.