Conclusion: While there is some fun to be had with War of the Human Tanks, the enjoyment doesn’t last very long, especially if you aren’t familiar enough with Japanese cultural tropes to find the script funny. The lack of multiplayer is also harmful to the longevity of the game.
Excerpt: War of the Human Tanks is going to be a nightmare to pigeonhole but, what the hell, I’ll give it a go. It’s a kind of turn-based/real time strategy hybrid that plays out like a surreal re-imagining of Battleships if it had a bizarre advanced edition, book-ended by adorable still-framed anime girls...
Excerpt: Turn-based strategy can still work in quite interesting ways as games like Advance Wars and Civilization have shown. Well, War of the Human Tanks is a worthy attempt at being one of those shining examples. When I was told that War of the Human Tanks seemed a lot like Advance Wars, I was intrigued.
Conclusion: War of the Human Tanks is not for me. Whether by virtue of simply missing something culture wise to explain why the human tanks are all school girls, or even what the hell is going on in Japon anyway, working through this game was a slog and a half.
Summary: War of the Human Tanks is a battle all right... a battle to get to the game.
Pros: The mix of turn-based action and strategy works well. Great chess-like element to the battles helps mix up all-out action.
Cons: Tons and tons and tons of story between game segments means it sometimes feels less like a game and more like a somewhat interactive novel. The story that's there isn't really worth all the time dedicated to it. At all. Will wear down your mouse button clicking through cutscenes. The aesthetic, m...
Excerpt: 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...
Pros: It’s like Battleship evolved., Re-playability present due to branching plot., Gameplay is simple to understand and navigate., Makes you think both in battles and about the pretty deep plot themes.
Cons: Deployment menu before battles could be tweaked a bit., No multiplayer.
War Of The Human Tanks Review | Click-Click-Click Boom
26 July 2013
Conclusion: The Short Version: War Of The Human Tanks presents some intensely addictive, tense and exciting bite-sized strategy battles, but many Western players will balk at having to click through hundreds of screens' worth of text in order to access the tasty tactical core.
Pros: Razor sharp hex-based battles with elements of turn-based and real-time strategy, Punchy, tense matches and addictive customisation, Strong overarching storyline
Cons: Reams of clunky, awkward and dull dialogue makes characters and humour hard to relate to, Bland backdrops, continually-repeated character portraits, It's a visual novel first and foremost. Know this going in., Click-click- click- click- click- click...
Summary: "War of the Human Tanks ist eines der Spiele, die man sich vor dem Kauf doch besser zwei mal anguckt, bevor man eine Entscheidung fällt. Es wird Leute geben, die Gefallen daran finden. Allerdings konnte es uns im Test nicht überzeugen."