Stormfall: Rise of Balur is a multiplayer mobile strategy game that tasks you with building up armies, forming alliances with other players and battling it for control of a vast fantasy world. If that sounds like several other mobile games out for iOS and Android right now, you’re not mistaken, though Plarium released this one online a while back before it made its way to mobile.
Because of the similarities to other games of this type, there’s a good chance you’ve played something like this before. Success requires dedication, resource and timer management and some diplomacy and people skills. There are also some idiosyncracies unique to this game, which is why we (with some admitted bias) recommend you follow Gamezebo’s Stormfall: Rise of Balur Tips, Cheats and Strategies in order to have the best chance to build a prosperous kingdom.
- Do not go it alone! Seriously, no matter how much of a tough guy or girl you think you are, that’s not going to work out well for you in the long run. There’s a fair amount you can do on your own, but capturing and holding settlements and Beacons takes teamwork. The game nudges you toward joining a League, and you should. If you don’t like the first League you join, you can always leave and find another one.
- Timers are your friends. Well, not really, but after you zoom through to level 25 or 30, the time it takes to do anything increases significantly. This is actually a good thing, as it helps you manage your timers better. Save tasks that take several hours or more until you aren’t going to be actively playing anyway. When you return, they will be done.
- Troop types are important. Some troops have red sword icons, and are used to attack battlegrounds or raid other players’ castles. Troops with a green shield icon are for defending your turf or locations captured by your League. The only time you want to be using one type for the other task is in situations of extreme desperation. For instance, you might commit your offensive troops to defend your castle if you have no other choice. Just know that using the wrong troops for the wrong job is the rough equivalent of kissing them all goodbye.
- Spies deserve a section of their own. A special unit type called Silent Ones is used for spying, which allows you to scout out the defenses at another castle or settlement. Silent Ones also can defend against their own kind if sent by another player, so it’s good to have a few around even if you’re not actively raiding. Always send more than you think you’ll need; otherwise they might return with no information, defeating the purpose.
- Inactive players are like free resource nodes, particularly if they aren’t members of Leagues, meaning you’ll face very little chance of retribution. Raid them whenever you need more gold, metal or food.
- On a related note, it takes both types of units to capture and hold a settlement. You’re going to need offensive units to clear out whoever’s there, whether it be NPC troops or those owned by another player. Once you’ve taken the settlement, send some defensive troops and recall your attackers. Then buckle up, because you will get attacked at some point.
- When you are under attack, you can send your offensive troops to the Catacombs if you so desire. This renders them unable to assist with the defense (but remember, they aren’t all that helpful there anyway) but will also save them from being slaughtered by a numerically superior enemy. The game will automatically shuffle your attackers to the Catacombs for the first 10 days you play the game, but after that, you are on your own.
- You can only have one construction task going at any given time, unless you decide to shell out the considerable number of Sapphires it takes to hire more. Troop training is somewhat different, as you can have Infantry, Cavalry, Occult and Bestiary units all training at once if you have the proper buildings to do so, and you can queue more troops behind the ones currently in progress.
- Not sure what those other currencies do? Soulstones can be earned as quest rewards attacking or defending battlegrounds during specified times. Spend them in the Black Market to pick up scrolls for Lost Arts you’d otherwise have to leave to chance, or to buy boosts or Skull Runes. Speaking of those Skulls, those are used to grant bonuses in a special building called the Obelisk of Power. They unlock different bonuses or tiers in much the same way as a skill tree in a role-playing game.
- If you can’t find your fellow League members on the world map — and that might happen, as you’re likely to be spread out — just tap on the League icon on the bottom of the main screen. Then tap the Members tab, and you’ll see the ranks and locations of every member of your League.
- Keep an eye on the Quests you have active at any given time by tapping on the female head in the upper-left corner of the main screen. These can help guide you in terms of what to do next, and many of them offer cumulative rewards for things you’d be doing anyway. You have to return to the Quests tab to collect rewards; don’t forget to do that or you could be missing out on experience points, free units, and even Sapphires.
- Right below the Daily Quests icon is a scroll. That keeps track of your Daily Quests, which give you a chance to pick up some free resources and experience just by tapping a button and activating a timer. There’s no good reason not to do them, and they refresh every few hours, so make sure you do them. You get extra Daily Quests by having your Paragon status active or by joining a League. You did join a League, right?