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Call of Duty: Heroes Mobile Game Tips and Tricks Guide
Availability and Specs
Call of Duty Heroes is available on both IOS and Android. That may be news to you because of this guide's writing, Call of Duty Heroes is nowhere to be seen on the Google Play Store's popular downloads list. But it's there...
Having played on both platforms, I can confirm that the IOS version seems to run smoother, as is generally the case. Unless you're involved in massive battles later on in the game, you shouldn't have too much trouble enjoying the pace of the game, and any mid-tier phone is going to give you mostly jitter-free goodness. You won't necessarily need the latest iPad Air 2 to enjoy yourself, but I'm sure it'll keep things like butter.
One note though is that like many strategy games with lots of moving parts, I've noticed that Call of Duty Heroes sucks down battery levels like Coca-Cola. So in that sense, a tablet is probably going to be your best bet.
Call of Duty Heroes: Genre
Call of Duty Heroes marks the franchise's entry into the Warcraft/Clash of Clans space. It's a strong effort that will have you glued to your mobile device. Here are some tips and tricks to start.
If you're a fan whose played Call of Duty on different systems, then you may have come in expecting another first person shooter a la Halo or Half-Life (I'm really dating myself here). But while this latest entry holds onto the modern military themes and heroic infantry/mechanized war machine motifs, this game is less about reflexes and more about strategy.
If you've tested your wits against Clash of Clans or even the great Warcraft game series, then you have a general idea of what's expected from you. Lots of collecting resources so that you can build buildings which then churn out soldiers. You'll also need to put up walls and defense mechanisms so that rival troops don't storm your capital and loot you of those preciously gathered resources. It's a tried and true recipe for someone like me to mindlessly play hours on end, and I'm sure you're already feeling the same way.
Call of Duty Heroes Logo
As I mentioned earlier, the gameplay is largely what you'd expect of the genre.
- Collect resources
- Establish buildings
- Build defenses to protect your resources and buildings
- Pump out troops from your buildings to protect your defenses, resources and buildings
- Send out your troops and heroes to loot others and complete missions
In classic freemium style, you also have a premium currency called Celerium which you will continue to accumulate slowly as you play the game. Celerium is used to speed up processes, instantly build or create things, instant upgrades, etc. You can always open the wallet and buy extra, but then again, you're probably reading articles like this to stay away from paying for anything.
Call of Duty Heroes Master Video
Gold, Oil and Diamonds
There's probably a really popular hip-hop song that goes something like:
Wearing my gold chains, oil glazing my skin, diamonds round my neck, playing Call of Duty Heroes.
And when it comes to this game, your main focus is on these three resources. Starting out, you only have to deal with gold and oil, but if you stick around long enough you'll see the diamonds too. For the purposes of this guide, let's dive into gold and oil.
Gold - Here's a shocker for you: Gold pays for things. Gold puts boots on the ground, allows for buildings to be created and will generally precursor any oil spending you'll have. So one way to approach things is to worry about gold first, and oil second.
Oil - Oil is what makes things run. Oil allows you to clean up debris, upgrade buildings and really get to the fun parts of the game.
Diamonds - We'll save these for another time.
COD Heroes Gameplay
Three Days of Protection
And on the 3rd day, God came down from heaven and removed your protective forcefield so now you have to worry about looters. Or something like that...
As if par for the course in this genre, you have a couple days to get your defenses in order before other players can come in and pillage your village. You have 3 days to be exact. So if you have yet to download the app and start playing, or if you just started playing, I implore you to put in the time over the next 3 days so that you're not an easy target.
After all, if you're having fun and you plan on playing the game for a while, then you should really frontload the action and put yourself in a good position to reign supreme for eons and eons. Isn't that why you're reading a guide about tips for Call of Duty Heroes?
Call of Duty Heroes Mobile Game
Build me a Building, Builder
Another thing I want to establish right off the bat is the importance of the builder. Going along with the theme of cramming a lot of effort into the first 3 days, is to remove all obstacles that will keep you from maximizing your growth and development during that time.
Enter obstacle 1: you can only build or upgrade 1 thing at a time. Because you have a single builder.
This is a huge deal because you don't have all day to sit around and check the app every 10 minutes to make sure your first building is upgraded so that you can start the second. So the remedy is to stock up enough Celerium to get that all-important extra builder. In fact, I'll even go as far as saying that when I'm playing, Celerium is only used for getting extra builders.
Because once you've got a few builders at your disposal, then suddenly boosting oil production with 2-3 pumps is done in a pinch.
How do you like your Call of Duty?
How do you like your Call of Duty?
Defense Wins Championships
Back in the day when I was new to this genre, I got sucked in to a game where I was putting in hours a day for a couple of weeks. I had an impressive little civilization going and my offensive arsenal was awesome. I could walk into anyone's town and loot and pillage as I pleased.
But I let my guard down, and only had minimal defensive systems when someone came knocking on my door. And it was all gone in an instant! I, of course, cursed the game and deleted it so I never had to think of what happened that day.
So let me be the first to warn you, HAVE YOUR DEFENSES SET ON DAY 3.
The most important things to remember are that walls direct traffic and buy you time. Sentries and other defensive systems cover specific areas, so you'll want to have overlapping areas protecting your most important structures. Got it?
Peach, Plum and Damson Troops
Just as cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all possess their own unique qualities, each person is unique. We cannot become someone else. - Daisaku Ikeda
Such words have never been truer than in Call of Duty Heroes. And the sooner you figure out what troops are good at, you'll be able to mix and match effectively and deploy troops effectively.
- Drop some juggernauts in front of the closest sentry guns. They're strong enough to take it.
- Lay some snipers behind them to maximize their offensive potential
- Finish up with ground troops as needed
You'll find your own style in how you like to conquer missions, and you have to be aware of the situation in which you're walking into. Note the defenses and give yourself 2 plans of attack before you begin.
I Need a Hero!
The namesake of the game is the hero. Think of the hero as Darth Vader in Star Wars - you command great special powers and you have tremendous prowess in one on one situations.
I've taken over towns with just the hero calling in airstrikes to wipe out defenses, and then I let him slowly whittle down the structures until he's collected all the loot. This is important to remember because any troop that's deployed is essentially lost. If you can effectively manage how many troops minimum it would take to complete the mission while relying on your hero, you're going to save a lot of resources and keep your defenses strong in the future.
Once you've built the Heroes' Post, things get really fun as you bring in unique heroes to lead your troops in battle.
Call of Duty
COD Heroes Airstrike
Lastly, Play Play Again
The last tip you absolutely should adhere to is to play a lot. Play at least 5 times a day, because each time you'll be able to check in and get some free resources. The fifth time you check in, you get free Celerium which eventually leads to more builders building buildings and yada yada yada.
Strategy games like Call of Duty Heroes are not really for casual gamers. They're for grinders like you and me that appreciate the struggle to build the backbone of your defenses so that you can pump out troops with maximum efficiency and defeat the odds to beat greater opponents.
I'm rooting for you. So go out and play goshdarnit.
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DealForALiving and Mobile Games
So I had a reader ask me why would a personal finance blogger delve into mobile gaming so much. Easy answer: personal finance and mobile gaming are my two passions.
I spend as much time scheming ways to make more money and minimize costs as I do playing freemium mobile games that don't cost me a penny. Compared to the days where I had to buy the $300 console and the $50 game cartridges or discs, it's a sweet deal. in fact, embracing the freemium model was one of the ways I was able to put a dent in my first savings goal (that, and shredding one of my credit cards).
On top of that, I've got over 20 years of gaming experience and I'm damn good when I put my mind to something, so it's a personal duty to share tips and tricks when I can.