Like any MMO, Z Day’s primary focus is on social interaction. However, to be able to join an alliance and actually be a useful part of their team, not to mention contribute to alliance wars, you need to grow your base up to a decent point. After all, you don’t want to be that player who is always pulling the squad down, not in a universe wherein humanity’s very survival is at stake.
After our first impressions of the game, we thought we’d present you with the best tips and tricks to help you out in the beginning. Starting a new game is always a bit awkward – you don’t exactly know what’s what and, before you realize it, you’re spending incredibly rare currency (gold, in our case) on a silly purchase (like speeding up a building upgrade). We want to help you avoid that.
Staying Ahead in The Early Game
For the first two days of your game, your base will benefit from immunity to the attacks of other players. Although an established tradition, we’d hardly consider 48 hours’ worth of Z Day enough time to become a versatile, experienced commander. The game universe is in a state of crisis and, apparently, so is your headquarters.
You need to move as fast as you can with your upgrades and growth, particularly since you’re not actually immune to the attacks of Raid Enemies. For more advice on how to optimize your playtime, feel free to check out our guide to playing Z Day on BlueStacks.
The single, most important and impactful thing you can do in the beginning of the game is complete all the missions that are thrown at you. Aside from guiding you through more complex game mechanics, they will give out the best possible rewards for this stage of the game, from commander experience to supplies in the form of oil and food. Achievements take the shape of Growth Missions in Z Day and, although they are harder to complete, their reimbursement is well worth the effort.
Finally, the Epic tasks are those that are truly worth going all in for because the rewards are nothing short of impressive. You can get to these by accessing your journal on the left side of the screen, where it usually says which section you’re on. Especially in the beginning of the game, these are ridiculously easy to complete. No matter how much you’re longing to play your style, make sure to do these first. You’d be losing too much value by letting them go.
Lastly, let’s take a look at the login bonuses. Just like most other mobile games, Z Day will give you substantial rewards if you consistently log in. The more you do it, the better the reward up until you finally get that amazing 5-star prowess Nicole. We wouldn’t normally bother, but her Carpet Bombing skill is instrumental towards advancing in difficult hero expeditions.
Playing the Long Game
You might be tempted to speed up constructions and research timers. Waiting for these can be a bore – so much so that you can sometimes catch us randomly exploring the region map while we have to wait even as little as one minute. Regardless of how much it itches, though, you shouldn’t press that button. Gold and speedup mats are way too valuable to be used now. You get them at this point in the game precisely just so you can use them without much thought and then be forced to use real-money purchases for more.
What do we say to temptation? Not today.
One significant move you can make to help out with growth is to join an Alliance. Similar to many mobile MMO RTS games out there, alliance members can lend a hand to one another in order to ease those endless upgrade timers. It’s not as effective as the speedups, but it’s something. If you donate to the alliance, you’ll be able to shop at their store for some neat items. Because of how good they are, these stores run out of goods quite fast, so make sure to get them while they’re there!
Darn these apocalyptic, trying times for humanity. They always manage to bring out the worst consumer behaviors in us. Oh, well. For now, keep leveling your commander, because at level 8 you’ll be able to recruit a Supersoldier and start exploring the Abandoned Facility. That’s right. This game just keeps on getting better and better. Be careful though – before you try on a stage of the Abandoned Facility, make sure that your Supersoldier’s power is above the recommended one.
You should always look to clear the AF on cooldown, since the area can give you materials and designs to help you craft new equipment at the Supersoldier Armory. What’s more, clearing each sector gives your entire army a boost in stats, not to mention a nice-looking crate with some well-deserved goodies.
A Commander Well Worth Their Army
Your troops will only be as good as you are. We mean it. You can improve your power and level yourself up (oh, how we wish real life would work the same way) by clicking the commander’s portrait in the top left corner. If you have any gear, make sure to equip it, because otherwise, it won’t count for anything. As you may have noticed from the tutorial part of the game, you have some skill points here that you can assign.
We have to admit that we’re a bit disappointed in the lack of strategic choices in terms of skillpoint assignment. We were expecting to juggle with talent trees and various builds. However, because all areas are equally important, you’ll want to achieve an equilibrium between the economy, support and war aspects of your commander. We’ll just have to use the extra time leftover from theory crafting to raid more bases and have more fun.
Z Day: Hearts of Heroes is, without a doubt, an engaging and immersive MMO RTS that has a fascinating plot: what would have happened if the Second World War was not won by the Allied forces? For now, we’re happy that history did take place as we know it, as well as that there are such amazing games where we can let our imagination roam free. Supersoldiers… think about that!