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.
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Very Positive (388 reviews) - 88% of the 388 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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June 13

War of the Human Tanks Complete Collection Now Available!


With the release of Limited Operations, the third part of the War of the Human Tanks trilogy, a new War of the Human Tanks Complete Collection has been made available!

This Steam bundle contains all three games, plus soundtracks Sound of the Human Tanks and Sound of the Human Tanks: LO. It allows you to complete the collection easily whether you are getting all the games or already own some of the them. Unlike with traditional Steam packages, you only pay for games you do not yet own.

The bundle gives an additional 10% discount on top of other discounts.

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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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Very Positive (388 reviews)
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Ruminya
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
So much funny and meaning, I really love this game.
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Ninelives
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Progress: Storyline complete. Significant endgame content unfinished.
Time: ~ 16hrs

I'm recommending this mainly for the story. While the initial antagonist is somewhat lucklaster, the main character and other supporting characters I found very relatable and engaging. The concept of human tanks and the story behind them while unfurls as the game progresses.

The gameplay was interesting enough and the ratio of fights vs. cutscenes was more than enough to keep me wanting to reach the next chapter and find out more.

Just to clarify, the story here is not deep and rich - this is no game of Thrones. It's a relatively simple game with a relatively simple premise. But if it is something that you connect with, you may find like me that this was a very satisfying experience. Even an emotional one, as much as I feel embarrassed saying it.

As for the rest of the game:

Cons:
- repeated cutscenes between chapters are somewhat annoying
- Strategy lacks some versatality. Predictable tactics by the AI result in somewhat dissapointing replay value.

Pros:
- Interesting if limited soundtrack
- Cute character designs gave me a desire to cherish my units. Contrasting with the fact that right from the start one of your units is a living bomb creates a tension that I found very enjoyable throughout the game.

All in all, if a story about human tanks, and a game involving simple turn-based, grid-based chibi tank combat appeals to you, buy this game. If it doesn't, try something else ^^. Here's to hoping that someone else has a great experience like me though!
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null
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
fun once you get the hang of it
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InsaneSeishiro
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It's a nice little indie-strategy game, that has it's mainfocus on fog of war and one-hit kills per unite, making it more of a game around vision then anything.

The story, while beeing a little weird, was overall quite enjoyable and the unites all felt rather unique.

My mainproblem with the game was the optionsmenue, like many anime-style-games you can't really get it to a good resolution easily and many other funktions from the options seem to be rather lackluster as well, but the game is still playable and said problems are small enough to still recommend this game.
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I-39
( 106.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
tankgirls.
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Darklink84
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
This game is amazing, absolutely amazing. it's worth more than what it's being sold for (not complaining)
Pros:
- Good Soundtrack
- Great mechanics
- Replayability is amazing, after you get one ending (theres 4 in all) you can continue from your old save at the end of the game and start it over again, keeping EVERYTHING you had (All developments, units, crates, etc.)
- Funny story
- Nice characters
Cons:
- It's a bit confusing at first and could have the tutorial explain a bit more (it doesn't take long to figure everything out though)
- Cannot play in windowed fullscreen (not that big of a problem but I like playing fullscreen games while being able to click out of them since i have to monitors, I don't want the entire window to minimize just cause i want to respond to a friends message)
- Gandhi (it's a running joke in my reviews okay?)
In all it's an amazing game that is quite touching, it has "detours" that you can take if you wanna challenge yourself to an extra mission for laughs (That is if you haven't beaten the game yet...BEWARE OF MR. CAT HE IS NOT A VERY NICE KITTY)
If you are thinking about getting this game, get it, if you enjoy strategy games (and anime) then you HAVE to get this.
Cola/10 would get slapped by my little sister and my staff officer again.
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𝕼𝖑𝖎𝖝𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖛𝖛𝖎𝖐
( 38.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
What a bizarre game. The devs took a disturbing, morbid concept and turned it into something downright silly. The writing isn't going to win any awards, but it's entertaining enough for a budget title. Similarly, the strategy part is hardly the deepest game around, but it's deep enough to be fun and even a little addicting (as long as you don't grind enough to become overpowered, which isn't that hard to do). And I quite like the novel idea of having the story branch not according to deliberate choices made by the player, but according to whether certain key battles are won or lost. It doesn't exactly have mainstream appeal, but if it piqued your interest and all the chibi hasn't driven you away yet, you probably won't regret buying it.
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Konato_K
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
I don't know why I got this game, it was on sale, I found it weird when I played it for the first time, but I don't regret it at all.

War of the Human Tanks is a visual novel with strategic battles similar to Battleship, the battles are fine, but you need to keep in mind that this game is highly story driven, and you'll have to eat around 10 minutes of dialogue until your first battle (which is really short and you won't do much since it's the tutorial), the "tanks" are also some kind of tiny anime girls that will scream funny things when attacking or dyeing.

The story doesn't take itself too seriously at first, and the tutorial battle is kinda boring in a way, however, once you get to put your own pieces, make the tanks you want in battle and start making your own little army you'll find the battles enjoyable.

The story is quite interesting once you get into it, the first chapters might not be very interesting but the story develops as you progress, not you mention you have two different main routes and two different endings on each one making a total of 4 different endings in the game, this is kind of common in visual novels, but I like the way is implemented in this game, unlike in most (if not all) visual novels, you don't have room for choice, no one will ask you questions, instead, the route you'll follow will depend on whether you win or lose certain specific battles, losing a battle is not always a game over, some will give you different endings and so, there is also some detours that will not affect the story and will only act as a bonus battle.

The difficulty of the battles is harder as you progress in the game (that's expected), but it's possible to beat the game without having to repeat any missions, however, this also adds some extra challenge but some people really enjoy that. If you do get stucked in some part or just want to have easier final battles you can repeat some battles to gain extra supplies, as I said, this is not needed if you use your supplies properly and do good in your battles.

There are several different units, all of them belonging to 6 different classes: Command, Assault, Barrage/Battery, Shock, Scout and Interceptor with some extra surprices here and there. You might find Barrage and Scout units really useful at first and eventually drop them, you always need 1 Command tank in battle, and if it gets destroyed you will lose, Shock tanks are suicidal and if you upgrade them can destroy pretty much everything in the map (including you), you can only use a certain amount of tanks per mission, but you choose which ones you bring so that makes the battle really interesting.

On top of that you also have "modules" that will add some extra stats or features to your tanks, they are also really expensive but there are a couple that are really cheap and can make your life easier by a lot, once a tank dies, it's gone for good, but you get some supplies from the salvage.

Once you finish the game story you unlock some extra stages that are even harder than the final fight, so once you finish the story this is something you can do (and get all endings as well).

The game is really interesting, it has some hard to get achievements and some of them may require you to make a new game, of course, you don't need to complete the game 100%, but is something that is not that hard to get once you have the experience in the game.

I really don't know why I bought this game, but I really enjoyed it, a good game but keep in mind, highly story driven (unless you totally ignore it, that's possible as well), there are also another 2 sequels here on Steam if you want more Human Tanks fun :P
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Sylnt Crane
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Although I am not interested in strategy games that much, I find this game to be very enjoyable. When I bought this game, I bought it for the art style and the whole “human tank” concept. Then when I played the game, I found it really engaging. The gameplay is very unique for a strategy game and the story has more depth than I expected for a game revolving around “human tanks.” When I first started playing this game, its pacing was okay. It was a little slow, but still in enjoyable. When I reached the latter stages and upgraded all of my tanks completely, the game was so fast paced it was insane. I was able to kill entire armies before they even got a chance to move! I personally really like the music for this game. Although, I can see people really despising some of the songs. So I recommend for anyone just getting into this series to just buy this game solo. Then, if you like this game and its soundtrack, buy the second game with the soundtrack bundle. Both soundtrack bundles share the same soundtrack anyway.
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27 of 42 people (64%) found this review helpful
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19.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
So much funny and meaning, I really love this game.
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333 of 391 people (85%) found this review helpful
98 people found this review funny
Recommended
123.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
She called me onii-chan.. i send her to the front lines..

1O/1O for sacrificing my imouto
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253 of 309 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2014
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.
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65 of 73 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
A fast, original and very clever turn-based tactical combat game, which is a kind of modern version of Battleships.
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
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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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
176.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
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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73 of 96 people (76%) found this review helpful
105 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
Tried to battle a simple cat,
Lost all my tanks.
The tears never stop.
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110 of 156 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
Pros:
Good fun for a cheap price.
Decent customization.
Funny (if maybe a little odd) humor.
Better plot than expected for simplistic graphics.

Cons:
Simple graphics (...who cares)
Can be a bit long winded sometimes with dialogue. (If you really wanted to though you could skip past it but you'd be missing out imo)
It's a bit easy so far (I haven't beaten the game or anything though yet, so this might change)
Edit: an unintentional bug gave me unlimited money, it's already been fixed probably why it was so easy haha (this shows good support for the game too!)
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95 of 138 people (69%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
War of the Human Tanks is probably the cutest homicidal suicide bombing tank strategy game I have ever played.
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