Are you looking for some exhilarating action, driving and braking at top speeds and performing seemingly impossible traffic control all without any risk involved? If you are a true traffic control and real life simulation gaming fan then you need to look no further than Traffic Panic Boom Town. The versatile city traffic control simulation game is the latest product from the gaming powerhouse of Neon Play and has already garnered huge attention since its release. Traffic Panic Boom Town is available to download and play for free on iOS devices from the Apple iTunes App Store as well as on Android devices from the Google Play Store. The game offers beautiful and eye catching graphics coupled with a smooth and lag free gameplay on most devices in a reasonable package size of 382 MB. Traffic Panic Boom Town, being a flagship release, receives regular love from the developers and do not be surprised if you are met with some new features which are not discussed in this guide. The most recent update to Traffic Panic Boom Town occurred on July 11, 2017 and brought with it minor bug fixes and added downloadable content to the already rich gameplay experience.
Traffic Panic Boom Town is not your typical endless traffic simulation arcade game. To give you an idea just combine the interactive Grand Theft Auto style of missions and the customizability of the Sims series and you will understand the main concept of Traffic Panic Boom Town. The game focuses upon making players work for their fair share of rewards and completing the missions is necessary to achieve any significant advancement in Traffic Panic Boom Town. Accurate environmental depictions and real life traffic simulation grant Traffic Panic Boom Town the look and feel of a true simulation action game with all the elements of an arcade game also present in the delightful mixture.
Traffic Panic Boom Town will give you an incredibly challenging gameplay so do not be fooled by its friendly graphics and user interface. It does not matter if you are a gaming veteran or just a newbie to the world of cars, Traffic Panic Boom Town has a difficulty curve that is sure to impress everyone and grant you a true sense of achievement when you are able to successfully complete the missions. The first few levels are a piece of cake for anyone who has the slightest of experience playing traffic simulation and Sim City style games. Even if you have never touched or seen such a game before in your life and want to begin with Traffic Panic Boom Town, the developers have set up a very friendly tutorial that will direct you towards using the basic functions in the game like turning the traffic signals green, red or braking using the on screen touch controls. Despite this seemingly detailed starter tutorial, you will be faced with an unbelievable and exponentially scaling learning curve and no matter how dedicated you are you will not be able to progress to a much higher stage without some of the tips and tricks mentioned in this guide. So pick up your smartphone and let’s start reducing the chaos in Traffic Panic Boom Town!
1. Develop A Keen Road Sense
Traffic Panic Boom Town is a game that has been programmed to represent almost real life scenarios for players so they can get completely immersed in the experience like they would while driving a real car through dense traffic in real life. This also means that the developers of this game have gone out of their way to make sure that the traffic movements and difficulty is also on par with what you would expect on an actual highway during rush hours. These improvements to the generally static Artificial Intelligence in a traffic simulation game entails that you must learn to improvise whenever needed and quite literally develop a keen road sense if you expect to progress beyond a certain point in Traffic Panic Boom Town. The true difficulty of this game does not lie in how hard it is to earn cash or the upgrades being expensive rather it manifests itself on the road, always keeping you in the edge of your seat as you play this exciting game on your smartphone.
The first step to building a good road sense as you progress further to the higher stages of Traffic Panic Boom Town is to anticipate the movements of the cars on the road. Just like in real life, when you are controlling traffic in Traffic Panic Boom Town, think as if you are controlling all the cars on the road not just the ones you have access to. The concept can be a bit overwhelming at first but when you really grasp this technique there will be absolutely no barrier to your accuracy of judgment while on the road. Also because the cars in Traffic Panic Boom Town are controlled by a pre-programmed algorithm, there is no possibility of random movements as you would expect in a real life rush hour situation. Therefore you can use this concept to great advantage by learning the pattern of movement that the cars tend to follow. Be warned however that this pattern fails to be useful at very high stages where the cars are moving extremely fast and the volume of traffic is much greater which would cause you to be distracted if you tried to find a pattern of movement among all that chaos.
The second step to building a good road sense is to know when you are outmatched and think intelligently for a solution. For example you are controlling the traffic and allowing for nonstop movement of cars across an intersection but suddenly three trucks going side by side arrive blocking the entire road. At this point it would be beyond foolish of you to try and weave your way from between these trucks because of the simple fact that they would be moving too slow relative to the speed of the crossing cars and it would lead to a crash. You can use a very handy trick in such a situation. The game has an option of rapid signals which you can use to your advantage in this scenario.
When you see the three trucks open the signal to green and let the cars go until the very last car where you feel it would be a crash and close the signal. Immediately open the signal again as soon as the trucks have crossed to maintain the flow of traffic across the intersection. You can use this trick in quick succession in order to clear out an intelligent path for the cars to cross safely. Next, flash the signal lights at the first or the third truck and repeat this procedure in quick succession. You will soon see that the two trucks that were blocking the road will not be much of a menace to traffic anymore and you will be able to control the flow of traffic smoothly once more. This will give you a wide open space to rush ahead with speed while the trucks fade into the background behind you. As you can see, this step is crucial for the higher stages since you will be met with such situations quite frequently and it is only your presence of mind at that time which will determine your success or failure on any stage of Traffic Panic Boom Town.
The third step to developing a good road sense is to pay attention to the small details in Traffic Panic Boom Town. The game developers have put a lot of hard work into making this game as life like as possible and that devotion can clearly be seen in the details while playing Traffic Panic Boom Town. One of the tiny details that you should always pay close attention to is the relative speed function given to the AI controlled cars in Traffic Panic Boom Town. Once you have played the game long enough, you will notice that there are two kinds of cars in the game. There are cars that will indicate if they are travelling in emergency and at a very high speed and these are actually the most helpful cars in the game. The early warning allows you to carefully plan your strategy for dealing with them and apply the brakes if needed. Always pay attention for any car flashing their indicator lights like ambulances or fire trucks as they are present to guide you and it would be really sad if their warnings went wasted.
Then there are cars that are the trouble makers and are present in the game to confuse you. These cars will give no indication for you to detect their movement on the road and they can change lanes at any time even while you are crossing them. A collision of this nature will not crash your car but it will severely impact your speed which is especially important if you are on a time challenge. There is no way to avoid these cars other than to have a knack for knowing when they will change lanes because the movement of these cars approaches an almost random nature as you progress to the higher stages. As a general rule whenever the speed of your car touches 160kph, always keep one finger ready on the brakes because braking to avoid these random movements is much better and causes you to lose relatively less time on the clock.
2. Knowing When To Build And Upgrade
Traffic Panic Boom Town is similar to the thousands of other arcade traffic simulation games in the market but this game makes you work hard for a relatively low amount of reward. This means that you will have to be extra careful while spending cash in the game if you want to achieve any significant progress. This is actually the main reason why many new players give up or fail to progress beyond a certain level while in the career mode. They spend tons of cash on needless updates whenever a prompt to do so is shown by the game and as a result they do not have enough cash left for the purchase of a much better intersection or unlocking other cool features in the game.
An easy way to avoid falling into this trap is to collect as much cash as you can without spending any except when you absolutely need to. You will face such a situation only when the difficulty level listed besides the appropriate stage reaches to “impossible”. When this difficulty level is reached the game does not allow you to begin the stage unless you have performed some of the required upgrades to make your commands in accordance with the stage requirements. All other difficulty levels can be cleared without performing upgrades to your commands and interface. Following this strategy saves you around 20 to 25 percent more cash. This may not seem like much but it really adds up to quite a lot and will result in you being able to purchase a much better intersection and upgrades faster than you would have been able to had you been spending cash whenever the game prompted you to upgrade your commands and interface.
Another reason why you should hold on to cash is due to the relatively low value that you can obtain from spending it on upgrades whenever prompted by the game. Upgrades come at a small price but you only get a certain amount of visual appeal by using up your upgrade card or upgrading with cash. The only benefit of upgrading buildings, your commands and interface is the ability to more efficiently manage the traffic control around the city. If you are playing according to the tips and tricks that are mentioned in this guide to Traffic Panic Boom Town, this benefit does not seem to matter anymore and you can save your hard earned cash for much worthier upgrades that will require a lot of investment when you reach the higher levels in Traffic panic Boom Town.
Purchasing a new intersection will give you a boost of around +20 to +30 coins per gameplay of the levels for that specific intersection so now you can clearly decide if upgrading your commands and interface is worth the cash you work so hard to earn. As a general rule however, whenever you do get stuck at the impossible difficulty scenario, you should always prefer to put upgrade points into the higher level building because it gives you a better ratio of benefit on the road rather than in many small buildings or coin boosters as both of those things can be supplemented by good traffic sense on the road. The power of your thinking determines how fast you can react so always keep your eyes peeled for chaotic traffic and prevent any crashes from happening.
3. Collecting Coins And Bonus Chests
Traffic Panic Boom Town has additional in game currencies besides the cash that you earn for completing missions and winning stages. These are cards and coins that you can collect during your missions scattered randomly on the road. Whenever a number of cars cross an intersection, you will be awarded coins corresponding to how many cars crossed at once. This means that if 5 cars were able to cross while you turned the signal green, you will be awarded five coins for that crossing. Bonuses apply on top of this for any amazing crossings that you are able to perform which include nonstop intersection openings and near misses with the oncoming lane cars.
There are three types of bonus chests in the game, bronze chests, purple chests and gold chests with the gold being most valuable followed by purple and lastly the bronze chests. Bronze chests are much more common as a drop at the end of levels as compared to the purple chests and you will notice many side missions at the start of a stage rewarding you additional cash for collecting a certain amount of nonstop intersection bonuses cards or near miss bonuses. The purpose of these chests is to help you unlock upgrade and purchase features in the game. Bronze chests are responsible for unlocking upgrades for any of your current buildings with the amount of cards required increasing as the stage level increases.
The purple chests are responsible for unlocking new purchases like intersections, buildings and diners in Traffic Panic Boom Town. This means that even if you have the amount of cash required for the purchase of a new intersection, building or diner, you will not be able to buy it unless you have collected the designated amount of cards from the purple bonus chests which will make the purchase available for you to activate in the game. The number of upgrade cards is displayed alongside the cash required for the purchase of each new intersection, building or diner so keep track of how many you have collected during your missions and how many are left to perfectly synchronize your cash availability with the unlock of the purchase. Through this tracking you will avoid losing precious time to collect more cards while you have the required amount of cash ready for the purchase.
It is important to learn how to perform some amazing bonus moves in order to create an opportunity to get more and more coins at each stage for yourself. When the signal turns green, the cars waiting in the lane, start to move ahead and cross the intersection to the other side. This is the basic crossing that you will have to conduct time and again in order to ensure that the flow of traffic around an intersection stays smooth and uninterrupted. If instead of following the operation of lights such that a basic crossing is conducted, you begin to switch the lights on and off at a much more rapid pace, you will be able to achieve the special bonuses which would allow you to double the cash earned on a specific stage. The main bonus moves in Traffic Panic Boom Town are the nonstop intersection bonus and the near miss bonus but if you are extremely cautious and focused on the game, you can also catch the much coveted “cash van” bonus which doubles the amount of all the cash that you just earned at any stage.
The nonstop intersection bonus is very easy to attain at the earlier stages because the flow of oncoming traffic from the opposite lanes is very less and you get long gaps of open road which you can use to keep the traffic flowing nonstop. However, due to this ease of difficulty at the lower stages, the developers of Traffic Panic Boom Town have balanced the odds by reducing the amount of overall bonus that you are entitled to receive against the nonstop intersection bonuses that you achieve on those stages. Therefore as you move to the higher stages and face a much higher volume of oncoming traffic, the game rewards you better as well to compensate you for the nerve racking experience you have to go through each time you try to perform this bonus move in the game.
A near miss bonus move is the most difficult way to get rewarded in Traffic Panic Boom Town but the reward value is well worth the effort that you need to make in order to perform this move. The most optimum way to get a near miss is to wait for the exact moment when the oncoming car in the opposite lane is about 2 blocks away. At this approximate point, which you will get better at estimating the more you play, turn the signal green and one of the cars from the traffic block that crosses will guarantee you a near miss. Do not be too tempted however because if you release the traffic even a second too late, it could result in a huge crash!