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Brad Adrian
04-26-2003, 11:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.isotope244.com/atomic_cannon_pocket.html' target='_blank'>http://www.isotope244.com/atomic_ca...non_pocket.html</a><br /><br /></div>"The United Nations banned all atomic and nuclear devices and ordered their destruction. After global chaos erupted in a heated debate centered on a rogue dictator, world powers were battling in small inhospitable environments where only machines could go. As the start of the new world order unfolded, powers needed the most destructive machines they could find to use in battle. Thus began the resurrection of the Atomic Cannons..."<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/adrian/atomiccannon.gif" /><br /><br /> Wide variety of weapons<br /> Realistic landscapes<br /> Small file size<br /> Ultra crisp sound effects<br /> Battle against the computer or friends using multiplayer mode<br /><br />The "standard" version, which costs $12.95, includes 25 weapons and 12 landscapes. The "elite" version costs $19.95 and includes 50 weapons, 25 landscapes and 5 weather effects.<br /><br />I'm not sure how I feel about having to pay more for the "full" version of a game, but you've just got to love a developer who has this label at the bottom of the Web page:<br /><br />"INGREDIENTS: FUN SULFATE, DIMETHICONE PIXELS, BOOLIES, FLOATS, DUAL PARENS, LOVE-9, CITRUS EXCITEMENT, SOUND ESTERS..."

04-26-2003, 11:10 AM
This looks exactly like Pocket Tanks, which is fun for about 20 minutes.

04-26-2003, 12:42 PM
but I consider games like this one as tasteless. Obviously it belittles the consequences of using weapons of mass destruction and loss of life resulting from it. In a time, where it is very much possible that such weapons will be used, probably in North America, playing such games is just ... unbelievable.

I already saw this unthoughtful techie enthusiasm when it was reported that a scandinavian member of parliamant played games on his iPAQ during the debate whether to support a war against Iraq. Everybody was fascinated about this obvious penetration of handheld technology in politics, almost nobody questioned the morality of not paying attention to the debate which could result in the life or death of many thousand people. I found this disgusting!!!!!! Would it have been a german MP, he would have had to resign the next day under the pressure of his party and the public. I am glad to live in Germany.

04-26-2003, 01:33 PM
Well, I enjoy counterstrike, operation flashpoint and return to castle wolfenstein. They are games and not meant to be a true rendition of reality. They are fun and pressure-releasers. They don't make me want to go kill people in real life. ;)

04-26-2003, 02:02 PM
Anyone remember the original game in basic that was monkeys throwing bananas? I loved that game, and it was great for playing with kids--truly educational given the need to decide velocity, angle, etc.

I have since tried a variety of canon games based on that idea, similar to this one, but nothing seems to beat those monkeys! I may try this though, at least to see how it compares. :lol:

04-26-2003, 04:49 PM
but nothing seems to beat those monkeys! :lol:
The many times I have heard that! It looks like Worms and that is the best game in the world. So I will try it out as well.

To MarcTGFG: I don't think you'll be seeing an increase of individuals who use Nuclear Bombs because of this game. Just my opinion. I do sort of agree with you on the guy who was playing Metallion on his iPAQ the day of the Iraq Debate but I don't think games are the ones who make people go nuts and use weapons. That's my opinion because I have played thousands of games involving guns and I still squirm on the inside when I see a real one. :oops: :lol:

Sven Johannsen
04-26-2003, 05:27 PM
Anyone remember the original game in basic that was monkeys throwing bananas? :lol:

Yes, actually I do. I actually thought about it when seeing this game too. It was a QBasic demo, back around DOS 3 something. It was fun.

04-26-2003, 05:50 PM
Anyone remember the original game in basic that was monkeys throwing bananas? :lol:

Yes, actually I do. I actually thought about it when seeing this game too. It was a QBasic demo, back around DOS 3 something. It was fun.

I guess I haven't been around that long.. but I do remember playing Scorched Earth on DOS 6.0 - same idea as this game in that you get different weapons, weather, and have to choose velocity and angles..

I'm not a violent person but for some reason I do enjoy a bit of destruction in my video games (and occasionally in real life). But, Daddy always taught me to separate reality from these things.. Now that I'm a big boy, I think I can handle the tank game on my PPC, even if it does have a cheesy sub-plot w/ Weapons of Mass Destruction..! :)


04-26-2003, 06:50 PM
I have played games with death and destruction all through out my life and you dont see me going out wanting to kill someone or trying to use a nuke in real life. Sheesh it is only a game and if and if you don't have any common sense to see it is just a game and not real life then something is really wrong with you. I live in America and I am proud to live here and if someone wants to make a game with nukes in it, I dont see a problem with it. All it takes in this world to survuve and know right from wrong is common sense and values that your parents or guardians instill in you.

My $0.02

04-26-2003, 08:22 PM
I wonder how the Dixie Chicks feel about this game?? :oops: :oops: 8O

Steven Cedrone
04-26-2003, 10:20 PM
This game does remind me of those monkeys!!!...

The hours I wasted at work playing that and Worms...

Let's remember folks, we are talking about a game. We don't have to get into a political discussion every time we look at a new "shooter" game. There are plenty of sites you can go to and argue politics and religion until you are blue in the face (or the typing equivalent)...

Steven Cedrone
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Brad Adrian
04-27-2003, 01:19 AM
but I consider games like this one as tasteless.
I guess I can understand your point. I don't necessarily think that war-related games are in poor taste, though. To me, it all comes down to whether the game is overly graphic in the violence it depicts or if it trivializes things like "collateral damage." I've not really seen a Pocket PC game yet that comes close to being as tasteless as those for GameCube, Playstation, XBox et al.

04-27-2003, 03:51 AM
So what games ARE "OK" to play during wartime? Fuzzy Bunny Rabbit goes to Peace Happy Town? This game isn't remotely realistic.. but then again, the Germans indexed C&C Generals because the introduction infers that weapons are the only way to resolve conflict.. like... *thinks* every other game outside of puzzles?

07-01-2004, 09:55 PM
"Atomic Cannon Pocket" review originally written for Handango

You're probably familiar with the "Tank" battle style games represented by Atomic Cannon. As the epitome of this type of diversion, Atomic Cannon Pocket does what can only be described as an adequate job of imitating it's bigger siblings in this genre. Siblings who've been around longer, ad do the tank battle game far better. Let's start with the game set-up, shall we? There are more options than you'd care to adjust. I'm all for flexibility, but ACP goes a tad overboard with the number of adjustments available to the player. It seemed to me that they tried to substitute set-up and menu options for actual quality of gameplay. The "tutorial" is the exact opposite of the configurations offered. It's sparse, to put it kindly, and seems tacked on, almost as though it was an afterthought. The button mapping leaves quite a bit to be desired as well. On my Toshiba E-805, none of the actions were assigned to any of the buttons that the game said they were. Reassigning the controls didn't seem to help, and I was forced to accept the default configuration, even though it was clumsy and uncomfortable for me to use. Finally, I'll come to the biggest drawback of the game...the developer's greed. You are WARNED not once, not twice, but three times during the installation and setup of the software that if you share your registration number, bad things will happen to you. They even go so far as to mention sicking the FBI on you. Is it just me, or is this a little ridiculous for a $15 purchase? They go on to intimidate their customer base further, by stating that if your registration number somehow ends up stolen or posted to the web, that the number will be cancelled, and they will refuse to issue you another. As if to "blame the victim" should your machine, handheld device or e-mail address be hacked, stolen or compromised. Folks, this is mean-spiritedness at it's most obvious. The icing on the cake is when, during the process of downloading the "full product", they state in (what seemed to me) a hostile manner, "You've got two weeks to use this link to download your purchase. After that, you'll have to get hold of us and ask permission to have another link sent to you." Now, this is the electronic equivalent of "get the crap you bought, and get out of our site" (pun intended). I'm just not sure which comes across louder and clearer: the fact that they don't trust (and possibly loathe)their paying customer base, the fact that all they do trust and care about is money, or the inescapable feeling that instilling fear and intimidation into their fan base is somewhat of a hobby for them. Know what? It really doesn't matter which of these messages they were trying to convey to me, what comes across loud and clear is this: STEER CLEAR OF THIS ONE, BOYS AND GIRLS...I sure wish I had.