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winSPMBT: Main Battle Tank
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 Computer Game: Windows
 Genre: Wargame
 Type: Turn based
 Maximum Players: 2
 Hot seat | e-Mail | Scenario creation
 Availability: Download only
 Developer: Camo Workshop
 Designers: Andrew Gailey and Don Goodbrand

The first sign of their appearance are the billowing dust clouds, and then over the horizon the low, ugly shapes are visible. Gears whine as turrets traverse, zeroing in on the lead elements. Seconds seem to turn into minutes as the final adjustments are made, as the platoon whispers a prayer and everyone waits. Then, it happens. The first vehicle crosses the designated point of action and the countryside erupts in flashes of flame and smoke. High velocity shells scream across fields and slam into their targets, turning what were once vehicles into burning hulks of metal and flesh. As quickly as it began it is over, and the hunters quickly move to alternate locations, leaving death and destruction behind.

This is the modern battlefield. This is winSPMBT.

winSPMBT is the Windows version of Steel Panthers Main Battle Tank (SPMBT). SPMBT is a classic super-mod for the fan favorite 1996 SSI game, Steel Panthers 2: Modern Battles. Developed by Camo Workshop, and available to the public for no cost, SPMBT followed in the treadmarks of their original super-mod for SP2, Steel Panthers World War II, first released in 1998. More than just a mod, SPMBT is a standalone game that totally reworks the original game. While the gameplay will be familiar to anyone who has spent time with Steel Panthers, the data and gameplay has been tweaked to provide gamers with the ultimate tactical experience.

Originally a DOS program SPMBT has now been upgraded into a full Microsoft Windows application. No longer will players be stuck running the game at 640x480, dealing with sound compatibility issues, or any of the other headaches involved with running DOS games in the 21st century.

winSPMBT includes everything that everyone loved with SPMBT, and turns it up to eleven. There are three brand new scenarios and one new campaign, bringing the grand total to over one hundred plus scenarios in the game! New terrains have been added, and terrain tile sets redone. Scores of OOB files have been updated, there are new and revised vehicle icons, and the AI can now target smoke signatures with artillery. The much requested barbed wire makes an appearance, and now vehicles can reverse out of troubled areas without having to expose their rear.

winSPMBT is available as a basic, free download or in a Enhanced Edition that must be ordered and downloaded. Both provide players with the exact same, free game but the Enhanced Edition includes helpful items like a printed quick start guide and nice goodies like higher possible resolutions, and a cut-n-paste map editor.

If you have not yet experienced why Steel Panthers, a game released an eternity ago in terms of computer gaming, is still considered one of the (if not THE) best tactical turn-based computer wargames ever, download the addiction right away and see how Camo Workshop has kept the game fresh and viable all these years!

"While winSPMBT is a pretty in-depth and detailed game, even the casual gamer will find it fun to play. If you are looking for a game with fancy graphics and requiring quick reflexes, this is not the game for you. If you are interested in a true "wargame" with mounds of detail and replay value, then winSPMBT should be added to your wish list." -- Mike Torrance, Strategy Zone Online

"So whether or not you've been around long enough to remember Squad Leader with paper counters and maps, if you're in the mood for a non-flashy, comprehensive tactical modern warfare game this one's a keeper." -- Bill Shefski, Gamezilla

"Thank you for updating this classic to Windows. I have missed playing this game. Shrapnel Games has a new loyal customer. And tell the developers they rock!"

"Again, many thanks to Don and Andy for their tireless efforts to make the world's best wargame even better."

winSPMBT Free Download Edition features:

♦  Fully Windows compatible up to Windows 8, allowing for either DirectX or GDI based graphics.

♦  Full screen or windowed mode.

♦  Supports resolutions of 640x480 and 800x600.

♦  97 terrain files representing 62 terrain types.

♦  As of the Version 15 release (2021) the game includes 522 scenarios and 21 campaigns with 462 custom maps and 7300 photos.

♦  Ninety-three(93) nations are represented in the game. As of the Version 15 release (2021) those OOB's contain 16,393 weapon entries, 39,468 unit entries and, 17,936 formation entries.

♦  There are 6 map zoom levels in the basic game and 9 in the enhanced version . Maps made in either winSPMBT or winSPWW2 will work in either game.

♦  When defending, the AI will place wire.

♦  Reversible vehicles! Tanks can back up, keeping their front armor towards the source of fire.

♦  Five PBEM save slots.

♦  Everything exhaustively researched.

winSPMBT Enhanced Edition features everything as above and:

♦  Higher resolutions! Play at up to 1600x1200, in either full screen or windowed and widescreen support with "Desktop" mode that, when set, automatically adjusts the game to fit your computer's current resolution.

♦  Encrypted, secure tournament play along with 250 secure PBEM save slots.

♦  Separate map editor with cut and paste function. Has twelve levels of undo/redo and the cut and paste function allows users to create one large campaign map and then cut areas out and paste to create multiple scenarios within the same area.

♦  Encrypted, secure tournament play. A tournament organizer can create a scenario and send out temporary passwords that allow the players to only play their turn, and will not allow them to load the game into the editor for a sneak peek.

♦  Class/type/date available encyclopedia sorting.

♦  Opfire filtering.

♦  PBEM campaign capability.

♦  Show/Hide Formation IDs.

♦  Ground Height/ Obstacle Height/ (Combined Height) and terrain Density reporting.

♦  General Support and Direct Support off-map artillery.

♦  Timed objectives.

♦  Wreck display - ON/OFF to better see the map during a battle.

♦  CampaignHack utility: Convert old DOS based campaigns to work with winSPMBT, including renumbering the existing campaigns. The enhanced edition also allows extraction of a campaigns scenarios into the main scenario menu.

Operating systems:
♦  Windows

General minimum requirements:
♦  Pentium II 500 MHz
♦  128 MB RAM
♦  Windows 95 and above
♦  Minimum 642 MB HDD Space
♦  DirectX 8.1 or better
♦  3D Accelerator with 32 MB RAM
♦  Windows Compatible Sound Card
♦  Windows Compatible Mouse

This is the free version of winSPMBT for the Windows platform. If you are purchasing the Enhanced Version, we have included this file so that you do not need to download it here. The 'Features' section will allow you to check out the differences between the two versions.

Please NOTE: After installing the free download game please check your version number at the bottom of the main game screen then click here and check if there are any patches that you can download.

Windows Free: 167.6 MB Download

We hope you enjoy your winSPMBT: Main Battle Tank free experience. Please contact customer service if you have any problems with this version.

Now more than ever, you should consider the Enhanced version. More features and content are being added each year that are not part of free version. You can purchase the Enhanced version here.

winSPMBT V17 Upgrade (2023)
The V17 Patch updates winSPMBT Version 16 to Version 17

Windows v.17: 11.6 MB Download

winSPMBT V16 Upgrade (2022)
The V16 Patch updates winSPMBT Version 10 and up to Version 16

Windows v.16: 119 MB Download

winSPMBT V10b Consolidation Upgrade (2016)
The 2016 Patch updates winSPMBT Ver. 6, Ver. 7 , Ver. 8 and Ver 9.1 to Ver 10 (April 2016).

Windows v.10b: 42.8 MB Download

winSPMBT: Main Battle Tank Consolidation Patch:
The Consolidation Patch updates winSPMBT to version 6.0.

Windows v.6.0: 99.2 MB Download

Please contact customer service if you have any problems with the patches.

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winSPMBT: Main Battle Tank is published by Shrapnel Games, Inc.

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