Game Introduction – Tyrant Unleashed
Tyrant Unleashed is a collectible card game created by Kongregate. The skirmishes are quick, and the strategy is a bit lighter than some CCGs, but there’s still a fair bit worth knowing before you dive into everything. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.
Quick Start Guide
- Tyrant Unleashed is free to play, so feel free to download it now by clicking the “Play Now!” button at the top of this page.
- The game doesn’t dilly dally in getting you started. Just follow the giant flashing finger and you’ll be out of the tutorial in no time.
- Tyrant Unleashed is full of cards to collect, but it’s also full of buttons. And, of course, each is important in its own way.
- On the bottom left-hand corner of the screen are (from left to right) buttons for turning the music on and off, doing the same for the sound effects, toggling auto-play during combat (i.e. the computer places cards for you), and checking the multiplayer rankings.
- All the really important stuff is in the middle, though. Starting with:
- Deck – edit your deck of ten cards or promote your commander card or fuse a new one. Note that in order to promote your commander you’ll need a specific number of special items which will be indicated underneath their portrait. Editing is a simple matter of dragging one card out of the lineup and dragging another one in from your inventory.
- Missions – bring up a map of missions you can complete for gold and the possibility to earn a rare card. Each mission can be completed multiple times, with each successful attempt filling up a bar that will earn extra rewards every time it passes one of three stars. Once the third star has been acquired you can still replay the mission, but you won’t be able to earn the extra bonuses a second time. All missions are indicated with a “target” icon while “skulls” represent a much tougher battle, not unlike a boss fight. These, too, can be replayed to earn stars but they’re often much more difficult. Although they also tend to pay out better.
- Battle – go toe to toe with other players to earn points to boost your battle ranking and gold to boost your wallet. The battles are the same as those in the regular missions, but since players tend to be stocked with better cards than the pushover NPCs, you’ll probably have your work cut out for you.
- Upgrade – scrap the cards you don’t want for salvage, and then spend that salvage to upgrade other cards to more powerful forms. The changes vary depending on the card, so check out the bottom of the screen to see what’s highlighted in green. This can include attack or defense strength, stronger card skills, or even totally new powers. You can also tap the Fusion button on the top right of the screen to switch to the Fusion screen. This will show you what cards you need to combine in order to create more powerful cards. Note that the cards used for fusion must all be maxed out at level 3.
- Store – buy card packs using gold earned in battle or premium currency.
- Fights, whether against other players or the computer, are fairly straightforward. You’ll draw three cards at the beginning of the match, and then pick one to play. At the start of your next turn you’ll draw another card (while keeping the other two you didn’t play), and pick another card to place.
- Cards are organized in the order they’re played; so your first card is on the left, while your most recently played is on the right. All cards line up in front of your commander and take turns exchanging blows, with any cards not blocked by another card on the opposing side doing direct damage to the Commander.
- The number on the bottom left corner of the card indicates attack power, while the number on the bottom right is for health. Once a card’s health is reduced to zero, it’s destroyed and any cards sitting to its right will shuffle over to fill the gap.
- Extra abilities are displayed in the middle of the card, underneath the illustration. To see what an ability is, tap on the card once to bring up a detailed description.
- To play a card, just drag it from your hand to the play area. It will automatically take its proper position. Not all cards are activated immediately, however. The number of turns that need to pass before they can start to attack (and use other skills) is displayed as a number inside of a small circle on the top right corner of the card. If there’s no number up there, the card activates immediately.
- Card abilities include, but aren’t limited to: counterattacking when attacked; using armor to reduce damage or prevent it entirely; attacking through armor buffs; debuffing enemy cards; enhancing the attack power of friendly cards; healing friendly cards; and dealing damage to a random card in addition to the normal damage it will use against whatever is in front of it.
- Wall cards are a special case in that they’re positioned next to your commander and take damage in their place. Any card with the Wall skill will automatically be used in this manner.
- Lead with armor. If you can, of course. Armored units can easily withstand attacks from the low-end cards that tend to only have an attack of 1, and if nothing else, they’ll be a pain for your opponent to get rid of.
- Replay missions. It may take some of your energy, but you’ve got a big pool of the stuff and the extra gold you can earn from reaching each of the three stars will be worth it. As can the rare cards you might find along the way.
- Upgrade your Commander. Commander cards can earn their own handy special abilities if you enhance them, and seeing as they’ll be around for the duration of the match that’s something you want. Even the starting commander and his basic healing ability can really improve a card’s staying power.
- Upgrade everything, really. Unless you don’t have any interest in ever using a card, try to upgrade it. Simply jumping from 1 to 2 (with a maximum of 3) can make a huge difference in a card’s effectiveness.
- Buy lots of cards. Even if you get terrible pulls from the basic 100 gold packs, they can be scrapped in order to earn enough salvage to improve a much more powerful card.
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