Build your towers of paper before they get out of the box and make a big mess in the room. Manage the turrets, upgrade and be careful where you put them... every decision can be fatal! Watch out for the air units, they have a different route!
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Mostly Positive (156 reviews) - 75% of the 156 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 4, 2014

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About This Game

Finally the war of paper tanks comes into your room!

How long can you hold the defences against paper tanks.

Build your towers of paper before they get out of the box and make a big mess in the room. Manage the turrets, upgrade and be careful where you put them... every decision can be fatal! Watch out for the air units, they have a different route!

Take out your toy box and get ready for some of the most intense battles in a tower defence game that will make you reconsider the entire genre. As peaceful and simple War In A Box may seem for the casual player as fierce and thrilling the action will be once you get your hands on this paper battle madness!

Shred your enemies into pieces with different turret models - from simple guns to Tesla towers – in a battle against both land and airborne units that will do everything to get behind your lines of defence. Featuring real 3D environment and delivering a large number of original levels, War In A Box: Paper Tanks is as addictive as it is simple to play.

Features:
  • True 3D environment in each level
  • Turret and air view with different zoom options
  • Different game modes for different types of players
  • Game speed controls for adjusting the intensity of action
  • Available for Mac, Windows and Linux

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Additional Notes: 32/64 bit builds available
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Additional Notes: 32/64 bit builds available
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (156 reviews)
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RustyNails
1.4 hrs
Posted: July 18
Simple. It will entertain you for an hour. Not a bad buy - just get it on a sale.
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Unteroffizier Kek
0.2 hrs
Posted: June 20
An average tower defense game that is neither bad nor good.
A good time killer at best, a monotonous slog at worst.
5/10 from me, a very generic tower defense.
If only Steam would have it, I'd put the "Meh" recommendation, but since there aren't any real detractions from the game, I'll recommend it, for now.
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AbsoluteZer0
1.4 hrs
Posted: June 16
Average Tower Defense game

Recommended only if it is part of a bundle.

+ Sweet paper graphics
+ Some funny physics moments

- Lack of freedom with tower positioning
- Feels a bit dry in the particle effects department
- Average audio
- First person mode has no added value
- There is only 1 or 2 tower combinations that can be used to solve each level
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OhMagoo
27.6 hrs
Posted: June 12
Very enjoyable TD game. Very imaginative in sticking with the cardboard/paper theme, for example the cannon turrets shoot what look like spitballs, and when the shells from the flak guns explode, it looks like confetti. Lots of detail in this game.

If youre into hardcore tower defense, then do not buy this game. If your a casual gamer, then by all means, do give this game a shot! You wont regret it.

Ran well on my 10 year old laptop with integrated intel graphics.

10/10 if on sale
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keldon_x
1.3 hrs
Posted: May 24
There are far better TD games for free on the Internet and Superior for money (WC3 SC2) , this one is not very good at all.
-You can not place towers everywhere, only on pre-chose spots and there are few of them.
-There are few towers and few uppgrades for them.
-Boring Enemies.
-Unable to use all money because all towers are built and uppgraded before map is done.

Maybe, just maybe, if this game was for free I could have spent a few hours on this game Once and never played it again.
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Marqis
2.6 hrs
Posted: May 11
Not much depth, lots of better TD games available.
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daletkine
5.0 hrs
Posted: April 29
This game is a very standard Tower Defence game.
I found the setting and graphics enjoyable, but the game is very short. I passed it in 4,5 hours of play, or less. There is a hard mode, but I'm not interested in setting accomplishments.
There were a few things I disliked. Sometimes, you are simply not given enough tower spaces. This makes gameplay more difficult as you are forced to shuffle turrets, depending on which enemy is incoming next wave. Contorls are ok, but sometimes tricky. It's definitely easier on tablet with 2 hands, rather than mouse with single pointer. But, it is ok with mouse too.
Also, I just have to mention that I found the music very repetitive and kinda annoying. It is a consequence of this being a budget game...
Overall, I can only recommend it on sale, due to low replayability. It has no endless modes either, just 24 levels.
For a few hours of fun, though, it is ok!
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The Jaguar
16.7 hrs
Posted: April 28
This is a great little tower defense game with a World War I motif. There is a good selection of uprgradable towers, but not so many that the amount of choice is overwhelming. You've got all the tools you need: machine guns, mortars, cannons, flak guns, etc. The maps are interesting (and challenging as you get further into the game). Limited tower placement sites, as well as limited line-of-sight, adds to the challenge on many of the maps. The game speed can be controlled as well -- speed up when you're mowing down your enemies, slow down when you need to re-think your strategies.
I had tons of fun playing this. It's entertaining, and it's only $5. Win-win! Highly recommened.
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Chez
13.7 hrs
Posted: April 28
It's a tower defense game. Aaaand... well, it's nothing more than an ordinary defence game.

The game is very playable and enjoyable. The difficulty increases with every level and I must admit it starts to be very challenging at some point.

The graphics looks like everything was a paper model. It is really nice and well done.
That's what made me to play this game at the first place.

And I don't regret, I had a really good time with it.
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AH_Dad
5.0 hrs
Posted: April 1
There needs to be more to it. For instance, custom levels, skirmish and survival matches, etc.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
99 of 122 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
War in a Box is a basic tower defense game. The graphical style is pretty inspired -- everything looks like it's made out of cardboard and paper and the levels look like a child's playset. You can move the camera just about anywhere and there's also an option to see the game from a tower's perspective (watching it fire at enemy units). The art is definitely top notch.

On the flip side, the gameplay mechanics are not very sophisticated. The tower defense genre has dozens of titles that have innovative twists and interesting mechanics. This game is a bit lacking in that department. Towers are placed in a few fixed positions and have 3 levels of upgrades. Towers and upgrades are instant and there aren't any extra buttons to press. There are no end of level stats or bonuses for leftover money, and while upgraded towers do more damage I couldn't see numbers anywhere.

One mechanic of the game that is somewhat interesting is that each unit, tower, and bullet fired is modelled in the physics engine. This means that trees and destroyed units can block the trajectory of your tower's bullets, and sometimes units go flying off the screen when they are destroyed. It also adds some randomness, since some tower shots may be blocked and this throws off the timing for a wave.

All in all, though, the game is too simplistic for my taste. The art style is cool. But tower defense as a genre is a bit played out and this game adds nothing innovative to keep me interested.
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67 of 91 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This is a decent game with good physics.

+ Turret First Person View
+ Good level design
+ Tower attacks get blocked my obstacles like tree.

- You can place towers only on certain pre-decided spots.
- Too much restrictions, no freedom.
- Only a few "Good" combinations to place your towers.
- Very few towers
- Slow waves/levels (yeah, even on 3x Speed, the game was pretty slow to me)

I usually love TD's but this specific one is probably designed as a "CASUAL" game. It just felt like a lot of hand holding. You can't decide your own place to build a tower. There are pre-designated spots from which you must chose. Among those there is only a few good combinations to place towers, if you don't place the specific tower on the specific slot the developer inteded you to put, You will most likely lose the level.

It's a decent game to chillax, but NO-NO for a hardcore Tower Defense fan.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
84.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
What can I say about this game? It's absurdly addictive :)

Really wasn't expecting much of anything from this title at all.
I bought it on sale figuring it'd make a nice mindless game for my 6 year old son. As it turned out, it made a nice mindless game for Dad - LOL. No kidding, I love it!

Waves and waves of progressively harder enemy armored cars, tanks, and planes attempt to navigate the maze of defensive measures you place to stop them. You start off each battle with a set amount of cash to buy pre-positioned guns. As you kill the enemy tanks and planes, you get more cash to buy new guns or upgrade existing ones.

There is nothing to the manning of the emplacements (they fire by themselves)... the skill comes with what type of gun to buy, when to get it, where to put it, and in what sequence. A sole gun in the right (or wrong) place at the right (or wrong) time can make the difference between plastering the enemy before he gets his steam up, or getting overrun by the hun.

The music is a blend of cheesy bravado-style muscle pumping arcade noise - that somehow meshes perfectly with the action (I wouldn't change it). The interface is remarkably easy (took me all of 10 seconds to figure it out - with no manual), and the entertainment value is undeniable. For those who would complain about the graphics, I say they are perfect for what it is. For those who would call the game too repetitive, I would guess they were not around decades ago to enjoy the genre of arcade games like Pacman, Asteroids, or Space Invaders.

1 out of 10 if you're looking for Company of Heroes or Men at War; 10 out of 10 if you're looking for a few hours to kill ("just one more turn" anyone? - LOL)
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30 of 41 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
War in a Box: Paper Tanks
Rating: 6/10

Average tower defense game with nice graphics that represent as if you play with cut out board pieces. You can rotate this around and try different views like from inside a tower. But there is where all the 'key selling points' of this game end and a fairly generic game begins. You got waves, you can upgrade your towers, you have levels, it all scales up. Nothing really special.

Downside is the missed chance to do something nice with the game mechanics or animations because we are playing with paper. When a tank is destroyed, it disintegrates... why not unfold or disperse into paper pieces? Ballistics are nice round balls. Why not paper darts or crumpled papers? Why not let a tank burn to the ground? Why can't you destroy a tree that is in the way? Missed chances to make this game stand out a bit more.

Upgrading is also not mouse-frienly, and geared towards touch (where the origins lay I suppose). You have to click the unit, then a menu appears on the left side of the screen, you have to move the mouse and click the upgrade twice. RSI guaranteed.

In the end it is fun for a few round until you yearn again for a good round of OTTTD, Shad'O or Defense Grid.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
It's tower defense meets Hot Wheels. Simple controls and fairly easy paced makes this a good starter but not too challenging. For the graphics and the ease of control, I give it a 5/10.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Very limited game play for a game that looks so amazing. For a simplistic idea of a cardboard box kids play area they sure put a lot into making this game look really really stunning. If this had more more to it, less retrictive placement of guns, control of route of tanks, Build AA along side cannons. There would be a little replay value. But there is not. Once you figure out the map win placemt there's no point in playing it again. Worth getting for the $2 sale but not full price unless they add some content.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2015
Pretty simplistic tower defense game, where each level has a handful of predetermined locations where you are allowed to build your turrets. Your decisions/strategies on each map then basically just boil down to what turret to build on each spot and when/if to spend resources to upgrade them. No metagame stuff like skill trees or perks, like in some more advanced TD games.

All in all, besides the nice-looking papercraft artstyle and the fact that obstacles (trees) block turret line-of-sight, there's nothing really novel here -- gameplay and setting are similar to games like iBomber Defense and Toy Soldiers.

Veterans of the genre will likely be bored by the lack of depth / replay value / challenge, but it's a nice introduction to TD games for novices.
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37 of 59 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
sweet looking little tower defense game.

since its a niche product i'll only list the positive and negative things:

+ rather good graphics for a tower defense game.
+ you can zoom and move the camera, even watch the game from the inside of one of your towers.
+ detailed units and animations
+ possibility to change the gamespeed

● about 5 hours of playtime
● only singleplayer
● 5 different tower types
● 24 more or less different maps

- annoying music
- the achievements seem to be bugged. they randomly pop up when you close the game.
- small maps and very limited tower building locations
- the tower bulding options are a little sluggish, and i often had to click twice or more until a tower was build.
when youre in a hurry thats killing the fun.
- feels like playing a mobile game

all together its average.
if youre like me a fan of the good old warcraft 3 tower defense maps, you will be disappointed.

not sure if i should put a "yes" or "no", so please consider:


if you get this game below 2€ /$2, on sale/bundled: YES, its still good for a few hours of fun.

if you thought about buying it for the full price of 9,99: NO. theres not enough variety and content to satisfy this.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
I am not From a English origin so i hope you people can skip trough a few spelling mistakes,

Well where do i start, I do not often write a revieuw on a game but i thouged this game needed it.

So i was quite curious what kind of game experience i would get from this since i never really play any tower defence games.
Nothing makes this game specteculair or different for what i have seen from other tower defence games.
Music is ok, Gameplay is fun for a few minutes then i want to play something else again A. Something they did wrong is give you the option to look troug hthe eyes of a turret, does it allow you to controll it? No, you can just look trough it. Which is a big dissapointment. It feld like watching a friend play your favorite game and you were not allowed to join in.
A typical game to pass the time. Artstyle is enjoyable, the paper and cardboard cutouts.

Overal i find this game a like or hate it. Fun to play for a few minutes but nothing fancy.

If i may recomend a tower defence game that is similair to this but a bit better, try Toy Soldiers. It is set in a WW1 theme and is hilarious to play and see.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
The paper look gives the game a cute feel but don't underestimate this game. It is definitely worth the money while this 75% OFF is here. Why? While it is a fun game it's also limited with a few tower types and levels. Only a few hours of fun.. but the camera rotation option surely gives the game a plus..
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