has released a demo version of ThinkTanks, the Mac-first 3D action game created by BraveTree Productions.
ThinkTanks is a modern variation on old-school games like Atari’s own Combat. The game incorporates modern amenities like network multiplayer support and sophisticated 3D graphics, but employs simple game play where you assume control of a tank and maneuver it around rolling terrain as you blast other players and computer controlled tanks, as well.
Players can choose from multiple tank types, each suited with different armor and performance abilities. The game sports different gameplay styles depending on which terrain is selected for each vehicle. And in addition to playing online, gamers can also go up against bots in a single player mode, or even set up their own system as a host server.
The game was developed using GarageGames’ Torque Game Engine, a 3D game technology originally developed by use for Sierra’s popular Tribes 2 game. GarageGames, founded by developers formerly affiliated with Sierra’s Dynamix group, went independent and market the Torque Game Engine to third party developers for a low up-front cost. The technology has also been used for the games Marble Blast and Orbz, both of which have been made for the Mac as well. ThinkTanks is being released for Mac first, with Windows and Linux versions to follow in a few weeks.
The demo version of ThinkTanks requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later; 64MB RAM; with OpenGL-compatible 3D graphics acceleration and at least 16MB VRAM. You can download the 13MB demo from