Santa Cruz - Veteran Level Guide - iBomber Defense Pacific

The enemy naval wave's paths in the mission Santa Cruz of iBomber Defense Pacific.
The enemy naval wave's paths in the mission Santa Cruz of iBomber Defense Pacific.

This guide will cover how to get a Full House, which is a perfect round with all medals and 20 victory points, on the Santa Cruz level of the iBomber Defense Pacific campaign, played on Veteran difficulty. In addition, this mission guide will also cover the secondary objective and hidden target along with a walkthrough video.

Santa Cruz - Sea Attack!

Break the stalemate and gain a decisive victory. Hold your position in the Solomons.

In Santa Cruz you will be defending your base against 25 waves of nothing but naval units, mostly larger well armored ones, coming from the top center and top right portions of the map and heading to your base at the left. Good firing positions in this level are limited.

Secondary Objective:

Protecting the bridge is imperative to allied operations on Santa Cruz. Protect it at all costs.

There is a wooden bridge which connects the two main pieces of land in this level. It is relatively susceptible to enemy fire and can be destroyed quickly, but is made up of several sections, only some of which must be saved to complete this objective. Expect to lose half the bridge and try not to stress about this too much.

Supply Crates: 7

Victory Points So Far: 200

  • Machine Gun lvl 3
    X2 Power vs Flamed Specialization
  • Cannon lvl 3
  • Bomb lvl 3
  • Flamer lvl 3
  • Comms lvl 3
  • Rocket lvl 1

The not so hidden target in Santa Cruz.
The not so hidden target in Santa Cruz.

Perks used for this mission:

Greenback II, Iron Back II and Special Delivery
Greenback, now at rank two, along with Special Delivery will help considerably with funds for stronger defenses and covering the bridge at the same time. Ironback II is useful due to the considerable amount of damage put out by the enemy in this level and helps saves a ton of money on repairs which can potentially short your defenses otherwise.

Hidden Target

The hidden target in Santa Cruz is pretty easy to find, considering there aren't really any other structures in this map besides your base and the bridge, which you should absolutely not be dropping bombs anywhere near. I'm watching you... ( -_-)

Look on the eastern, larger piece of main land to find a pair of wooden structures hidden amongst some trees, which aren't really hidden considering they are surrounded by an open field. It's hard to tell which structure of the pair is the actual target, however it is easy enough to hit both with one bomb.

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Wave 8 turret placement.Wave 18 turret placement.Wave 26 turret placement in Santa Cruz.
Wave 8 turret placement.
Wave 8 turret placement.
Wave 18 turret placement.
Wave 18 turret placement.
Wave 26 turret placement in Santa Cruz.
Wave 26 turret placement in Santa Cruz.

Turret Placement

Turret placement will focus on making a strong show of force on the smaller island which is close to your base, with a bomb turret placed early to start working over the crates and occasionally taking out sneak attacks with a flamer to the right of the bridge to slow units coming from the shorter path, giving your other turrets more time to shoot them.

Funds will be limited, so you will end the mission with just a handful of upgraded turrets. 3 Cannons placed along the little bit of the merged path, the first couple on the right side of the small land mass and the third on the small island, so that the first two can make benefit of a Comms Tower which will boost most of that first group.

A single Machine Gun turret placed on the south side of the bridge will help protect your secondary objective while shooting up units coming from the longer path, although like mentioned above, expect the bridge to still take a fair bit of rather unavoidable damage.

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karen 4 years ago

Thanks for the great walkthroughs. Im struggling to complete this mission using only machine guns. That's the last perk I've got left to complete the game. Any suggestions?


cpa 3 years ago

thanks for the walkthrough. You mentioned that the bombs were not effective against ships that were spread apart, however if you land the bomb in the water between two, you can usually take out both ships at once.

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