Atanks a multi-platform Scorched Earth clone similar to the Worms series of games

Annihilate the other tanks to earn money, then spend it on bigger and better shields and weapons to wipe out the opposition.
Features a wide array of weapons, AI players, destructible landscape, weather, parachutes, teleports and a wide range of other features.
Runs on any platform Allegro runs on, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
See the Screenshots and the Weapons, Devices and Shields in the latest version.

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 Latest News things that happened most recently

  • 11/02/2016 - Atomic Tanks 6.5
    We have released a very minor update to Atomic Tanks which addresses a number of build issues. This version of Atomic Tanks should work with reproducible builds. No game play changes have been made for this release.

  • 12/21/2015 - Atomic Tanks 6.4
    We are happy to announce a new release of Atomic Tanks is now available for download. The new release, version 6.4, carries a number of bug fixes and minor improvements. Perhaps the most visual change is more funky behaviour in the funky bombs and the AI players handle napalm better.

  • 08/01/2015 - Atomic Tanks 6.3
    We are pleased to announce the launch of Atomic Tanks 6.3. The new version is a major overhaul from past releases. The new version includes a lot of improved code and was made with the hard work of developer Sven. The latest release of Atanks fixes many stability issues, offers a a snappier menu system and the AI is better at buying and aiming. (So be careful out there!)

    Sven has also improved unicode support, added more in-code documentation and explosions make bits of dirt and debris fly around. As a bonus, it should now be easier to compile Atanks on Windows. You can get the latest release from our download page.

  • 05/26/2015 - Windows build of Atomic Tanks 6.2
    Billy Buerger has kindly put together a Windows build of Atomic Tanks 6.2. It can be downloaded directly using this link. Please note Buerger reports the Windows version of Atanks may offer poor performance on Windows 10, but has been found to work properly on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

  • 04/05/2015 - Atomic Tanks 6.2
    We are pleased to announce a new version of Atomic Tanks. This release mostly contains bug fixes and optimizations. People playing Atanks should find the Options screen cleaner and more stable, less prone to displaying random characters. A lot of code clean up has happened too, thanks to the efforts of Bruno Victal and Daniel Gutson.

    People building Atanks from source code should find the process produces fewer warnings and a reduction in code size should make the process a little faster.

  • 12/16/2014 - Atomic Tanks 6.1
    Billy Buerger very kindly did some work on Atomic Tanks and we are very happy to share his improvements with all of you. The latest version of Atomic Tanks now features an in-round scoreboard so you can see who is winning and what order the players will take their turns. The scoreboard can be turned on/off by using the "~" key. Other improvements include smoother turn switching, rollers weapons react properly when hitting steel walls and games where the AI is playing itself go on for a full minute instead of just ten seconds. Plus, navigating the store/buying screen should work better now when using the keyboard.

    Many thanks to Billy Buerger for all these improvements. Pleasant tank commanding and happy holidays, everyone!

  • 06/24/2014 - Atomic Tanks 6.0 for Windows
    With many thanks to Daniel Ford for putting in all the hard work, we are happy to announce Atomic Tanks 6.0 now runs on Windows. It has been a while since we had a native Windows build and we are grateful to Daniel for putting together this port of Atomic Tanks for Windows. You can find a copy of Atanks for Windows by following the Downloads link to the left of this page.

  • 06/01/2014 - Atomic Tanks release 6.0
    We are happy to announce the availablility of a new version of Atomic Tanks. Atanks 6.0 contains a few bug fixes which should improve stability and reduce memory leakage. We have also added a new feature. During battle rounds the player can press "v" to decrease audio volume and "V" (shift+v) to increase volume. Thanks to Sven and Daniel for providing the bulk of the work in this release.

  • 03/29/2014 - Atomic Tanks release 5.9
    This latest version of Atomic Tanks patches a few minor issues and should make the game more stable, especially when dealing with networked games. The fixes in this release are due to the kind contributions of Daniel Gutson.

  • 01/27/2014 - Atomic Tanks release 5.8
    This new version of Atanks is a bug fix release. For the past year we have had reports of Atanks crashing at random times or when changing settings in the Options screen. This problem has been traced back to the way newer versions of the GNU compiler handle optimizations. We have included a work around for this issue and squashed a few other bugs in the process. No new features are available in 5.8, this is a bug-fix release only.

  • 10/26/2012 - Atomic Tanks release 5.7
    This new release features a new tank type, the Mini. This little tank and its turrent have a small, classic look to them. This version also includes a fix for the Option menu crash. Versions of Atanks built with the GNU C++ compiler (version 4.7) would crash when accessing the Options screen and this has been corrected.

    There are some cases where menu items may show the incorrect text for the option, but this happens rarely and we are working to fix it for the next release, along with some new improvements.

  • 09/18/2012 - Atomic Tanks release 5.6
    A few minor problems were addressed in this release. A bug which could cause Atanks to crash during network play was fixed, licensing information was updated. The game should now compile properly on Windows (and other platforms where pthreads is not supported). A number of compiler warnings were cleaned up so the game now builds cleanly using Clang 3.0.

    One issue we have not been able to fix is a crash which occurs while accessing the Options screen. For some reason this only happens with copies of Atanks build on the Fedora Linux distribution. We have confirmed Atanks does not build cleanly on Fedora. This results in either an error during the build process or corrupted memory when running Atanks. However, we are not sure of the exact cause. Atanks continues to build properly on every other Linux distribution we have tested, FreeBSD and other platforms. If you get Atanks running on Fedora, please let us know how so we can apply the fix for everyone.

    Update: We believe the problem is the way in which some variables are declared in Atanks and how the GNU C++ complier (version 4.7) handles them. For now, the work around is to either build Atanks with an older version of GCC (version 4.6 is known to work) or use the Clang compiler. A proper fix for Atanks is being tested at the moment and Atomic Tanks 5.7 will include this fix to insure the game builds with the latest version of the GNU C++ compiler. Special thanks to Jon, Neil, Fabian and Ansgar for helping to track down the issue, patch it and run tests.

  • 05/17/2012 - Atomic Tanks release 5.5
    A small bug has been found in the Atomic Tanks makefiles. The bug was discovered and fixed by Ville. This is the only update to Atanks in 5.5.

  • 04/08/2012 - Atomic Tanks release 5.4
    We have a minor update to Atomic Tanks to present. This release, 5.4, updates the Portuguese language files and corrects some out of date documentation in the Russian README file. This release also applies a patch from the Gentoo distribution which should correct a few build issues. This is a bug-fix release and there are no new game features in 5.4.

  • 02/23/2012 - Atomic Tanks release 5.3
    A new update is available for Atomic Tanks. This release, version 5.3, is mostly a bug-fix release with some performance improvements. A number of memory leaks have been fixed, some un-needed variables were removed, some performance tuning was done. Work has been done to make Atanks more thread safe than it was before, which should make future development easier. Almost all of this work was volunteered by Nathan Mills who sent in many useful (and well documented) patches. Thank you, Nathan!

    We are still looking for someone to take over development on a more full-time basis. If you're interested in getting involved, please e-mail me.

  • 10/06/2011 - The forum:

    Over the past few months the Atomic Tanks forum has been hit by an increasing amount of spam. Since the forum is hardly ever used anymore and since we're not getting hit by dozens of spam message each day, the forum is being abondoned. We just don't have time to keep up with the inflow of garbage anymore.

    Should you wish to report a bug, send feedback, submit patches, translations or ask for help, please do so by contacting

  • 10/03/2011 - We have another minor update available. This release, version 5.2, fixes a few issues with the make/build/install process used by Atomic Tanks and improves the desktop icon on Linux systems. Game play should not be affected by these changes, so if Atanks is working fine for you, there isn't any need to upgrade to 5.2. This is a release to help packagers.

  • 06/30/2011 - There is now a minor update available which improves upon the close butotn behaviour of the 5.0 release. The 5.1 version will now close faster (skipping any remaining rounds). The close button should now also work properly if it is clicked during Demo Mode.

  • 06/04/2011 - There is a new version of Atomic Tanks available for download. This version, 5.0, is a minor bug fix release. The window's close button didn't work on the buying or during rounds and that has been fixed.

  • 04/16/2011 - The new release of Atomic Tanks, version 4.9, is ready for download. This is a minor update from 4.8 and the only major change is the inclusion of a new Italian translation, provided by Roby Alice.

  • 03/06/2011 - Atomic Tanks, version 4.8, is ready for download. This release fixes a few bugs. Specifically SDI lasers now fire in the correct direction, demo mode has been fixed and AI players can no longer buy weapons above their tech level.

    You can read the details for this release and an announcement at the forums.

    Atanks is currently looking for a new maintainer. If you have experience with C++ and would like to work on this very fun project, drop me a line at

  • 09/05/2010 - The new version of Atomic Tanks, 4.7, is now ready for download. This release is focused on fixing bugs and improving cross-platform support, specifically for Maemo users and FreeBSD. You can read the details on forum.

  • 08/23/2010 - Atomic Tanks recently got some love from the Puppy Linux community. Dinosoep and Ttuuxxx put together Puppy packages (pets) for Atomic Tanks and our supporting game library, Allegro. You can grab these new pet packages from our download page. Thanks to Dinosoep and Ttuuxxx for putting these together.

  • 08/20/2010 - I am happy to report that Atomic Tanks has been officially ported to FreeBSD. Users on FreeBSD (and it's children) can access Atanks from the Ports collection.

  • 07/18/2010 - Good news for Maemo users. If you have one of these mobile devices, you will be able to play Atomic Tanks on the go! CtHx has put together an install package for Atanks on the Maemo device. You can grab a copy from our download page.

    We have a more detailed announcement here:

  • 05/31/2010 - It is my pleasure to announce a new release, Atomic Tanks 4.6, is ready for download. This version brings Spanish language support, fixes volly weapons and includes a lot of code clean-up. Sound should now be fixed on Ubuntu and we've also moved to give OS X and BSD better support. At the moment, this release includes the source code and a PBI file for PC-BSD users. We will hopefully have a Windows package up soon too.

    You can read more details on this release over at the forum.

    I would like to dedicate this release to Jason, the newest member of our family. We're very happy to have him.

  • 05/25/2010 - I am happy to announce that we are expanding support for BSD users, including OS X. It's a work in progress, but I hope to have better support the BSD family in the upcoming 4.6 version. Until then, we have a token for PC-BSD users, a PBI package which should work on PC-BSD 8. You can download and try the package here. Please test it out and let us know what you think on the forum.

  • 04/09/2010 - Today we release Atomic Tanks 4.5. This new version fixes a few bugs, but mostly focuses on networking. People running on Linux (and compatible systems) will be able to set up and play network games. The process is still a little crude, but we're getting there. Please see our Readme file for details on setting up and connecting to network games. You can read the detailed changes which went into this release on our forum.

    This release is dedicated to a very brave tank commander and special lady, Lori Matthews. Wishing you all the best, Lori.

  • 03/04/2010 - This note is to announce the availablity of Atomic Tanks version 4.4, which is now ready for download. There are just a few changes in 4.4 over the previous 4.3 release, all of them bug fixes. To learn more about 4.4, please see the release notes on our forum.

  • 01/15/2010 - I am happy to annouce Atomic Tanks version 4.3. This is mostly a bug fix release to make the game more stable. The title screen has received a face lift too.

    As usual, you can read the details on our forum.

  • 12/02/2009 - This note is to announce the arrival of Atomic Tanks, version 4.2. This release covers a number of bug fixes, some improved translations, new tank themes and some network play. The network play is still very crude, but I'm hoping to improve upon that in the near future.

    In addition, I'd like to add that this release is dedicated to my brother, Mike. Happy birthday!

    You can read the details about this release on the forum.

  • 11/10/2009 - The Windows version of Atomic Tanks 4.1 is now ready for download.

  • 10/30/2009 - Mark O'Neil recently did a review on Portable Apps, a project which supplies programs which can be run self-contained from a USB stick. In his review, he covers Atomic Tanks, flatteringly calling it "the best of the bunch" in the games section. Thanks Mark!

  • 10/28/2009 - I am happy to announce that Atomic Tanks, version 4.1, is ready to download. This release is focused on adding new weapons and making it easier to translate the game text. We're also making progress on network play, but it's not ready yet.
    You can read more here, on the forum.

  • 10/03/2009 - Version 4.0 of Atomic Tanks is now ready for download. This release is focused on cleaning up existing bugs and increasing support for Russian and German translations. It's advised that everyone upgrade to this version as it runs smoother and fixes a few bugs which would causes the game to crash.

    You can read more details about this version on our forum.

  • 09/05/2009 - Atomic Tanks was features on the Source Forge Community Blog. You can read the entry here.

    On another note, the Windows version of Atomic Tanks 3.9 is ready! You can grab a copy from our Downloads page.

  • 08/31/2009 - The release of Atomic Tanks 3.9 is upon us. There have been a lot of changes for this version and I'll just cover a few of them here. Sounds and images have been moved out of the data files and are now more accessible. Anyone can change the look and sound of Atanks and share their changes with their friends.

    Also, a new page has been added to this website. The Add-on section will host links to music, sound effects, images and custom backgrounds that people want to share with the rest of the Atanks community. Drop the project an e-mail if you have material to share.

    For a full list of changes, please see this post on the forum.

  • 07/25/2009 - I am happy to annouce the release of Atomic Tanks, version 3.8! This new stable release is focused on making the game run more efficently and fixing bugs. However, we also have three new weapons for your fighting pleasure. You can read more about it on our forum. This time around, we're also able to offer the source code and a Windows build at the same time. Thanks to BillyBuerger for making this possible.

    On another note, the project is looking for people who can help make Atomic Tanks even better. Can you translate text into another language? Can you draw? How about convert Linux code into the Windows equivalent? Do you have a music ear and have better sound effects? Have an idea of how we can improve the website? If so, I'd like to hear from you. Please e-mail me.

  • 06/27/2009 - Who wants a fresh helping of Atomic Tanks, with chunky new features? I know I do! Well, a new Atomic Tanks, 3.7, is ready for download. You can read all about it on the forum.

    A note to everyone. This is the first version of Atomic Tanks in a long time which will be offered to two different flavors, Stable and Experimental. Both have new features and, we hope, you find both solid. However, Expeirmental carries more new features and ideas, while the Stable branch tries to be more conservative. Enjoy!

    Update: There is now a version of this release for Windows on the Dowloads page.

  • 06/02/2009 - Today brings a new dawn, or at least a new release. Atomic Tanks, version 3.6, is now ready for download. Our previous version, 3.5, added a lot of new and interesting features and this release is focused on polishing and bug fixes. The only two new features are some smoother menu navigation and Slovak language support. This release also restores support for game settings for version of Atanks prior to 3.5. Please grab a copy and let us know what you think on the forums.

  • 03/20/2009 - Today brings the latest and greatest release of Atomic Tanks Version 3.5 contains a whole lot of improvements, bug fixes and pushes to make the game its most challenging and fun yet! At the moment we just have the source code for download, but that should change shortly. Please grab a copy and let us know what you think.


    Update: A few bugs were found and fixed right after the release of Atanks 3.5. These things happen sometimes, though we try our best to avoid them. A new package, atanks-3.5-r1.tar.gz has been posted. If you downloaded the original, please replace it with the 3.5-r1 package.

    Another update: The Windows version of Atomic Tanks is now ready for download.

  • 09/28/2008 - Today I am glad to annouce the release of Atomic Tanks version 3.2! This release comes with a wide variety of bug fixes and improvements. Several volunteers have worked for the past two months to polish Atanks and I think everyone will be happy with the result. You are encouraged to grab the latest version from our download page, and post feedback on the forum.

    Happy tanking!

  • 07/28/2008 - I am happy to annouce the arrival of Atomic Tanks 3.1. This release clears up a number of bugs which were found in 3.0. Specifically, some Windows bugs were corrected, issues with firing chain missiles were fixed and the game should no longer crash when trying to load games. Also, I'm glad to say we intorduced a new feature: timed shots. Optionally, you can now decide how long each player gets to fire.

    As usual, please see the forum for more details and report and bugs or make suggestions there.

  • 05/30/2008 - Here it is, Atomic Tanks version 3.0 is on its way to the download servers. This release is mostly bug fixes, but some serious improvements have been made. The game now has better fog, easier game loading, an improved satellite and the AI is getting smarter. Vist our download page to take a look at this new release. As usual, please make any comments or bug reports on the form.

  • 03/26/2008 - Today marks the release of Atanks version 2.9. There are a lot of small improvements and bug fixes in this release, including a new weapon and better targeting sytem. You can grab the latest release from our download page, or read about it on the forum.

  • 02/17/2008 - I am happy to annouce the release of Atomic Tanks version 2.8. This release brings a number of new changes, including a new weapon, the MIRV; a new experimental targeting system; a optinional weapons satellite that takes shots at the battle field; the AI will now use items such as teleport; and it's now possible to play a game without any dirt on the map. There were also a number of fixes introduced in this release. You can read more about the changes to Atomic Tanks on this forum post.

  • 12/17/2007 - It was one year ago today that I annouced new life coming into Atomic Tanks. Since then, Atomic Tanks has gone through eight releases, fixing numberous bugs and adding small features. Atomic Tanks has spread to be included in at least two new Linux distributions and has been featured in gaming magazines. I call that a success. I am glad to annouce that I am happy to continue working on Atomic Tanks and I hope that members of the community will continue to aid in the development of this fun little game. I couldn't do this without the hard work of artists, packagers, documentation writers and people offering up suggestions and bug reports. Thank you all.

    I would like to mark this occasion by releasing Atomic Tanks v2.7. At the moment, this is just a source and .rpm release, but I hope a Windows version will soon follow. Please see this forum post for details of what's changed since the previous release.

    Update: a package for Windows has now been released. You can grab a copy from our download page.

  • 11/08/2007 - Today brings the release of Atomic Tanks version 2.6! It's been a while in the making, but we have some interesting features to share. The most important ones are more Portuguese language support and the ability to save and load games. You can get details from the Atomic Tanks forum.

    Please see our download page to grab this new release.

  • 08/15/2007 - I am happy to annouce the arrival of Atomic Tanks version 2.5! This release brings a few new features, including bright, new colours; teams and cartoony gravity. You can read more about the new stuff on the forum or visit our download page to see it in action!

  • 06/26/2007 - The 2.4 release of Atomic Tanks is finally here! This new release fixes a number of bugs, adds a new wall type and also includes some important changes which should help future development. You can read the full annoucement on the forum.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed code, reported bugs and made suggestions. I'm hoping the next release will add more features and be less technical.

    Update: The Windows package of Atomic Tanks is now ready for download.

    -- Jesse

  • 04/07/2007 - A new release of Atomic Tanks is even now on its way to the download mirrors! Atomic Tanks 2.3 is being released in both source code and Windows versions. This new version includes some minor cosmetic changes, some bug fixes and a new device. You can read the full annoucement on the forums.

    -- Jesse

  • 03/15/2007 - We've made some website changes. A few things have been moved, a few pages have been updated. The biggest change is that the Atomic Tanks website no longer uses PHP. This is to make updates a little more simple and to avoid any problems that result from this being the month of PHP bugs. We expect the transition to be smooth. However, if you spot a problem with our web pages, please send an e-mail.

    -- Jesse

  • 03/09/2007 - Annoucing the release of Atomic Tanks 2.2! There are some exciting new features in this release, a few new devices and a handful of bug fixes. You can read the full annoucement here on the forums. At this time, the release is source-only, but a version for Windows is in the works. Many thanks to everyone who helped out making this the best release of Atomic Tanks to date!

    Update: The Windows version of Atomic Tanks is ready for download. Please see the download page for the package. Many thanks to Keilaron for providing this package.


  • 02/24/2007 - I am happy to annouce Atomic Tanks 2.1 is now ready for download. You can grab a copy from here. At this time, Atanks-2.1 is packages for Windows and plain source code. This release has some new and interesting features, which I have explained on the forums.


    Update: A review of Atomic Tanks has been posted on Victory Games. The review is in Polish and I'm sorry to say I'm unable to read much of it. However, for those of you who can read Polish, the review is here.

  • 01/15/2007 - Keilaron has kindly supplied a Windows binary of Atomic Tanks 2.0. Thank you, Keilaron. Anyone wishing to run Atanks on Windows is encouraged to grab the self-extracting file from here.

    -- Jesse

  • 01/10/2007 - M, from the Debian team, found a rather nasty bug in Atanks-2.0. To correct this, I have pulled the download from this site. A fixed version (Atanks-2.0-final) is now making its way to a Sourceforge mirror near you. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    -- Jesse

  • 01/09/2007 - The final release of Atomic Tanks 2.0 is here! This release differs just slightly from the beta-2 release, adding some minor tweaks and code fixes. Please download, test and play!

    Special thanks to the Debian team and everyone who contributed to this release.

    -- Jesse