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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (70 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 4, 2014
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"Fun and easy to pick up Tower Defence game with paper world war one appearances. Currently on sale, worth to have in your library. "

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shaders 2
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Additional Notes: 32/64 bit builds available
Helpful customer reviews
60 of 78 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Tower defense games are weird to me. Mostly because they are pretty much all the same in the end. This game is standard TD game. Not genre defying, not the best, not the worst. Truly mediocre. Fun to be had for sure, if you are a TD superfan. It's not broken by any means, and works as advertised. 6/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
A very fun little tower defense game, with interesting elements introduced from the "toy" world.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Fun game for casual use. It's worth a try when on sale.

6/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Garbage game is broken. Don't bother getting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Never had so much fun in a long time, this game deserves to be in everyones game library. Very enjoyable to play. For what the game is and its price, I give it 9.5/10. My only problem is it needs more levels!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Welcome to the Paper and Cardboard War Solider! If you can't tell from the screenshots, it is a Tower Defense game made from cardboard. I bought this game when it was -80% (CDN$ 1.09) just as an impulse buy to kill an afternoon. I can say it is an ok game.

PROS:
- Turret First Person View. Clicking on a turret and selecting the button lets you see from the turrets view. Really cool, but you can't do anything other than watch. (Would have been cool if you could control the turret.)
- Interesting level design, with great graphical design. The cannons look ok, and the enemies look great!
- Obstacles like tree and dead enemies can block your attacks, or even the terrain.
- Short, only 24 missions with Normal and Hard difficulty.
- Simple Achievements

Now here is where I nick-pick.

CONS:
- Towers can ONLY be placed in designated areas. Because of this, if you don't place the CORRECT tower that is needed to beat the level, you will lose. There is basically only 1 way to win each level. Some are super easy to figure out, others not so much. Very "Trial and Error".
- Only 5 towers. Certain levels will take away towers as a challenge, making certain levels even harder.
- Game feels very slow. I've kept the game running at x2 most of the time, and x3 when there is nothing else for me to do other than wait for the map to finish.
- There isn't really an Options menu besides the Unity options menu that pops up when you boot the game up.
- Only 2 music tracks. One for the Menu, the other in game. It gets very repetitive and annoying fast. No options to turn off music, so I had to mute the entire application just so I can have my own music.
- No Steam Cards (for the people that care about it, like me xD)


In the end it's an ok game, and only spending $1 as a time killer was great. If you like TD games, it's a great game to add to your collection. I'm not very good at TD games, and did not feel like spending the time to figure out the exact way I was supposed to win each level. Still fun though! ^_^
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
It is an intersting turret defense game for 2 days of fun.

Minus points for:
-Gameplay gets It repetitive after a while.
-The programmers did want to put any effort into the graphics, so the units are supposed to be from carton as an excuse for basic graphics.
-"Radar" hides big part of the screen.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Fantastic!

This is not your usual Tower Defense game. This is something much better :)

+ Nice and interactive 3D world
+ Smooth gameplay even on older systems
+ Turret View is great! (First-person mode so you can see from the point of view of the turret)
+ Physics
+ Good amount of levels

- Too little amount of places for turrets
- Can get repetitive

It's fun, it's cheap, it's brilliant!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
no sound ...
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78 of 96 people (81%) found this review helpful
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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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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32 of 50 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
This is a great choice for tower defense. Lets break it down.

Graphics-Awesome for this type of game, the paper idea is spot on, and also 3d, what more could you ask for? Everything from the turrets to enemies look great. The maps are well laid out as well.

Music-Skip the music not the best.

Levels-First 10 were fairly easy, but by 11 things got really tough, had to really think about my tatics. You are looking at about 5-10 hours of game time. Not bad for a budget title.

Turrets-5 to chose from, machine gun nest, anti-tank gun, flak gun, arty, telsa coil. 3 upgrades avaible as well. Cool thing with these, you can look through the turret in a first person view.

Gameplay-Some of the best in tower-def i've had so far. Can have some really intense moments that come down to seconds, had me on the edge of my seat many times. You really have to plan out to win, no cake walks here.

All in all a very fun game and well worth the money. Heck a deal right with 50% off. Buy it!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
Fun and probably one of the nicer tower defense games on steam.
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