Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is an excellent piece of software, it’s not, however, a very good game, with repetitive gameplay loops, lack of multiplayer, and tedious campaigns, and the sandbox mode, which is the real star, shines brightly, and burns out quickly.
Rock, Paper Scissors.
Every unit type is countered by a different unit and advancing through the simple campaign, and adventure modes require finding the right combination of units while keeping within the restrictive points allocated.
This was the most fun I had in the game, and some of the missions were genuinely tricky to find the exact combination to move to the next challenge, however, after a dozen or so missions it all started to feel the same.
It’s fun in short doses.
The Terrible physics employed by Totally Accurate Battle Simulator are the secret to its charm, with epic ragdolls and jelly legs galore you cannot help but smirk as your army flops around and at times falls off the map entirely.
The battlegrounds and units all employ a simple low poly art style, but everything is well modelled and gives the game a fun vibe that lends itself well to the insane physics.
Playing Chess With Yourself.
Sandbox allows you to go wild and set up battles between any number of units, and while performance plummets once you get over a few hundred aside, its a lot of fun to watch scores of cavemen try and take down a herb of mammoths, or a firing line of musket men.
Sadly this mode gets old fast, as you are creating and solving your own problems, and the sandbox battles offer no strategy.
The ability to create and share campaigns and battles is nice and addresses this issue, yet soon falls prey to repetition.
Worth a Play?
A fantastic and fun piece of software that will keep kids entertained for hours; however, I found it lacking and didn’t get much enjoyment from it after 30-50 mins.
Xbox Game Pass.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, is part of Xbox Game Pass, an ever-growing catalogue of over 100 games that is a great way to try a whole smorgasbord of games, including day one access to all Microsoft first party titles, for just a few dollars a month.