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Assault Rigs

DOS - 1996

Also available on: SEGA Saturn

Alt name アサルトリグス
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom
Genre Action
Theme Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter, Tank
Publisher Psygnosis Limited
Developer Psygnosis Limited
Perspectives 1st-Person, 3rd-Person
4.28 / 5 - 18 votes

Description of Assault Rigs

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Assault Rigs is a fun 3D tank game that combines the best elements of Battlezone and - yes - Pac-Man.

In this fun action game, futuristic tanks duke it out in a furious deathmatch, gathering up as many gems as they can while navigating the maze-like arena. You can choose between three tanks to drive, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. One tank is heavily armored but slow, one is fast but weak, and one that offers a balance between armor and speed. Although the tanks look similar to real-life tanks, Assault Rigs' focus on arcade gameplay makes no concession to realism: tanks can bounce off walls with no damage, and they move much faster than any real tank. One nice touch of realism is that it takes a while to get the right side up again if you flip over - during which your opponents will have plenty of time to shoot you as much as they can.

Similar to most other multiplayer shooting games, there is a number of power-ups scattered around the level, here in the form of glowing cubes. You shoot the cubes to uncover extra armor, faster guns, and various weapon power-ups including both conventional ones like the heat- seeking missiles and bouncing bullets (a nod to Atari's classic Combat), and innovative weapons such as the computer virus you can shoot to inflict bio-mechanical diseases on enemy tanks. In all, there are twenty different power-ups, thus giving it a much greater variety than most other games of this type.

The graphics, as one can expect from a Psygnosis title, is excellent. With a lot of neon lights and psychedelic tanks, objects, and walls, the game recalls the light cycle scene in classic movie Tron. You can also view the carnage from five different camera perspectives, and watch your tank's turret morph into a different nozzle every time you collect a different weapon power-up. Another interesting feature is that as you advance in levels, the game's graphics style will begin to 'morph' from a fantasy/cyberpunk style to more 'realistic' style, by adding texture maps and shading to tanks and other objects. Perhaps a metaphor for art becoming reality? Well, you decide ;)

While the game can be played solo or in two player split-screen mode, the real fun is network play where up to eight players can play simultaneously. If you like Atari's Combat or Battlezone, you will definitely enjoy this fun underdog that was much better known on the Playstation console. Thumbs up!

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Craig 2019-08-07 0 point

@Gurkudrengur or ANYONE,

Did you eventually get this working? By the way, AZZ if you read this... have you considered making it a VR remake? given the fact that this was (within the confines of the game's universe) a VR sim anyways... it would be a nice nod, and somewhat ironic!

Azz 2013-07-10 2 points DOS version

I am currently working on a remake of Assault Rigs with all 41 classic levels in HD glory, a load more new levels, and possibly multi player and a level editor in the future.
Keep an eye on development at and spread the word!

Gurkudrengur 2013-03-25 -1 point DOS version

I cannot get this game to work!! I have followed the tutorial with D-Fend but I must be doing something wrong!

If anyone could PLEASE help me with this send me an e-mail at

Amon 2012-07-10 0 point DOS version

I can see where Robot Wars got their ideas from, this is a great game. Hell, Twisted Metal surely stole some of the ideas of Assault Rigs making this game even better. 10/10

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