''Drone Tactics'' is a turn-based strategy game where you play as a bunch of Japanese teenagers straight out of a typical shonen anime. Originally released in Japan by Creator/{{Success}} as ''Konchuu Wars'', the game was renamed ''Drone Tactics'' in Creator/{{Atlus}}'s English version. The game at first appears to be pretty simple and downright easy, but further playing actually reveals quite a bit of depth in the game's designs, particularly the different drones' functions when thinking of a strategy.

The story is pretty typical: Two young school children named Yamato and Tsubasa find two small insects, a butterfly named Y-Ite and a rhino beetle named K-Buto. The insects came from a planet called Cimexus and were looking for human allies to save their home world from an impeding threat called the Black Swarm. The two children agree to help and head to Cimexus to fight the Black Swarm.

Along with superior graphics in terms of handheld games, this game also features high customizability of the Drones (the giant mechanized insects) you get to use, as well as decent music, passable gameplay and good difficulty (well, in the [[BonusDungeon Badlands]] anyway).

But the main lure for this game is the sole fact that it lets you control teams of [[RuleOfCool GIANT MECHA INSECTS]]!!
Tropes used include:

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: All the combat in this game revolves around giant mechanized insects. The smallest ones, Ants, are already much bigger then trees. Also, they fight with turret guns and various artillery and melee weapons.
* BaseOnWheels: Snail drones. They have relatively high HP. High armor to protect against physical damage ([[AchillesHeel but zero Barrier against beam weapons]]), they have a cannon equipped to it, and it travels using treads. Also, that's where all the drones are held and deployed.
* {{BFG}}: Cannons. Lady bugs don't look so harmless anymore when you equip them with giant bazookas several times bigger then they are. And giant missiles too. And of course, there's giant [[GatlingGood vulcans]].
* {{BFS}}: Sure, you can equip a giant horn on to your rhinoceros beetle, or a large stinger onto your Bee's stinger...but choose those when you also have the option of attaching claymores, halberds, and giant axes in this places instead? Or perhaps a [[{{LaserSword}} Beam Lance]] for those pesky armored enemies.
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler: Misaki of the Four Generals. Eventually, Shoya becomes brainwashed by the Black Swarm as well, although the brainwashing is eventually lifted from both of them]].
* BrattyHalfPint: Elisha, the TokenMiniMoe of the [[{{QuirkyMiniBossSquad}} Four Generals]] is made entirely of this trope.
* CombatMedic: Butterflies. Their unique feature is the fact that they can double the effectiveness of healing cards. They have decent evasion and they're good with guns, especially when you equip them with beam weapons. Though they probably won't stand up against a rhinoceros beetle one on one, they're still decent.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In this game you can carry a deck of cards into battle. The cards can have various effects, but are only one use, so they need to be used wisely. To be fair, the computer have decks of their own to fight against you. To be unfair, later in the game whereas you only have one deck shared amongst your entire team, each and every single enemy drone HAS A FULL DECK ALL FOR THEMSELVES.
** And it's nearly impossible to beat the computers in the minigames without breaking the DS in higher difficulties.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: EVERY character in the game that was once your enemy will eventually join you...except for the {{Big Bad}}.]]
* {{GeoEffects}}: Different terrains can affect your movement, defense, and some even deals damage to you each turn.
* GiantMook: As mentioned before, even the smallest drone in the game is a giant insect already. And then there are giant giant insects, such as spiders, centipedes, and scorpions.
* GlassCannon: Drones specializing in cannons, such as Fire Flies and Lady Bugs, they're the two smallest drones in the game, but they can equip [[{{BFG}} cannons more than 4-5 times their size]]. And for non-cannon drones, there's Mantis drones, they are described as anti-air melee units...but that doesn't stop them from also tearing ground units to shreds (just not as thoroughly), but they have ridiculously low armor, not barrier, and average-low hp for melee units.
* GratuitousNinja: Hydel, the SUPERHERO ninja...who works for the BigBad. There is absolutely no reason for a ninja to be in battle, although his drone, Jet-I the cockroach fits the description of a ninja quite perfectly, fast, annoying, and attacks from afar.
* HopelessBossFight: The fight with the Four Generals in Chapter 11 is ''supposed'' to be this, and it's intended that you get to the retreat point rather than fight all four of them. It ''is'' [[LordBritishPostulate possible]] for you to defeat them (and it doesn't require excessive grinding, just a little bit of planning), but the game will [[TheBattleDidntCount act like you've retreated anyways]] and [[spoiler: Yui will still be captured by the enemy]].
* JokeWeapon: Playing the Badlands will occasionally reward you with incredible equipment, including the plastic foot, the fake red lips, the umbrella, the Moai statue, and the concrete pipe with cat sleeping on top of it. Many of them are game breakers despite their silliness.
* MightyGlacier: Played straight with Rhinoceros Beetles. Centipedes and Scorpions would have counted too, if were not for the fact that they're fucking fast as well.
** And then there's the Moths, who are FLYING Mighty Glaciers. They can kill bosses in a single hit if you use attack cards to support it, and they're the only flying drones that can take an Anti-Air attack point blank without dying.
* MookMaker: Subverted with factories. It looks like they are mook makers at first, sending out a near infinite streams of drones at you. But it turns out there are only a limited amount of drones inside the factories, and if you destroy it, you also kill all the drones inside the factory.
* PunnyName: All the drones names are supposed to be a pun on some sort of word. It helps if you knew some Japanese. While many of the names are obvious puns (K-Buto=Rhinoceros Beetle, Dor-O=Snail, A-Geeto=Stag beetle, Y-Ite=White butterfly, Hopp-R=locust, and Honey-B=KILLER bee) , some are a little more obscure (Jet-I=Roach, R-Nej=Centipede, Kris-T=Moth, Nyght-R=Spider, Clove-R=Dragonfly).
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: The Four Generals to the {{Big Bad}}. The Subordinate Units are the QuirkyMiniBossSquad of the Four Generals.
* ShownTheirWork: Well...Misaki did anyway...mainly towards spiders.
* SpiderTank/GiantSpider: One of the Drones that appear is a giant spider drone. Also, the Water Spider drones might count.
* StoneWall: Pillbugs. They have the higher HP and defense in the entire game. And they're the slowest drones in the game. But surprisingly enough, when you first meet these guys, they first come off more as Mighty Glaciers than Stone Walls. But their defense stat just raises much faster then their attack.
* TalkingAnimal: Talking normal sized insects... that transform into giant robotic sized talking insects.
* TheyCalledMeMad: [[spoiler: The reason why Dr. Gidoh was the Big Bad in the first place.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: On the good side, there's Yui, who also has one of the tiniest flying drones to boot, the fire fly. On the evil side, there's the above mentioned Elisha, who, ironically, has one the largest and most powerful flying drones in the game, a great moth.
* TookALevelInBadAss: ANTS god damnit! Ants start off as the weakest of the weakest {{Mook}}s you can fight (although technically they're STILL {{GiantMook}}s), but after a certain point in the game, ants start appearing again...equipped with fucking [[LaserBlade BEAM FANGS]]. All your previously invincible high armored drones like Rhinocerous Beetles start to get overwhelmed really easily, really fast, in front of those swarms and swarms of [[{{GoddamnBats}} goddamn ants equipped with lightsabers in their mouth]].
** And then there's the mosquitoes. They start off as the flying equivalent of ants, but at the same time the ants start learning how to use beam fangs, mosquitoes learns how to self-destruct enmasse.
* TranslationConvention: Played straight. The characters in the story consists of humans from all around the world and talking alien insects. Everyone was speaking their OWN language all along, yet at the same time when they hear others talk, the words they speak come out as whatever language the listener understands best. Everyone did not notice this until it was lampshaded by Janie (an American) while she was talking to Yamato (a young Japanese boy who is unlikely to have learned English yet). Professor Sakuma speculates that everyone can understand each other because of the Master Cards, but he doesn't reach a definite conclusion.
* {{UST}}: Main characters Yamato and Tsubasa...although it looks like they might be resolved during the epilogue.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: If it's a bug that can be remotely described as "cute", "pretty", or "charming", the heroes will have access to it as a unit, while "creepier" bugs like ants, water bugs, and moths are enemy units. [[spoiler: Though some of them do join your group later.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Considering the fact that a good deal of the main cast are children, and the game is filled with giant insects (mechanical ones with GUNS), this isn't surprising. For every single female cast member: cockroaches (more specifically, Hydel's Jet-I), spiders, and centipedes. And for Yui: goddamn everything except for Hicar-I, her own drone.
* VirtualPaperDoll: One of the features in this game is highly customizable Drones for you to use...you can even paint on them! And rename them!
* YearInsideHourOutside: [[spoiler: By the end of the game, the entire party returns to Earth, only to realize that it's been 30 minutes on Earth since they've been gone]].