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World of Tanks (2010) is a multiplayer tank simulation shooting game. You control a tank in a war zone and try and destroy enemy tanks in online matches in a race for supremacy and points. The scale and strategy of the battles recreates a realistic theatre of war feeling where players enjoy working with comrades to outwit and outshoot the other side.

Gameplay involves driving a tank and firing weapons at enemies. You have access to a map of the area where enemies are clearly marked so you can plan your attack before visual contact is made. You play as a squad and use online chat to communicate. You can play as a group of friends, join clans or play just as an individual. You will need internet access at all times.

As the game has been around for a long time, getting started and learning the ropes is tough, as (although there is a good tutorial) other players can be very experienced even though this is alleviated with matchmaking designed to put you with players of a similar level. When you die in the game you have to wait until it concludes, although you can watch your team-mates.

World of Tanks is a unique experience. It's free to play (provided you resist the in-game purchases) has quality visuals, constant upgrades offering daily challenges and season additions. For those looking for a online team strategy game to play with others, it offers an exciting and skill-based challenge.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked World of Tanks 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Strategy game with Action and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game. Different modes have different numbers of players. Grand Battle mode is the largest with 30 players competing at once.

Cross-Platform: Supported between PS4 and Xbox One but not between PC and console.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Battle time depends on skills of competing players.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence. Violence that is not shown but is implied. This game allows the player to interact with other players online.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: Players can use three different perspectives (e.g., top-down, third-person, and first-person) and several choices of tanks to navigate outdoor terrain and fire cannons at enemy vehicles. Long-range howitzers allow players to focus on heavy sniping activity, while light tanks can be used for maneuvering and exhausting foes. Battles are accompanied by large explosions, realistic radio chatter, and collateral damage to surrounding structures (e.g., trees, houses, fences); burning wreckage is left on the battlefield as tanks are destroyed.
Parents need to be aware that the game is often played with mixed age groups, and children may be engaged in conversation with adults if they use the chat facility.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although the game is relatively simple in the form of its controls, in order to be successful in this game you require tactical thinking, and in some cases team planning which is more suited to a teenage and above audience.


World of Tanks

Steam Store PC Free
XBox Store Xbox One Free
XBox Store Xbox 360 Free
PlayStation Store PS4 Free
Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch Free
App Store Mac Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free

World of Tanks Blitz

Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store Mac Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
To progress in the game you can earn points and experience to upgrade your tank. You are, however, also encouraged to purchase upgrades with real money, that can be expensive. It is possible to play for free and never be tempted by the random loot boxes known as keycards and the season passes and the gold purchases. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/08/2010, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (30 online)

Genres: Shooting, Strategy (Action and Simulation)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Weather

Developer: World Of Tanks EU (@WorldOfTanksEU)

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