Are your fingers tingling for war but you don’t want to go far from the comfort of your couch? Tribal Mania is the latest game in the tower defense category which will fulfill all your passion for fighting all the while you go no farther than the screen of your smartphone. Tribal Mania has been developed and published by the gaming powerhouse Lamba Inc. The 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. Tribal Mania has been very successful on the App Store with great customer reviews and the developers of the game take these user comments very seriously with regular updates coming through to add new features according to user suggestions. The most recent such update occurred on the 6th of January 2017 which shows the dedication of Lamba Inc towards Tribal Mania.
Tribal Mania is similar in its basic essence to many other popular tower defense strategy games like Clash Royale. The main objective is to destroy all the enemy buildings and claim victory for your tribe before they get to you first. Tribal Mania introduces this concept through a Middle Eastern style of characters and gameplay which is very reminiscent of popular classics like Stronghold Crusader and The Age of Empires series. You are the chief of your tribe and you have an army at your command which consists of both ranged and melee units and it is up to you to decide how to structure your army and rally your troops for the strongest attack combo possible.
Tribal Mania might appear as a childish game with cartoonish graphics and characters at first sight but once you have played it long enough you will begin to realize that there is much more thinking required on your part as a tribal chieftain than you originally cared for. Needless to say after advancing to the higher levels you will definitely feel a need for the guidance you received through the in-game help at the starting levels. You need not worry though as this guide is tailored to help you in every time of distress as well as provide you additional tips and tricks to aid you in your journey towards becoming the ultimate war chief in the land.
1. Water Is Your Top Priority
In Tribal Mania, your ability to place different kinds of troops on the battlefield depends upon the amount of water that you have in your water supply. The water supply is shown in the bottom right corner of the screen and every time you put a troop on the field, you will see the amount of water drop by a certain amount. This is the water requirement for the troops and it derives its reasoning from the fact that you are a tribal lord in the middle east where the land is mostly desert and therefore water is the most important resource for the survival of you and your tribe.
As you might have noticed, the weakest troops which are the archers take up the least amount of water from your reserve and you can deploy multiple batches of archers without having to worry about depleting your water supply. However, when you deploy a single hammerhead, you will see a significant drop from your water supply and that is because this is a much stronger unit and therefore needs a lot more water to survive. The game will begin to warn you when you are about to reach the end of your water supply and at this stage you should either slow down the deployment of your troops on to the battlefield or change the arrangement of the troops being deployed to a less water consuming alternative.
Take care to never let your water supply completely finish because if this happens, your troops will begin to die of thirst midway while they are covering the distance to the enemy strongholds and this will result in a much smaller army arriving at the stronghold than you sent from your tribal center. Not only will this mean certain defeat for you it may also give the enemy tribe to send a revenge attack on you which you will not be able to cope with due to your water situation. Therefore always remember to keep a track of how much water you have left in your reserves as well as the consumption of each troop and plan the deployment of your troops accordingly to avoid any regrettable situations.
2. The Race Against Time
Tribal Mania 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 tribe. 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 water reserves, the best strategy would be to deploy as many hammerheads 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 water, the best course of action to take would be to deploy many archers and butchers as they require much less water and will be effective in large numbers against even the most impenetrable stronghold.
3. Selecting The Right Warriors
This is another very important decision that you have to make as a tribal leader in Tribal Mania because the outcome of any battle ultimately depends on your initial choice of troops and how you manage to mold yourself according to the flow of battle. At the start of any battle against an enemy stronghold, you will have to place three types of troops on to the battlefield. The starting types of troops are divided into melee and ranged troops and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Your water supply will be full at this time so you can choose to either place your strongest warrior on to the field or bring a slow but sure siege to the gates of your enemy. This is no easy choice because you will have to factor in all the variables that can come into play which include the water consumption of the troops that you intend to deploy, the number and size of enemy towers and the total life of the central enemy stronghold. After making an accurate assessment based on these factors you should be able to make an informed decision on whether to deploy melee or ranged troops or a mixture of both as well as the types of troops that would prove to be advantageous for your army.
The Melee warriors of your tribe are divided into the butchers and the hammerheads with butchers being the weaker of the two. Butchers are a basic troop type and can be deployed very quickly with a very short water consumption quota. They have decent damage but have very low defense which makes them an expensive investment if deployed in very large numbers. The hammerheads do heavy damage to enemy structures and are visibly much larger as compared to any other warriors of your tribe. This super strength comes at the price of a high water consumption and slow movement speed. Therefore the best strategy is to send a wave of archers, followed by two waves of butchers and then a hammerhead. This allows the enemy to be occupied with expendable troops while the slow but strong hammerheads make their way across the battlefield and lay waste to your enemies!