Are you struggling to find some high quality entertainment in life along with the promise of some awesome and heroic Sci-fi gameplay? A brand new Mass Multiplayer Online RPG and strategy gaming experience has arrived to the screen of your smartphone! Guardians: A Torchlight Game brings all this and more to the palm of your hand. The game has been developed by the studio of Perfect World games and offers pretty much everything that a fan of strategy and RPG gaming could dream of. Guardians: A Torchlight Game 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 delivers eye popping graphics with an engaging gameplay experience in a very reasonable size of only 321 MB. Guardians: A Torchlight Game is also highly rated on the App Store since its release which just goes to show the rapid increase in its popularity in the gaming category. The game also contains adaptive music which changes rhythm when creatures appear or when you are out of health and this effect will definitely make you skip a heartbeat during the later levels when suspense is high and monsters 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 Guardians: A Torchlight Game is version 0.5.8 and was updated on 03 January 2018.
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is basically a RPG based fighting and strategy game which involves players in archaic themed levels set in the far future and in various galaxies. The setting is almost the same for each level and the only difference is the arrangement of your enemies and the background. As the game is based upon the story of an Ultimate Guardian, the game gives you a choice between many of its characters and to explore your own destiny by defeating all the scary enemies. To get you further integrated into the story of the terrifying Invasions, the game operates on an exploration strategy based method. This means that you will have to crawl your way out of many stages, battling monsters and defeating bosses along the way until you can reach the end prize which will be your salvation.
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is not a game to be taken lightly. Since the very first level, you are thrown into the midst of formidable enemies and entrapping obstacles. Even if you do manage to clear the first few levels using the free boosts and abilities provided to you during the explanatory tutorials, it will be very difficult for you to progress much further without any extra help. Needless to say this 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 can 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 Warrior at heart, you might be able to emerge victorious as the Ultimate Torchlight Guardian!
1. Making The Right Choices
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is a game that is all about strategy and tactical planning to always stay one step ahead of the enemy. As this is an RPG game, any move that you make will have consequences on the entire game that executes afterwards as a result. You also have to keep in mind that while you are making a move, the enemy is also simultaneously moving its pieces on the battlefield. Think of it as a game of chess. If you make one wrong move, you cannot go back and you are left only with regret and sorrow.
When you start the game, there are three different types of customizations for the character that you will be controlling in the game. These three are in addition divided into more categories which effectively grant you a large range of options to choose from when first building your two characters to fight and demolish the enemy. It is very important to note here that you should take care while choosing and customizing your characters rather than randomizing them on a whim as Guardians: A Torchlight Game does not offer any option to change the skills, attributes or race of your two characters later on.
The first customization panel offers a range of options to choose the behavior and personality of your character that you have selected. You can choose from Aggressive, Protective, Team worker and so on which basically defines the kind of dialogues and decisions that the game will generate for your chosen character. For example if you choose the aggressive personality, the game will almost always generate brutal dialogues and hasty decisions which end up in fights with enemy monsters or even your allies. You can choose this personality if you want the game to move at a faster pace and are more interested in destruction and mayhem than some quality role playing strategy. Similarly, if you choose the team worker personality, you should prepare yourself for some humorous dialogues and strategic exchanges on the missions to come. The team worker characters are very jolly and great fun to play especially if you are more into the story building aspect of the game rather than mindlessly grinding enemies and aliens underneath your swords and axes.
The second customization panel gives you the option to choose the race for your character from Emberblade, Engineer, Vulpine and Automaton. The Emberblade race is very balanced and has all round abilities that players of all types will find comfortable to play with. You should pick the Emberblade race for at least one of your times playing the game because of the adaptability that this race brings to the table and you will be able to handle a wide variety of situations with an Emberblade race character on your way through the game. Guardians: A Torchlight Game is a game that encourages as much variation as possible so it is very advisable to pick a different race for each of your times playing the game. Therefore if you have already created your first character as an Emberblade, it is preferable that you go towards an Engineer or Vulpine for your second one. The Vulpines are highly advanced alien life forms and offer much more firepower as well as survivability for your character. They are harder to control though so you might think around this race if it is your first time playing with it. You should choose a Vulpine for one of your characters when you have already played as an Emberblade before because they complement each other’s abilities quite well and you will end up with all sorts of ability variation possibilities at your disposal if you go for this combination in your journey to become the Ultimate Guardian. The third race available to you is the Engineer race and this is a sort of hybrid civilization between the Emberblades and the Vulpines. This entails that they do not have completely different abilities but a mixture of the two races and therefore are a good pick to go with any of the two races for your first or second character. They are quite tough and have high health which makes them much harder to kill in battle and this in turn means that you can worm your way out of almost any skirmish small or huge if you have an Engineer character. The final option available to you in the game is the choice of an Automaton character which are very mysterious and understandably very complex and difficult to play with. However the high difficulty level is well worth the effort because these strange characters are masters of both melee and ranged attacks and quite literally the most powerful race available for you to choose in the game.
The third customization option offered to you by Guardians: A Torchlight Game is the skills option which dictates the abilities that your chosen characters will possess when you use them to fight battles with enemy aliens on any stage. Be very careful on choosing the skills for your characters as these cannot be changed later on and if you end up choosing the same skill for both you will find yourself in deep trouble at the higher levels when you will not be able to utilize any of the powerful combo plays that a varied skill build offers in the game. You can choose from a wide variety each with its own usefulness in battle. These range from the basic fighting build “Trooper” to a highly intelligent and problem solving “Engineer”. You can also find the ‘Miner” and “Medic” if you are more into a passive style of gameplay and prefer waiting out for the enemy to tire instead of dealing huge amounts of damage in bursts. In the end, the choice entirely depends upon your style of gameplay but remember to choose wisely as you will regret your decisions if you do not pay attention during this extremely important phase of the game in the beginning.
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is very unforgiving in the sense that if you do make the wrong move and end up getting trapped, then it is most likely game over for you. Also, because you control only one main character in the game at a time, there is no alternative option left for you but to battle it out against nerve racking odds. Therefore, it is advised to take your time and calculate the apparent movement of your enemy before making a move. A hasty decision will lead you to nowhere but regret so avoid acting on a whim and trust your instinct to make the best move to counteract your enemy at all times.
2. Mastering Battle Mechanics
The strategic and RPG elements of Guardians: A Torchlight Game allows you to play with danger and entertainment all at the same time. Despite being a fiendishly difficult game, especially for beginners in this genre, Guardians: A Torchlight Game does give you some reprieve by allowing a wide weapon and abilities array to be at your disposal during the levels. There are some main abilities of the two different characters that the game allows you to use and each can be used only once while performing a move, so think wisely before trying out a random ability based on chance alone.
The Multi Kill split shot is one of the best abilities on the game which you can obtain if you chose a Vulpine with Fighter Skill and Aggressive Personality trait during the character selection phase in the beginning of the game. However, the power of this ability comes with a price as it takes quite a long time to recharge and cannot be used successively. If you have not added upgrade points into this ability, it will take at least 3 turns to come back online and this will cause your fighter to take a lot of damage in the meanwhile. Therefore, it is always advisable to start off with basic attacks on the enemies and when you are left with a single lane, you can use the multi kill split shot to finish them all in one go.
Another great skill which can turn the tide of battle if used at the correct time is the healing bonus provided if you chose a Emberblade or Engineer character with the Healing ability and a team worker personality trait. Again, this ability should be used only when one or both of the characters are more than half their health for maximum effect. If used correctly, the heal bonus can completely upset the odds of the battle and ensure a definite win for your team of warrior and pet.
Similarly, if you have an engineer character on the team, you can play a bit differently by enabling damage reduction for the enemies on the opposing side. This can act as a huge engagement play making ability when you do not have a high amount of damage output on your side of the team and are looking to tire down the enemy aliens rather than meeting them head on.
The “Crippling Dagger” is a well balanced defensive as well as offensive target ability found on the characters which have the Vulpine race, aggressive personality trait and warrior skill build. Not only does the move protect you from enemy attacks, it also allows you to push them away in the direction you are facing, away from you. The defensive importance of this ability comes into play when you are backed into a corner without any escape plan on your hands. A simple touch of the screen will help clear the enemies standing in your path and you can move out during your next turn. For use of its aggressive nature, you need to activate this when an enemy is in-line with a lava pit or spiked wall. The dagger will ram your targeted enemy, pushing it to its destruction.
The “Missile Barrage Ability” is the best offensive weapon you have in Guardians: A Torchlight Game. You are alone on the battlefield without the second character of your team for backup. In such times of peril, the “Missile Barrage” comes into play as a trusty extension of your Automaton with the aggressive personality trait. Operating it is simple but learning the timing to activate it is a necessary task. Whenever an enemy is in line of your “Missile Barrage” and there is a lava pit or spiked wall behind you, you can activate the ability to demolish that enemy into the fire or spikes. Always remember to time your missile barrage correctly so that it lands on the enemy. If you miss, this ability has a long cool down time and it will lead to much frustration on your part.
Did you trap yourself between an alien and a monster? No need to get scared and frustrated. An easy way to get out of such situations is to use the simple option of leaving the battle that the game has granted you. The “Jump” button alternates between “Jump” mode and “Stun Leap” mode with the latter being much more useful. When trapped between two high level enemies, the best option is to escape first and then use your new vantage point to strike at them again. Using “Stun Leap” will disable the enemy (if there is one) at the location that you land. This disable effect buys you some more time to think about your next move. The “Jump” button does exactly what it says and allows you to jump to a specific new location depending upon the availability of free tiles on the game board. Use these escape abilities wisely and you will never be trapped in any situation ever again!
3. Staying Alive
The Health Points bar is displayed in yellow color in the bottom of the game screen. A great addition to Guardians: A Torchlight game during the recent updates is the increase in your maximum health as you level up by defeating different enemies that you encounter across the game stages. This means that the longer you are able to survive during a stage and kill more enemies, the stronger you will be to face the more advanced stages of the game.
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 the game stage. Thus during the early game stages, 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 HP bar very seriously after the third stage in the game. This is because, enemies present on the game stages 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 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 path. Be sure to use this trick on the quest which involves fighting the boss because it will be hard as it is to fight with a full HP bar so make sure to keep this advantage in the palm of your hands.
4. Lightning Fast Reflexes And Reactions
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is a game that pits your skill against the talent of thousands of players from all around the world in true arcade RPG fashion and reminiscent of the old classics like Prince of Persia and Legend of Zelda. In order to prove yourself worthy of being called an Ultimate Guardian, you have to practice as much as you can in this game. An essential part of being called a pro player of Guardians: A Torchlight Game is to have killer reflexes and an extremely short reaction time. This is a game in which big fights take at most two to five seconds and in that limited time you have to make split second decisions about which skill to use or to run from the enemy or dodge them and save your character from losing its life unnecessarily. This perfect timing that you will need to employ if you want to progress to the higher stages 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 wiggle 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 stages, you will instantly feel pushed by the need to run and make decisions as fast as you can because if you don’t the life counter will deplete faster and you will ultimately lose.
A key reflex that you need to focus on developing is the use of your skills. Instead of trying out a new Character move every other day, choose a single attack combination that you like or you think you can play well after trying it on a stage. Give two to three hours of practice to fully understand what each skill of your character does. Some new players get exasperated when a boss fight starts and begin to spam all of their skills. This is the main cause of those fights with monsters which end badly for you. Therefore more practice beforehand will help you save hours of frustration later on in Guardians: A Torchlight Game.
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 run faster or put all of your focus into devising new strategies for dodging enemies as you move into unknown territories. At other times you might feel a knot in your stomach before a boss fight is about to start and this allows you to anticipate the enemy’s attacks ahead of time. Use this sense to your advantage and become the Ultimate Warrior in Guardians: A Torchlight Game.
5. Crushing The Boss Fights
Just like any other survival strategy based RPG game, Guardians: A Torchlight Game also introduces boss characters which are heavily overpowered as compared to the normal alien monsters you are used to attacking and pouncing on. These boss levels are marked clearly on your map and menacing looking monsters appear on your map as soon as you zoom into their location and rightly so because they are very hard to defeat unless you improve highly upon the individual skills of your character. For the purpose of defeating these boss monsters, it is highly recommended that you train your character from the start with all the individual skill sets that will enable you to handle fights with the boss monsters. The character that best fits this role is your first or hero character but you can tailor skills of other characters to switch into this role as well if you so decide.
The individual skill set that will get you wins most easily includes but is not limited to the “Jumping Backslash”, “sharp arrows”, “arcane mage” and “ferocious hunter” bonus upgrades which are unlocked and applied in exchange for a significant amount of gold coins. You need to keep track of the overall gold coins that you have and tally a total amount approximately equal to that required for these upgrades. Reserve this amount until you see the menacing red and black monsters appear on your map and hold back on any excessive spending until you reach that stage.
It is also important to be vigilant of other players who might attempt to take on the boss monsters before you are able to. The boss monsters will still be available for you to attempt as a quest even after the other players have attacked them but you will be awarded much less points as bonus rewards after defeating them. Therefore always be ready and online to pounce on the first available opportunity and reap the maximum amount of rewards because defeating these menacing huge boss monsters is far from an easy task so you at least deserve to be well compensated for it.
The first boss monster which you meet in the game will actually be quite easy for you to defeat and this is because it will be the lowest level monster which accidentally wandered into the midst of your fight and started spreading destruction in the area. Usually you will be able to defeat this low difficulty monster with a mix of melee strikes and using your magic special skill alternatively with a relatively low loss to your own health points. You can easily heal up after the fight with this first monster by using the regenerative feature provided at the end of each successful boss fight. However, the subsequent monsters that you meet will be much harder to defeat.
It is also pertinent to mention here that you should make it a habit to use this feature regularly as it not only rejuvenates your character but also completes the additional very important task of saving your progress in Guardians: A Torchlight Game. It is absolutely essential for you to perform this save even when your character is at full health. This is because if you forget or forego saving your progress because you feel your character has enough health and mana to last another level, you will have nothing but regret when you are forced to start from the last checkpoint however far that may be. As of the current update, Guardians: A Torchlight Game does not have an auto save feature and while this is a much requested feature by players of the game all over the world, until it is implemented into the game, you will have to stay cautious and save your progress regularly.
After playing Guardians: A Torchlight Game for a respectable amount of time and progressing beyond a certain point of difficulty in the game, you will begin to recognize patterns and loopholes in the game which will help you to influence your progression in the game to a certain extent. For example, when you reach the second boss monster which looks immensely terrifying and the in game pet assistant advises you to train and level up before even attempting to battle it, you can defeat it much sooner if you utilize a hidden loophole in the game. Contrary to what the game has you believe, attacking and defeating the boss monsters is not the only way to level up, gain experience points and increase the strength of your character. The game operates in such a way that whenever you move your character into the attackable radius of rival online characters, a certain amount of experience points are added into your level up meter. This amount is almost negligible and very hard to notice when you are in the attackable radius of only 1 or 2 characters but when you have a large group of 9 to 10 online characters, the experience share from just remaining in the attackable radius stacks up to quite a bit.
The trick to exploit this hidden mechanism in Guardians: A Torchlight Game is to move just into the radius of as large a group of characters as you can find on the map and to repeatedly move in and out of this radius. By following this procedure, you will be able to avoid fighting any characters as well as keep up your health bar at a good level for a much longer time. You can keep moving in and out of the attackable radius of large group of characters for as long as you want but typically a repetitive motion of 5 to 6 times will net you enough experience points to gain an entire level on your hero character. Using this technique you can level up your hero character very fast and without any danger of having to start over from the previous checkpoints as your character will practically take zero damage while you are exploiting this loophole in the game. So plot like a true guardian and plan your way into the lair of even the most fearsome monsters of the land!
6. Combos And Multi Attacks Seal The Deal
Guardians: A Torchlight Game like any other Strategy based RPG MMO game greatly rewards players for displaying skill and experimenting with different kinds of combos during battles. There is a huge variety of combos that you can perform in the game using the same techniques that you would while playing normally. However, by performing combos you can ensure that the enemy monsters will be destroyed much faster and you will be able to advance through different stages of Guardians: A Torchlight Game very easily.
In order to perform a combo in the game, you will first have to judge the environment and real life physical objects that are present and visible to you on the screen of your smartphone on any specific stage. In fact you can win an entire stage in one blow if you time these chain moves right and this is all possible by the amazing power of the combos that exist in Guardians: A Torchlight Game.
Another important thing to remember while trying to land combo hits is that once you are in the animation of a specific multi hit combo, you cannot initiate another combo move at the same time. This means that during the duration of the combo being initiated and the actual attacks landing, you cannot change the combo sequence which would allow you to chain together multiple combos. The game developers have made sure that this does not impact the hard work that goes into practicing and timing in order to achieve perfect combos by introducing a multi combo effect that automatically comes into play if possible while the combo that you executed is already in motion. For example, on the stage where you have a huge army enemy obstacles and alien monsters placed in between the empty spaces, the best strategy would be to use your pet to gain info about the enemy movements, send your Character to deal the initial critical blow and deal the nail into the coffin by executing the finisher combo.
The key to executing a perfectly timed combo is to practice as much as you can even on those stages where a combo might not seem as effective as other ways. Initiating a combo also ensures that you deal much more damage than normal because your opponent is left exposed immediately after attacking and cannot retaliate as quickly because they are still trying to repair the heavy damage that your character dealt. So enjoy experimenting around with as many attack and magic combos as you can and become the Ultimate Guardian in Guardians: A Torchlight Game!
7. Achievements And Upgrades
Guardians: A Torchlight Game brings with it a truck 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 stage.
Another interesting feature given by Guardians: A Torchlight Game is the ability to customize the main Character as well as your sidekick Pet which 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 kind of character and pet imaginable. 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 your sidekick Pet.
8. Secret Tricks For Getting Extra Coins
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is a strategy style exploration based RPG MMO game so there is no restriction on how many times you can repeat a level and you can abuse this feature to always get ahead of the difficulty curve in the game. The main problem which most players face is the lack of coins available to upgrade their characters in order to tackle a hard level that they just unlocked and purchased or for the purchase of a better looking background. By repeating certain levels which guarantee an easy accumulation of coins you can avoid being stuck in a loop for all the time that you will be playing the game.
Repeating levels also has the added benefit of making you familiar with almost all the obstacles and dangers that you are likely to face during that particular level. You will also get a very fair idea of which combos to use against the enemies that you are facing on a particular level and you can synergize the abilities of your character and sidekick Pet much better when you know what skills your enemies are weak against. Therefore with enough practice you can easily predict which skills the enemies will be using on a particular level and using this information, you can easily counteract with combos and moves of your own.
Guardians: A Torchlight Game is similar to the thousands of other strategy role play and exploration based 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 god difficulty 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 character ability upgrade 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 character strong 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 much better skill points and upgrades faster than you would have been able to had you been spending cash whenever the game prompted you to upgrade
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 skills, your character strengths and interface is the ability to more efficiently manage the stage control around each level. If you are playing according to the tips and tricks that are mentioned in this guide to Guardians: A Torchlight Game, 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 stages in Guardians: A Torchlight Game.