A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Connection to history, historical values. Fighting for liberty, freedom balanced by conquest, aggression.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Products & Purchases
Online store sells premium items, premium time for additional experience; users frequently solicited to buy items.
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.
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.
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