Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Release date:
Winter, 2015

Custom Hardware


Regular Price:


Tank Top is a simple, two-player tank game, inspired by Tank on the Atari, which is played on a custom cylindrical LED display. Two players sit across from each other with the game in between, each with a custom joystick controller to move their tank, and fire. The cylindrical field contains walls that require navigation, which is only performed diagonally. As players move around the cylinder into the natural fog-of-war, it becomes harder to see their player, and more dangerous. Bullets fired bounce around, but can be used strategically to trap and kill the opposing tank.


This custom hardware game was made for Train Jam 2015, an amazing game jam organized by Adriel Wallick which takes place days prior to the Game Developers Conference. Tank Top was built using many items found on the train, such as an ice bucket, Lysol wipes container, dixie cups, and finally two white wine bottles as the player controllers. Creating the custom LED display is a single string of 240 RGB LEDs, wrapped in such a way to create a diagonal coordinate system on which the game plays out. More details about the Train Jam can be found here: http://trainjam.com/


  • Head to head tank action!
  • Bright lights!
  • Reused garbage!


Tank Top at Bit Bash YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Fantastic Arcade, Official Selection" Austin, TX, 28 September, 2015
  • "Bit Bash, Official Selection" Chicago, IL, 22 August, 2015
  • "Train Jam Game Display at GDC" San Francisco, CA, 2 March, 2015

Selected Articles

  • "Why did Belich hot-glue a pile of trash together on a train? To make a cylindrical version of the classic Atari game called Tank, of course."
    - Charlie Hall, Polygon

About Jerrytron

Jerry Belich is an alternative game designer, using hardware, electronics, and software to create immersive interactive and storytelling experiences. He went independent in 2013 after a decade of professional software development, now consulting for other indies and companies in game design, narrative writing, and installation work. His first hardware project, the award winning Choosatron, has traveled all over the world, featured at dozens of events, and sparked imaginations all along the way! He plans on continuing creating his own inventions and games, and hopes to help many others to do the same through his talks, workshops, and being open about his own work.

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Tank Top (Cylindrical Tank) Credits

Jerry Belich
Software / Hardware Game Designer

Joseph Bain
Sound Developer

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