Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
|Totally Accurate Battle Simulator|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One|
|Release||April 1, 2021|
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (TABS) is a ragdoll physics battle simulation fighting video game developed by Landfall Games. It is a parody of the battle simulator genre. An alpha version of the game was initially released in 2016 to a small audience. The game was released in early access on Steam on 1 April 2019, for Microsoft Windows and macOS, and December 2019 for Xbox One, and has since received numerous free title updates that added new content, such as maps and units, in addition to fixing bugs and improving the performance. The full version of the game was released on 1 April 2021.
Two spin-offs, Totally Accurate Battle Zombielator, which is a parody of the survival horror genre, and Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, a parody of the battle royale genre, were released on 1 April 2017 and 5 June 2018, respectively.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a ragdoll physics battle simulator. The game encompasses two main modes: Campaign and Sandbox. In the former, players are given a limited amount of in-game money to build an army in order to defeat an enemy force. In the latter, there is no monetary limit and players builds both armies. The two opposing armies can be placed on either opposite sides of the map, or one can surround the other. As soon as the player clicks "Start", the battle begins and the two armies rush forward to attack each other. Once either army has been defeated, the battle freezes and the player is informed of who the victor is. While armies typically win by defeating all enemy units, a May 2020 update added new winning conditions, such as surviving for a given amount of time, or killing a specific enemy unit. During ongoing battles, players can move the camera around the map to get a better view of the fight, and can slow down or freeze time themselves. With the addition of a May 2019 update, players are also able to "possess" units—controlling them manually from a third- or first-person perspective.
Units in the game are split into fourteen factions, mostly themed around different cultures and eras of human history. Two factions, Legacy and Secret, are different from the others in that they consist of units hidden on various maps which need to be found by the player in order to be unlocked. Units are priced differently depending on various factors, such as their health, the damage dealt, and their attack types; some units also have special abilities that further justify their pricing, such as flight and projectile deflection. The maps in the game are centered around the same themes as the factions and differ in size and geography. The game features twenty maps in total, with twenty-two additional "Simulation" maps.
Players can create their own battle scenarios, choosing from any of the available units, maps, and winning conditions. A December 2020 update added the Unit Creator, where players can create their own units, giving them abilities, clothing, and weapons from the already existing TABS units, as well as the spin-offs Totally Accurate Battlegrounds and Totally Accurate Battle Zombielator. Both custom battles and units can be shared with other players via the Steam workshop. The full release of the game in April 2021 added both online and local multiplayer modes, and achievements.
The game was made during a week-long game jam in a Swedish castle. Landfall Games released the download for people who signed up to their website in July 2016. The game was released in open alpha in November 2016, while the closed alpha was released in December 2016. The full version of the game was released in early access on Steam on 1 April 2019 for Microsoft Windows and macOS.
On 9 June 2019 at the E3 convention, Xbox announced via their Indie Developers program that TABS would be coming to Xbox One in the Xbox Game Pass later that year. On 1 April 2020, free downloadable content (DLC) for the game, entitled the Bug DLC, was released; for a limited time, players could buy the DLC, with half the money raised being donated to Doctors Without Borders.[clarification needed]
On 1 April 2021, the game exited early access.
The game received generally positive reviews. It has been referred to as a "vibrant and goofy take on chaotic combat", and its "silly graphics and kind of wonky body physics" were told to be part of the "charming appeal of an otherwise realistic simulator". The game has also been described as "brilliant in its simplicity" and "outstanding". On Steam, the game has a user rating of "Overwhelmingly Positive".
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