iPad Blue Attack! Tips and Tricks

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  1. rojaz

    rojaz Well-Known Member

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    Morning all,

    Just wanting to see if anyone has any great tips for Blue Attack!

    I have won the war via the bottom most route - the easy one.

    I have opened up the first medium level via the other route (think it was under 120 seconds or something) but struggling to open the others.

    Anyone got any tips for the game? which upgrades do you find best to get first?
    I usually go with the fly backwards upgrade first.

    Any tips?
     
  2. spmwinkel

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    First, I try to get stronger. More guns, stronger guns, more wingmen, something like that. (It always varies a bit). Unused points after a level go towards speed upgrades (not the speed boost).
    For the first level, people find it useful to use a bomb when they're close to the final enemy. If you kill it with a bomb within 10 seconds, your score is multiplied by 10. If you don't use a bomb, it will take more time and your score won't be as high. (Using the bomb will "cost" you 5000 though, because if you don't use it, you can sell it after the level is finished.)

    In general, I don't purchase the flying backwards upgrade, bomb upgrades, and things like that. My two main principles are:
    * I make my ship stronger (better gun, more guns, gun speed, more wingmen), and if I don't have enough points to do that, I make it faster (acceleration, speed and rotation speed).
    * Always repurchase lives I've lost in a level, and after two or three levels, start expanding the amount of lives. (For two reasons: first, because I've got more wingmen; and second, because enemies are getting stronger and it's easier to lose a life quickly.)

    Now I hear a lot of people keep using bombs in the later levels, or find the flying backwards upgrade extremely useful. So in the end, it's personal preference. (Which doesn't mean that it's bad to experiment with different strategies, of course. :))
     
  3. Chiller ONE

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    I can't survive without the reverse upgrade, its always the first thing I buy.
    After that I invest in more wingmans, more guns, rate of fire and damage upgrade.
    Instead of bombs I use the force blast thing.
     
  4. spmwinkel

    spmwinkel Well-Known Member

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    Rojaz, see, in this case it's useful to buy the Reverse upgrade:
    In this case, NOT buying the reverse upgrade means that you'll have to repurchase several lives. And then repurchasing lives will be more expensive than getting the Reverse upgrade.
     
  5. wiesse

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    I buy the strafe immediately, have never bought the reverse upgrade. I can't break 1,000,000 points though (get very close every game). Then I buy better guns, guns, guns. I sell ALL bombs and wingmen for more powerful guns. Once I max out bullets then I add wingmen (since they get two shots each). By the last mission I buy bombs to help kill the suicide comets.
     
  6. Chiller ONE

    Chiller ONE Well-Known Member

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    I have never tested strafe, I'll take it next time instead of reverse and see how it works out.
    Also is there someone who finds the accuracy upgrade useful?
     
  7. Coral

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    I completely avoid wingmen. I have found them to be outrageously expensive after rebuying the ships every level.

    First I upgrade number of guns, then attack strength then number of shots per second. With what I have left over I top off bombs or lives. If everything goes well after the second level I get strafe (the single most useful upgrade) and then maybe the force thing.
    I hope that helps.

    I pretty much only play Infinite these days but my highest score is over 2 million.
     
  8. Alichan

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    Does anyone find all the different formations useful? I haven't really found a use for them yet.
     
  9. spmwinkel

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    I always use the second formation. Always. I feel that together with the accuracy upgrade, and with some precise movement, I can move to the core of some enemies without having to destroy all the outer shell parts. So I can go directly towards the core without losing wingmen.

    I'm playing a game in Infinite mode right now (top score around 2,5 million) and basically what I'm trying to do is to get the second green column maxed out, the left and middle red column maxed out, but while maxing out the Gun Damage I also increase the amount of lives. (Gun Damage 5/7 costs 320.000 so I'll have to save for it, you can't purchase it after 1 level)

    So the left green column, the right red column, and the bombs are empty.
     
  10. VWXYZ

    VWXYZ Well-Known Member

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    I sell my wingmens as fast as possible! They only serve to suck up expensive lives.

    Later when I reach the max level for guns on my ship I repurchase the wingmens.

    The toughest part with this technique is the level just before you go back to the wingmens (you being a bit underpowered this round) but the following round where you will have around 2-3x as many cannons (you probably need to sell a damage upgrade or two) you'll just tear though enemys.

    My best round just after I got my wingmen back I could really just fly around, never stopping and just blasting though cores.

    A level or two later it gets harder:

    Sum up: Don't buy wingmen unless you have 2 cannons on each wingman.
     
  11. Mew2468

    Mew2468 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely. Strafe is like reverse, but you can be completely stationary without difficulty. At first I thought reverse was good, but strafe is the same and better.
     
  12. jakooistra

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    wow, I have a very different strategy than you! :p

    I like to use the change-formation button a lot, to manage my wingmen, so I almost never lose a wingman randomly - so they don't just waste resources for me.

    I do like to upgrade my weapons first, though, instead of buying more wingmen, and I'll have about four wingmen when I'm maxing out the other weapon upgrades. Then, I go and get the eight wingmen after the final gun upgrade where they get 2x cannons. :)


    my general upgrade order priority is:

    1) guns/gun damage
    2) more wingmen
    3) firing speed


    If I'm in infinite mode, I like to get the reverse upgrade, because there are just some levels where you get totally outclassed and you weren't expecting it. Then you just need to be able to back off.

    I also like to stock up on a couple of extra lives if I'm in infinite mode - I just need that extra buffer in case the worst happens. :)
     
  13. writingsama

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    Being the #6 Infinite global scoreholder,
    my Infinite strategy is:

    1st level
    1) sell all but 2 lives, all but 1 wingman
    2) get strafe, gun upgrades

    I strive to get damage and number of guns maxed asap, with some speed/acceleration mixed in where appropriate. I keep 5 bombs every level for the first 5-7 levels, then sell them, by now I have the guns maxed and adding 1 wingman adds 2 gun and I'm working on upgrading damage exclusively. I try to keep at least 24 spare lives by this point too, all extra points go into them and when its time to upgrade something I sell the spares. Once damage, guns, wingmen, and firing speed are all maxed I'll get the pusher thingy, because at this point I'll start coming up against enemies I can't annihilate in a tenth of a second. I never max acceleration, it makes it too hard to control (I use touch, one-handed)
     
  14. dr1112

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    Thanks for all the tips. I've owned B.A. since about an hour after its release but have just recently found the time to really play it. So far I'd say it's super fun, on the border of total funness, and one of my top 5 app store games.
     
  15. coconutbowling

    coconutbowling Well-Known Member

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    I'm surprised no one mentioned the bomb strategy. Buy the bomb upgade, the tons of bombs, the let'er rip
     
  16. RacingGun

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    I've posted a bunch in the original Blue Attack release post, but I'll post a few tips and suggestions. To add some validity to my remarks I'm current #7 in infinite and #2 in Campaign (haven't played much since the 2.0 Blue Defense! update). Anyways, from a mathematical point of view, what you want to do is buy the upgrades that increase your damage per second (DPS) the most for the cheapest cost. I haven't actually bothered to calculate anything, but roughly I usually try to keep all of the upgrades that increase DPS at the same level, increasing them evenly, with a slight priority to the Damage upgrade. If I have spare money, I will upgrade speed, turn speed, or acceleration. Bombs are usually sold at the first opportunity and the money put into permanent ship upgrades. Also, buying wingmen is totally worth it, even before they have 2 guns. I usually don't get too many, just spending spare money on them. There is a strange point after a few levels when you can destroy almost all of the enemies either instantly or within a few seconds if they are boss ships. At this point, I usually forgo the usual damage upgrades and get speed/acceleration upgrades. I do this because some waves make you run for a bit before you can start fighting, and the faster you get to them, the higher your score multiplier will be. It doesn't help to kill them in 0.1s if it takes 11s to get there, where killing them in 0.5s and only taking 8 seconds to get there let's you get that 10x multiplier. Eventually, you will be maxed out on all upgrades that will increase DPS. From this time onward, enemies will become harder and harder to kill. How long can you last? ;)

    Concerning Reverse, Strafe, Force, and Bombs... I only find Reverse and Force to be useful. Force is great for peeling away the outer layers of enemies to expose their juicy cores. I prefer reverse over strafe, because it stops your ship very quickly. With sufficient DPS upgrades and careful flying I rarely use even reverse.

    In the game, definitely learn the weak points of your enemies, particularly the big ones. Many of the big enemies have sides where the outer layers are much weaker.
     
  17. rojaz

    rojaz Well-Known Member

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    Some great tips.

    Already made me tear through the medium levels with ease where i was struggling to unlock them before.

    Next for the hard levels.

    Never thought about selling upgrades\wingmen before
     
  18. jakooistra

    jakooistra Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I made it that way on purpose - I decided early on to make all the upgrades sell for the same price as you bought them, because it would encourage people to experiment.

    Also, I definitely loaded up the ship with a ton of initial upgrades - right when you start, you have well more than 200k resources used in "factory-installed" upgrades. :)
     
  19. rojaz

    rojaz Well-Known Member

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    with the selling wingman\bombs
    im now getting through all the medium and starting to hack into the hard levels

    thanks for the tips guys
     
  20. Hyprhypr

    Hyprhypr Well-Known Member

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    I juat can shoot down the big enemy that shoot homing missiles
    To your base,, does it just shoot persistantly o in bursts.,,?
     

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