War Tortoise 2 is a unique idle exploration shooter where you take heed of a mighty war tortoise, and fight your way through thousands of waves of enemies to conquer facilities and ultimately bring back humanity. One of my favorite games, I have multiple tips and pointers for anyone just starting out.
What to expect from War Tortoise 2
A quick note but a necessary one, considering this game will be unlike any you have played before. The game is best described as a constant bombardment of enemy waves that you must fight off. Ten waves complete a level, and each level you fend off further develops your goals. The levels you complete almost act as a currency, as it takes a certain amount of levels to arrive at a destination, and a certain amount of levels to develop already conquered lands. You will want to be doing both, but considering the waves, let alone levels as a whole, get slightly more difficult each time, you must plan accordingly, as there will be a point where the enemies are too strong for you, and your tortoise will fall.
Upon death, the next generation will be born, far superior to their predecessor, allowing you to last longer and explore and develop further than ever before. The game will see you traveling to new locations and defeating waves to upgrade them, further benefiting from their facilities. You will unlock more and more allies to fight alongside you, generating a mini traveling army. With this base understanding, the game will come much more naturally to you.
How to manage your time
War Tortoise 2 has many different ways to play and progress. I have divided them into four main game points, which you can tackle as you see fit!
Conquering: Conquering is when you travel to a new site to take it from the enemy (a huge assortment of critters and creatures, mice, spiders… boars?!). These will usually require long journeys, so an efficient network of roads is needed to prevent conquering from becoming a slog. Arriving in new lands is always fun, and is the primary way to actually accomplish the objective – to reach the four superlabs to save humanity. You needn’t conquer every location, you may not see fit to conquer every facility to enhance your gameplay, and the game doesn’t punish you for it either.
Developing: Developing is when you decide to hunker down in a location and fight loads of levels mercilessly to upgrade it, providing instant and long-term benefits. I would strongly advise upgrading your lumber yards. Wood is needed to build facilities upon the few empty locations, roads, and outposts to give you extra firepower. Wood is vital for a more time-efficient playthrough. Laboratories are good too, producing DNA to purchase permanent upgrades for your tortoise and allies. Naturally, I would recommend developing at least every location once unless you have an abundance of one facility and won’t benefit greatly from sitting through another 20 levels for a minor benefit. There are a plethora of location types to upgrade, so it is up to you to decide which ones and the extent to which they get upgraded. You won’t be punished for not upgrading everything, but it certainly helps!
Exploring: Exploring is activated upon entering specific locations, and is really fun. It sees you, first-person-shooter style, explore a field without your war tortoise or allies, to fight enemies head-on, and score great gear. With the same wave-style progression, this refreshing, unique, and rewarding mini-game of sorts is perfect to enhance your war tortoise and have a bit of fun. You could spend all your time here if you wanted, it’s practically a game in itself.
Fishing: Fishing is activated upon entering specific locations, and is quite the shift of pace. You may expect fishing to be fun and relaxing, but in my experience, it has been a frustrating feat of fish warfare. But that may be just my personal aversion to fishing games. If fishing is up to your alley, then the game has provided another, calmer, way to play and progress, albeit a slower progression.
So many upgrades!
Each completed wave earns you money, as well as the frequent chests that will spawn on the battlefield. Needless to say – spend it. But with so many upgrades and so much choice, it may be difficult to know what to prioritize and focus on.
When it comes to your units, I would suggest you focus on upgrading their unit/ammo count. This adds 100% of their current DPS and provides with a spare soldier should anyone fall in combat. Each unit also has a ‘special’ upgrade, enhancing a specific feature such as critical hit chance or attack speed. These are more useful than they may seem, and should also each be upgraded when they come available. They add up and given the relentless attacking each unit will be doing, having them upgraded will have a larger effect than it appears on paper. Finally, damage. This is the staple upgrade, when this is upgraded enough, you can rank them up, significantly increasing their damage. Keep this upgrade consistently going, unless one of the other two is available.
War Tortoise 2 also contains heroes, which are special units and riders. They will level up on their own, only requiring gems, the special currency, to increase their level cap. This game is very generous with the gems so don’t horde them, rank up your favorite heroes and watch them level to extreme heights!
Despite this comprehensive coverage of the basics, there are still so many surprises to be explored and discovered! But with this base knowledge, your dive into War Tortoise 2 will be much smoother than mine was! Any other things you think newcomers should know? Put them in the comments. You can download the game on Google Play and the App Store. A fan of Foursaken Media titles? Check out my beginner’s guide for Noblemen 1896.
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