Human Tanks - ALTeR is the much-awaited second installment of the War of the Human Tanks 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!
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Release Date: Feb 13, 2015

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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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Three free DLC included!

War of the Human Tanks - ALTeR comes with the three DLC created by Yakiniku Banzai for the original Japanese release built in - Blue, Black, and White. Delve deep into the Great Cavern of Mt. Fuji and tackle ever more impossible odds in over 90 extra stages, and reveal more about the history of all Human Tanks!

Import your save from War of the Human Tanks to unlock a special bonus unit!

About This Game

Human Tanks - ALTeR is the second installment of the War of the Human Tanks 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!

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.

Following the events of the first War of the Human Tanks, the land of Japon is in chaos, with the embers of the war between the Kingdom of Japon and the Empire of Japon still burning bright, as new factions emerge onto the battlefield.

Assume control of Alter Matsuyukishiro and lead the Matsuyukishiro Company of the Royal Army on a mission to eliminate a traitor to the Kingdom. But not all is as it seems in this war. When the guns fall silent, is tragedy all that awaits?

Key Features

  • Over 100 Missions
  • Over 250 Human Tanks to battle, develop, build and recruit
  • Dozens of modules to develop and customize your tanks with
  • Replay the game in New Game+ keeping your previously unlocked units and resources
  • Practice and gather extra supplies in Free Battle mode
  • English localization features hand-drawn battle backgrounds and an improved user interface

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
    • Processor: PentiumIII or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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44.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
buy this game pls
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37.8 hrs
Posted: July 16
Got a special tank by importing the special save from the perious series of game.
The tank was being killed by the enemy tank and it never come back.

11/10 would miss the cute cat tank again.
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39.4 hrs
Posted: July 15
I love the War of the Human Tanks series. The stories are fun and the gameplay is simple but challenging. It's fun to start out slow and weak and work your way up, earning bigger and better tanks.

The first War of the Human tanks is probably one of the my favorite games of all time. The characters were funny, the story was actually quite interesting, the music was surprisingly good, and the game was fun.

This game falls short of the first in almost every regard. I like the characters in the game, some of which return from the first, but the new ones aren't quite as good I'd say. Alter (main character, you'll meet her right away) is a great character, but at times she's a little TOO snarky and mean. Otherwise she's just fine, though. Not as good as the main character of the first game, but at least we can SEE HER, so that's a plus.

The story is, sadly, shorter and with less branching. There's also a hidden, and quite cruelly so, mechanic which can make the final level HELL if you don't respect it.


- (if you kill too many enemy tanks [while say grinding for supplies] the final boss will be harder to kill... much harder... infuriatingly so if you max it out) -


But at least we get to play with the cute Royal Tanks now! Don't worry, you can also use the old Imperial Tanks if you want... in some cases it's actually recommended. The tanks of each nation vary slightly at higher tiers.

Thankfully, we have the Great Cavern of Fuji. At first you might think, "you can't just put that in and say it's ok to have a worse main story." And maybe you'd have a slight point... however, the Cavern has it's own story, with silly lines of dialogue and new characters and everything. So I'd say it's a fine way to add content and story to the game.

You could say this game simply has two campaigns, which gives it plenty of content. Perhaps more than the first. The Cavern is HUGE.

There's just one problem. THE CAVERN IS ****ING BRUTALLY HARD! I'm betting there are people who will never see all of that content because they'll simply rage and give up. I personally haven't even made it half-way. (But I will never surrender!)

Here's the problem, and it's a complex one in a way -- control tanks. I hate these things, but I understand them.

In the first game, you could take your lovely assault tanks, mod them, and wipe out entire stages in one or two shots. In this game, control tanks will DISABLE YOUR MODS. You might as well send your tanks in unmodded to ensure you don't lose any expensive equipment. This makes the game brutally hard (final level for example...) and when you throw in lots of tanks with evasion (that mechanic was in the first game as well, but it was easier to deal with when you could carpet bomb the whole map every five seconds...) the game will destroy you until you figure out the best way to deal with each situation (*cough*line-mon*cough*).

So yes, it's a way to keep you from grinding and then hitting the "easy button" like in the last game, but it's sort of a slap in the face to know that all that equipment you worked so hard to earn is now about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. Your s***'s been bricked yo.

At least you can buld your own and brick the enemy's s*** too.


Is it as good as the last game? No, some of the charm is missing. But being only SLIGHTLY worse than an amazing game is still pretty good.

There's plenty of content and challenge. Even more than the first in that regard. If you loved the first game, you'll enjoy this one.

P.S. The cats are back too. Ahaha... *sobs*
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5.7 hrs
Posted: June 25
A pretty sweet, small package of comedy and drama,,
Unfortunately, the main campaign is very short compared to the first game
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4.7 hrs
Posted: June 24
If you liked war of the human tanks, you will also like WotHT- ALTeR, since it is more of the same with a few nice additions, in form of new unittypes, more story(I preferd the story and characters of this game over the ones from the original game) and the option to build the tankmodels from the royal armee, which do the same stuff, but have cooler designs in my opinion.

but since this is the second game in the war of the human tanks triology, I would recommend you play the first one first(even though the storys are only loosly connected)
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6.4 hrs
Posted: June 4
Ahhh looks like someone read my last analisis and left this game with even less player inmersion...
but is a wonderful game anyway, the story is pretty good, and the art is pretty.
If you enjoy the first game this is for you
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7.3 hrs
Posted: May 20
Like the first game, but 3 - 4x as content-full.
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Wymar "Why me?" Sane
59.4 hrs
Posted: January 26
Warning: contains lethal amounts of cats and worse.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: January 3
great game

sengoku best girl

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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
If u want buy this game, i recommend you play War of the Human Tanks before, since this one is the 2nd game from their serie. So to understand better the story, play War of the Human Tanks first. In this game have more tankfus models and the story is very funny as well.
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46 of 63 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
The sequel to the fantastic War of the Human Tanks. This is a Japanese-style turn-based strategy so think Advance Wars or Disgaea. It also has long Visual Novel-style cutscenes between each mission like Disgaea. Some people seem to call it a real-time strategy but it's more of an active time turn-based. When a unit's turn comes up you can either take your turn or wait and other units will ready up in the meantime. It's certainly not real-time, in any case.

Each mission consists of 3 parts: the cutscene/story, unit management/deployment and then the sortie/engagement. Units come in a few classes: Command, Assault, Recon, Shock, Artillery, Intercept and a couple surprises. Each class has a research line so you can produce better tanks as you play. There are also modules you can research, build and attach to tanks to augment their abilities. Tanks can end up ridiculously powerful if you invest the time to upgrade them. It's a rather fun system.

I haven't gotten very far in Alter yet so I'll have to edit this review if anything comes up but I simply couldn't get enough of WotHT1 so more of the same would be perfectly welcome, IMO. There aren't enough Advance Wars-like games on PC so if that's your type of game, this is a must-buy.

Note: The game is locked at 800x600 and when switching to fullscreen your monitor may stretch the window in an ugly fashion. Check the forums for a fix that will allow the game to maintain it's aspect ratio when in fullscreen.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
First and foremost, War of the Human Tanks - ALTeR is a must-buy for those who liked the first game and a must-avoid for those who didn't. While ALTeR improves on a lot of things from the first game, the core gameplay is absolutely identical.

Story-wise, ALTeR uses the same visual novel presentation as the first game. The player progresses along a linear set of campaign missions, and instead of multiple routes, there's a completely optional (and incredibly long!) side dungeon. This dungeon is where you'll find the vast majority of the game's content, so unless you're keen on achievement hunting and interested in the backstory of the series, you won't get all that much playtime out of this game, even compared to the first.

If you played the first without completing every route, I recommend reading up on the summaries of the ones you missed. There's a lot of stuff pulled from there that isn't explained at all in this game.

Gameplay wise, the combat is the same at its core, just with new units added on to flesh it out more. I personally didn't have any trouble with the difficulty until the last dozen or so floors of the extra dungeon (55ish hours out of the 60 shown), and I'm not at all an expert here, so the difficulty is perfectly managable. Just make sure you save before every battle, and don't be afraid to reload constantly - this is a puzzle game, not an RTS.

Music is more of the same - generally very good, a few absolutely odd tracks here and there, one or two that are headache-inducing (including one of the OPs, unfortunately).

All in all, a good addition the series. Absolutely recommend that newcomers play the first game before considering this one, and that all who enjoy it consider buying this game as well.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
68.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
This game... this goddarn game.
I'm not exactly sure where to start, so first off: this game is absolutely fantastic! I haven't played EVERYTHING yet (still need to get Glitch-Heshiko and play the 2 or 3 optional Floor 90+ Battles), but still. The combination of Visual Novel and (Semi-)turn based Strategy game is beautiful and really well balanced, most if not almost all the tanks have their use and encourage players to figure out their favorite strategies and the Modules and combination of them just add to the fun (I still have fun giving my Peko-Peko a Tank Life ensurance and just making her explode, achieving absolutely nothing... I'm an Idiot.).
While the main story isn't as long and multi-pathed as the first one, this is made up by the addition of the Great Caverns, a 'Side' Story, which is actually about 7-8 times as long as the main one, going up(or rather, down) to floor 101. In said Caverns, you encounter many new enemies, unlock new Tanks and modules and have a HUGE story unfold in front of you. Be warned though, the difficulty of the very last battle in the main story increases based on how many Tanks you have destroyed up until that point, meaning you should play through it at least once or twice before taking on the Caverns.
Speaking about the Story... oh man. War of the Human Tanks - ALTeR has managed to make me laugh, think (strategically and emotionally, If that makes any sense) and never felt boring (unless you get stuck on one fight because you're a total idiot, like a certain WotHT reviewer...) most of the important characters from the first game show up in this one aswell, though only few of them in the Visual Novel part. The new characters SOMEWHAT feel like Daihon'ei and Company, but have their own little traits that make them special.
Now, obviously, this game isn't perfect (though In my opinion, it's fairly close)... some of the tanks you acquire later in the game feel somewhat overpowered, especially the AoE-Sniper (no name because... Spoilers) you get at one point, which kind of take the use out of the previous Models... "but didn't you say that *almost* all of the tanks have their use??" Yes, that's right, crazy voice in my head, I DID say that... that's because even IF the later models overpower the early ones but such an amount, the draw back is, that you get them - as said before - rather late into the game, so before that you have a looong time where your own tanks are state of the art and you keep on using them and switching them up for every battle.
I also said that Modules add a little spice to the game, didn't I?? Well... I lied about the 'little' part, they actually provide HUGE buffs, and to counter that, nearly every battle after roughly the halfway mark of the Caverns will have a Control tank in it, which disables those modules and makes them unusable for that fight, which at some point gets rather aggravating.
Lastly, one flaw that isn't exactly the game's fault, but I still feel like it should be adressed: there are SOME enemies that you'll learn to absolutely hate. SOME enemies just feel completely unfair (though they're not really) and make you want to puke everytime you find out you'll fight them in your next battle... SOME cats--- whoops, meant to say enemies just feel like they have too much mobilty for their firepower...

However, this is definitely one of my favorite games of all time and I would recommend it to anyone who likes round-based strategy games and/or Visual Novels.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
Everything you loved about the first one is right here. The chibi art style, The over the top visual novel dialogue.
To the strategic battles of your Human Tanks. Plenty of customization. ALTeR adds a plethora of levels!
The question I found myself asking was, whats changed? This is a sequel after all. Truth is there isn't anything different. This is EXACTLY the same game just with more levels and more story. Is that a bad thing? Hell no. War of the Human Tanks was a great game. However this is a sequel. Someone expecting something new, might get disappointed. Now depending how you feel about the game. This is either good or slightly meh. Otherwise enjoy the chibi deliciousness and fight, fight, fight!

I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
I hope you enjoy!
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
>More cute tanks
>More facepalm
>More fetish
> wait.. enemy tanks are cute too!!
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28 of 45 people (62%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
A game where ishidaki is pleasure (in more than a few ways) *cough* M *cough*. Helmaniac is supposedly a thing too.

In a slightly serious manner, I have to say that I've always been fascinated with science fictions in the regards of the relationships between humans and androids. It brings up questions such as, "What makes a human, human? Are we so negative about the idea at times because its intelligence level hits too close to home? Here in this game, we explore along with Alter that human tanks are not mere tools, and that the will to protect each other goes both ways. A simple story regarding how "humans" would come to treasure others.

Perhaps an improvement from its predecessor with more units, slapstick, and more straight-man comedy from our little Elle (Satou did a good job too). Again with another lazy protagonist, Alter, where she has quite the bit of monologue where she is read like a book. This time differently, in our beloved Royal army, we get to wreck not only the Imperial army, but also Royal human tanks and the strangest inventions by the nomadic-minded Imperial generals. If not enough, we managed to get Rara, a sister tank that has more than a few screws loose and learning how these tanks manage to survive... by being blasted off (Chiyoko's inventions = best). Getting much more unique scenarios such as having reinforcements, and Rambo missions to help make our battles more interesting while also a refeshing way for the world to expand itself.

The enemy being able to use modules does make it interesting too, also with more counter units for each tank out there. Being worth its every penny, it is quite the enjoyable one. Two complainants though, wish the cards were worth more and that my subordinate officers have better tanks than I do in the first run! Give me a L7 please.

And one final note,

All hail our Royal Queen, Kurara!~
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
-if you played the frist game, you dont need relearn how to play
-Very simple controls
-Lot's of levels
-If you love a game with a lot electronic based music, you will love the music in this game
-if you love cute anime, you will most likely enjoy the art in the game
-lots of backstory
-at times funny
-if you have not been exposed to Japanese culture much, there will be thing's that you dont understand
-there will be levels that ♥♥♥♥ you off
-some units late game have no use
-very short main story
-kind of remove the branching path main story system

Overall a very good game. The main story will probably take you 6 to 10 hours to beat. The Side Story took me around 60 hours to beat but i kind of suck at strategy, so you time may vary and probably 5-10 hours of side battles that are 95% optional. The game is worth the money in my opinion.

P.S. i also recommend you buy this game in its the soundtrack bundle
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
10/10 would gymnastic formation cats again.

In all seriousness, a massive improvement over the first game expanding more on daihonei's history while giving us an enjoyable protagonist in Alter.

Gameplay is more tactical and tense, especially in the cavern levels despite the loss of our favorite savescum mid mission cheat.
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26 of 44 people (59%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
Quick Summary
The sequel to "War of the Human Tanks", a localized real-time strategy game.

Purchase Verdict: Yes

Points of Interest
-For those of us that have played the first game, this one will not disappoint!

-Yet again, the game provides a unique sound track and interesting art

-Gameplay allows for you to fight your battles the way you want, with the units you want.

-Not only can you choose to use the Kingdom's units, but you can also build the Imperial units from the last game!

-Offers a unique combat system that seems like a mix of chess and battleship.

-No steam overlay
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