War of the Human Tanks is a story driven strategy game with a gameplay reminiscent of Battleship and Chess, featuring a story of war, loyalty, sacrifice and human shaped tanks.
User reviews: Very Positive (246 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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"Outstanding grid-based strategy may puzzle some with its bizarre presentation, but JP game enthusiasts will love it's catchy music and VN style story."

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May 14

Two new Human Tanks games coming!

Human Tanks – ALTeR is the much-awaited second installment of the Human Tanks, Charge! series, and sequel to War of the Human Tanks. This time you assume command of the enemy of the first game, the Royal Army, and fight back for all you hold dear!

Human Tanks – Limited Operations is the last of the three games in the Human Tanks, Charge! series. In contrast to the first two games, Limited Operations has the player complete difficult missions with pre-assigned resources and face up against even harder opponents.


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These two new installments to the Human Tanks series are going to be released directly on Steam. War of the Human Tanks was localized by Fruitbat Factory and released worldwide September 2012. The Human Tanks, Charge! series is developed by Yakiniku Banzai!.

To add some music to the celebrations, Sound of the Human Tanks, music collection for the Human Tanks series, and 99 Spirits – Artbook & Soundtrack Pack can be found -50% off on Steam for the duration of this week.

(This is a cut from our latest press release. Check it out for full details on all of the five games we announced there.)

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Reviews

“It's absolutely a worthy title in its own right. The character banter is thoroughly entertaining, augmented by solid combat.”
3.5/5 – Clark A. - Digitally Downloaded

“Different in a strangely appealing way; and as a wargame, it is nicely designed and quite tense.”
Costik - Play This Thing

“If you're a military buff with a thing for anime then you'll definitely be interested in War of the Human Tanks.”
Matthew Kim - Twinfinite

About This Game

War of the Human Tanks is a story driven strategy game with a gameplay reminiscent of Battleship and Chess, featuring a story of war, loyalty, sacrifice and human shaped tanks.

This story takes place in a land vaguely reminiscent of modern-day Japan. In the twenty years since the first Human Tank was developed, the war raging between the Empire of Japon and the Kingdom of Japon has turned into a proxy war fought between Human Tanks on both sides.

The Empire of Japon once ruled the entire land of Japon. Now diminished and cornered, the Empire prepares to make its last stand as the tanks of the Kingdom of Japon draw close to its capital. Shoutaro Daihon'ei, Lieutenant of the Imperial Army moves out to the battlefield, followed closely by the loyal Human Tanks in his company.

Key Features

  • Fast-paced strategic battles in over 30 maps
  • Use resources earned from battles to develop new tanks
  • Customize your tanks with various modules to deadly effect
  • Multiple endings based on your performance
  • Replay the story keeping your previously earned units and resources
  • Free battle mode to practice and gather extra supplies
  • English localization features two all-new bonus maps, hand-drawn battle backgrounds and an improved user interface
  • Episodic TV drama style story with openings and endings changing by battle's progress

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
    • Processor: PentiumIII or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
A fast, original and very clever turn-based tactical combat game, which is a kind of modern version of Battleships.
Posted: September 27
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
War Of The Human Tanks has quite the weird premise in that, as you can guess, that the tanks used in battle are human or at least things that act and look human. The game has been developed by Yakiniku Banzai and published by Fruitbat Factory, and you can tell inspiration has come from the classic game of Battleship with an evolution to the formula. a bold task to undertake and one that has been well executed. It’s hard not to compare War Of The Human Tanks to battleship where you place your pieces on the board, while the AI does the same though neither side can see where the enemy positions are. Your pieces are combined of Command units which if destroyed means you lose the battle,Shock units that are basically bombs,Assault units that are the basic infantry, Battery that can do long range damage, Scouts which do recon, Interceptors which defend your units from incoming missiles and finally the Samurai/Knight tanks which are the only units that can evade attacks.These seven types are unlocked over the course of the campaign, and after each battle you can upgrade them by developing units with more weapons or modules that give certain advantages to different tanks. It's a good system to have because it keeps the game interesting as you decide how to shape your army as the battles get tougher.The actual war is mix of anticipation and luck.In War Of The Human Tanks the pieces move around, so at one point you may discover where a unit is then the next second that enemy could have moved onto one of the unknown squares.Its a mechanic that can lead to some tense battles, but they never stray into frustrating.In fact when you lose a battle it doesn’t seem unfair but instead a lesson, as you work out which tanks the enemy is fielding and figure out how to counter them. The game’s campaign is designed like it is a TV show with intros and end credits present before and after each battle. There will be story scenes before the battle giving both a background and adding more depth to the characters, then scenes after the battle showing character reactions. What I also liked is that outside of key battles you didn’t have to win them for the story to progress.If you’re looking for a cheap strategy title then this is definitely for you.
Posted: October 1
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33.9 hrs on record
An odd but great doujin game by Yakiniku Banzai! or Yakiniku Oh! Yeah!

Basically, a full scale war breaks out in Japon between the Imperial Army of the Empire and the Royal Army of the Kingdom. The primary weapons of war are artificially created beings called Human Tanks who are designed for the sole purpose of dying and combat. They are treated as weapons and have no humane rights whatsoever. You play as the laid back general of the Empire, Shoutaro Daihon'ei, as you push the overwhelming Royal Army away and strike back.

The game flows and plays very similar to the Super Robot Taisen series and most of the Strategic RPGs (SRPG) out there including Fire Emblem, Advance Wars and FFTactics. That is, you start with the story full of dialogues then you get into gameplay then the aftermath with more dialogues then finally an intermission; rinse and repeat. Unlike such Strategic RPGs however, its gameplay is in Real-Time. You can only move your tanks if you have established a connection with them or when "Connect" shows up. This means that you'll need to be on high alert AT ALL TIMES, making the game feel intense than other SRPGs. The game does tell you what you can do in the game and what to do, but certain crucial tips such as modules don't happen until slightly later so I highly recommend doing trial and error as you play. Futher, almost every tank dies in one hit; The only tanks that take a few hits are the "big ones" that take up more than one square; much like battleship. The object of the game is to either take out the enemy's command tanks, much like the king in chess, or achieve dominace on the battlefield, forcing them to retreat.

During Intermission, you may develop stronger tanks, purchase new ones, or enter a free battle on maps you've fought on. Playing through free battles for funding or crates is somewhat a grindfest and the enemy does little to change its tatics. However, I encourage you to play the free battles a lot it allows you to try many combinations of tanks that you should've used, experiment with new tanks, and find the most effective tactics that nets you a strong victory without casualties. It feels very rewarding when farming enough crates to start building tanks that are equipped with ridiculously powerful weapons enough to annihilate half of the playfield or tanks with a beacon that allows satellite cannons to fire and wipe out everything in its sight. Try not to point these to your allies though!

The graphics in this game are between decent to quite good, depending on people's tastes. Nevertheless, its charm is undeniable. However, there is a heavy lack of diversity between tank models. Asahi and Tsubasa for example have identical appearance but one hits a single square while the other does a twin rifle salvo hitting 1 square further around. Tanks that have large equipments on their backs are an exception. It would be slightly better if they were given different hair color or accessories.

The music in this game are mostly techno, funk, rock, and hip-hop. However, they are very catchy and fit incredibly well in every situation in the game; The custom theme heard while deploying your tanks sums up the overall themes and oddities of the Human Tanks in general. Unique to this game from other SRPGs and even most visual novels is the anime openings and endings between each chapter in the story or episode. Not many may like these videos however due to its seemingly bland vocals and animation. I feel that its presentation is intentional however and the vocals reminds me of the vocals of most anime openings and jpop of the mid 80's to the early 90's which I am quite fond of.

War on the Human Tanks is a simple yet addictive game but first impressions on the game and its overall presentation depends on people's niche and taste. That aside, I dare you to beat the first map in free battle with just Heshiko or only shock tanks!

What else? Oh yeah! When playing this game, beware the Cat!
Posted: October 5
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6.2 hrs on record
Awesome game, fun even if you ignore the story (which is cute and fun)
Posted: October 6
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5.3 hrs on record
girls with tanks = good
girls as tanks = great

Posted: October 14
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4.9 hrs on record
Met a cat.

Petted its head.

Turns out cat has ultra weaponry and godlike evade.

11/10 will pet cat again.
Posted: October 8
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48.8 hrs on record
The story is sorta generic but its really good, the combat is a little hard to understand if you never played something alike but it just take some minutes and it get you hooked and make you play it over and over again with its awesome soundtrack, awesome combat and great japanese comedy, but if you dont like reading stuff and would only buy this for the combat dont even think about it, its a Visual Novel styled game so it means lots of reading and story.

But overall, 10/10 would do it all for Choko again.
Posted: October 25
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66 of 78 people (85%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
She called me onii-chan.. i send her to the front lines..

1O/1O for sacrificing my imouto
Posted: August 4
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
60.7 hrs on record
Human-like Tanks: what's not to like. Gameplay is easy enough; I found it to be like a watered-down version of Advance Wars, with one of the largest divergences being tile size = hit points (1x1 unit is killed/destroyed by one hit, with a few exceptions).

I liked the storyline between battles too. If you read in other reviews about how the cutscenes were too long; you can speed it up by holding down Spacebar, if I remember correctly. You can also unlock and replay maps, if you're not into the main storyline.

Get the game, or you'll make Heshiko cry a second tear.
Posted: June 21
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Anyone who has bought a fair number of visual novels on Steam knows all too well that Steam seems to have little quality control nowadays, especially in regards to visual novels. Plenty of visual novels that have been released on Steam fail in all regards, bad art, an even worse story and terrible music. So I’ve become apprehensive about buying visual novels from Steam.

War of the Human Tanks, of course, is not solely a visual novel. Most of the gameplay is a top down strategy game. So, assuming that the visual novel part of the game would mostly be filler in between battles, I decided to pick the game up.

First of all let me say that the actual gameplay in Human Tanks isn’t very interesting. It will likely remain interesting for the majority of your first play through (which will take about 5 hours) but once you go back to get the other endings it will start to become a grind. In short, it doesn’t have much depth. Not only that, but the game is also extremely easy, so little to no strategizing is needed to win the game. Once you figure things out it essentially boils down to moving your units forward until you win.

However, the visual novel part of the game remains interesting throughout. It was often humorous and I also found myself becoming more attached to a number of the human tanks than I honestly should have been given the lack of depth in the story. I feel like I was a bit cheated into liking them because of the cute art style and the overall sadness of their existence, but hey, in the end I cared about the story and wanted to see how it ended and that means it did something right.

The art in the game is serviceable but far from great. For the visual novel part of the game the character sprites are a very simplistic chibi style and look good enough, however, they clash greatly with the backgrounds which are just photographs ran through a filter. In the end, the backgrounds are not that distracting and the various art in the actual gameplay portions go perfectly fine together.

Most of the soundtrack is nothing special, but it gets the job done of setting the tone. A few of the tracks are quite good and a few of them are rather poor. All together Human Tank’s soundtrack is fairly average. The sound effects will be rather loud compared to the music unless you lower their volume in the system options, but it is forgivable seeing as they give you the option to turn them down.

Overall, the gameplay of War of the Human Tanks is lackluster but it turned out to be a surprisingly interesting visual novel. Neither the gameplay nor the visual novel are good enough to stand on their own, but together they’re good enough to keep you interested for the time it takes to finish the campaign and get some of the alternative endings. The visual novel part is the better of the two though, so I would not suggest buying it if you’re mainly interested in the gameplay. If you’re looking to buy a visual novel on Steam that isn’t terrible like many of the others on Steam I’d definitely suggest picking this game up.
Posted: June 30
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Adorable...and yet ruthless at the same time. Remember, human tanks have no rights, and are totally expendable.
Posted: June 29
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
I wanted to like this game pretty badly, as the reviews and description for it had me kinda hyped. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it enough that I would recommend it to anyone.

The main issue is that you spend more time clicking though dialogue than fighting, and where that may work for Mass Effect and similar games, this one has nowhere near a strong enough storyline to support that. I felt like I was trapped in a bad anime- everything was over-cliched (seemingly on purpose- I hope), and there was no interaction or input from the player at all. This is coming from someone who likes both anime and anime-based games, as well. I feel like some sort of dialogue options, main character customization, or ability to make decisions regarding the story might have done a lot to make me feel at least slightly invested, but as it was I felt like a passenger just along for the ride, and lost interest quickly.

I also feel the story is too silly and over the top to try to throw in existential questions about the humanity of your human tanks, or to make you try to feel bad for seeing them die in combat- it just ended up feeling so out of place, like they were trying to tell two different stories at the same time. Which is overall sad, because I think those things if better executed or embedded in a less silly story would have been great hooks for a player's interest.

The combat is okay, but it's not deep or complex enough to save you from the story. Directing your units in combat felt clunky in some way I can't quite put my finger on, but probably would have become familiar enough over time to not be a concern, had I been engaged enough to continue playing.

In short, I don't remember how much I paid for this game, but unless it was under 2$, I feel it was too much.
Posted: May 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
This is a nice and pretty laid-back strategy game with a (to me, atleast) fun storyline.
The units are easy to understand and master, making it quick to pick up.
Resource gathering is also pretty simple: depending on how many enemy units you destroyed, you get resources (called supplies) awarded at the of of a mission (even one you lost!).

The game starts off simple, with missions that can be won with little or no casualties. But after the third mission it starts to increase in difficulty (albeit slowly) so be sure to research new units and equip power-ups to your tanks.

There are three main methods of attack: fast close-quarters "kamikaze" units, medium speed short-range assault, and slow but long-ranged artillery (Personally, I feel that attacking with the kamikaze tanks is basically trolling the enemy, so I only do that for sh*ts and giggles).
Scouts and anti-artillery units add depth to the gameplay due to their early warning and defensive capabilities, respectively.
Posted: July 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Everything else in this game is fine, except that developing new modules and tanks costs too much.

How do you beat this game?:
1. Develop assault tanks until you get "Kodama"
2. Develop scout tanks until you get "Mii"
3. Basically with these anyone should be able to beat the game (One does not simply beat Mr. Cat with these tho)
Posted: July 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Human Tanks I - War of the Human Tanks is an interesting outlook on reality. This game, in its lighthearted shell that is anime contains a dark parallel to our world, where human tanks coincidentally also do not have rights. It may seem like a joke to some but not everyone is a special peanut like Heshiko. The generic Mikes and Asahis and Pochis in this game don't get a second chance in the battlefield because they are like us: expendable. Human Tanks I - War of the Human Tanks has shown that a piece of art that can be both a game, and an exposition of the futility that is life that we human tanks do not truly get to enjoy.

RIP in piece, Masamune.
Posted: June 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
It's been a long time since I've finish a game with a good story. To be honest, I didn't expect much from this game, but then I got addicted to it and keep playing for hours. It has really cute art style, the soundtrack isn't too shabby and an average of 9 hours of gameplay.If you're looking for a game with good story, definitely buy this. It's worth all the money you ♥♥♥♥ing threw to it.And the announcement on the Store page said that the sequel will soon to be released and I'm looking forward to it. I'll give this game a 9/10 it's great. Buy it.
Posted: July 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Cute graphics, nice story, but I'm awful at strategy games.
Posted: August 13
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
THIS IS THE MOST REALISTIC WAR SIMULATOR OUT THERE
TURN BASED ACTION
PEOPLE DYING AROUND YOU
SO BRUTAL
666/10
Posted: June 4
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1,392.9 hrs on record
It's alright.
Posted: June 17
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Just nice indie strategy
Posted: June 6
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