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 (264 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
91 of 109 people (83%) found this review helpful
123.3 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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38 of 42 people (90%) 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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28 of 31 people (90%) 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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24 of 29 people (83%) 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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15 of 18 people (83%) 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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19 of 29 people (66%) 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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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
girls with tanks = good
girls as tanks = great

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
>You look like you're in a good mood, did something nice happen?.
>You can tell?. Hear and be surprised, I am doing laundry right now!
>Wooow!!

almost died laughing
12/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Battleships and chess with lolis.

Fantastic fun, interesting story with many twists and several endings, engaging gameplay that demands strategic thinking and an incredible soundtrack throughout.

The game's story is told through visual novel format, which sets the state of affairs and the stage for the battle to follow. Battles are fought in real-time, but with a sort of turn-based system that runs on ticks, for example after giving a unit orders to move you must then wait for it to radio in asking for new orders before it can be moved again. Battlefields are presented as a grid of octagons, and before the round commences you must first place your units as in Battleships. Each unit has it's own special properties and characteristics similar to chess, for example some may move 2 spaces at a time whereas others may only move 1, or one unit might only be able to attack horizontally whereas others must attack at least 2 spaces ahead of itself. The aim of each battle is to eliminate the opponent's 'Command Tank' before they destroy yours which, regardless of how many units they have remaining, wins you the battle. The battlefield is covered by a shroud as seen in most real-time strategies with sight range varying between your different units, so early game tactics may usually consist of Battleships-esque artillery strikes into the dark hoping you'll hit something, as your units gradually advance closer to the enemy, thinning out their ranks until their command tank is within firing range.

Very nice little strategy game, with several challenging achievements to really push your tactical prowess. (You don't know pain until you've watched your entire platoon get demolished by a cat)

I also throughly recommend purchasing the unbelievably extensive soundtrack, 91 tracks with a runtime of exactly 3:32:23. Three and a half hours of various funk, electronica, pop, rock and other genre-bending music that's really worth a listen if you're a true connoisseur of music.

Great game, I personally managed to lose 73 hours to it and I've already pre-purchased the upcoming sequel, ALTeR.

Definitely recommended if you like strategy games and/or visual novels and/or lolis.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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!
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
10/10 very gooddddddddddddd game!
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