TABS Review

Totally Awesome Battle Simulator (TABS) main menu screen.

Zakary robinette

Totally Awesome Battle Simulator (TABS) main menu screen.

Zakary Robinette

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (TABS) is a game created by Landfall and released on April 1st, 2019. The game is about simulation and strategy. TABS is in early access until the end of the year, when the game will get more updates and remove unnecessary bugs. TABS has a 4.8 rating on google and a 10/10 on Steam.

There are currently 12 factions and about 70 units. The factions are Tribal, Farmer, Medieval, Ancient, Viking, Dynasty, Renaissance, Pirate, Spooky, Western, Legacy, and Secret. TABS recently released the BETA for a Unit Creator, (UC) which allows players to create their own units and factions. The WorkShop allows you to upload a level or campaign so other people can play it, you can also download other people’s work and play it. The Roadmap is where you can find out about upcoming updates to the game.

Unit creator screen (zakary robinette)

The game has around 40 different maps so far. The main maps vary in size but are all flat, but the simulation update brought maps with different elevations along with a new campaign. The campaigns have players face off against another faction. When that faction is finally defeated, the player becomes the faction and has to defend against all others.

The Sandbox mode is used to create whatever battles you want, but battles on a larger scale are only recommended for higher quality computers because everything (such as grass, clothing, eyes, effects and more) has to be registered to make the game more realistic while maintaining its unusual style.

The campaigns are sometimes very easy but most require a lot of strategy and planning. Winning requires knowing abilities and knowing what they would lose against. Looking around the map for hidden enemies that could ambush and surround you. Other times the fights will feel unfair when you are only able to use a small number of units or the other team wins when there are only a few units left. With a few units left it mostly comes down to the random chance of who wins. Other times you get to use units that are meant to take down large groups of enemies. Then sometimes you have to use a large number of units to take down a strong enemy.

On April 1st, 2020, the Bug DLC was released as an add-on to the game. The DLC allowed you to shoot anything in the game, pick units up, push them, invert gravity, and suck units into a small space. It also added a new tab in settings which made it possible to completely change the game you can make Mammoths stack into tall pillars, make Hobbits turn into a black hole, make everything invincible, give everything wings, make all units spin, make units large or small, make ranged unit fire really fast, make ballons metal, and make fireworks really big. The possibilities are nearly endless.

The game is highly rated and I recommend playing it or watching other people play it. The game is ranked #25 on Steam which is very good compared to most games on Steam. If you are interested in playing the game you can buy the game for $15 and the DLC for only $4, I would recommend playing the game on a PC because the controls are much easier than playing it on a controller. TABS is a good game to play while stuck at home or just in your free time.