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 (244 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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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
40 of 48 people (83%) 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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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
60.5 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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22 of 23 people (96%) 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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14 of 17 people (82%) 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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7 of 7 people (100%) 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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247 of 302 people (82%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
War of the Human tanks plays like a sort of grid-based strategy game in the vein of battleship, but with significantly more tactical options and threats than the board game classic. Unit abilities can light up fog of war, kill enemies at greater range, self-destruct your unit for a wide swathe of, well, destruction, and so on. Between missions, you spend supplies gained from previous sorties to upgrade and replenish your army, increasing their effectiveness, area of effect of attacks, range, and so on.

Its titular unit, the human tanks, are mass-produced military personnel who for some unknown reason look like cute young women and charge fearlessly to their doom at your command. If that sounds too weird for you, this game may not be for you. But if you can look past that strange outer layer and the (gasp!) DREADED ANIME AESTHETIC (the horror!) this game offers a lot of fun and deep tactical gameplay.

The plot is presented in a visual novel sort of style between missions, so you will have to do a lot of reading. But there is plenty of (dark) humor to be found, and some surprisingly deep themes for such a wacky game.

Also, its soundtrack is seriously catchy and unique.

I personally ADORE this game, and if you have any interest in tactical RPGs like advance wars or any other strategy title really, I think you could do a lot worse than War of the Human Tanks. If nothing else, try the demo - it gives five levels of playtime, plenty to decide on whether this game is for you.
Posted: January 10
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