Hit another wall on one of the survival missions called ‘Spiral’. I was able to get to the last 10% or so of the last wave but then got battered every time.
- The map design means the enemy have their guns on you and your defences for almost the entire run in to your fortress because the map is a ‘spiral’ of two entry roads entering from opposite corners of the map and leading to your fortress in the middle (see the mini map below):
- New units. The last two waves spam some super heavy units with 12,000 health and tri-barrelled rotating AP cannons that 1 shot infantry and can knock out my heaviest tank in maybe 6 shots. They make a mockery of my fully constructed defences and my gattling gun with the booster ability to give me another 10% damage on top.
So after a few different strategies of overlapping fields of fire, mixing units with low fire rate but high AP and high fire rate and low AP, making layered walls of tanks, turrets and healing units I gave up for a bit.
Frustratedly though I came back to it and went looking for new units in the markets to start experimenting, looking at high HP, high DPS and high AP values and then anything else that I might be able to make a dent in the last few waves with.
Tried both lots mines to no avail. Tried air unit spam which was laughably under powered. Tried APC units with weird abilities and rockets for lots of spam. Nothing was working.
Then I found the Devastator and the Ultimate.
The Devastator is the little brother of the units hitting me at the end of the last two waves, having 6000 HP, lotsa damage and lotsa AP:
It lets me build 5 of them like the Goliath, so these became my front line on my first try with the Devastator and made a significant dent in the last units but just couldn’t hold up to the assault.
Mixed it up with a front line of ‘Busters’ which are basically WW2 Panther tanks with high AP but low HP and DPS:
This made a bit more of a dent but I still couldn’t whittle down the waves with my guns enough for my defences to hold out. I tried some of the companion units like the gun drones but they didn’t help. I switched around where I built my defences, building them on the outer boundaries, building them right next to the base. Nothing was working - I resigned myself to just need to to work on grinding better parts for my Warthog.
Then I remembered I bought the ultimate. I had no idea what it did because there is a distinct lack of descriptive text at the moment, so I loaded up an older mission (Snowfall, another survival mission) and constructed it to see what it did. It takes 40 seconds to construct and spawns a little glowing disc outside the base that you collect like a pickup.
All it did was put a counter set to 1500 on the screen and made a few lighting effects around my mech.
Then I fired at a line of tanks…
It is something ridiculous like 10x damage for 1500 rounds…not even a timer, a counter of 1500 rounds…insane.
First attempt with this I messed up. I spawned it early in a place I could get to it quickly and then forgot about it until the time came and…it had despawned.
Next time? I chewed through every single tank like they were made of paper. I still had to build my defences because of the sheer volume of units pouring in, but they only had to act as a barrier for long enough for me to chew up one end and fly to the other to finish them off. Not a single ground unit even got through my defences!!
I love this game so much.