In BattleZone the player maneuvers a tank from a first person perspective through a battlefield, shooting other tanks, UFOs, and other enemies. The game is controlled by two joysticks, each of which controls one of the tank’s treads, and a fire button on top of the right joystick.
BattleZone uses a vector monitor mounted low in the cabinet with the screen pointed upward. The interior of the cabinet is designed to look like the inside of a futuristic tank, and the image from the monitor is reflected onto the rear wal of the cabinet.
BattleZone was designed by Ed Rotberg and produced by Atari in 1980. A modified version was used by the U.S. military as a training simulator for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.