Animoca’s new mobile title called Turbine allows you to build and customize combat mechs, or robots, and send them off to battle in a futuristic fighting game full of action, strategy and mystery. The game takes place in Rasen City, where turbine-powered robots take part in fighting sport, and while you will start out fighting for sport, you will eventually get drawn into a darker conspiracy, protecting secret plans from a greedy professor. In terms of game mechanics, Animoca promises realistic robot fights in terms of physics and action, vast customization options, and lots of tactical strategy, may you be fighting against human-controlled or AI-controlled robots.
This new title comes packed with enemies to take down, and a lot of missions that essentially consist of robot battles, while allowing you to move forward in the intriguing backstory of Turbine Fighter. But it won’t be easy leading your turbine robots to glory, even if it may seem that way at first. Read on as we now take you to our detailed Turbine Fighter strategy guide, where we tell you everything you need to know to defeat more mechs, may they be human or AI-controlled robots.
1. Choosing Your Mech
At the start of the game, you’ll be asked to choose one out of three possible stock robots. The first is the Turbine, and this is your jack-of-all-trades robot. It performs well enough regardless of terrain, even the tougher environments laden with traps. But since Turbine is a jack-of-all-trades, that also means it isn’t particularly gaudy in any aspect. The Gear mech is ideal for those who crave speed and power, and as we’ll be talking in length about the Boost button, this robot can really go once you’ve got the Boost turned on. Lastly, the Defender is a tanky robot that can take a ton of damage, but isn’t particularly fast or powerful.
Unfortunately, the game doesn’t allow you to switch starters. That’s why you need to make sure you’re choosing the right robot, and may have to test-drive them on quick play-throughs to see which one suits your style the best. What you can do, however, is to outfit these stock ‘bots with new parts, and this can either be done via quests or by crafting.
2. How To Create The Best Possible Mech
You can collect new parts, as well as crafting materials to create those parts. Once you’ve got new parts, you can either use them to replace the stock parts on your robot, or create a new robot altogether. For the second option, you’ll need to gather or craft all six required parts, and that’s where you can really start experimenting. It’s possible to create a new mech with a mix of new and old parts. But should you indulge your creative side and make your own robot, or should you focus on the stock robot and upgrade it with new parts?
We’d suggest going with the latter option. As we hinted, creating a new robot involves a lot of guesswork, and a lot of blind faith. Instead, you can outfit your stock robot, or any robot you currently have, with new parts. Go to the Customize menu, tap on Parts, and tap on the corresponding tab to view the parts you already have. Always tap on each part so you can see how installing that part would impact your robot’s stats. You want to choose the parts that have green numbers corresponding to them, as that means statistical improvements. Red numbers, on the other hand, mean lower stats oncse the part is installed.
3. Know When To Use Your Boost
Your first instinct in the story mode levels may be to hit the Boost button the moment the battle begins. But that’s not the best time when to turn on the Boost and do some serious damage. Instead, you should move your robot closer to the enemy mech, and tap-and-hold Boost so that it can launch faster attacks. Doing so before the robots are close enough to each other will allow the Boost meter to fill needlessly. You don’t want that meter running before the fight actually begins, and once the button turns gray, there will be a cool down time of a few seconds before you can give the Boost another try.
One key guideline you should keep in mind is that things could go haywire if the Boost meter is filled up completely. That’s going to overheat your robot, with the Boost being so intense it may end up causing your robot to go nuts, or stop attacking. Make sure that the meter doesn’t flash red for too long, and wait until the flashing light is gone before boosting again, should the meter reach those critical levels.
4. Be Careful When Using Your Boost
In addition to timing your Boost, you should take good care when using this feature. We suggest using it modestly when you’re just starting out, and tap-and-hold the button again once you’ve destroyed the enemy mech’s arms. Alternately, you can focus on boosting once the battle has started, with both robots in close distance to each other.
5. You Can Also Use Boost To Target The Head Or Core
Just like headshots kill enemies instantly in shooter games, opposing robots die once you’ve destroyed their head. Destroying their core will also kill enemy mechs, just as reducing their battery rating to zero would. The catch here is that you cannot target a robot’s head or core while you’re in a battle; As battles are partly human-controlled and partly automatic, your Boost button is your most important tool in battle, as it allows your robot to attack and move at a quicker pace. So if you notice your robot’s (automatically) targeting the enemy’s head or core, you can tap-and-hold Boost in hopes of inflicting more damage faster.
6. Repair Those Parts When Needed
Each of your robot’s six parts have their respective Durability meters, found on the right-hand side of the Customize screen. You’ll also find a Repair All button underneath the meters, and you should press it whenever most of the parts are orange; all repairs would require you to pay some coins, as fixing your robots doesn’t come for free. Blue represents parts that are still in prime condition, and orange means they’re at 50 percent durability or less. Red means they’re in really bad shape, and in such poor condition that your robot won’t be allowed to do battle.
7. Complete More Quests
Last, but not the least, you should complete more quests in Turbine Fighter, so as to allow you more chances to earn rewards. These rewards may range from new upgrade or crafting materials to new parts altogether, and you may also earn chips and gems for your troubles. Tap on the “i” icon next to the quest so you can get an overview of the rewards you can possibly earn if you complete the quest. All of these rewards can be of use to you as you complete more levels in the game, but if you’ve got a choice, then go with the quests that have parts as a completion reward.
And this wraps up our strategy guide for Turbine Fighter. If you happen to know more hints for the game, let us know in the comment section!