7 March 2012

Free Game Art: Tank Wars!

This is free art – it is under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Type: iPhone, iPhone Retina, iPad

Download the art here, or read on for an explanation.

Tank Wars

Pablo Ruiz over at the Ray Wenderlich blog has cooked up a tutorial about how to make a game similar to Advance Wars, so naturally I was asked to make a set of art for it.

Tank Wars free game art

Fight to your heart's content.

This game pack is an isometric view tile set, and is not to be confused with the War Tanks game pack, which is a top-down tile set. :]

Unlike most of the free art sets on the site, this pack contains both regular and retina sized sprites, so that you don’t have to do the resizing yourself.

Suggested Game Play

The idea is an isometric turn-based strategy game. Each player has control of one army, composed of units with specific abilities (two types of tanks, a helicopter, foot soldiers). They are trying to defeat the other player’s army and/or capture their opponent’s headquarters.

The game pack could also be used for an isometric action game, since the units have sprites that face all four directions rather than just right and left.

Game Pack Contents

There are two types of background tiles, two landscape objects, several units for each army, and some UI components. Also included are six fonts that go with the game’s UI.

Background Tiles

  • Grass: a single sprite, repeatable.
  • Water: 20 sprites, with grass edges. You should be able to make most configurations with these, although you may need to layer the corners over top in order to connect all the edges properly.

Landscape Objects

  • Mountain
  • Trees
Free game art isometric war game

Headquarters, mountain, trees, attack crosshair, and move cursor

UI and Gameplay Components

  • Attack crosshair
  • Move cursor
  • Toolbar for iPhone – see mockup at beginning of post.
  • Toolbar button
  • Popup menu background
  • Display Box to show player’s turn, gold accumulated, etc.
  • Button: Use wherever you need one!
Free game art isometric tank wars

Mockup of turn box and button UI

Army Units

Each of these comes in red and blue.

  • Tank 1: 4 sprites
  • Tank 2: 4 sprites
Free game art isometric war tanks

Tanks, and more tanks

  • Foot Soldier: 4 sprites
  • Helicopter: 4 sprites
  • Headquarters: 1 sprite (shown up above with the landscape elements)
Free game art isometric helicopter and soldier

Helicopters and soldiers


  • Explosion animation: 7 sprites! There’s an animated GIF in the ZIP file so you can see it put together.
  • Game-Over screens: one for victory, one for defeat, and one blank victory screen for putting the text of your choice in the center (as in “Player One Wins!”)
  • Fonts: a dark font in two sizes, and a silver font. These can be used on the various UI components so that they match the overall feel of the game.
Free game art isometric war game

Win / Lose screens


As always, I LOVE to hear about what games you make with the free art on this site – if you finish a game with it, send me an email via my Contact page or direct message me on twitter!

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  1. asktomsk says:

    Perfect as always!

  2. Annette says:

    Thanks for the artwork. It’s great as always. I’m probably being a little dense but what are the water_17.png through water_20.png images for? Are they the corners you mentioned?

  3. Vicki says:

    Glad you like them!

    @Annette – Yes, those are the corners I mentioned. I found that I needed to layer them overtop the other tiles to finish off the edges occasionally. I am working on an upgrade that would have all permutations so that you don’t need to do that, but this way works fine.

  4. Tammy Neon says:

    Hello, great artwork!

    You said Pablo Ruiz is making a game using this art, however I don’t see a Pablo on Ray’s team? http://www.raywenderlich.com/about

    Is this tutorial still being made? I hope so!


  5. Bill Maguire says:

    Very cool. Not being an artist, and not having money yet to pay for artists, this stuff is great!

    You definitely have me beat hands down in the artist category :)


  6. vwenderlich says:

    Haha, you’re welcome! Let me know if you make a game with it – I’d love to see it in action!

  7. Bill Maguire says:

    Ok u bet.
    I got lots to do but I’ll let you know!

  8. Hey there just wanted to give you
    a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen
    in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser
    compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.

    The design look great though!
    Hope you get the problem solved soon.

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