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|Platform(s)||iOS, Android, Gameroom, Fire OS, Steam|
|Release||April 14, 2014|
War Robots (previously titled Walking War Robots) is a freemium mobile app game developed and published by the Russian game developer Pixonic. It is a third-person shooter with real-time PvP battles in Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) mode. Players operate BattleTech-like robots on a live battlefield. They either have the option to play so aroo team up with other players. It was first released on iOS in 2014 and was released to Android the following year.
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Upon entering the battle, players will be randomly placed into one of the twelve maps available (Springfield, Yamantau, Shenzen, Dead City, Canyon, Powerplant, Moon, Valley, Dreadnought, Carrier, Castle and Rome). Each map has its own unique structure, length, and its own play style.
Multiple game modes are available: Domination, Beacon Rush, Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill(Temporarily removed), Free for All, and Skirmish,although Skirmish is only available on Thursdays to Sundays and has unique rules. War Robots runs on a matchmaking system with the size of 6 vs. 6, and missing players are automatically added to the team with a special matchmaking system. Upon entering the battle, the opposing teams are spawned on opposite sides of the map. The player gets 15 seconds to choose a robot before the game, which is at most 10 minutes long, begins.
War Robots has a league system implemented, and it is based on the player’s trophy count (based on the player’s performance in-game). If the player does a large amount of damage, captures beacons, and destroys other robots, their rating will increase; but, if the player does very little in game, their rating will decrease. It isn't necessary to win a battle for a player’s rating to go up, being a top contributor to the losing team can earn rating points. After a player has completed their training matches, they will start to accumulate trophies, beginning at 400 trophies, and they can climb through many leagues.
As a player advances through each league, they will receive Gold as a reward for doing so (with the exception of the Legend League, where there is no reward for reaching the top 50). It must be noted that the League advancement rewards can be won only once, so if one drops out of a league and get back in, he/she won't get rewarded again.
League membership determines the contents of reward packages and periodic supply drops to pilots. Higher leagues receive more supplies and have more rewards available. As pilots gain experience points (separate from Performance Rating), more equipment becomes available for purchase with in-game currency,for example gold,silver,and components. At the end of the season, or 1 month, the player receives gold and silver.
The lower priority queue is a separate matchmaking tool designed for players who remain idle or leave while the battle is still in progress. There are several reasons why players may be placed in the lower priority queue. They may be placed in the lower priority queue because they constantly leave battles before and during the middle of the battles, players stay idle during the battle, and players experience too many connection problems or the game crashes too often.
Custom Matches is a mode that allows players to play with specific people. This mode disables automatic matchmaking. Instead, players can play all by themselves, or with any number of players of their choice to a maximum of 6 on each side.
Engadget gave War Robots a mostly positive review, criticizing it for lacking the ability to respawn and for making it very difficult to purchase better robots without making microtransactions, but overall stated that it was a "fun online multiplayer zone capture game with energetic robot battles". Android Police reviewed the work, writing "Walking War Robots isn't exactly original - it's borrowing quite a lot from the MechWarrior series, with a third-person perspective and mobile controls thrown on. But as a high-end, team-based online multiplayer mech game on Android, it's also fairly unique to the platform." Droid Gamers was also mostly positive, noting that the "graphics could be a tiny bit more polished but then again you have 12 players on the field which is a no small feat and the details that they have included like smoke trails from missiles and the audio are immersive."
148apps.com gave a favourable review (4,5 stars out of 5) for War Robots, stating that "it's an interesting game that feels serious enough to be realistic. That's no small feat." A review by TechRadar stated that it was... "Fun and enjoyable. But needs more robots, weapons and a better reward system. App Spy also praised the game, writing that "The engine powering the game is impressive, even if some of the UI elements are a bit old hat, and the feeling of being part of a squad taking on another team is palpable."
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