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'''''Hovertank 3D''''', also known under a variety of other names ('''Hovertank''', '''Hovertank 3-D''' or '''Hovertank One'''), is a [[vehicular combat game]] developed by [[id Software]] and published by [[Softdisk]] in April, 1991.
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'''''Hovertank 3D''''', also known under a variety of other names ('''Hovertank''', '''Hovertank 3-D''' or '''Hovertank One'''{{efn|The name ''Hovertank'' is used on the MS-DOS title screen. ''Hovertank 3-D'' is a name used in the start menu in Softdisk's 1992 [[Softdisk#Standalone programs and Gamer's Edge|Gamer's Edge]] release. ''Hovertank One'' is used on the box art and floppy disks of a 1991 mail-order release., is a [[vehicular combat game]] developed by [[id Software]] and published by [[Softdisk]] in April, 1991.
  
 
==Story==
 
==Story==
 
''Hovertank 3D'' is set during a [[:wikipedia:Nuclear warfare|nuclear war]]. In ''Hovertank 3D'', the player controls Brick Sledge, a [[mercenary]] hired by an unknown organization (referred to by the game as the "UFA") to rescue people from cities under the threat of nuclear attack (largely political activists or scientists), both by the government and by large corporations. However, the cities are also full of [[mutant|mutated]] humans, strange creatures, armed guards, and enemy hovertanks.
 
''Hovertank 3D'' is set during a [[:wikipedia:Nuclear warfare|nuclear war]]. In ''Hovertank 3D'', the player controls Brick Sledge, a [[mercenary]] hired by an unknown organization (referred to by the game as the "UFA") to rescue people from cities under the threat of nuclear attack (largely political activists or scientists), both by the government and by large corporations. However, the cities are also full of [[mutant|mutated]] humans, strange creatures, armed guards, and enemy hovertanks.
  
== Gameplay ==
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== Gameplay ==]
 
The player must drive a hovertank through the levels and try to find the people Brick is supposed to rescue. There are also many enemies in the levels, who are hunting down the people as well as the player. The player can keep track of both people and enemies in the radar box at the bottom of the screen. There is also a timer that counts how long until the nuke is dropped. Once all the living people are collected a yellow teleporter appears somewhere in the level, and the player must find it to win. Then the player receives their fee, based on the number of people safely rescued, and how fast the operation was completed. All damage to the hovertank is repaired at the end of the level.
 
The player must drive a hovertank through the levels and try to find the people Brick is supposed to rescue. There are also many enemies in the levels, who are hunting down the people as well as the player. The player can keep track of both people and enemies in the radar box at the bottom of the screen. There is also a timer that counts how long until the nuke is dropped. Once all the living people are collected a yellow teleporter appears somewhere in the level, and the player must find it to win. Then the player receives their fee, based on the number of people safely rescued, and how fast the operation was completed. All damage to the hovertank is repaired at the end of the level.
  
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===Legacy===
 
===Legacy===
 
The [[source code]] to the game, now owned by [[Flat Rock Software]], was released in June 2014 under the [[GNU General Public License]] in a manner similar [[John Carmack#Free software|those done]] by id and partners.
 
The [[source code]] to the game, now owned by [[Flat Rock Software]], was released in June 2014 under the [[GNU General Public License]] in a manner similar [[John Carmack#Free software|those done]] by id and partners.
 
 
==Impact and Reception==
 
==Impact and Reception==
 
''Hovertank 3D'' is a landmark in first person game graphics. Other 3D games at the time, such as [[flight simulator]]s and other games (such as [[Alpha Waves]]) that had more detailed environments, were noticeably slower.
 
''Hovertank 3D'' is a landmark in first person game graphics. Other 3D games at the time, such as [[flight simulator]]s and other games (such as [[Alpha Waves]]) that had more detailed environments, were noticeably slower.
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== Notes ==
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== References ==
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==External links==
 
==External links==

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