World of Tanks Blitz Review
- Fantastic tank battling thanks to tight controls
- Well-sized arenas keep the action exciting
- Play as much as you like for free
- IAPs are not cheap
- Poor connections ruin matches
- Fun can be scuppered by random matchmaking
World of Tank Blitz is a game that will convince you to part with your cash, but with so much of its frantic tank-based fun offered for free you'll find yourself more than happy to do so.
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At its most reductive, World of Tank Blitz is a modern interpretation of the Atari classic Combat. But this mobile instalment the of tank-based arena warfare behemoth bring flair - and considerate monetisation - to the formula.
A quick tutorial teaches you nuances of manoeuvring your metal death-machine using the virtual stick, buttons, and various drop down menus. It is a familiar system, but one made unique thanks to your tanks methodical pace and cumbersome turning circle.
The goal of the seven-on-seven matches is to either hold a central point for 100 seconds, or wipe-out the enemy tanks. Well-designed arenas offer just enough space and cover to not feel oppressive, while ensuring you never have to search for a fight. This creates a constant intensity with games rarely reaching their seven minute time limit.
Encounters swing between hugely satisfying and rage-inducing, depending on the cooperation of your team. When playing with an organised team it's hard not to whoop with joy when a flanking manoeuvre works allowing you to blast a distracted enemy from behind. The flip side of this is when you find yourself in an disorganised rabble, and you must watch as your allies are picked off one by one, leaving you fighting a war single-handed.
Our biggest problem with Blitz came from connection issues. When working optimally, the dramatic tank blasting mayhem plays out at a smooth 60fps. Unfortunately, if your internet connection is patchy, you find yourself warping around the map or stuck frustratingly in place. However, even with the occasional issue, the online play was a good deal more reliable than most real-time iOS multiplayer games.
Blitz's most impressive feat is its use of the free-to-play model. Instead of restricting play with energy systems, Blitz limits the speed at which you unlock its vehicles and upgrades. With a different tech tree for the American, German, and Russian factions, you will have to know your Panzers from your Cunninghams as you choose your tracks and turrets.
As with all free-to-play games these vehicles unlock at good pace initially, but before long you are forced to either enter into a slow grind or start paying to rise up the tiers. However, with the grind so enjoyable, and endless play against lower level tiers on tap, it's a monetisation system that's hard to resent.
World of Tanks Blitz is a fantastic online tank blaster that lets you play as much as you like for free, while offering good incentives to invest in its IAPs. This makes Blitz a rare example of a free-to-play game that earns its money before ever asking you to spend a penny.
DescriptionWorld of Tanks goes mobile!
World of Tanks Blitz is a free-to-play mobile MMO action game developed by Wargaming, the award-winning online game developer and publisher of World of Tanks, the smash PC hit now with over 80 million players worldwide!
Drawing inspiration from the PC version, World of Tanks Blitz is built specifically for optimal online mobile gameplay and is currently available on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
With an impressive roster of over 90 massive tanks, stunning graphics, and intuitive touch-screen controls, World of Tanks Blitz makes it easy to jump into short, action-packed 7vs7 tank battles no matter where you are!
A truly free-to-play game. No timers, energy bars, fuel—play as much as you want and whenever you want.
“Shown on iPad, the game looks as good as its PC and Xbox 360 counterparts.”
“We’ve seen a lot of less ambitious tank games come out on mobile. Everyone has the same idea. They all want to be the World of Tanks on mobile.”
“The game played extremely well on the tablet.”
Requires an Internet connection and iPad 2 / iPhone 4S or better to play.
•Over 90 iconic tanks from Germany, the United States, and the USSR
•Advanced progression system: improve your tank’s performance with modules, equipment, and consumables
•Manage your crew to get most out of your tank
•4 different tank classes including light, medium, heavy, and tank destroyers
•Strategic 7v7 PvP online multiplayer gameplay
•8 unique battle arenas – deserts, towns, industrial areas – all inspired by real-life locations
•In-game chat functionality
•Constant graphics enhancement and updates
•Real-life physics to create realistic tank movement and combat mechanics
•Ability to invite your friends to play online alongside
•No timers, energy bars, or fuel—play as much as you want and whenever you want.
•Easy to learn, intuitive touch screen controls
World of Tanks Blitz is in the running for Golden Joystick Awards 2014 in the Best Mobile Game category. Vote for it here: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/joystick/category.php?id=mobile
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What's New in Version 1.3.0Two brand new maps: Lost Temple and Black Goldville.
New fog atmospheric effects and landscape illumination rendering added.
The time of base capture on maps Rockfield, Desert Sands, Mines and Oasis Palms increased from 75 to 100 seconds; time of base capture on the Dead Rail map—from 85 to 100 seconds.
The second branch of Soviet heavy tanks (Tiers 6–10): T-150, KV-3, KV-4, SТ-1, IS-4.
Completely reworked battle results screen.