In order to play Pocket Tanks with another PC, both PCs must be on the same Local Area Network (LAN). To play a PC not on your LAN, both computers must use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to connect as though they were on the same LAN.
When creating a VPN connection, any PC that connects to the VPN is treated as though it were locally connected. With such a connection, Pocket Tanks is able to detect other players in the VPN no matter their physical location. According to the official Pocket Tanks forum, Hamachi is a popular service for quick and convenient access to VPN servers. The Evolve client also supports Pocket Tanks connections.
The player chooses from a selection of weapons on consecutive turns with her opponent. Once a weapon has been chosen, the player determines the angle of her shot to ensure that her opponent is hit or enough dirt is damaged to potentially bury the target. Players can also adjust the strength of their shots prior to firing their weapons.
"Pocket Tanks" includes a variety of weapons to choose from, including the Firecracker, Dirt Mover, Napalm, Skipper and Cruiser. Players can also choose to upgrade their games from the free version to a Deluxe version which adds approximately 100 new weapons to their artilleries. The Deluxe version of "Pocket Tanks" also adds new functionality to a player's tank, such as Jump Jets and an underground digging function.
"Pocket Tanks" was initially created by Michael P. Welch in 2001. As of 2015, the game is available to be purchased from the Google Play Store, the Amazon Appstore, the Windows Store and the Apple App store.