Thousands of evil monsters everywhere and you alone in the midst of fear and hunger! If you think you have what it takes to combat floor after floor of evil creatures and a surrounding environment full of surprises, then go ahead and challenge yourself in the all new action RPG strategy game Iron Marines. This game is a dungeon exploration and flag capture RPG type title from the developers Iron Hide S.A. and provides players with a taste of both endless survival and role playing adventure games. Iron Marines is available to download and play for $4.99 on iOS devices from the Apple iTunes App Store.
Iron Marines comes packaged in a more than average size of 557 MB therefore it is very important for you to ensure that you have an adequate amount of free storage space available on your device as the game will also periodically connect to the internet to download new maps and content. The graphics are animated and are very attractive but that actually helps to keep your focus on defeating the evil monsters rather than getting distracted by the environment. The game also contains adaptive music which changes rhythm when creatures appear or when you are out of stamina or health and this effect will definitely make you skip a heartbeat during the later stages when suspense is high and monsters are everywhere. The game receives regular love from the developers and they pay close attention to the suggestions and criticism from players striving to always maintain and increase the standard of this game. The most recent version of Iron Marines is version 1.0 and was updated on 13 September 2017.
The gameplay style of Iron Marines calls for the player to explore the entire dungeon floor in order to get the maximum benefit from the adventure but this is not an easy task given the unfamiliar ambience and the plethora of evil creatures at every turn on any stage. Iron Marines sets itself apart from other Survival games by not having any re-spawn checkpoint located at convenient points. So, if you die in the game, you die, Period! You will have to explore all over again and this time the dungeon might hold different mysteries and dangers in store for you. This ever changing scenario introduces an element of surprise into the otherwise redundant gameplay of similar style dungeon exploration and action RPG games and you will find yourself hooked to the screen of your smartphone for hours on end.
Iron Marines offers a challenge for every kind of player. The starting two quests of the game will be quite easy for you as they are meant to familiarize you with the gameplay mechanics. However when you progress to the third quest, you will immediately notice the sharp spike in difficulty level that comes with it. In fact you will be bombarded with an army of monsters and it will be a very hopeless situation for you unless you know the ways to combat your way out of it.
Needless to say this difficulty level continues to rise exponentially and the quests that follow will become impossibly hard so much so that you may not be able to reach the next quest even if given a whole hour. This insane rise in difficulty is part of the progressive RPG gameplay style so instead of complaining about this fact you should try to improve your skill level to beat whatever obstacles the game chooses to throw at you. This guide will help you do just that and who knows if you are a fast learner and a true Iron Marine at heart, you might be able to emerge victorious from the darkness of the eternal dark dungeon of many galaxies!
1. Combat The Limitations Of Your Marines
The Health Points bar is displayed in green color at the top of every unit on the game screen that is under your control. Similarly for the units that are your enemies, the health bar is displayed on top of the unit in red color. You can also choose to turn off the small display bars and only keep one for your main Marine captain visible if too many health bars are distracting you from the main objectives of the stage. A great addition to Iron Marines during the recent updates is the increase in your maximum health as you level up by defeating different enemies that you encounter across the different floors. This means that the longer you are able to survive during a quest and kill more enemies, the stronger you will be to face the more advanced floors of the boss enemies.
It is quite easy to get fooled into believing that you have a lot of health points after you take down an enemy. What most players tend to miss is the passive regeneration of 1 HP per each 10 steps that you walk in a certain direction on a dungeon floor. Thus during the early dungeon floors, it will appear that you took very little damage during your fight with a monster. Do not let this passive regeneration mislead you into making hasty decisions during the later levels. As a general rule, you should start to take your Health Points bar very seriously after the third quest in the game. This is because, enemies present on dungeon floors after this will usually have the power to finish you in one or two blows if you are careless enough to give them the opportunity to attack you.
A very good way to ensure that you will always be at full health when you face your next enemies is to abuse the passive regeneration function in the game. To take advantage, whenever you win a fight with a creature, see how many points you have lost from the HP bar. If you estimate the loss to be more than 1/4 of your overall bar length, then do not walk down any unknown or dark pathways until you have regenerated to your full HP. The easiest way to accomplish this target is by walking back the exact path that you used while coming to your current spot. Granted there are sometimes random enemy re-spawns along the same path but ninety percent of the times you can safely regenerate your entire HP by tracing back the exact arrival route. Be sure to use this trick on the quests which involve fighting the bosses because it will be hard as it is to fight with a full HP bar so make sure to always keep this advantage in the palm of your hands.
As an Iron Marine captain you will have to make some very tough decisions as you progress throughout the game. One of the hardest times you will go through as a player of the game will be when you have to leave behind your first group of marine soldiers behind on a desolate planet in order for the mission objectives to be completed successfully. Even though this group of soldiers has been with you from the beginning and you have fought more monsters and enemies together than you could care to count, you will have to abandon them in the midst of blood thirsty creatures for the greater good and the betterment of the Galactic universe!
Just like your Health Points bar, your energy bar shows the current energy level that your main iron marine character has. Located below the green HP bar in the top left corner of the screen of your smartphone, the light green colored Stamina Level bar has some different properties in the game. You start off with the most basic attack moves which consume very little of your stamina. Therefore, the first few times that you play, you will almost be able to ignore the stamina level bar unless you start using combo moves in conjunction with dashing around for defeating common creatures that you encounter on the Galactic dungeon floors.
That being said, a powerful melee attack combo takes a large chunk out of your stamina bar and this can definitely pose a dilemma for you as an Iron Marine captain. Remember to always save the powerful melee attack combos for the most difficult creatures. You can estimate the hit points you need to deal to a creature by hitting it with gunfire if it is far away or using a single normal melee attack on it. If your attacks make almost no difference to the hit points of the creature, it is best for you to initiate the powerful melee attack combo in order to ensure your continued survival on the dungeon floor. However, unlike the HP bar, the stamina level bar does not remain static and is also an indicator of the weariness that your character will inevitably experience once you have covered a dungeon floor or two. There are various stamina restore options scattered on every dungeon floor and sometimes finding them can be a real challenge but they are well worth the effort because dying from loss of energy is one of the most common sources of failure in Iron Marines.
In addition to being careful with your character in the game, you can also replenish the energy level of your character by drinking potions that are green in color that drop once you kill enemy monsters. Once drunk these potions instantly refill the stamina level bar so it is highly recommended to save these potions for use before a particularly difficult creature or a boss fight level. Once you have understood the importance of the energy level bar you will definitely take care to keep track of it while exploring the deep dark recesses of the eternal dungeon. Just remember to obtain at least one food ration per dungeon floor at the minimum and you should be well equipped to deal with the horrors that await you should you succeed in surviving. It is also important to remember that only your main iron marine captain is susceptible to loss of stamina and all other units under your control are completely immune to this limitation so you do not need to worry about them and focus only your main objectives on every stage.
2. Your Gameplay Style Matters
Life and Stamina were the two basic and most obvious factors controlling the survival of your character in Iron Marines. Now we move on to the more technical details which will help you make decisions as you manage to proceed further into the deep dark recesses of the dungeons as you move to more difficult quests. It is very important to identify your Gameplay Style before diving too deep into the action because once you start playing the game with one style, it will be very hard for you to switch your style in between stages and adapt to the difficulties that come with changing your Gameplay Style. For easier understanding, there are two main styles of gameplay. The first style focuses more on the exploration and discovery aspect of Iron Mariners and if you choose this gameplay style, you will be more focused on moving around the stage floors and hiding from enemies rather than taking them head on. This gameplay style is more suited towards players who prefer strategy and method over brute force and therefore it requires high intelligence and focus from the player.
The second gameplay strategy available to you is the brute force or full on attack strategy and using this you can smash your way through the earlier levels pretty quickly. However this strategy is not for the weak hearted because if you choose this style of gameplay, you will face a lot of monsters and enemies at the higher stages and sometimes it will be very difficult for you to even spot your Iron Marine in the midst of so many monsters! Therefore it is very important to have a clear vision of your Iron Marine captain at all times if you are planning to follow this style of gameplay. An additional thing that you need to be very cautious about is the type of weapons that you hand over to your Iron Marines captain as the choice of weapon will greatly impact both the agility and damage that your Iron Marines captain is able to deal. These factors are the most important points for determining the outcome of a battle on any stage of the game and therefore it is advised that you pay very careful attention to the different attributes of weapons in the game and how they influence the abilities of your Iron Marines captain.
First and foremost, you need to be aware of the physical strength of your character in the game. This characteristic is denoted by “STR” in the “view” tab of your character’s description. You will start off with a standard Iron Marines Captain and you will find many weapons in the dungeon floors. This means that your character can equip the weapon but it will not prove very useful in combat situations because the weapon is too heavy compared to the strength of your character. Upon choosing to equip such weapons which require a greater strength than you possess, you will also be warned with a note in the game so consider your options well before deciding. Generally it is preferred to have strength over agility in the easier floors of the dungeon because your enemies are very weak and you will be able to finish them off with a single blow leading to faster progression through the dungeon floors. After the third quest dungeon floor, you should switch back to weapons which allow you to have a greater range of motion and dodging abilities because the boss will hit very hard and you need to be able to dodge in order to defeat that monster.
The second characteristic that you do not have any control over initially but can improve as you progress throughout the game, is the “defense” and “armor” of your character. Iron Marines is a RPG style game where the decisions that you make during the course of the game can alter your progression through the many different stages of the game. Needless to say, a higher defense will mean you can take much more damage before your HP bar reaches to an alarming level. You will not be able to have a high defense as you start off however and this characteristic can only be upgraded either by leveling up during your exploration of the different floors or by using the gold coins that you obtain during your adventure. Depending upon your play style, if you prefer to use melee attacks more, putting a few points into defense would prove very beneficial for you. If you would rather annihilate your enemies with SP attack, it is better if you save those upgrade points for spells and AOE abilities like air cannons.
3. Combos, Achievements And Upgrades
Iron Marines is one of the few adventure exploration games on the market which feature awesome fighting combos in the game. There is no re-spawn from a specific dungeon floor or a checkpoint with a certain number of lives. However, the developers of Iron Marines have made the game much more interesting by introducing the concept of SP (Special moves) in the game. After you initiate a fixed number of melee attacks, your SP bar starts to fill up. This is shown in the top left corner of the screen of your smartphone and is indicated in blue color. This bar is also upgradeable as you progress further into the game and you will be able to use the gold coins that you find on different levels which will enable you to increase the maximum SP capacity. Be mindful that initiating an SP powered attack can quickly deplete your SP bar at the earlier levels and you should try and use the SP attacks only for those monsters which are very hard to defeat using normal melee attacks or gunfire. Try to never use the SP attack right at the start of a boss battle rather keeping it for the finishing move so that you do not have to worry about the bar refilling again.
Similarly, as you complete more and more consecutive adventures, your collection of gold coins will continue to increase until you have reached a handsome amount that can be used to purchase an upgrade for the SP attack bar capacity. It is advised to spend the gold coins as soon as you have enough for the upgrade. However, spending Gold Coins just for the sole purpose of speeding up this process is definitely not recommended due to their rarity. You can only obtain Gold Coins in the game by completing certain objectives and defeating bosses on the many different stages. These coins will serve as your main currency to purchase new weapons and upgrades for your character which will play a much more important role as you move on to new characters in Iron Marines. Therefore resist the temptation offered to you by the game and let time run its course because a true Iron Marines Captain is also marked by the patience that he has in the face of adversity.
Iron Marines brings with it a huge load of achievements for you to track your progress and motivate you towards higher goals as you continue playing the game. Not only do these achievements serve as milestones for you to brag about to your friends and family, they have in-game benefits as well. When you complete a certain set of achievements you will be able to claim rewards against that achievements and you can track how much you have progressed with the other achievements in the progress menu. It is important that you do not lose track of your main gameplay strategy while chasing after these achievements because then you will not be able to create a balanced style of play. Just go with the flow and keep a track of your progress because it will be very hard for you to gain many of the achievements at earlier levels and you will lose valuable time and effort trying to achieve these unnecessary milestones. You should also focus on gaining coins through normal paths and save the claiming of achievements for when you are in real need of an influx into your balance. Claiming all the saved achievements at once will help make sure that you have a lot of coins available and this could possibly make a difference for defeating the enemy bosses or clearing a particularly difficult mission.
Another interesting feature given by Iron Marines is the ability to customize the Iron Marines Captain that is an essential part of your game and this truly gives you a personalized feeling while playing the game. The initial customization might fool you into thinking that the developers have not really put too much thought into appearances but this is not the case. As you move to the higher levels and gain access to more coins you will be able to craft customization items of your own liking from a wide selection available to you. At this point you can have different outfits, wearable items and even weapons for every member of your Iron Marines family. If you are still not satisfied with the quality of in game customization available to you for free the developers have given the option for you to purchase customization packs using real money through your iTunes balance. These packs include a variety of additional accessories and community made items for the characters and the powerful Iron Marines Captain.
4. Hidden Chests And Restoration Potions
No Adventure RPG game would be complete without the promise of finding mysterious things along your way. Iron Marines continues upon this tradition by making available a variety of different recipes, items and potions scattered across the different stages. It is also a lure to get you to explore the entire dungeon floor even after you have found the entrance to the next floor but the usefulness of these items is well worth the effort.
Recipes allow you to upgrade certain items like weapons and armor. In addition, items found such as leather boots or rifle upgrades can be very useful for you. Similarly, you will find many different potions like the “health”, “stamina” and “mystery” potion hidden in crates or chests or whenever you defeat a monster. The potion description does not indicate what effect it might have on your character and you can garner this information only by drinking the potion or recognize the effects via the color of the potion.
Magic Treasure chests are another item which hold a huge attraction for players of all ages as well as acting as a motivating factor to keep playing the game on the same dungeon floor even after you have defeated all the monsters there. These Treasure chests are strewn over the dungeon floor and mostly hidden in corners to avoid common sight. Therefore, like always, exploration is the key here if you hope of surviving the monstrous dungeons and emerging victorious as the best Iron Marines Captain!
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