As promised, we have returned with more tips and tricks for Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao, which is Vivid Games’ latest entry in the Real Boxing series, and currently available for iOS devices. This game comes as close as a mobile game could to simulating a, well, real boxing experience, and as you move forward in your career, you’ll be facing a variety of computer-controlled opponents, training your fighter and customizing his appearance (for small stat boosts, and not just aesthetics), and competing in different game modes. You can play in career mode in hopes of taking on the Manny Pacquiao himself in the virtual ring, take part in quick fights, or play arcade-style mini-games for coins and other rewards. Okay, so maybe it’s not as “real” as real can get when looking at the big picture, but we have to say the boxing action in this game is quite impressive.
Things can also get challenging for you, the player, once you reach a certain level. And while our beginner tips and tricks may have been helpful when you were just starting out, this Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao strategy guide deals with intermediate-to-advanced tips that could be of more assistance once you’ve polished off all the easy opponents and challenges.
1. How To Get More Gold
Gold is the premium currency of Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao, and when it comes to getting more of it, there are several things you can do. First of all, logging in daily gets you progressively better rewards for each successive login, and these rewards may include some gold – it won’t be much, but a little gold, as they may say, is better than none at all. You can also take part in the different tournaments – winning these could get you a ton of gold, so make sure you test your mettle against those AI opponents! Spinning the wheel could get you gold if you’re lucky, though the key word here is “lucky” – most of the time, you’ll end up with a measly amount of coins, though that’s the breaks of the game when talking about mobile game prize wheels.
Additionally, the Challenges section is a good place for you to earn some gold – as of the moment, there are 17 of them, and completing some of the harder ones could earn you some premium currency in return. You can also buy gold at the in-game store, though that’s going to cost you some real-life currency. We would recommend the 6,000 gold package, which is listed as a bestseller – this will cost you $7, or its equivalent in your local currency.
2. How To, And How Not To Spend Your Gold
When spending your gold, your best option in the in-game store would be the perks (actually, the “All Perks” package) and skins, which offer some nice boosts and effects to your fighter once equipped. Unfortunately, there’s no way to view what the skins entail until you actually purchase them, though you can individually purchase perks in the Gym section, where they can be bought at much lower prices. We recommend viewing these perks (but not buying them), then waiting until you’ve got 900 gold so you can buy the All Perks package in the store. We’ll talk more about the Arcade later, but there’s a special store in that mode which allows you to buy unique items that similarly offer some valuable stat boosts once equipped.
Naturally, there are also some don’ts with regards to your gold – there are some things you should avoid at all costs when spending the currency! When asked if you want to spend gold to speed up training, turn down this offer. It may be tempting to do so while still cheap, but doing this too often will eventually take its toll on your gold totals. Likewise, don’t use gold to reroll challenges – that’s going to cost you even more, and it won’t be worth it at the end of the day.
3. Join The Limited-Time Multiplayer Tournaments
Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao comes with some multiplayer tournaments that are live for a limited period of time, so don’t miss out on them – you just might end up winning some cool prizes! The current multiplayer tournament is called Manny’s World Tour, and using this as an example, all boxers have the same stats (strength 100, stamina 80, speed 80), with stamina and health not regenerating, and the only goal being to knock the other guy out as quickly as possible. The top ten players (meaning the top 1 percent or so) get G-Suit Gear, the top 5 percent get perks and a 15,000 coin prize, while the top 15 percent get a free bet ticket and a 5,000 cash prize. The rules may change in subsequent tournaments, but either way, these appear to be a fun and easy way to load up on the currency and items.
4. Make Your Fighter Balanced
Early on in your boxer’s career, you might be thinking of training him exclusively in the strength department so you can score more knockouts. That may tide you over in the early to intermediate career matches, but as you progress forward and take on tougher opponents in your career, it becomes more important than ever to make your fighter as well-rounded as possible. If you focus too much on strength, your fighter will get gassed and outpunched easily if you can’t score the early KO. Prioritizing speed and neglecting the other two stats will make your fighter a weak-hitting, quick-tiring sort. And making your fighter too much of a “tank” by putting stamina at a premium means he likely won’t be any good on the offensive end. Balance is the key here, especially when your opponents get tougher!
5. About The Arcade Mode
One interesting feature of Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao is the arcade mode, where you’re given a choice of two games – Cyber Shock, and Miami Beach. These are actually mini-games fashioned like actual arcade games, and in the first one, you’ll be going through a gauntlet of different fighters, one after the other, lasting as long as you could with the health that you have. The more opponents you beat, the more coins you can earn. For the latter game, you’ll also be fighting one opponent after the other, but your ultimate goal here is to defeat the “Evil Clown” three times, while taking out his henchmen along the way. Hit the blue button on the left to activate a certain item and give yourself an extra edge, though you can also choose not to hit it, and convert these chances to hit the blue button into tokens for the slot machine. Playing the slots after Miami Beach gives you a chance to win more freebies, which would usually be a nominal amount of coins, but may also include some rare and helpful items.
6. Should You Buy The Customizations?
Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao allows you to customize your fighter’s appearance, allowing you to change his hairdo, add some facial hair, add some tattoos, or change his ring gear. Although it may seem as if they don’t do anything as far as stats go, and are only there for aesthetic purposes, a closer look will reveal that they do add to your fighter’s stats, as indicated next to the customization item. That said, you probably won’t see the changes reflect when you go to the gym to check your fighter’s stats, and you may ultimately be better off manually training him or playing the training mini-games than splurging on customizations.
7. Some Slightly More Advanced Fighting Tips
In our list of beginner tips and tricks, we discussed some do’s and don’ts in the ring – by now, you should be aware that punching too frequently and recklessly drains your power, and leaves you too vulnerable to an opponent’s strikes. Building on this tip, the best way to deal with the tougher fighters is to prioritize defense – this is just our personal preference, but the bottom line here is that you should make sure to block, dodge, and clinch whenever the situation warrants it. You don’t want to leave yourself open to an opponent’s attacks, as they can easily string together combos when they see you’re not doing anything to defend yourself. Don’t overdo the counter-punch either, as it’s oftentimes harder to land than a regular punch.
That said, you shouldn’t neglect your offense either – once again calling back to one of our beginner tips, rounds are scored based on the number of, and percentage of hits you land on your opponent. Being too defensive will put you behind on the scorecard, and the last thing you want is to play catch-up in the final round, trying in vain for the knockout that never comes.
Should you lose to an opponent in quick fight, you have an option to take them on in a rematch. Don’t let that one loss affect you – take note of what you did wrong, and take mental notes of the style used by your opponent, as well as his strengths and weaknesses, which are often evident before the fight when looking at both of your stats. Adjust your gameplan in the rematch, because take note – there don’t seem to be consolation prizes for losing a fight!
8. The Art Of The Combo
This game has a six-punch combo system that allows you to recover stamina if you’re able to string six straight punches together – that’s left and right, one after the other, waiting until the previous punch lands before throwing another. We have to say this is one of the trickiest parts of the game, but it can be achieved with practice; just try not to combo too much when you’re up against tougher opponents, as that’s just too risky a proposition.
What you should be wary of is opponents stringing combos together. You don’t want your opponents to get “in the zone,” and if your blocks aren’t preventing them from chaining their punches together, try dodging. Likewise, go for a block if your dodges aren’t enough to make your opponents connect with air.
9. It’s All About The Grind
Last, but not the least, the best thing you can do to ensure yourself of success in Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao, regardless of how far you are in the game, is to grind it out. Should you need some quick currency, you can always replay tournaments you’ve already completed, and dominate them even more convincingly now that your fighter has become much stronger across the board. And while it may not be as effective, you can also take part in quick fights against AI opponents, or replay the arcade games. It’s true that you’ll need a lot of resources, not the least of these being your common and premium currency, to improve your fighter, but if you’re patient enough in grinding, you might not realize it once the scrub of a fighter you started with finally gets a chance to fight Manny Pacquiao, at least in the in-game world of Real Boxing.
There you have it! These would be our advanced tips and tricks for Vivid Games’ mobile title, Real Boxing: Manny Pacquiao. In case you know additional hints for the game, feel free to let us know in the comment section!