World of Tanks

Game review by
Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Tank game promotes teamwork, competition, in-game extras.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn teamwork and collaboration through gameplay, because this team-based game pits one squad against another. They also learn decision making when they determine which tank equipment to upgrade and how to train the tank crew. They learn strategy in deciding when and how to engage opponents based on their teammates, terrain, and objects on the individual maps. World of Tanks lets new players practice against computer-controlled bots before throwing them into pitched battles against other people, which can build confidence and teamwork skills. With a heightened focus on group and individual play, along with the pace of the matches, World of Tanks stands out from other battle-arena titles on the market.

Positive Messages

Connection to history, historical values. Fighting for liberty, freedom balanced by conquest, aggression.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take on role of tank commanders, can inspire others with gameplay, command of powerful tanks.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Skilled gameplay requires lots of practice.


Players use various tank classes to destroy opponent tanks with guns resulting in explosions. Though it's a war game, no blood, bodies shown -- only tanks being immobilized, catching fire.


Online store sells premium items, premium time for additional experience; users frequently solicited to buy items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World of Tanks is a downloadable free-to-play online historical (mid-20th-century) armored-tank combat-warfare game where players join with friends and strangers to challenge other teams in arena-based combat. The goal is to destroy the other team or capture control points on the map. Though World of Tanks is free to play, it has an online store that sells premium items and gives incentives to purchase premium time. Communication among teammates is a large part of the strategic planning, so the potential for unmoderated language is quite high. Though the game is violent, there's no blood or gore shown; instead, tanks are immobilized, catch fire, and explode in combat.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNot G. June 17, 2017
Worst game ever made. It is by far the most unbalance, unfair, and boring game to date. 90% of the gameplay is you sitting behind a rock trying to shoot someone... Continue reading
Adult Written bylottsie September 23, 2019


this game has grown extremely fake and manipulative, infused with hatred and greed.
Teen, 13 years old Written byKforKubaaaax December 21, 2016


World of Tanks is the perfect choice for kids who are not allowed to play shooting games because their parents think it's too violent. There is no blood, n... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 24, 2016


Good game but, the only reason I would say it's a higher age is because of the fact it is an online game and I don't think younger kids should be play... Continue reading

What's it about?

WORLD OF TANKS is an online multiplayer competitive real-time strategy team-based armored-warfare battle-arena game where players control mechanized tanks. Players command five types of mid-20th-century armored vehicles -- Light, Medium, and Heavy Tanks, Tank Destroyers, and SPGs (self-propelled guns) -- to navigate the war zone, firing projectiles at enemy vehicles. Competition occurs in up to 15-vs.-15 battles aimed at either destroying all the other team's tanks or capturing and holding control points on the map to earn the win. Battles are accompanied by large explosions, smoke and fire, and tanks and buildings breaking. Each battle earns you achievements, experience, and gold that can be used to upgrade your tank's equipment, unlock higher-tiered tanks, and train your commanders.

Is it any good?

This mechanized-combat game takes the armored vehicles of the mid-20th century and places them into an action-packed arena that keeps players on the edges of their seats. The tanks are built to historically accurate specifications, and, a battle-arena game, it excels at also being a strategic game that doesn't get drawn out in excessively long battles; matches are usually kept to within 30 minutes. The basic controls are simple and intuitive, but mastering the advanced controls takes a lot of practice. Players are encouraged to work as a team executing a variety of strategies -- sudden ambushes, cunning flank attacks, head-on confrontations -- all to deliver a decisive blow to the competition.

Beyond the game's value as entertainment, it provides an immersion in the history of the tanks and the countries they represented. Currently, World of Tanks has armored vehicles from six countries; U.S.A., Japan, Russia, China, Germany, and Britain. As with all the Wargaming titles, these are great games for military buffs and are family-friendly. Younger kids can easily master the game so long as parents keep in mind the unmoderated language they may get exposed to during matches. The greatest value of World of Tanks is the stunning beauty of the game, the reasonable gameplay sessions, and the critical thinking and strategic planning wrapped in a fun and engaging game that can provide hours of fun for a single player or for gameplay with family and friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork and communication in games such as World of Tanks. How does proper communication foster teamwork? Do you like playing with someone who's polite or rude?

  • Talk about the importance of online safety. What should -- and shouldn't -- kids be sharing with strangers? How can you protect personal and account information from strangers?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Subjects: Social Studies: history
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, logic, making conclusions, prediction, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
    Creativity: combining knowledge, developing novel solutions
    Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
    Emotional Development: handling stress, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking
    Communication: asking questions, friendship building, listening, presenting, speaking
    Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, meeting challenges together, respecting other viewpoints, teamwork
    Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions, respect for others
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free (The game is free to download and play, but premium accounts give 50% more experience and gold for a fee between $8 and $46/month. There's an option to purchase a disc for consoles, price varies.)
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer:
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks, History
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: April 10, 2020

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