It’s a rare occasion when we run into a game like Total Battle: Tactical Strategy, which revolves mostly around combat and warfare. In contrast with other war games, which have you spending many hours developing your town and growing your army before engaging in warfare, Total Battle drops you straight into the middle of combat as you’ll have to fight your way around the world map if you want to survive.
With a title so different than all the other war games out there, you must adjust your approach in Total Battle accordingly if you want to succeed. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of handy tips and tidbits of information that you can use to your advantage in this title. If you’re new at these types of games—or even if you’re a veteran of the genre but haven’t tried this specific game before—, then you’ll do good to take a look at our tips and tricks for starting out in Total Battle.
A Different Approach to Warfare
Those who have played other war games before will notice one main difference in Total Battle. Namely, the fact that this game puts warfare above everything else. In this sense, the most important tip we can give is that you adjust your approach accordingly. Even if you enjoy playing as a trader/pacifist in other similar games, this approach won’t get you anywhere as there are several vital resources that you can only get from fighting in Total Battle; Valor being one of them.
While you’ll also have to spend a few minutes in your town upgrading structures and erecting new buildings, you’ll probably be wandering all over the world map, looking for NPC enemies to attack as well as crypts to explore. Furthermore, you will also frequently pay visits to arenas using your champions as these are also a great source of extra materials for your town. Of course, there are also many gathering points on the map where you can send your army to collect and bring materials back to your town.
In short, the world map is more important than ever in Total Battle, at least when compared to other games in the genre. In order to make the most of your time in this game, you have to break free from the habit of spending most of your time in town, and instead put some effort into seeking riches out in the vast open world.
Make the Most out of the 24-Hour Boost
After finishing the first few missions of the tutorial, you’ll receive one of the most powerful boosts to drive your initial progress, the Novice Boost. This powerful buff greatly speeds up your marches, reduces revival cost, activates your Watchtower, and allows you to speed up ANY construction project for free. As you can guess, this boon is a massive asset to your town in the first 24 hours of the game, and you’ll need to make the most of it if you want to survive.
Here are a couple of things that you should focus on while the Novice Boost is active:
- Wrap up any pending construction projects
While the Novice Boost is active, you can essentially speed up any and every construction project in your town. You must use this period to advance your town as much as you can. However, given that you won’t have to wait until your constructions finish naturally, your major constraint for this will be resources; you simply won’t have enough resources to build everything you want, which brings us to our next point.
- Scour the World Map for Resources
Since you’ll want to build as much as you can, you will need to look everywhere you possibly can to collect extra resources. Luckily, the Novice Boost also increases your march speed and decreases revival costs, which means that it’s primetime to wage war against everything and everyone that crosses your path. You should take this time to attack wandering monsters, collect resources from gathering points, and explore crypts with your idle champions. Remember that you can issue as many simultaneous attacks as you want in Total Battle, so long as you have available champions to lead your armies. Don’t worry about potential troop losses as you can easily revive most of your casualties in the temple for 10 times less cost than what you would pay without the Novice Boost.
While the Novice Boost is in effect, you can effectively cut loose and wreak havoc on the world map, all in the name of development and progress! If you have to prioritize, though, you should definitely focus on getting your Capitol as high as possible as this will allow you to unlock additional empty lots to construct more production buildings. However, Ideally, you’ll want to reach Capitol level 6 or 7 to unlock many lots. If you want to speed up your progress while the Novice Boost is in effect, we recommend taking a look at our BlueStacks guide for Total Battle.
Train the Right Troops
In the beginning of your time in Total Battle, you’ll need tons of resources to develop your town as much as you can. During this initial development crush, you will need to scour the map for resources, as we mentioned above. However, this means that you’ll also need to train the right troops for the job.
Since the load capacity of every unit varies by the type of troop, you will want to consider training those with the highest load, which can bring back the most resources on every gathering expedition. In Total Battle, the right troops for this task are the Spearmen, who can carry 250 units of load, compared to the 200 units that Riders can carry, or the 100 units that archers can bear.
Aside from the differences in load capacity, each type unit also has its own strengths and weaknesses against other soldiers, which is a topic for another time, but also something you’ll need to factor into your war strategy as you press on.
Continue the Story Missions
Whenever you find yourself without knowing what to do, consider following the main story missions. Not only are these tasks very easy and quick, but they also give resources as rewards for completing every step. Furthermore, these missions also unlock progress toward the main “story” though this narrative is largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Still, those who like to read up on the lore of their favorite games will probably relish in the fact that the decisions you make in the main story affect the events, and even reflect in the ending of the story, giving you different titles depending on your decisions.
While Total Battle: Tactical Strategy is war and conquest game in its own right, it features several elements that set it apart from other titles in the genre. The fact that you have to focus mostly on war rather than developing your town helps it to stand out among the rest, and will be a very enticing game for those who simply want to wreck stuff and conquer other players. If you liked the tips we shared above, feel free to share your own strategies and advice in the section below to help your fellow gamers out!