In War of the Human Tanks players participate in matches of progression / attrition. Before starting a battle players must thumb through tons of dialogue and still frame graphics before actually getting to do anything. Thankfully the developers realized this was going to be a problem for the less reader-ish gamers out there and so this can be skipped though through a very fast message skip feature, unfortunately messages sent during battle do not get skipped and there’s a ton before the battles.
The backgrounds used in-game appear to be real life photographs of scenery with impressionist filters slapped on top. This method of gathering graphics doesn’t look too terrible but paired with the stunning lack of animations in the game the result is that the art direction comes off as purposely cheap. The actual gameplay is confusing and resembles Chinese Checkers except with a military theme
Once passed the initial annoyances, some fun can be had if players are looking for a very simple, straightforward grid-based strategy game which takes place in 2D Sprite graphics. There are different types of ‘tanks’ which are similar to classes or roles for each soldier being controlled on the battlefield. Players move one piece at a time and then once all pieces have been moved it’s up to the enemy A.I. or opponent to take a turn. To keep things interesting the game has a hidden battlefield until discovered. Sometimes players head into being attacked accidentally because of this, but can also use recon options at times to see more. Steam Achievements and Steam Leaderboards aim to keep the game going in terms of replay value.
In the end, War of the Human Tanks is a very difficult game to remain interested in. After a huge buildup of anticipation from the very, very lengthy dialogue and introductory scenes, the gameplay reveal results in a complete disappointment. Actually playing the game is not as bad as it would first appear upon seeing the gameplay environment for the first time, but it still isn’t going to blow you away either. Players should really take a good hard look into this game and decide if it’s right for them before considering a purchase. War of the Human Tanks gets a 4.9 out of 10 total.
Official Score: 4.9 / 10
RGN Rating: Below Bronze
Developer: Yakiniku Banzai
Publisher: Fruitbat Factory
Available On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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