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Take control of Lil Tanks and defend the Earth from The Cuur. Pilot your tank through several unique locations around the world and stop the alien scourge from terraforming our planet for their liking.

- Hardcore

Want even more of a challenge? Try Hardcore mode!

Unlock medals by completing objectives throughout the campaign. Each medal provides an additional challenge to make your experience tougher. Before each stage, choose which medals you wish to activate. Test your skill with one medal, or several at a time. Customize the playthrough to your liking!

- Endless

Your are pitted against an endless onslaught of Cuur. See how long you can survive against wave after wave of alien invaders!


Designed with a gamepad in mind, Lil Tanks comes with Xbox 360 controller support including vibration feedback. Of course you can still use your keyboard if you prefer.


Earn XP for every enemy you defeat. When you earn enough, unlock permanent upgrades to your tank like enhanced shielding, spread shot and more!

Having trouble getting through a difficult section? Keep at it! Your level does not reset when you die. Come back stronger each time and let The Cuur have it!


In addition to your tank's upgrades, be on the lookout for powerups dropped by enemies. Equip Wide Shot, Flame Shot or the Chaser to boost your tank's weaponry. You can also swap powerups with your partner at any time during your mission!


Don't want to head into battle alone? Battle the Cuur with another player controlling Lil Tank to help clear the way!

The human race rests on your shoulders. No pressure.

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SAN FRANCISCO – April 4, 2017 – The retro shoot 'em up Lil Tanks is now available on Steam! With impeccable pixel art, animation and music, Lil Tanks pays homage to genre classics while delivering a top-notch campaign including both single-player and co-op gameplay.

The Cuur have invaded Earth and started terraforming the planet – reshaping the terrain and tinkering with the atmosphere. In a last-ditch effort, Humanity’s greatest minds have come together to create a prototype vehicle program – code-named “Lil Tanks.”

You’re dropped right in the middle of a chaotic battlefield where quick reflexes and weapon mastery are critical to victory. Be prepared to face off against more than 20 unique enemies – including laser turrets, aircraft, mechs, and deadly bosses who will stop at nothing to destroy your tank. Battle the Cuur across four different environments ranging from deserts and swamps to tundras and volcanic wastes. Luckily, a companion Lil Tank joins you in battle – so you never have to fight alone. This Lil Tank is indestructible and can operate independently – or be piloted by a local co-op player.

Turn your tank into the ultimate Cuur-killing death machine with a robust RPG system. Level up and you’ll be able to equip upgrades such as a shield, double shot, speed booster, triple shot, wide shot, spread shot, and missiles. Your level does not reset when you die, so you can come back stronger and better equipped after each defeat. Collect power-ups dropped by enemies on the battlefield – and unleash a flurry of missiles, a burst of flames ... or even an electrifying lightning gun!

Lil Tanks features four different game modes to test your skills. Campaign mode pits you against the Cuur as you fight to take back your planet from their control and save Humanity. Activate Hardcore mode by collecting medals throughout the campaign; each medal provides a different challenge that makes Lil Tanks even tougher. In Endless mode, see how long you can survive a never-ending onslaught of Cuur. Boss Training lets you practice exterminating bosses so that you can develop the perfect strategy for future encounters.

“From humble beginnings, Lil Tanks has grown into an insanely addictive arcade shoot 'em up inspired by countless quarter-munchers from our childhood,” says Andrew Pungprakearti, co-founder of Lead Money Games. “The game has come a long way since the first prototype, which skewed more toward tower defense than all-out action,” adds Anthony Meschi, co-founder of Lead Money Games. “We hope Steam users have a blast and experience what made the ‘80s and ‘90s such an incredible time to be a gamer.”

Key Features

  • Play through 4 different game modes: Campaign, Hardcore, Endless, and Boss Training.
  • Engage more than 20 unique types of enemies – including mechs, laser turrets, aircraft, and more.
  • Destroy the Cuur’s forces to level up and unlock permanent shield and weapon upgrades.
  • Find power-ups dropped by enemies and unleash even more destruction!
  • Team up with a friend who can pilot your indestructible companion tank in local co-op.
  • Defend the planet from the Cuur assault across four different environments – such as deserts, swamps, tundras, and volcanic wastes.
  • Rock out to an original soundtrack composed by Kelly Warner – whose music has been featured on Comedy Central, MTV, NBC, ESPN, and more.

Changelog (since first public demo)

  • Updated menus
  • Intro/outro cutscenes
  • Dialogue scenes between stages
  • Unlockable tank duos
  • Additional stages
  • Weapon swap mechanic
  • Adjusted difficulty
  • Boss Training mode
  • Endless mode with online leaderboard
  • Achievements (Steam)
  • 7 unlockable gameplay mods
  • Screen size options

Pricing & Availability

Lil Tanks is now available on Steam (PC/Mac/Linux) for only $7.99 (20% off). The game will return to its original $9.99 pricing after one week (April 11).

Steam URL: Store.steampowered.com

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About Lead Money Games

Co-founded by Andrew Pungprakearti and Anthony Meschi in 2014, Lead Money Games is a humble, two-person development studio located in the Bay Area (Rohnert Park, California). Lil Tanks is the duo's premier title, which has evolved from a tower defense game for mobile to an action-packed desktop side-scroller. For more information about Lead Money Games, please visit www.leadmoneygames.com.


Media Contact

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