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 (252 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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“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
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Cute Tanks trying to kill each other on your command. What more could you ask for?

Seriously though the game is pretty good but can be a little grindy at times when you need more crates to get some upgrades but not all the time as most of the time you don't really need to until later stages in the game. With multiple endings - even though i haven't got to the end as of yet - the story can really take differents paths depending on victories/defeats. Overall I would recomend this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If you like tanks and engaging stories with a healthy dose of turn based strategy games (similar to advanced tactics)... you will love this game.

The only annoying aspect is that the tanks you lose in battle will not return, so it is very possible to lose the game by not having enough tanks (or resources to make tanks) to win battles so that you can get resources to make tanks (a viscous cycle).

There is also a tech tree for getting better tanks.

I am part way through the game, but the tank research seems way too expensive in relation to the resources you obtain from victory... and the really good tanks that can still die in a single hit seem way too expensive to gamble with!

Just remember to save before every battle!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I like anime styled games, but this is one of my favourites it really purged my free time.

Graphic - Though characters could be more detailed it's ok
Music - In my opinion weakest point of this game, it would be definitely better with just music not songs.
Story - Great
Game - Wonderful tactic game
Addons - expansions are comming soon

My opinion 9/10

I reccomend it to everyone!
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3 of 22 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
so much reading
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71 of 86 people (83%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
She called me onii-chan.. i send her to the front lines..

1O/1O for sacrificing my imouto
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
A fast, original and very clever turn-based tactical combat game, which is a kind of modern version of Battleships.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
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.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Adorable...and yet ruthless at the same time. Remember, human tanks have no rights, and are totally expendable.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
girls with tanks = good
girls as tanks = great

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
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)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It has a unique and frantic battle system and a decent story and characters to boot. the music is also way better than I ever expected to hear. a terrific game for anyone looking for a quick and cheep stratagy fix
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
When I saw the screenshot, I thought this game is just another boring game with military + moe things. But after playing several mission and understand the mechanic. Its pretty good ! Each upgrade is crucial. The story is funny also.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
When you still sending the human tanks to suicide even after all morale of the story. 10/10

Recommened price < $2.5-3 or from bundle.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
war of human tanks is a 9 out of 10.
soundtrack...oh boy. i suggest buying the Imperial Edition. the ost is awesome.
the game itself is a mix of visual novel(reading text of characters and picking how the ending is played out), battleship and advance wars tactics. it works very well.
since its chibi-ish anime, you might be put off but in truth, it works. since it makes you forget its pretty dark.
units in game are useful but just one isn't. the shock tank. blowing up is a wasteful unit.

the only downsides is the grinding and no level editor/MP.

never the less, its worth the buy
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Cute graphics, nice story, but I'm awful at strategy games.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
THIS IS THE MOST REALISTIC WAR SIMULATOR OUT THERE
TURN BASED ACTION
PEOPLE DYING AROUND YOU
SO BRUTAL
666/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
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.
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