Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore is a free-to-play, action-heavy follow-up to the Galaxy on Fire franchise from Fishlabs. While the lack of any proper sort of galaxy exploration is disappointing, there’s still plenty to see and blow up. Gamezebo’s Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore tips, cheats and strategies will keep you flying, and maybe even help you get a new ship or two.

Nosedive Right In

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  • Familiarize yourself with the flight controls. The left side of the screen will move your ship, but the right side is where things get interesting. If you get used to the ins and outs of using the right side of the screen, your life will be a whole lot easier.
  • Push up to boost and pull down to brake. It’s simple, but both of these maneuvers come in very handy. Boosting can close the gap between you and a target or location needing defense, while braking allows your ship to come about (i.e. turn) much faster – handy for when you fly past an enemy.
  • Push left or right to roll. Rolling is useful because it will help you to avoid taking damage. You can’t shoot while rolling, however, so keep that in mind.

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  • Point and shoot. Shooting is automatic, so instead of worrying about pressing any fire buttons you can just focus on lining up your targets. Keep the reticule inside the targeting indicator (it will automatically adjust for movement and distance) and watch the lasers or whatever other ordinance you’re using fly.
  • Switching weapons helps. Some enemies, namely bosses, have particular weaknesses such as laser or plasma weapons that you can exploit. If you have more than one weapon equipped on your ship, switch between them using the button located in the bottom-left portion of the screen.

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  • Keep an eye out for Informants. You’ll know when an Informant appears during a mission due to their unique targeting indicator (a red and yellow circle). Informants are usually tougher to take down than average enemies, but if you defeat them you’ll earn important data that can lead you to the next boss.
  • If you fail a mission, you won’t be able to replay it. At least not that specific one. If you really, really want whatever it is for finishing a specific mission, consider using revives (which are limited) rather than quitting back to the galaxy map.

This One Goes Here, That One Goes There

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  • Upgrade your ship when you can. As you complete missions you’ll earn things like blueprints and money. Use this stuff to improve your ship as you go along, because the stronger your ship is the better your chances during tougher missions. Also some bosses just aren’t worth fighting until your overall numbers are closer to matching theirs.
  • Build new stuff. Finding blueprints for the first time will unlock the option to build whatever ship or weapon they might be fore. You’ll still need the appropriate parts (earned as drops while on a mission) to be able to build them, though.

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  • Pay attention to mission rewards. If you’re looking for something specific, such as more experience or money or whatever, you can see what you’ll be able to earn for completing a mission before you accept it. More difficult missions have better rewards, naturally.
  • Bring some friends. You’ll randomly be assigned two wingmen at the start of a new mission, but you can also play with your Game Center friends if you prefer. Just tap the X next to the chosen wingmen to dismiss them, then choose a friend from the list in the center of the screen. Be mindful that there is a cooldown after you use a particular friend, so maybe save the more powerful ones for tougher missions.

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