Adventure Company is a new action adventure RPG developed by Foursaken Media, that puts you in control of a ragtag group of pixelated mercenaries who are questing for glory and treasure. Unlike traditional RPGs where you are in control of a single character that you level up as you progress through the story, Adventure Company puts you in charge of the whole band of mercenaries. It is a refreshing hybrid between traditional RPGs where you have to fight and level up, with micro-managing simulation games, where tweaking and customization are encouraged.
There are two main aspects to Adventure Company that were mentioned above. The first is that you will pick and choose mercenaries to complete certain missions. The second is how you will micro-manage their stats, items, recruitment etc. to create a well rounded army of professional fighters. From the map screen you control your flying base to look for missions to go on, and once you find them you can select who you will send to complete them. Usually missions will have more than one stage and will have different enemy types scattered throughout them. Therefore, it is usually worth your while to spend a bit of time considering who to send on which stage of the mission before jumping right in. Then, once you have chosen who to send in, the mission will begin and you will be put in control of your chosen mercenaries.
The gameplay structure may sound simple at first but Foursaken Media have crafted a surprisingly deep strategy behind class upgrades and battle tactics. So if you want to get a grips with Adventure Company then read on for the best tips and tricks!
1. Choose A Comfortable Control Scheme
Before you get deep into playing the game you need to choose a control scheme that fits well with you. There are three to choose from in Adventure Company, so you should be able to find one that fits your style. The default mode is called dual stick, the other two modes are called one stick and one hand. Dual stick is where you slide your left hand to move your fighter and tap with your right to shoot. One stick is where you slide with your left hand to move but your fighter will attack automatically and one hand is where you tap to move while your fighter attacks automatically. Furthermore, if you leave your fighter idle then auto-battle will turn on automatically.
The best mode to use is probably one stick. This is because the AI can aim quite smoothly and fluidly which allows you to focus on moving around the map and dodging attacks. Additionally, this also allows you to keep a better eye on the battle because your right hand will be free to spam special abilities or switch between fighters that may need assistance. Which is especially useful because unfortunately Adventure Company does not have any AI settings that you can tweak, which usually means your other fighters will run off on their own and can die easily if they are low levelled.
Lastly, it is also worth your while to give auto-battle some consideration. Auto-battle is good because it allows you to farm easier battles without having to do anything, but it can get in the way sometimes. Marksman classes often have passive damage bonuses when they stand still, so turning off auto-battle will be useful if you want to take advantage of this.
2. Keep Enemies At Arms Length
Adventure Company has a true rogue’s gallery of enemies who are actively plotting your downfall and who take pleasure in causing your adventurers pain. But they generally fall into two categories which is ranged and melee. Ranged enemies have to be beaten up close, but if you are smart you can kite melee enemies, even with melee classes.
Adventure Company has a dizzying array of different class choices for both melee and ranged heroes. One of the melee classes is Spearman and Farmer (its early predecessor), classes like these are good for kiting melee enemies because their weapons are very long. So if you enjoy playing as a melee character then definitely try a Spearman, or a Farmer if you are low level. You will be able to poke gobbos to death without being made into Swiss cheese yourself.
But certainly one of the more efficient classes to play are ranged ones simply because of how easily they can dispose of hordes of melee enemies. If you have the one stick control scheme active and play with a ranged character you will have a very fun time. As long as you stay out of swinging range and dodge the occasional arrow you will get through the level unharmed. Although the same cannot be said for your teammates because the AI can be extremely reckless. Therefore, a good course of action for ranged characters is to stay near your teammates and back them up so they don’t get overwhelmed.
Whether you are playing as a melee or ranged class there is one more battle tip that you need to know. That is that the dash button is your friend. It will allow you to engage or disengage from enemies at will, and is very useful for dodging enemy projectiles. There is no mana cost and the cool-down time is fairly quick, so make sure to use it to the fullest and never get boxed in.
3. Pay Attention To Bonus Objectives
The basic story of Adventure Company is that you are one of many mercenary companies exploring this area for treasure. Although this is not very important because there is no real narrative to speak of, what it means is that you need to pay attention to the daily leaderboard. The only way to promote your mercenaries is to spend gems, which are only obtained through playing the game or by forking out some cold hard cash.
But what kind of tips website would tell you just to pay your way through the game? To earn as many gems as you can you should try complete the bonus objectives on each level. This will give you stars and trophy points. Stars are used for upgrading the general stats of your mercenary band like their health and experience points gain. Trophy points are what determines you position on the leaderboards at the end of each day. If you find yourself coming out on top then you will net yourself a nice amount of gems to help promote your fighters.
The daily leaderboards will reset every 12 hours but to be truthful it is actually not that difficult to get to the top because the other merecenary bands are AI controlled and don’t do much. So just make sure you play a little bit each day so you don’t fall behind them, and you should have enough daily gems to meet your needs.
4. Make Ads Work For You
As mentioned above Adventure Company can be thirsty for your hard earned money, but there are ways that you can progress quickly without spending a dime. One of these is to pay close attention to your bonuses. Adventure Company has ads scattered throughout the game and if you watch them then you will be able to gain some of the benefits Adventure Company has to offer without spending any money.
The most important one is farming for gems. Every two or three hours you can watch a short 20 second video to receive 5 gems. If you do that 5 or 6 times per day then that’s 25 to 30 gems per day without actually playing the game. If you couple this with topping the leaderboards then you can easily earn around 100 gems if you really try.
The next most important way to use ads is when you put fighters in the training room. While you are away you can still earn experience points for your fighters if you put them in the training room. The caveat is that training is maddeningly slow without any training boosts and is basically pointless unless you are training overnight. Well, good news, do you want a 4x boost for free? Then buckle up and sit through a 20 second advertisement. Now you’re earning 4 times as much experience as you otherwise would have. Your mercenaries will be grateful.
There are three other ways that ads can work for you, but these are a bit more minor than the above two, and will not always be necessary. The first is that if you want to restock the item shop then you can watch a short ad. This is useful when he is not selling anything that your classes can use or if he isn’t selling any items that you are particularly keen on. The same logic applies when you are recruiting new mercenaries, if you don’t see any that you like you can just watch a quick video to refresh your choices. Finally, if your whole party gets defeated during a mission, the game will sometimes present you with the option of procuring the services of one of your competitors to help you finish the mission. Usually this will cost you gems, but a short advertisement will fix that.
5. Craft A Well-Rounded Mercenary Squad
This last tip is applicable to all squad-based RPGs out there, and that is, choose a team with a good range of classes that complement each other. If you choose a party full of ranged fighters then you are in for trouble. The AI loves to swarm and box characters in for a savage beating. If you choose a party full of melees then prepare to be torn to shreds by ranged enemies galore.
A good team has to be balanced which means it needs three things: tank, healer, damage dealer. Don’t forget to include a good split between melee and ranged as well. So you want one ranged damage dealer like an Archer or Marksman, with a Spearman or Swordsman to fill in the melee. Then some beefier characters like Lumberjacks and Beserkers can act as frontline tanks. Finally, the importance of healers cannot be stressed enough. Have at least one or two in your party when you are expecting heavy resistance, because the AI loves to run off on its own, face-first into goblin hordes. You’ll thank me later. Basically just exercise a bit of common sense and keep your mercenary band well rounded so you will be able to fight off anything that could come your way.
If you want to have the baddest band of mercenaries around then follow the above tips in Adventure Company! If we have missed anything then feel free to let us know!