How To Start
After completing the registration, you can't see the main chat or use the game chat until you reach the rank of Master Sergeant. Also, if you are a lower rank than Master Sergeant, you'll be given a guide in the main chat of how to play Tanki Online.
Once you have logged in and the game has loaded, you'll enter what is called a the lobby. At default, the lobby will have the Communicator panel on the left, which itself contains the News, Chat and the Clan Chat section. On the right side, a list of modes and the Quick Battles button will appear on your screen. This is the Battle interface, which will allow you to enter a battle in a mode of your choice with only a single click of the mouse.
To access the battle list, scroll down the available modes in the Battle interface to the Battle list button. Once you click it, the battle list will appear on your screen. To enter a battle, choose one which is available to you (highlighted in green), and click on the Play button in the bottom-right, below the battle details.
Alternatively, you can click on the Create button below the battle list to create your own battle. The battle creation menu will appear.
To access Pro Battles, click on the Battle List button in the lobby . To return to the previous screen, press the "Battle!" button at the top of your screen.
The Communicator Panel
The Communicator Panel is the latest addition to the lobby - one that was imperatively needed in order to keep things organized and balanced. It consists of three tabs:
This is where the important announcements from the game are stored; which can include any updates, Newspaper or social news, event and contest announcements and last but not least, server update warnings. Remember previously that whenever we logged in to the game, a notification would pop up describing some type of event, celebration or just a mere announcement? A lot of people would accidentally "click" on that and it would disappear forever. Now, however, all notifications first appear in the pop-up window, and then are stored in the News tab.
Whenever a new notification appears, the default tab will change to News. This means that whenever you log in to the game, leave a battle or open the lobby, the News tab will be open and a new notification will be available there, surrounded by a green rectangle.
To notify the game that you've read this announcement and no longer need the News tab to be opened by default, click on this green rectangle, and then simply click on the Chat tab.
This is simply the tab which allows tankers to interact with other people through the use of the lobby chat. This can be disabled in Settings.
In a recent update, the Chat tab was split into various group chats, namely:
- General 1-4
- Game Reports
- Looking For Friends
- Looking For Battle
Want to quickly see the clan chat but don't want to shift to the whole Clan button? This tab is made for doing just that. If you click on the Clan Chat tab, the chat of your in-game clan will open up, without the need of you completely "going inside" the clan using its original button.
Matchmaking refers to the process of distributing players into battles based on their rank and other factors, resulting in a fair match where players or teams have equal strength. The goal of the system is to allow players to quickly join battles and have fair and balanced games.
The Play Button
The Play button allows you to join a game. If it's disabled, the most likely reasons for this: