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 (398 reviews) - 88% of the 398 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 (398 reviews)
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ShelShocker
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
so far so good...enjoyable. its kinda look like kancolle(shipgirl) but this is kinda simple but not that bad. ^-^
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RANCOUR
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Thought I could go into this superman style and just powerlevel a tank into ridiculousness like any old JRPG, instead I got extreme battleship.

Not dissapointed at all.
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Drakerys Neverjoy
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
I lost on 3rd episode - therefore, the game is a sack of alien testicles.
If I wasn't distracted for nearly 2 hrs, I'd have refunded this motherkickin' game. Japs are masochistic sнiтs!
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Squareslug
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
War of the Human Tanks is a game I really really really wanted to like. Seriously, it's awesome! However, a few things really killed my interest in continuing this game any further than I did.

First, the game really shines in the story and character development department. It had me completely interested from the get-go. The story centers around a war between two empires using human tanks. They're pretty much just machines that look like humans. They are fully at the command of the leaders to live and die in battle, despite their human appearances. You play as the army unit that's just been released from a 'frozen state' to help take back critical objectives. A bunch of ... oddballs that are completely hilarious!! haha.

The music in this game? AMAZING. You can hear some of it in the trailer above. I really enjoyed what i heard throughout my time with the game. The art works well enough too! More of an anime-ish look to everything.

However, the gameplay is where I really struggles to enjoy this game to the fullest. You run around on hexagonal tile sets, where fog of war really rules the surrounding area. Think of a game of battleship, where you fire into unknown areas and hope to hit something. Everything in this game dies in one hit. It works well enough but your units only move a couple of spaces at a time so it feels really slow. Then on top of that, you have a strict time limit, so if your RNG is bad ... you run out of time and fail the mission. Honestly, it happened more times than I would have liked and I grew frustrated with it before long.

I still recommend playing this game because you might not mind the gameplay as much as i did! It's an excellent little indie game that I got on sale for $3 and still managed to get about 3 hours of game time in.
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Sarkoth
64.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
One of the most hilarious tactical games I have ever played. The premise is absolutely bonkers but oh boy is it fun.
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SporadicToast
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Great game
Played for 1.1 hours as of now.
One hit one kill for both teams
Fog of war is your biggest enemy and friend.

Seriously, if you dont scout you die
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Luisfius
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 15
uhh

anime hexes

what
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odecabode
71.1 hrs
Posted: July 25
buy this game pls
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Fadeway
5.2 hrs
Posted: June 30
moe
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Ruminya
19.9 hrs
Posted: June 27
So much funny and meaning, I really love this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
349 of 408 people (86%) found this review helpful
114 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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256 of 312 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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76 of 99 people (77%) found this review helpful
108 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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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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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
311.5 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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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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96 of 139 people (69%) found this review helpful
13 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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65 of 92 people (71%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
girls with tanks = good
girls as tanks = great

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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I'm a long time fan of the Fire Emblem series, as well as the Final Fantasy Tactics series. I'm one of those people who'll get mad and reset whenever someone dies. In my fantasy wars, my army destroys it's enemies mercilessly without any casualties.

This game did some bad things to me.

One of the first units they gave me blew herself up all in the hopes of taking a few enemies with her. I reached out, a soft no escaping my lips before her final warcry, a deafening explosion, and a heavy silence.

War of the Human Tanks is a comedy game of give and take, managing your expendable human pawns in an effort to make sure the enemy loses more expendable human pawns. It's brilliant. I expected this game to start preaching at me about war and death and the value of life and it never did, because the game recognized that those things are probably common sense, and instead we could have light-hearted, yet dark humor develop interesting characters. I got the game to slake my thirst for grid based tactical combat, and also received a surprisingly deep narrative along with it.

The most notable feature of the combat is that it takes place in real time, with your light, kamikaze units often being the quickest, and your heavy, blow them up from a distance units being a bit more sluggish. The game uses fog of war to keep you on your feet and a wrong step into enemy territory is certain death. Not for you, but sometimes you feel pretty bad when your terrible decision making gets your innocently little scout shot to pieces.

Most units die with only one hit, but units that are larger-and thus also easier targets- must be hit in each of their segments before they die.

If I had to complain about anything, it's that once you get certain units you're basically an untouchable god of death. When you can literally bombard an entire half of the map with just one unit, you're probably not going to lose any fights. But then getting to that point is rewarding the first time you actually get to do it, but that said, the challenge maps usually laugh at simplistic strategies like that and send you straight to hell. Well, not you, so much as your pawn tanks, but still.

Pros- Hillarious, surprisingly interesting narrative, combat is simple enough to pick up quickly and deep enough to stay interesting for the long haul.

Cons- Some of the sound effects (mostly death cries) get annoying pretty quickly, not too hard to get over-powered, and I wish there was a competitive multiplayer mode, even if it was just local.

5/5

As a final note, this game has a demo, so there's no reason not to at least give it a try.
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