Sunday, July 23, 2017

Clash of Kings (CoK) - The West Strategy

Well, I started playing Clash of Kings - The West (CoK TW) since there is not much development on Spartania.

LevelWinner has an excellent post on the basics so I will not be duplicating it here.

I will share with you my journey as I play along and learn the secrets of the game to be a successful gamer without or minimal spending in a game. I have experience playing Haypi Kingdom, Emross Wars and Avalon Wars. So this is a similar strategy game with new tricks to learn.

The first thing to know in this type of strategy games is to know how to hide your troops from being attacked even when you are strong enough. Why, you may ask? Losing resource is fine and part and parcel of the game. Losing troops on the other hand, is a double whammy. I cannot collect resources back to build back my troops and complete the quests, let alone help the alliance. Believe me, every strategy game I played would have given you one or a few loopholes to hide your troops since everybody needed to grow. Even when you are super strong, you can be taken down by rallied troops. Why fight a disadvantage battle in which you cannot control when you can control and win? If one weak player or similar strength attacker marches towards you, you can instantly recall your troops within 3s and decimate him. If you detect a much strong player or rallied force marching towards you, no point banging your head against the wall and die unnecessarily. Also, beware of the deadly advance teleport of either a super strong player or a few well coordinated allied players attack. Live to fight another day or better still, find a few allies and rally against him when he is opened.

Clash of Kings Club has an excellent post on hiding your troops but I will highlight the obvious and not so obvious but effective trick.

I will post more later.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Six! Strategy

Well, I completed this game so just to put up probably the only difficult block combination so far.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Real Steel WRB Video - Atom (90) vs Gold Zeus (263)

1-trick pony but needs practise and a cool head to pull it off every time. Credits to Живая сталь.
  1. Double Left (LL) - back off a distance
  2. Up Heavy (UH) - heavy punch
  3. Special - when Zeus attack
  4. Right Heavy (RH) - jump attack when Zeus just recovers from your special then LL to retreat.
  5. Down Heavy (DH) - shoulder when Zeus is quite close, use LL to retreat after that.

Real Steel Strategy Guide

I'm pretty pissed off at the same old 5 cheats that everybody whom copied and put into their strategy guide. I doubt that they even experiment with them or do more than that. I walk the talk and I will be coming with my own strategy or guide myself as I play along.

  1. Gold Coins & Boss Pack - Buy it if you have the money. If not, watch videos till you have 990 gold coins or wait for the special offer which I saw once was at 500 gold coins. The videos are aplenty. *Update: Other places you can get 100 gold coins are earn 10M silver coins, reach level 30, own 20 robots, upgrade 20 robots fully and earn 2K gold coins (kind of stupid to get 100 if you got 2K). Also versus events also give you a chance to earn some gold coins.
  2. Unlimited Energy Core - If you are a grinder, buy it. It's a steal at SGD 11.99. If not, just grind with 5 energy cores alternating between Time-trial and Free Sparring Pro mode. I can hardly play and finish. *Update: DO NOT BUY the unlimited energy core until you got your 990 gold coins through free videos. Buying it will raise your VIP level 3 to no ads and no more free videos after that. Anyway, for me what's done could not be undone. I bought the additional double reward for SGD 22.99 to grind.
  3. Upgrades - I upgrade Power and Special. You may not always have the chance to unleash your special or you may miss it. You will also need power to grind the time-based attacks. You will need damage to win the final bosses.
  4. Robots - If you do not want to wait until 990 gold coins and want to earn as you go, I suggest you buy the robots that the special is unable to be blocked. Atom, Hollow Jack, Twin Cities and Zeus are the ones. Total 1250 gold coins. The boss pack already included Twin Cities and Zeus. You can also invite a Facebook friend and if he installs it and pass you a free Robot pass, you can get Aqua Robot as you first free robot and a free robot at every major stage. *Update: I sent a Facebook invite to a friend and he installed it via the link. He linked his game to Facebook. Till date, I have not received my free robot pass in my in-game message inbox. I wrote to support but there is no reply. I gave up. **Update: I have finally received the free Bluebot after the support manually gave it to me. The next stage free AquaBot needs 2 Facebook invites, sigh...
  5. Blocks and Combos - I blocked while I stood still, not so effective. I have accidently pressed forward and blocked before (hints also stated that). Also, I have a 2% combo, I noticed I need to do different directional punches e.g. LP, RLP, ULP, HP. Perhaps practice it with the easiest time-based mode or local  LAN multiplayer mode. *Update: The game hints mentioned every robot has a unique heavy attack and that is true. Experment and usually there will be one that is the farthest and fastest. E.g. Asura & Midas-Gold is RH. Just be careful to retreat with double-tap L or RB (Right-Block) if you are too close or chain it with your own special. If you are good, even an Atom (90) can beat a Gold Zeus (263) with the 1-trick pony.
  6. Versus - After the initial Quick Match-up and you win, send a taunt (it's free anyway). Players will tend to revenge you and you will be able to see the stats of the player's robot from the Match Log and choose a matching or overwhelming robot you own to revenge him to get win streaks. Doing an unknown find player can often lead you to an overwhelming robot esp. if your win streaks are high. If you reject, your next find will be 1 gold, 2 gold not sure how many after that... likely to the power of 2.
I felt the game is not too difficult but a bit grindy even for those Pay-2-Win (P2W). Unless, you keep on dumping money to buy gold, you still need to grind for the upgrades after you bought the premium robots. Those that have patience can raise the robots to 4-stars. Kind of imagine the Gold 4-stars robots have out-of-this-world stats perhaps...

Stay tuned as I update you when I finish the game, owned and fully upgraded all the boss robots.

Now, I am at Gold Midas and almost fully upgraded. 2 more to go - Zeus and Trigore which have overwhelming statistics needs full upgrade.

**Update: I have beaten Trigore. I could not even wait for the full upgrade of power and special (1 short of and hp 2 short of) when I tried to clear Trigore. Gold Midas special long range RH definitely helped here. Now, it's routine upgrade of the rest of the owned robots while I grind for the gold coins. 2 options - go for Trigore or the boss robots. I still remain my gut feel of getting boss bots being the better choice. Leave me a comment otherwise.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Spartania: Casual Strategy Guide & Tips - Final Frontier

Spartania Advance Guide/Strategy/Tips - Final Frontier

If you have followed the earlier series of the strategy guides, you will be pretty good by now. This final post will bring you from good to great as I reveal to you tricks of the trade you may not know in order to reach the top (no cheating of course).

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