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World of Tanks is an online-only multiplayer game in which two teams with up to 15 tanks each try to win the match - this is done by either killing everyone from the other team or by conquering the enemy base. The game is officially based in World War II but this has no big bearing: some of the available tanks were made after the war and there is also no separation of nations; German and US tanks can fight side by side. Each tank has different advantages, for example artillery has a big range but slow reload times, and a damage simulation: certain parts of the tank get destroyed when damaged enough. They respawn after a short time, but the performance takes a hit. But nevertheless, World of Tanks is no simulation and is designed for fast matches of ten minutes or less.

If the whole tank dies during a match it doesn't respawn and gets locked for the rest of the match - this means the player has to watch the remaining time or uses one of his other tanks to jump right into the next. The game knows two resources which are gained with every match: experience to unlock new tanks and upgrades, and money to but them. This is were the business model comes into play: World of Tanks is free to play, but experience and money progression is relatively slow. But real money can be traded for game money and experience/money boosts which improve the profit per match.


World of Tanks Windows A tree's been knocked down by another tank - most of the objects on the map can be knocked down or destroyed by running into it or shooting it
World of Tanks Windows Results of the battle
World of Tanks Windows Store showing German heavy tanks: the top tank is a premium tank (bought for real $$$ but can't be upgraded), while the rest can be bought after being researched and paid for with credits
World of Tanks Windows You can use bushes to hide from enemy tanks, preventing them from detecting you until (hopefully) it's too late

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World of Tanks Wallpaper
World of Tanks Wallpaper
World of Tanks Wallpaper
World of Tanks Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "WoT" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Nexus Aug 25, 2011 A 100
Pelit May, 2011 92 out of 100 92
Ten Ton Hammer Apr 25, 2011 87 out of 100 87
CD-Action Jan, 2015 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gamer UK Jun, 2011 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Aug 30, 2013 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Dec 01, 2012 84 out of 100 84
GameStar (Germany) Apr 21, 2011 77 out of 100 77
IGN Jul 21, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Calm Down Tom Apr 28, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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GameStar covermount release

The covermount release on the German magazine GameStar (issue 09/2012 XL) additionally included 500 gold and three days premium access.


  • GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - Multiplayer Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2013 – #2 Community Favourite of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Patrick Bregger (215768) added World of Tanks (Windows) on Jul 08, 2011