World of Tanks Blitz - an explosive MMO game for Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices

World of Tanks Blitz hit the Windows 10 Store last week and offers gamers the opportunity to take control of a vast range of historic tanks from six countries including the U.S. Sherman, British Matilda and the German Tiger tanks.

MMO Gameplay is team oriented with one primary goal to work towards, destroy the enemy team's tanks before they destroy yours. Along with the large inventory of tanks, World of Tanks Blitz includes eighteen battle arenas, tons of upgrades to improve your tanks and no limits on participation. Play as much as you want with no tokens or energy bars to limit your gaming.

World of Tanks Blitz is only available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices. The game is also available for iOS and Android platforms, which increases the player pool significantly. In playing the game for the past few days, it comes across as an excellent game to pass the time with, but the mobile version of the game could use a little fine-tuning.

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When you first launch World of Tanks Blitz, you will need to register with the gaming server. You can do this through your Facebook Account or Microsoft Account. Registration gives you access to the gaming servers and allows your gaming progress to transfer between PC and Mobile devices.

Once you are registered, the game will take you through a series of tutorials that will cover selecting a tank and the mechanics of gameplay. From controlling your tank to blasting other tanks to repairing damage in battle, the tutorials do a nice job of covering things.

World of Tanks Blitz Tutorial

Tanks are in four tiers and represent six countries. You have light, medium and heavy tanks as well as tank destroyers from the U.S., Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Japan and China. You will start out controlling a light tank and as you build up experience, you will have the opportunity to purchase upper tier tanks.

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The opening menu for World of Tanks Blitz will display your gaming stats and a hamburger menu across the top of the screen. While in the tutorial, you will see the option to skip the tutorial along with access to the game settings and an option to disconnect from the server (to let someone else log into gameplay). Once you complete the tutorial, the hamburger menu shifts with several more options that include:

  • Viewing any gaming news
  • Create a platoon with your gaming friends
  • Access your gaming account
  • Join or create a gaming Clan
  • Access the Social Media pages for World of Tanks Blitz
  • Access gaming support

The settings menu for World of Tank Blitz is rather extensive and covers graphics, controls, tank markers and sound/music levels. The graphics options may be the most customizable settings I have seen on a Windows 10 game. You can take the easy way out and choose the "Compatible" option where everything is set based on your device specs or you can individually set key component's graphic quality. For example, you can set the tank quality to high and the terrain quality to low. You can even set the quality of the fog.

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Continuing with the features on World of Tanks Blitz's primary menu, you will find options to play the online game, view your missions (gaming goals) and upgrade your tank. You do have several consumables that can be re-supplied by a series of icons that line up beneath your tank display. Consumables include first-aid kits to heal your tank crew, repair kits to clean-up any damage during battle and ammunition.

World of Tanks Blitz Upgrades

At the very bottom of the primary menu, you will find your tank collection. As you advance in experience, you will have the opportunity to buy new tanks with the credits and gold you earn during gameplay. Upgrades will cost you credits and cover everything from engine performance, armor rating and weapon strength.

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Gameplay is team-oriented with seven-on-seven combat. You have to capture your enemy team's bases and destroy their tanks. While you can repair minor damage during combat, if your tanks are damaged beyond repair (a.k.a. blown up) you get to watch the rest of the game as a spectator in the Windows 10 PC version. Should your tank be blown up in the Windows 10 Mobile version, you will have the option to exit to the garage until the battle is over.

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Gaming controls for touchscreen devices have your point of view controlled by swiping at the right side of the screen. An on-screen joystick is positioned in the left corner of the screen to control your tank's movement. Incidentally, as you shift your point of view the turret of the tank will follow. On-screen controls are also present to control your weapon's fire and sniper mode (a zoomed view for more accurate shots).

If you are playing from a Windows 10 PC with a keyboard (touchscreen or not), gaming controls will be channeled through the keyboard. The default keyboard controls have the A, S, D and W keys controlling movement, the left mouse button controlling your weapon and the Shift Key controlling the sniper mode. If you don't like the default control layout, you can customize it in World of Tank Blitz's settings.

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Along with your tank controls, the gaming screen will have a small map of the battleground that will highlight enemy and allied tank positions, your team stats, your tank's damage meter and any consumables that are available (first aid kits, repair kits, etc.). You also have the ability to post messages to the combat screen for your fellow tankers to read.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Overall, World of Tanks Blitz is a Windows game full of potential. The Windows 10 title is a fun, multiplayer online battle game that will test your skills at strategy and teamwork. Graphics and animations are fantastic and the tank selection has plenty to offer.

World of Tanks Blitz Windows PC

Gaming controls will take a little time to get used to. It can be challenging to adjust your point of view as you try to maneuver your tank around the battlefield. I guess that is why a real-life tank has separate driver and gunner positions to control those functions. I also found that the tanks aren't that nimble or responsive. Turning was a little sluggish and acceleration was at a tortoise's pace. However, to the game's credit, these characteristics were common with the early tank models.

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While I enjoyed gameplay with World of Tanks Blitz, the most noticeable downside was the long load times we encountered in the Windows 10 Mobile version. From downloading content from the gaming server to finding a game to join often took several minutes to complete. Even transitioning from the main menu to the upgrade menu took a few seconds to complete. In playing World of Tanks Blitz from the Lumia 950, I found gameplay to be entertaining, but the other aspects of the game definitely required a bit of patience. Lowering the graphics quality to the "Compatible" setting helped a little but load times were still on the lengthy side.

In contrast, the only lagging I experienced with the Windows 10 PC version was finding a game to join. The biggest challenge I faced next to the opposing team's tanks was to customize the keyboard controls to my liking.

Overall Impression

All in all, World of Tanks Blitz is a nice addition to the Windows 10 Store. The seven-on-seven games can go quick, making it a fun choice of games when you only have a few minutes to pass. The addictive draw the game possesses makes it a good choice for those longer gaming urges.

I do think World of Tanks Blitz performs a lot better from a Windows 10 PC. The demands this game has could be just a little too much for the resources our Windows Phone has to offer. The game worked on the Lumia 950 but ran so much smoother from a PC. I do not know if the developer could better optimize the game for Windows 10 Mobile but if you are going to play the game from a Windows Phone, be patient.

Your gaming progress will transfer between devices and it may be the case where World of Tanks Blitz is a game played from your Windows 10 PC and managed from your Windows Phone as far as upgrades, restocking consumables, etc. At last check, World of Tanks Blitz was pulling down a 4.5-star rating in the Store with review comments describing the game as "Great", "Best of the Best" and "Best tank game ever". We'll agree with the user reviews on the Windows 10 PC version, but feel the Windows 10 Mobile version still needs a little work under the hood.

If you have tried World of Tanks Blitz, let us know what you think of things in the comments below. It is a free gaming title, available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices with several in-app purchase opportunities. Keep in mind that World of Tanks Blitz is not available for Windows 8.1 devices.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

41 Comments
  • 5 GBs Its a game for the PC!
  • No its not. Its just finally a great game loads of content and graphics. Stop complaining about 5 gigs being to big. You need a decent phone anyway. ;)
  • I think at download its not 5GB. for PC it downloaded for me just 2.2GB.
  • Its 1.6gb download..it started with 6gb ...it changed to 1.6gb after few time
  • That game is almost a year old
  • Can you play it using continuum, using a keyboard and a mouse?
  • ? Why that ? Get a pc then. I think using this game over continuum will tank your cpu. Quite literally.
  • The whole point of Continuum is so you don't have to 'get a pc', lol
  • Also given the fact that it took them almost 1 1/2 years to get this to windows phone is good enough. Don't think they build in continuum
  • Any UWP app is continuum compatible.
  • Can i play it on a surface 3 without mouse and keyboard ?
  • Yeah sure, why not
  • Because it only accepts mouse and keyboard. And i didnt find a way to Change that.
  • So on phones it can only work with the 950 as a keyboard and mouse needed? Sounds unlikely. There must be a way somewhere in the options.
  • On the lumia its the mobile version of the universal app and works fine :)
  • Its same on my asus tablet with win10,but if i change to tablet mode i can play with touch controls.
  • Already tried. Realy annoying :/
  • When playing the mobile version, does the game also select ONLY mobile opponents? Seems more fair and nicer towards the desktop and mobile players.
  • Only mobile. Different maps too.
  • Where is the download link to store, which is not present as usual?
  • The game is only available to windows 10 devices. This WC App which is based on Windows 8.1 will only show download link if the app is available in windows phone 8.1
  • I'm using Lumia. It is become a habit that if the app seems good, just swipe right and hit the 'download app' button in windows central app.
  • Developers need to optimize game for windows phone. Games such as modern combat 5 barely reach 30fps on Lumia 950, but on iPhone it's always 60fps smooth. I felt like developers did bring their app to wp, but most of them are badly optimised
  • Windows Mobile apps in a nutshell :) 
  • Wish you could get it for Windows Phone 8 :|
  • I don't understand why games seem to want to label themselves as MMO, 7v7 is not an MMO
  • I play on Lumia 930 and everything works fast. Maybe higher resolution screen and textures are slowing down experience on 950. I'm getting more fps and better graphics than on my 3 year old laptop with intel hd 3000.
  • On my phone it is not launching
  • Ive played WOT for several years, been in top clans and played Blitz for 2 years on iPad.  I was excited on hearing this as it means I can play on Surface, however iPad is much better as its lighter and easy for long play sessions.  The PC has full fat WOT, no need for a watered down version of Blitz, you also CANNOT play against other Blitz tablet users if using a keyboard and mouse, aside from long waiting queues this means that when platooning (or when clan wars comes in future) then the platoon is fighting keyboard users regardless if one is using a tablet.  I think its great its an option, really useful for windows tablets, useless for PC (IMO).   I also tried on Windows mobile, uninstalled it 10 minutes later, I can see where all the 40% win rate players come from!
  • Wow biggest size game for a phone I've seen. 4.7GB
  • My son loves this game, when windows 10 mobile is released he's definitely going to enjoy this app.
  • I'll give it try when I get windows 10
  • Why the **** did they remove the option to download xap file?
  • ****
  • I wish War Thunder came to W10M.
  • Why cant i find it in the european store? Im located in denmark.
  • It's available in Sweden
  • Tried on my 950. Never played anything like this on a phone. Tricky. Went back to playing it on my gaming PC after a few battles but it ran well. Looks good too. Will be useful when I need a WoT fix and am away from home.
  • Is anyone else having issues connecting to the server? I'm using a 950xl but once I select my tank it won't go any further. I'm connected to wifi so shouldn't be any issue there
  • Can't download it on my Lumia 730 download only 2.4 Mb nd says error
  • Don't show this game in my ML535 windows store..