This story takes place in a place vaguely reminiscent of modern-day Japan. In the twenty years since the first Human Tank was developed, the war raging between the Empire of Japon and the Kingdom of Japon has turned into a proxy war fought between Human Tanks on both sides.
The Empire of Japon once ruled the entire land of Japon. Now diminished and cornered, the Empire prepares to make its last stand as the tanks of the Kingdom of Japon draw close to its capital. Shoutaro Daihon’ei, Lieutenant of the Imperial Army moves out to the battlefield, followed closely by the loyal Human Tanks in his company.

- Fast-paced strategic battles in over 30 maps
- Use resources earned from battles to develop new tanks
- Customize your tanks with various modules to deadly effect
- Multiple endings based on your performance
- Replay the story keeping your previously earned units and resources
- Free battle mode to practice and gather extra supplies
- English localization features two all-new bonus maps, hand-drawn battle backgrounds and an improved user interface

War of the Human Tanks is supported for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

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Splitmek Dec 11 2012, 9:43pm says:

Eh...Way too much reading before we're finally introduced to the game, and then there doesn't seem to be any sort of tutorial. It wasn't hard to understand how to play, but it seems pretty boring. I mean, I'm probably missing something but all I did was move some lolis around some fog of war, found enemies, shot them, got shot, and I lost mission 1 even though I had some units left. If the tutorial was in the was too lengthy and I skipped it all.

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PhleBuster Dec 12 2012, 3:13am replied:

Hi, thanks for playing. WotHT is pretty old school in that it doesn't hold you by the hand with extensive tutorials, but the gameplay is quite intuitive and fast to get into. You lose the mission if you lose all your Command Tanks (in mission 1 that means Heshiko), or Masamune. You can check the victory/defeat conditions from the Object button in combat. We also have a very extensive "Let's Play" guide which can be found from the link in the launcher, or

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Splitmek Dec 12 2012, 3:32am replied:

I don't mean to be rude but "old school" is just code for "bad design." I don't mean that the game is bad, but it really could have been designed to play better.
Either way, the story just isn't my thing. I don't think it's worth it to me to play.
I do however enjoy the soundtrack.

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echoMateria Creator
echoMateria Dec 15 2012, 8:08am replied:

The combat is a mix of chess and battleship. You lose if you lose your commander (king), each unit (piece) moves and attacks differently and there is a constant fog of war involving firing blind salvos and hoping to hit all squares of bigger units (battleship).

The story segments are of usual length for Japanese games, even shorter than the usual for the other games that use the same VN style.

All in all I don't believe "I don't mean that the game is bad, but it really could have been designed to play better." deserves the 1 rating that you gave. A 1 would be absolutely unplayable, downright broken piece of software that you'd hardly call a game.

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Splitmek Dec 15 2012, 8:27am replied:

I gave the game a second chance and got through the first battle and it wasn't as bad as I originally thought, but still, it really isn't my kind of game, mostly because of the VN style. I personally like VNs, but I either want to read a VN or play a game, not both, so the VN style of this game was really intrusive because I just wanted to play it.

Also, I tend to rate games either 1 or 10 as a "bad or good" rating. My rating isn't meant to be so harsh as you make it out.

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echoMateria Creator
echoMateria Dec 15 2012, 1:38pm replied:

Sadly this isn't a thumbs up, thumbs down rating system, that's why it has 10 levels instead of 2. Your 1 dropped the average rating of the game from 9.3 to 8.7.

The day after the release we got a troll vote of 1 from a guy who voted a series of games 1, including Portal 2. And now yours, a few more of these and we'll be the lowest rated game on Desura even with all the praises the game is getting.

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Splitmek Dec 15 2012, 10:36pm replied:

You're being pretty silly. Your game has more than a few baseless perfect 10's. My vote is really just leveling out the score, and it's just silly to think this game would get the lowest score on Desura because of some "trolls."
Just like some people will blindly love your game, some people will hate it for no reason. Not trying to be rude here, but get used to it.

However, i'll consider (re)writing out a fair review based on my feelings about the game soon, instead of just giving it a score of 1, in the interest of fairness, as I understand where you're coming from.

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graspee Dec 12 2012, 10:19am replied:

Maybe you think in this case that "old school" just means "bad design" but it certainly isn't universally true.

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echoMateria Dec 9 2012, 6:42pm says:

99 Spirits, the next release of Fruitbat Factory, is one of the candidates for Indie Dev Grant competition. Vote for it to help us on our mission to let everyone enjoy the best Japanese indie games in English.

When you buy a bundle from and look at the bottom of your keys page, you'll see the voting poll for the Indie Dev Grant. Vote for 99 Spirits there.

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PhleBuster Dec 6 2012, 1:42pm says:

Remember, even if you bought the game in a bundle, once War of the Human Tanks is Greenlit you'll get a Steam key for it as well!

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lokuas Dec 5 2012, 12:07pm says:

wow, so much text... Pro Tip: HOLD Enter.

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echoMateria Creator
echoMateria Dec 5 2012, 2:03pm replied:

You only need to see a story chapter once, after that the game takes a note of you having read it and from the config menu you can tell it to skip those altogether or ask you if you want to the next time around. (When replaying to get the other endings and more powerful unique units)

Alternatively, if you really don't like story segments, you can press CTRL key to fast forward them. I wouldn't do that though, I like this type of a light-hearted anime comedy story once in a while. Not always though. :)

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PhleBuster Oct 2 2012, 10:41am says:

The problem with Desura Client version has been resolved, and everyone can now install and play the game normally!

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bushwhacker2k Sep 18 2012, 1:06am says:

Is there a tutorial or something? I sat through a looong opening and then when combat started I didn't know what was going on or how to do anything... I don't even know if this is turn-based!

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echoMateria Creator
echoMateria Sep 18 2012, 4:06am replied:

When you launch the game, you will see a button named MANUAL just left of the PLAY button. If you click that button, your browser will open the System tab of the War of the Human Tanks homepage. You will find detailed explanations about every part of the game there. Amongst the ones that you will see on this page, "Combat Phase" is the one that is most relevant to this question.

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PhleBuster Sep 18 2012, 3:43am replied:

The first battle is basically the tutorial (well, more like first 2). It's designed so that it's very difficult to fail while letting you employ all of the basics. Perhaps you'll find the Guides section of our homepage helpful:
If you need more specific help don't hesitate to post on our forums: We'll be happy to talk about the gameplay.

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