Hundreds of towers, swords, axes and arrows! If this sentence conjures an image of yet another grisly war game in your mind, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. A market leader in the word of tower defense games has just hit the App Store and is taking over by storm. Caravan War is the latest mobile title from Hiker Games and it completely delivers on what it promises and much more. Caravan War is available to download and play for free on iOS devices from the Apple iTunes App Store. The game comes in a slightly heavy package size of 704 MB and provides days and days of gameplay in that size unless you become so addicted that you manage to end the game in 24 hours. 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 Caravan War is version 1.1.3 which was released on 10 February 2018.
Caravan War is one of the most interactive tower defense games available for Apple operating devices in the market at the moment and completely immerses even a new player into the flashy battle mechanics. The game stems from browser versions of the game with the same concept that got immense popularity in a relatively short amount of time on the internet. Introduced in an age where flash gaming was the latest thing, the original tower defense games quickly gained a loyal and devoted player base through the unique and extremely addictive gameplay. The mobile game Caravan War basically continues upon the original legacy of strategy based browser games and incorporates all the elements of gameplay in addition to providing a beautiful looking and highly interactive user interface. Where the original tower defense browser based games were just mindless clicking games where the main objective was to kill as many creatures as you can, the mobile game builds upon an interesting storyline and takes you on an adventure as you compete with your friends on Facebook for the title of the Ultimate Caravan Defender!
The gameplay mechanics of Caravan War are fairly straightforward and the game is designed to be played by players of all ages and genders so naturally the difficulty level is quite low. However, earning the title of Ultimate Defender in the game is something reserved only for the most dedicated and passionate players. The game has an exponential reward rate but that comes coupled with an even more sharply increasing price rate for upgrades and power ups in the game.
Purchasing in-game items or the Golden Coins and gems as they are referred to in Caravan War is also an alternative option for those players whose eyes start aching from staying in front of the screen too long or if you think keeping the screen awake for so long might be detrimental to the health of your smartphone. Therefore, if you are not a pay to play player, this guide includes some tips on how to proceed with your upgrades in order to level up the fastest and follow the fastest path to becoming the Ultimate Defender Of The Bits!
1. Attack, Attack, Attack
So you have decided to become an Aggressive warrior! Beware of the dangers that will beset you when you take this path for they are not few and certainly not easy to overcome. You begin with no defending towers and only blank spaces in the center of the screen of your smartphone. Click on a blank space a little bit away from the entry point of the enemy troops and you will be able to select from arrow or projectile shooting defending towers to place on the empty tile.
No extra perks or benefits are available to you at the start of the game but as you progress to the higher levels more and more types of defending towers become available to you along with many upgrades and power ups that start to unlock. Remember, you have chosen the path of the Aggressive player so it is best to invest your earnings and rewards into upgrades and perks that increase the power of both your melee troops and ranged defending towers.
Try to get as many levels as possible into the “increase your hit power” upgrade as this will be your bread and butter for baking delivering much more damage in the game. Getting many levels into this upgrade will be quite difficult as the coin requirement for each successive upgrade exponentially increases. However, it is also not a wise idea to halt upgrades of your defending towers as they are the only things standing between you and certain defeat.
Another core tip for all players who have decided to follow the path of the Attacker is to avoid spending golden coins and gems on additional features like “Random Spin” or the “The Wheel of Fortune”. Both of these features eat up your gold coins very fast and you will not be able to save up for the later perks which give you a really huge boost and are very necessary for your continued survival in the game.
2. Winning Against Time
Caravan War challenges your skill at strategizing effectively while also putting your reflexes and quick decision making to the test. You might not even notice the presence of a timer at the upper left corner of the screen of your smartphone during the early levels because they provide an ample amount of time for you to make good decisions concerning the fate of your empire. However, as you advance to the higher levels you will notice that the game starts challenging you by giving you less and less time forcing you to make ill-advised decisions and thus jeopardizing your troops as a result.
This situation can be easily avoided if you plan beforehand and judge the strength and weaknesses of your opponent even before the stage has commenced. You are able to see the overall heath and perks as well as the type of defensive troops and abilities that your enemy stronghold possesses at the start of each level. Think of this as blueprints to the enemy base and if you are able to exploit the information provided to your advantage, your troops will most certainly come out on top as long as you take care of all other requirements as well.
Keeping an eye on the timer at all times will not only help you to gauge how much time you have left to lay waste to the stronghold of your enemy without being destroyed yourself but it will also help you to make a much more effective strategy and you will focus on troops that can finish the job according to the time that you have left on the clock. For example if you have very short time left but ample cash reserves, the best strategy would be to deploy as many defensive towers and catapults as you can on the battlefield to completely demolish the enemy in the shortest time possible. Similarly if you have a lot of time on your hands but are running short on cash, the best course of action to take would be to deploy many archers and missile canon towers as they require much less cash and will be effective in large numbers against even the most impenetrable stronghold.
3. Placing Your Defenders Perfectly
Caravan War is a game that pits your skill against the talent of thousands of players from all around the world. In order to prove yourself worthy of being called a Champion Defender, you have to practice as much as you can in this game. An essential part of being called a pro player in Caravan War is to have killer reflexes and an extremely short reaction time. This is a game in which fights during a wave take at most ten to fifteen seconds and in that limited time you have to make split second decisions about which skill to use or which upgrade to perform and save your defending towers from being destroyed unnecessarily. This perfect timing that you will notice in many pro games and competitions is a product of sheer hard work and countless hours devoted to practice in the game.
In the first few levels of the game you will be falsely led to believe by the in-game tutorials that there is plenty of time available for you to easily tap your way out of every level. However do not trust the developers on this because they have made sure that you are forced to try hard to even barely survive during the later levels. During the higher levels, you will instantly feel pushed by the need to make decisions as fast as you can because if you don’t the enemy troops will run you over and you will lose.
The combo defending towers are the most expensive yet the most useful and deadly type of towers available to you in Caravan War. You can place your first combo defending tower when you reach the tenth wave and it is pertinent to mention that you must have at least 1000 gold coins to place your first combo tower. Therefore, if you do not have enough coins by the ninth wave, you should either look towards purchasing an in-game coin pack or exchanging some gems in order to get the required amount of gold coins. Getting a combo defending tower by the tenth wave is absolutely necessary for your continued survival because these are the only type of towers that can multiple enemy troops at the same time.
It would be wise to keep in mind that the combo defending towers are costly initially but their upgrades do not increase as exponentially as their simple counterparts. Therefore, it is a huge advantage to keep these combo defending towers placed at the entrance and preferably near the first corner of the level which will provide you with a greater range of firing spread as well as getting more benefit from the upgrades that you will be making to the combo defending towers. The most optimum way to deal with any kind of wave and beat the game completely is to place combo defending towers at all six corners and make an alternate arrangement as this will decimate any kind of wave effortlessly.
A key reflex that you need to focus on developing is the use of your skills. Instead of trying out a new defending tower every other day, choose a single one that you like or you think you can play well after placing it into battle. Give two to three hours of practice to fully understand what each skill of that defending tower does. Some new players get exasperated when a fight starts and begin to spam all of the skills. This is the main cause of those team fights with the enemy troops ending badly for your side. Each of your defending tower skill has a defined Area of Effect and using it beyond that area will net you no damage on the enemy troops.
The combo defending towers have a separate stamina and power ratio as compared with the normal towers and therefore you have to keep these ratios in mind before you mindlessly start placing a large number of combo towers as they are the most expensive type of defending towers in the game and have the highest cost of upgrades.
Another reaction that you need to master is the sixth sense of detection in this game. This sense only comes with time as you play more and more games. Having a good sense means you literally get a gut feeling that something is wrong and you might be need to summon more defending towers to combat an enemy ambush at times. Use this sense to your advantage and become the Ultimate Defender in Caravan War.