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Defense Derby Guide - Expert strategy tips for defeating bosses and spending currency

Posted by Alina Gasca on August 17th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Anyone who has played Defense Derby since its recent launch have probably noticed there is a lot more to it than your standard tower defence. Even with a few matches under your belt, there is always room for improvement, and we’re here to offer a hand with a few useful tips.

Complete your daily tasks

If you want to be successful you need to continuously recruit new units in order to keep increasing everyone's power, so make sure to stay on top of your daily jobs. Each day you can get 600 Cubics simply by logging in and playing games as normal, and this only takes about ten minutes tops. Add the 1,000 from Weekly quests, and you get 52 units per week. Throw in those Missions as well, which are slightly more of a hassle since you need to hope for specific bosses, and you will be racking up those artefacts for their passive bonuses.

Defense Derby Guide - Beginner tips to master Krafton’s innovative tower defence game

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 10th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Defense Derby may wear the mask of a tower defence, but it sets itself apart from the traditional labels with a huge raft of innovations. With a four-player PvP mode as its flagship, customisable decks that get largely ignored each round, and a huge host of units to pick from, it’s hard to know where to start, but we are here to help.

Take the auction with the action

The combat section of the flagship Derby Mode is indeed important, but to be successful you also need to master the Scouting Phase. This is where most of your army will come from each round. You get two units from your deck at the beginning of the round, and one after each boss, but you will need to augment them with bidding wars.

It is important to balance building a team to take you through the round, with not overspending. Don’t be tempted to throw all your money at characters who won’t fit into your formation just for number's sake. You might miss a few important fighters through your haste, plus the scouted unit is pulled from the deck of the player who has the most Derby Chips, so saving them will place you at an advantage when everyone else has thrown theirs away.

Never stay still

With most tower defences being a slow, static affair, coming into Derby Mode expecting the same here will leave you incredibly shocked. The waves of enemies don’t hang about, circling your castle and knocking on the door within seconds, so you will need to keep shuffling your units around to take advantage of their attack range and skills. The Harpy who can debuff enemies' defence should stay ahead of your heavier hitters to get a bit more damage and the Mermaid who deals extra damage to targets with high health should stay towards the start.

Knowing all the units’ skills is incredibly useful in deciding where to place them, so try to have at least a basic idea of how everyone works. More importantly, however, is to remember that deploying characters has a cool time, so you can’t just keep shifting indefinitely. Bear in mind the current and potential threats and tactical implications of all of your moves, and also never forget Synergy.

Placement equals power

Every fighter in Defense Derby belongs to one of three Factions; Human, Spirit or Beast, and are then either a Physical or a Magic type. They will all take one of eight open slots in your castle, surrounding your big bastion of a Hero who is anchored to the centre, and who also has these designations, and it is very important for you to play to these.

Any members of the same factions who sit next to each other will benefit from a power boost of 20% that can stack three times, whereas a line of three Physical or Magic types will get a single 30% boost. This is a potential 90% boost to your soldier's damage, and say you combine that with a Hero with Osborn who adds 20% to Beast power, it is clear why you should consider the composition of your Deck, the Scouted characters you recruit, and more importantly, where each of them is stationed at all times. Never forget the Synergy bonuses, they will turn the tide in your favour.

Blitz with the best of them

While you will spend most of your time battling against others in Derby Mode, don’t neglect Blitz Mode. Defense Derby has an idle defence that will collect Gold and Elixir for you, storing up to eight hours’ worth at a time. The way you generate more is by completing higher waves of Blitz, a fun game that lets you deploy your full deck at once against enemies that you are warned about in advance, so you can prepare your tactics and watch them go.

As vital as these resources are, Blitz can also function as an excellent training tool. You are able to replay the highest level you have achieved for free, so you can use it as a way to decide what Faction you like, what units you prefer, and who pairs up well with everyone else. It may not have been what Krafton intended, but it works extremely well regardless.

Prepare your army in advance

The reason Blitz is so important is that Gold and Elixir are used to increase the level of your units. This increases their power, of course, and makes it so that whenever you recruit these in Derby, whether it be from your Deck or from Scouting, they will enter the game with that level. So, buff up all Humans to level 50 and take advantage of Synergy, and no enemy will be left standing.

As you recruit more units, you will undoubtedly pull more than a few duplicates. Luckily, you can merge three characters of the same rarity together to improve their rank. This leads to more power and also increases the level of their skill, so it's worth checking every time you recruit soldiers. You will also have an Army level based on your eight most levelled-up warriors, which you can then assign to another of your fighters. This is a great way to increase your troops' level for free, so don’t forget to nominate your weaker characters.

Defense Derby truly takes the tower defence genre and gives it a massive makeover, so it will take a bit of time to get used to. Follow the lessons in this guide though, and you will be well on your way to climbing up the ranks and cementing yourself as one of the best castle defenders in the game.

Omega Strikers - What you need to know about the 2.1 update (and how to get creator skins)

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2023

Note: There are also FREE creator skins available if you use the following codes by going to the in-game store and tapping the "Coupon" button:

Since its official release, I've had a hard time putting down *Omega Strikers. I'm still very much as high on it as I was when I posted my glowing review, and now there's even more reason for me to play it. This week the game saw its first significant update, which added new characters, a new map, and some other little tweaks to make this already great game even better.

You can check out footage of my time inspecting and trying out the game's new characters (and going through the shop to purchase all the new skins, emotes, etc.) in the video above, and you can read on for some additional impressions and an overall evaluation of the update.

Omega Strikers - Advanced Tips

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2023

I have still been sinking a lot of time into Omega Strikers and having a blast with it. Since my last guide, I've picked up on a few things that I would call more advanced tips for once you already have a pretty good handle on the game.

If you feel like you are a competent player in terms striker knowledge and knowing how all the mechanics work, see below for some more nuanced tips that can help you lock up victories.

Omega Strikers guide - Tips for beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 2nd, 2023

Since the official release of Omega Strikers last week I've been playing a heck of a lot of it. In that time, I've unlocked all of the strikers, played a good amount of all the game modes, and ascended out of the lowest ranks of the game's competitive mode.

I'm still by no means an expert, but there are a few things I've picked up that have really elevated my game and could possibly raise yours as well.

Diablo Immortal Beginner's Progression Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 14th, 2022

Now that I've spent more than enough time in Diablo Immortal to find a purpose in it and also render an opinion on it, I wanted to share some thoughts on how others can join in on a similar journey and get to the fun stuff in the game a little faster.

When I started playing the game, I was flying completely blind and found myself getting bored mostly because I wasn't advancing as quickly as I wanted to and was unclear on how to even figure out what I was supposed to do or what I was even chasing. With that in mind, I've laid out a progression guide here that is focused on helping other hapless players find their way a little easier.

Rocket League Sideswipe - Threes Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 7th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MULTIPLAYER MUST-HAVE :: Read Review »

Rocket League Sideswipe just entered its third season and with it comes yet another new ranked mode. Threes extends the traditional soccer-like arena to make room for an additional car on each team, which adds an entirely new dynamic to what is otherwise very familiar territory at this point.

I've spent a good amount of time with this new mode since it came out and am finding myself steadily climbing the ranks. If you'd like to do the same, here are some tips I can offer that have generally helped me secure wins and work well with my teammates.

Rocket League Sideswipe - Duos Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MULTIPLAYER MUST-HAVE :: Read Review »

Rocket League Sideswipe continues to be an amazing and deep mobilized version of everyone's favorite car-based soccer game. Now that we're mid-way through the game's second season, it's high time I share some top tips for the game's primary mode: Duos.

I'm not to be a top competitive player, but there are a few things I've noticed make a big difference in trying to win games. Read on below and see if any of these suggestions work for you as well.

5 of the best games similar to Gardenscapes

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on February 22nd, 2022

Gardenscapes is a popular casual game with a laid-back vibe. Playrix has combined mini puzzle game levels alongside a gripping storyline. The core gameplay involves clearing puzzles to get stars as rewards. These stars can then be used to clear tasks and get new items for your garden and mansion.

Imagine a mix of Candy Crush and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and you get a good picture of Gardenscapes.

Several games follow the pattern set by Gardenscapes. Some involve renovating homes and others take you underwater. If match-3 puzzles and interior designs are your things, then this list will surely appeal to you.

Rocket League Sideswipe volleyball guide - tips and tricks for season two's new game mode

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2022

Rocket League Sideswipe's second season just introduced a new game mode: volleyball. Although it might seem straightforward enough translate all of the strategy from the game's default mode or previous basketball variant to do well, here, Rocket League Sideswipe changes in some pretty significant ways when all of a sudden you're trying to keep the ball from hitting the ground on half of the game field.

If you're still trying to wrap your mind around how this mode works and what you need to do to be a competent teammate, you're in the right place! I've been playing this new game mode extensively since its launch last week, and have learned a few tricks on how to be just that. Read on below!

War and Order: How to brave the cold in the Winter is Coming event

Posted by Alina Gasca on January 28th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

War and Order's 6th-anniversary celebrations are underway, and all in good time too - this season not only brings about fabulous festivities, but it also lets players experience the harsh winter in an entirely new way.

In the Winter is Coming event, players can expect to join forces with their fellow lords and brave the extreme cold as it descends from the north. As the Winter Masters envelop the whole land in ice, how can valiant lords protect their territories in turn?

The rules of engagement

Lasting for five days, the Winter is Coming event will test every lord's might and mettle. The first phase of the event is the “Preparation” Phase, where players will have to gear up in anticipation for Phase 2 of the event. Phase 1 will last for two days, after which, the “Defense” Phase will begin.

Best Light Characters in World Flipper

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 29th, 2021

World Flipper is one of the best games that combines gacha, RPG, and pinball. You have to build a powerful team, collect characters, and fight in some pinball battles!

The characters in World Flipper are categorized into six elements, and Light is one of them. A Light team comp can deal heavy damage to opponents. Most of the Light teams will be led by either Ellya or Sha Suzu.

Everything you need to know about the new Alchemy Stars Event, Sands of Time

Posted by Alina Gasca on December 27th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A favorite game of many, Alchemy Stars, is now celebrating the winter holidays with a new event that introduces new Aurorians and summon mechanics to the game. The popular tile-based RPG went big on the event, featuring not only a new standard event, but also tons of log in rewards and even a mini quiz event.

In this article, you can find everything you need to know about the Sands of Time event in the game, which is currently underway.

The Sands of Time Event

Part one: December 23 - January 10

The first part of the event, Northland Journey, starts on December 23, and is a classical event which uses event-exclusive Action Points. One Action Point recovers every four hours, and players can store a maximum of 30 AP.

Part two: December 28 - January 10

The second part, Trial of the Aurora, is just like Northland Journey, but it has slightly more challenging stages that become available on December 28th. This part of the event will feature exclusive character backstories, for the new Aurorians in the game: Bethlehem, Novio, and Lola.

Once a player has cleared all these event stages, they will be rewarded with 2000 Lumamber and 2 Special Star Flares.

Best Wind characters in World Flipper

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 23rd, 2021

World Flipper is one of the most engaging RPGs available right now. It has anime-like characters that you get from gacha to form a team of powerful units before playing pinball!

Wind is one of the six elements in World Flipper. Wind characters are used often in teams as they lend the team ‘levitate’ ability. Some Wind units like Kamaitachi and Owlbert can be obtained for free while others, like Murakumo, can be unlocked through certain boss battles.

5 Middle-earth locations to look for in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

Posted by Alina Gasca on December 21st, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Aside from being one of the most in-depth global strategy games to grace pocket-sized screens, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is also one of the few officially licensed The Lord of the Rings games that lets the players experience first-hand the beauty of the surroundings exactly as described by the books. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War features almost every idyllic (and not so idyllic) Middle-earth location you can think of, and that’s exactly what this article will explore.

If you’ve been a fan of the books or the movies but want even more, then there’s no better chance to pick up the game and start your journey through Middle-earth than now - or rather, after reading these locations that you as a player can fight for and conquer.