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War Of The Human tanks is a fun strategy game wrapped in a massive, sprawling, poorly-drawn and crudely translated visual novel. Though the story itself is fun and the battles are surprisingly tense, having to wade through all the extraneous stuff will likely turn off all but ardent Japanophiles.
Either way, I still liked it, as you can see in our 6/10 War Of The Human Tanks review. If you're interested, Green Man Gaming have the cheapest price around by a couple of quid.
Note that you an save a little extra with voucher code GMG20-FXYD1-7WHP1, but I'm pretty sure it's a one-shot deal.
The rise of digital distribution has lead to an increasing number of Japanese indie/doujin games reaching Western shores, often courtesy of small independent companies who deal with localisation and translation. Case in point: War Of The Human Tanks, a streamlined yet hardcore strategy game casting players as a general in charge of armies of deadly war machines designed - for some reason - to look like adorable girls. As a fan of indie games, quirky Japanese offerings and all things Mecha, this odd little title really pushed my buttons when I first heard about it... but much of its appeal will doubtlessly be lost in translation for many players.
You see, War Of The Human Tanks isn't really a strategy game. It's a visual novel that happens to include short and satisfying matches sandwiched between 30-40 minutes of text dialogue, static character sprites and even separate credit rolls for each mission. Much hinges, therefore, on how well Fruitbat Factory has managed to localise the lengthy diatribes for a Western audience, and whether the turn-based gameplay holds up once you finally manage to click-click-click through to it.
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War Of The Human Tanks, a localised Japanese turn-based strategy game featuring adorable human/war machine hybrids, will be releasing on September 14th via Desura. To celebrate the announcement, Fruitbat Factory have released a new gameplay trailer that should show you what to expect.
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