Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a physics-based tactics indie game developed by Landfall for Windows, Mac OS X, and Xbox Gamepass. The game begins with looking at a top-down view of a battle where the enemy army stands in formation. You must respond by creating your own army and consider their position, raw numbers, and physical ability. Creating a successful army on TABS is a process of trial and error as you have to consider maximizing your in-game budget and your unit’s efficiency. Your control over the fight ends once you click the Go button. The troops will begin marching towards their opponents and demonstrate the game’s ragdoll-like physics.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator has two sets of characters: Red and Blue. You can play both the Red and Blue army on TABS’ Sandbox mode. This mode of gameplay focuses on testing as many strategies as possible. You will have full access to both units, the items they have unlocked, and place them on any map you own, such as the Simulation map. TABS’ second gameplay mode is Campaign. Under this are eight sub-modes, namely: Introduction, Adventure, Challenge, Dynasty, Renaissance, Pirate, Spooky, and Simulation.
The eight modes can be organized into two types: level-focused and faction-specific. Modes that focus on levels are Introduction, Adventure, and Challenge. Introduction is the tutorial for TABS but you get to keep your earnings once it is done. The Adventure and Challenge both consist of a set of levels, but the former has fewer restrictions than the latter. The aim of Adventure is to allow you to explore the mechanics of the game including how you can use the chaos on the battlefield to your advantage.
The Challenge mode is the main draw of the game. You must create a well-thought-out strategy if you want to win and proceed to the next level. A well-founded strategy considers the placement and movement of the opposing troops. The mode also lessens your army budget as compared to the enemy’s point value. Renaissance, Pirate, Spooky, and Simulation are the four other modes that focus on the strengths and weaknesses of all units. For example, a single Skeleton Warrior is weak on his on but a unit of them is hard to break down.
The minimum requirements to run Totally Accurate Battle Simulator for Windows computer are:
Operating System: 64-bit version of Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 at 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6300 at 3.5 GHz or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 3 GB of free space
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
DirectX: Version 9.0c
To enhance your gaming experience, Landfall recommends you install TABS for Windows on a computer with:
Operating System: 64-bit version of Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 at 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 at 3.2 GHz or equivalent
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
Unique and dynamic gameplay
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is an entertaining and unique concept for a tactic game as it uses physics to display the unit’s physical response to battle. Developing a new formation or strategy per round is a challenging yet rewarding experience as you see your unit charge against the opponent. The software itself can be played on most commercial desktop computers and laptops but note that it uses a significant amount of RAM to process the game.