Despite what its title might suggest, Call of Duty: Heroes is no first-person shooter. Instead, Faceroll Games and Activision decided to take one of the most well-known brands in video games and turn it into something akin to Clash of Clans, but with just enough callbacks to its source material that it’s actually not a stretch to label it a Call of Duty game.
And the result is … not too bad, to be honest. As long as you keep your base’s defenses up to snuff, continue to collect and manage your resources wisely and use your head when you send your troops on the attack, you’ll be able to prove yourself a worthy commander before too long. We can help flatten the learning curve too, the same way Price’s helicopter gunship flattens enemy buildings. Just follow along with Gamezebo’s Call of Duty: Heroes Tips, Cheats and Strategies to learn how to lead your forces to victory.
- You’ve got three resources to manage: gold, oil and (later in the game), diamonds. Everything else you build or upgrade will require one of these resources, and while you can and should build miners and oil pumps to increase your stockpiles when not logged in, the easiest way to get more is to attack other players’ bases or complete the single-player campaign missions.
- The Command Center is your most important building, allowing other structures, units and even game modes to be unlocked. It even increases the limits for how much gold and oil your base can store. You should always be looking to upgrade it whenever possible.
- Any new construction or upgrade requires a Builder, which kind of looks like the thing Ripley used to dispose of the queen at the end of Aliens. You start the game with only one, meaning you can only tackle one construction project at a time. You can buy more with Celerium, the game’s premium currency, and you may want to consider investing in at least one more so you can have one tied up with tasks that take hours while the other focuses on projects with shorter build times.
- When planning defenses, redundancy is key. The game only lets you build so many of each type of defense, and you ideally want them to cover either as much overall ground as possible so that enemies need to attack in force from every side, or concentrate them on protecting your most important buildings with overlapping firing arcs. You can see the exact area each kind of turret and gun can cover simply by tapping on it.
- You’re never going to be able to construct enough Barrier sections to fence everything in, so don’t even bother trying. Instead, use them to surround your most important structures: the Command Center, for sure, and resource depots if possible. Your goal is to make those places harder for attackers to get to and give your defenses for time to whittle away at opposing troops.
- Once your Command Center is upgraded to Level 4, you’ll gain the option of erecting the Heroes’ Post. This allows you to assign Heroes to help defend your base, though that also means they won’t be available to aid in your attacks. Nevertheless, you should build this as soon as you can, and if you find yourself using one Hero more than the others on offense, you should assign one you don’t use as much to the Heroes’ Post.
- As with most games of this variety, you have a shield that protects you from attacks by other players when you first start the game. It’s tempting to jump right into PvP, but your first attack on another human base will cancel your shield. It’s smart to at least think about holding off until your initial shield time expires before picking fights with other players.
- Similarly, every time you lose a defense, your shield against PvP attacks reactivates for a period of time to allow you to recover from what you lost. Though there’s an option to retaliate against the player who defeated you, it’s advisable to use your shield time to build your stockpiles back up and possibly research troop improvements. That way, when you go looking for revenge, you’ll have a better chace of getting it.
- Get to know what your units are good at taking out. For example, Juggernauts are experts at taking out Turrets, while Assault troops will get torn apart by automated guns. When you launch your attack, the idea is to drop units in only when they have a clear shot at what they can most easily defeat. One unit type can clear the way for others, as in Juggernauts destroying a turret, allowing Special Ops troops to blow up a wall, finally letting Assault troops go after buildings. Dropping units in before they have a clear path to what you want them to attack is simply a waste.
- Even once you have the “match-ups” you want, it still is best to make sure you have numerical superiority. Using the Juggernauts as an example again, they’re good against turrets, but they’re still going to lose a 1-on-1 or even 2-on-1 battle with a Sentry Gun. But if you drop four Juggernauts nearby? That’s going to get the job done.
- Take full advantage of your Heroes’ special abilities and the option to control where they move during an attack. Sending a Hero to the right place at the right time can instantly turn the tide in your favor, and the special abilities pretty much speak for themselves.
- Call of Duty: Heroes does what many mobile games do and rewards you for logging in daily, bumping up the amount of goodies a little more for five consecutive days, but it also gives out five different freebies on increasingly long cooldown timers. The final one is Celerium, and you don’t want to miss out on that, so be sure to check back on the game five times a day if at all possible and maximize what you get for free.