Best described as a classic run and gun, Bombastic Brothers is a veritable diamond in the rough. Aside from giving you hordes of aliens to blow up, My.com’s goal is to bring platformers into the 21st century. Although we do believe the game has its faults, which you can read more about in our guide to playing BB on BlueStacks, there is an immense amount of fun to be had from playing it casually.
In this article, however, we’d like to focus on giving you the best advice to help you move, dodge, and shoot aliens better. All of these skills are crucial if you want to successfully fight off the bug infestation. We have to admit that you’re quite the lucky reader today: you have a team of arcade-frenzy millennials such as ourselves to give you a crash course on side-scrolling games.
Don’t worry. You’ll thank us by the time you finish this reading.
Your Daily Routine
As you probably know from other mobile games, there is an optimal set of tasks you can do every time you log in to get the most value out of your playtime. This is even more important for those who don’t have/want to spend hours shooting things. If you can believe it, there is such a thing as killing too many aliens. We haven’t seen this rare phenomenon just yet, but we’re told from authoritative sources that it does, in fact, exist.
Once you hit level 3 on your account, the Daily Missions cargo space is unlocked on your mighty ship. It’s the airplane on the far left hand side of your home screen. You get at least three missions every day and each of them give out juicy rewards. Player experience, coins, dog tags for levelling heroes, and even military cases with high quality items can drop from completing missions. After completing a mission, you’ll get a replacement in several hours at most.
A bit further on, at account level 7, the Operation Center becomes active. You can use this chamber to send your heroes on timed assignments, provided that they have enough power to complete them. Don’t worry, though, you can still use these heroes in the campaign. It’s just a thing they do on the side, we guess. As such, don’t hesitate to use the stronger heroes on difficult assignments. The gear you get from these can be lifesaving. Literally.
Get Your Shooting Basics Straight
Unless you’ve got tens of hours’ worth of experience with shooter arcade games, you’re likely at a loss as to how to move and shoot in order to avoid taking damage. What you need to keep in mind is that aliens are a bit slow to react, so they’ll always be moving and shooting towards your position from a couple of seconds ago. Use this to your advantage.
You can absolutely shoot while you’re up in the air. In fact, we recommend you do so not just for the style points, but because it saves you a lot of time. If you find that you need to dodge in mid-air, don’t be afraid to double tap that jump button. Whenever possible, clear a higher platform and move to it. The reason why you’ll want to do this is because enemies can only attack if you are either on the level or (sometimes) lower than they are. Bosses don’t count here.
Ideally, you’ll want to give yourself some time to get accustomed to all your characters’ attack patterns, as well as to those of your enemies. This is particularly important for difficult boss fights, as they will help you better manage your resources and health throughout a punishing, fast-paced engagement.
Recommended Power and Hero Skills
Each unit has their own skills and playstyle with which you have to become accustomed if you want to be successful at Bombastic Brothers. Snipers, for instance, shoot slower, but generally do a lot more single-target damage per hit. Regardless of character, however, the rule of thumb is to use either offensive or defensive skills while reloading. If you find yourself in a tough spot, opt for defensive, whereas offensive abilities are generally best suited for eliminating tough enemies before they get to damage you.
If you’re using a hero that has AoE abilities, like Vance’s BFG, it’s best to first kite a group of enemies together and then blow them up. This way, you’ll maximize the impact of your abilities. Each skill has its own animation, cool-down, and duration, so you should first get familiarized with them before counting on a skill to get you through a tough situation.
One feature we’re not particularly happy with is “recommended power,” which is to say how strong the devs think you need to be in order to overcome a particular challenge. Needless to say that you can successfully complete missions with higher recommended power, but they seem to be unreasonably more difficult. Even if you’re just 1 point under recommended power, the difficulty for the mission is excessively higher than it ought to be.
Soon enough, you find yourself taking much more damage, as well as dealing much less damage. You can circumvent this by equipping one piece of gear that is higher in quality in order to overcome the rec power barrier, but the mechanic is still quite broken. There is no way that just 1 point of power would change things so radically unless there’s something fishy going on. This applies to all game modes, not just the main storyline.
Break Records with BlueStacks
If you’re really hardcore, you can complete challenges even with less recommended power, but it will take a lot of time and dedication. But, far be it from us to prevent the gamer in you from accomplishing their most beloved goals. As a beginner, it will take you some time to get used to Bombastic Brothers’ gameplay, so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t quite make it the first few times.
However, with the advice you’ve read here so far, as well as with a bit of time and willpower, you’ll soon progress through the game like there’s no tomorrow – especially if you’re playing Bombastic Brothers on BlueStacks. Just don’t get your hopes too high for the Arena part of the game. It still needs a bit of work in order to be decent, to put it mildly.