''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'' (Literally "Insect 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]]!!
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Tropes used include:

* AnimalMotifs: Downplayed but present. The human characters don't tend to physically resemble bugs, but they do tend to have personalities that in some way match the drones they pilot.
** JapaneseBeetleBrothers: Yamato TheHero and Shoya TheLancer. Yamato pilots a Rhinocerous Beetle drone and Shoya pilots a Stag Beetle drone. In the story, they have an archetypical Japanese hero-lancer dynamic to boot.
** Firefly for Yui. In Japanese fiction, fireflies are usually portrayed as small, fragile, but beautiful beings associated with love (whether romantic or familial love), much like Yui.
** Blade uses a pillbug drone, and is quite aptly a BoisterousBruiser.
** In Japanese culture, dragonflies are associated with supernatural stuffs and meditation, while Akane, who pilots a dragonfly drone, is a {{Miko}} in training.
** In fiction, moths [[MacabreMothMotif often mean bad omens]], and Elisha IS someone that should be foretold by bad omens.
** Hydel, the [[GratuitousNinja SUPERHERO ninja]]... who works for the BigBad [[spoiler: at first]]. There is absolutely no reason for a ninja to be included in the game, though it is quite fitting for a ninja to the partner of Jet-I the cockroach drone, since ninjas are ''just like cockroaches'' - fast, annoying, and attacking from afar.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: All the combat in this game revolves around giant mechanized insects. The smallest ones, Ants, are already bigger than 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]]), and a cannon equipped to it to provide some support fire. They travel using treads. It's also where all the drones are held and deployed at the start of a battle.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot MECHANIZED]] version of this is the central idea of the game.
** BeeBeeGun: You ''should'' [[{{Pun}} bee afraid]] of the bee drones when they are [[GiantFlyer hovering above you while being the size of small hills and having stings as thick as streetlamp posts]].
** CreepyCentipedes: With treads instead of legs!
** CreepyCockroach: Try to stomp on them when they are the size of a big house.
** DreadfulDragonfly: ... that look like attack helicopters!
** GiantSpider: It's surely lucky that the game has the drones being mechanized and uses an Anime-ish (rather than realistic) art style, huh? The Water Spider drones might also count.
** MothMenace: You know it's bad when the moths look like they are about to drop some cluster bombs.
** PrettyButterflies: ... that are large enough to crush you and serve as CombatMedic for the other giant mecha bugs.
** ScaryScorpions: [[spoiler: The FinalBoss's drone]].
** SlayingMantis: ... that can be equipped with giant axes instead of the more typical scythes!
* {{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're the giant [[GatlingGood vulcans]].
* {{BFS}}: Sure, you can equip a giant horn onto your rhinoceros beetle, or a large stinger onto your Bee's stinger... but why choose those when you also have the option of attaching claymores, halberds, and giant axes in their 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. The brainwashing is eventually lifted from both of them]].
* BrattyHalfPint: Elisha, the TokenMiniMoe of the [[{{QuirkyMiniBossSquad}} Four Generals]] is made entirely of this trope.
* CicadianRhythm: Apparently used as a justification for why Cicada drones are extra effective up against other flying drones: their noises are ''espeically'' disruptive if you're airbourne.
* CombatMedic: Butterflies. Their unique feature is the fact that they can double the effectiveness of healing cards. They have decent evasion and are good with guns, especially when you equip them with beam weapons. Though they most likely won't survive an one-on-one standoff against, say, a rhinoceros beetle, they're great for support.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In this game you can carry a deck of cards into battle. The cards can have various effects, but are only single-use, so they're 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 among your entire team, ''each and every single enemy drone HAS A FULL DECK ALL FOR THEMSELVES''.
** Also, 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}}]].
* FragileSpeedster: Downplayed for the Stag Beetle and the Spider. Their best stat is movement. Their other stats aren't really bad, but certainly not outstanding. Also played with by the Locust, who, while not having exceptional movement stat, has the unique ability to ''move again after attacking''. This makes them in a lot of ways far more agile than either the Stag Beetle or the Spider.
* {{Geo Effects}}: Different terrains can affect your movement, defense, and some even deals damage to you each turn.
* {{Giant Mook}}s: As mentioned before, even the smallest drone in the game is a giant insect already. And then there are giant giant bugs, such as spiders, centipedes, and [[spoiler: 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're 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). At the same time, they have ridiculously low armor, non-existent barrier, and average-low hp (which is bad for a melee unit).
* GratuitousNinja: Hydel, the SUPERHERO ninja.
* HitAndRunTactics: The Locust drones use this. Their stats are so-so, but they have the special ability to move again after attacking, enabling them to survive many situations that most other drones would simply die to.
* HopelessBossFight: The fight with the Four Generals in Chapter 11 is ''supposed'' to be this, and it is 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 any excessive grinding, just a little bit of planning). But the game will [[TheBattleDidntCount still act like you've retreated anyways]], and [[spoiler: Yui will still be captured by the enemy]].
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: The Cicada. It is a flying drone that ''is extra effective against flying drones'' (yes, even if facing another cicada). The other drones, when they're extra effective against either ground or air units, they're so against the units of the opposite class, the flying Moth being deadlier against ground units, the grounded Mantis being deadlier against air units, etc.
* InsectoidAliens: The drones are technically this.
* 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 [[LethalJokeWeapon game breakers despite their silliness]].
* LightningBruiser: The Centipedes and the [[spoiler: Scorpions]].
* MightyGlacier: Played straight with Rhinoceros Beetles. Centipedes and [[spoiler: Scorpions]] would have counted too, if not for the fact that they're [[LightningBruiser freaking fast]] as well.
** And then there are 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 one, you also kill all the drones inside.
* PunnyName: All the drones' names are supposed to be a pun on certain words. 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.
* RuleOfCool: One could argue that the game is practically run on this.
* ShownTheirWork: Well... Misaki did anyway, mainly towards spiders.
* StoneWall: Pillbugs. They have the highest HP and defense stats in the entire game, while being the slowest drones. But surprisingly enough, when you first meet these guys, they come off more as {{Mighty Glacier}}s. But their defense stat just rises much faster than their attack stat, and by mid-game, their attack stat will be quite a bit lower than those of the two beetles and the mantises.
** The pillbugs are, however, quite vulnerable to beam attacks.
* TheSwarm: The {{Mook}}s use this tactic '''a lot''', in particular the ants and the mosquitoes. Surprisingly averted for the Bee and the Locust, who generally don't do this.
* TalkingAnimal: Talking normal sized insects... that transform into giant robotic talking insects.
* TheyCalledMeMad: [[spoiler: The reason why Dr. Gidoh was the BigBad 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 the one largest and most powerful flying drone in the game - a [[MothMenace great moth]].
* TookALevelInBadAss: ANTS god damnit! Ants start off as the weakest of the weakest {{Mook}}s you can fight (though technically they're STILL {{Giant Mook}}s). They quickly become something you'd scoff at by mid-game, at which point the defense of many of your units could have reached such a high level that ants can at best inflict ScratchDamage on them. BUT after a certain point in the game, ants start appearing again... equipped with freaking [[LaserBlade BEAM FANGS]]. All your formerly invincible high-armor drones, like the oh-so-mighty Rhinocerous Beetle, start to get overwhelmed ''really'' easily, ''really'' fast, in front of those swarms and swarms of [[{{DemonicSpiders}} goddamn ants equipped with lightsabers in their mouths]].
** ''And then'' there're 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 learn how to self-destruct enmasse. When they do it, it '''hurts'''.
* TranslationConvention: Played straight. The characters in the story consist of humans from all around the world and talking alien insects. Everyone is 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 doesn't notice this until it's lampshaded by Janie (an American) while she is talking to Yamato (a young Japanese boy who's unlikely to be anywhere near being able to converse in English). 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" ([[PrettyButterflies butterflies]] and [[SlayingMantis mantises]], for instance), the heroes will have access to it as a unit, while the "creepier" bugs like water bugs, [[MacabreMothMotif moths]], [[CreepyCockroach cockroaches]], [[SpidersAreScary spiders]], and [[CreepyCentipedes centipedes]] are enemy units. [[spoiler: Though many of the latter do join your group later]].
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be FREAKING GIANT BUGS]]: 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: [[CreepyCockroach cockroaches]] (more specifically Hydel's Jet-I), [[SpidersAreScary spiders]], and [[CreepyCentipedes centipedes]] invoke this trope. As 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 only 30 minutes have passed on Earth since they've been gone]].
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