Haven Review: War of the human tanks – Limited Operations

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The battle screen

War of the human tanks is the name of this here turn based strategy game. The title stay true to name, though I find myself hard pressed to call them human tanks. To me they just look like chibi girls with guns, fighting a war against other armed girls. This is by no means a graphically impressive game, or a very big one for that matter. For the most parts backgrounds are made up of photos with one of those generic Photoshop filter on top and the human tanks are crudely drawn and poorly animated. The small sprites are also very hard to see on the scree, due to the horrid non existent resolution, I can only chose between full screen and windowed. Which really brings down the whole visual representation. The biggest selling point is the decent gameplay. The goal is usually to assemble a team of human tanks, whose job is to navigate around on a map, meet interesting human tanks and kill them. Much like a game of battleship, most of the board is obscured in darkness and until you actually see an enemy, not much can be done. This is where the various classes and their special abilities comes into play.

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The usual F to S ranking system!

Some can scout out hidden areas, whilst other can provide long range fire. It’s the usual rock, paper, war, system, where each class has roles and abilities that complement each other. Combat is quite quick and brutal indeed, as most units can only take one hit and the human tank that shot first wins.  Eventually the side that is left standing will win. Soundwise everything is loud and voices are used sparsely. This is where the game shines, the gameplay is fun for quite some time. There is also steam achievements. Naturally this decision tuns the story into a massive wall of text, where the image on top tells whom is talking. More images would really help to tell the story. Show don’t tell as the saying goes. Luckily the music can be turned down along with all the other effects. The music is actually quite good and can be bought along with the trilogy. On start up, the music was insanely loud and aside from the game crashing on me, the very imposing plot and the odd controller layout, the game work as intended. However the intro song greatly amused me indeed and in theory the concept is fantastic. Just not the execution it need some good polish, therefor I have a hard time recommending it, since you’ll have to enjoy turn based strategy games in the first place.

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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

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