Boom! Tanks Walkthrough, Cheats and Strategy Guide

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By Derek C. Tillotson | Sep 17, 2013 |

Game Introduction - Boom! Tanks

Boom! Tanks is a single-player tank battle game created by Codemasters. In it, you’ll purchase tanks and challenge enemies to one-on-one tank battles. 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

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Getting Started

  • Boom! Tanks is free-to-play, and can be downloaded by clicking the “Play Now!” option at the top of this page.
  • When you first start the game, you’ll be dropped into a brief tutorial mode. This session teaches you the basics of the gameplay.
  • After the introductory battle, you’ll be given the chance to purchase your first tank and learn a bit about the various customization options and gameplay modes.

On the Battlefield

  • All of Boom! Tanks’ gameplay comes in the form of one-on-one battles. Unlike other tank games, there’s no way to control how your tank moves, so the entirety of the battles revolve around firing your weapon. Battles occur in two phases: aiming and firing.

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  • The aiming phase is both quick and simple, but it can greatly affect how you approach the rest of the fight. When the battle begins, there’s a brief cutscene of the two tanks driving in. This is followed by an aiming reticule. During this phase, you simply slide the reticule over the enemy tank and hold it there until the meter at the top of the screen fills completely. If the bar is completely filled before the timer expires, you’ll be credited with perfect aim. If not, you’ll be penalized with reduced damage.

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  • Once the aiming phase is complete, you’ll enter the firing phase. Your type of tank will determine how you approach the battle, but the general gameplay is consistent. The ammunition will load into the gun and a marker will move across the firing bar. Tap the screen as the marker is in the center to do the most damage. Both the player and enemy tank will fire their shots, trying to deplete the other’s health meter.

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  • The firing phase changes a bit depending on your choice of tank. There are four types of tanks: Rapid Fire, Charge Shot, Balanced, and Elite. Rapid Fire tanks are less armored and do less damage, but they reload and fire much quicker than the other vehicles. Charge Shot tanks are more heavily armored, and are capable of firing quickly, but they do a huge amount of damage if you wait for their charge meter to reach 100% before firing. Balanced tanks are capable of both methods, but do neither as well as their counterparts. Elite Tanks are just like Balanced tanks, but are far more powerful and have better defenses. 

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  • After the battle is complete, post-game stats are shown and money is awarded. You’ll also be given the chance to purchase a tune-up for your tanks. Tune-ups give boosts to your vehicles, but can only be purchased with premium currency, outside of a free sample.

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The Command Center

  • When you’re not in the midst of battle, you’ll be spending most of your time navigating the menu screens. 

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  • The “My Tanks” menu is where you can go to check out your current lineup of tanks. You’re also greeted with the ability to see what percentage of upgrades you own, a brief description of the tank, and statistics based on your usage.
  • The “Arms Dealer” menu is where you’ll go to purchase new tanks. At the time of this writing, there are currently 17 tanks spread out among three classes. Your first class-one tank will be paid for by the game during the tutorial. Other tanks can be purchased using in-game cash or premium gold. Tanks outside of your current class can be purchased early using only gold, but will later become available as you complete the campaign.

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  • The “Upgrade” menu allows you to purchase new parts for the tank, which award various stat increases and penalties. When an upgrade is purchased, it takes time for it to arrive, though the wait can be bypassed by spending gold.

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  • The “Personalize” menu allows you to change the pattern and color of your tank. Many of these options are only available for premium currency, however. Certain combinations will also add a small monetary reward after battles.

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  • Finally, clicking “Next” will bring you to the map. From here, you can play in any of the game types, though the gameplay remains the same through all of them.  Some types, like Campaign and Border Defense will get harder after every match.  Search and Destroy comes with different difficulty levels with their own monetary rewards. Finally, there’s a Daily Assignment that puts you in control of a specific tank. More game types and harder missions can be opened by completing campaigns.

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Tips and Tricks

  • When selecting a mission from the map, keep an eye on the bottom right-hand corner. The “Threat” meter will give you an idea as to how difficult that match will be with your equipped tank. Generally, level one and two should be a simple win, while four and five should be avoided. Level three is winnable, but strategy and adaptation are very important.
  • Never be afraid to fire rapidly with a Charge Shot tank. If the enemy is low on health and about to take you out, a weak shot may be enough to save you.
  • Boom! Tanks has an energy system that limits how frequently you can play. Most matches use one energy, but some use two.
  • Don’t forget about stat penalties when upgrading. Many of the upgrades will slightly decrease a stat, especially aiming. If you’re already weak in an area, try to upgrade that stat before another.
  • Unless necessary, try to purchase upgrades at the end of a play session. It takes time for upgrades to arrive (sometimes 30 minutes or more). Purchasing them after you’re out of energy will result in them being there when you play next.

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