I have been playing this game for about a week and an a half now, and I found while I enjoyed playing the game, I could have done things better. Since there is no real “do over” with the game, and I don’t have a game console – I don’t have much else to do about any mistakes I made. However, I can give advise for those that might want to play and what they can do. Now, this game is available on the popular game consoles, iOS and Android. I have been using the Android version which should be relatively similar to iOS. So, for those that will be starting out, here are my tips.
- Save coins, and Energy charges
- Focus on the top.
- Have a Super 3
- If you buy – go high
Coins, and Energy Charges
When you fight in a match, you will loose between 1 and 3 energy blocks. All characters have 10 no matter what. You will get energy charges in defeating certain challenges, and logging on the game frequently. Save them. In addition, you will win coins – and while 300 (on the first level) may sound like a lot, once you start making purchases with those coins, that 300 means nothing. Therefore, save everything. If you refuse to purchase in app, then you will have many days ahead of you to get anything worthwhile.
Use the energy charges for when you are in mid challenge. If you leave a challenge in mid term, you will have to start over. Why would you leave in mid challenge? Maybe you realize your character may need an extra oomph, and you will have to fight in less demanding challenges to earn the coin to fight on. If you leave then, you will have to start over. In the last board, expect to go through about 3 matches before you have to wait, or before you have to use your energy charges.
Focus on the Top
When I started out, I was given free characters, and the first thing I did was use the coins I earned to max them out. Once they hit 5th level, I maxed out the powers again. These free characters are Bronze, or Silvers. Here’s the thing. In the last two boards, only Elite 5 Silvers can be good enough of cannon fodder to the challenges at hand. To make an elite 5 character maxed out on the first and second powers can cost about 400,000 coins. This of course does not include the time that you have to invest in making that character worth working up to where he can be cannon fodder. A gold standard character while able to compete with that 400,000 coin character with levels equal, that Silver character can’t go higher in power with exception of level increases which takes longer and longer as the character progresses.
Now, a gold standard character will cost at least 150,000 coins. Needless to say, that character still has to be invested in, but this is expected. However, if you built that Silver character to his Elite 5 status, you could have put that same coinage with a comparably loaded Elite 1 Gold Character. Trust me, with more than a dozen characters I care nothing about, but well complimented, I know. Decide on a character you feel you will do well with, and make sure you get the gold of that one. If he doesn’t come in gold, find something better. The two most popular DC comic characters (Batman and Superman) are actually only in Gold Standard.
Have a Super 3
Every match requires a team of 3 characters. With this in mind, you will at one time get to the last level (sets of boards) of the game. At this point, Bronze and Silver characters that are just standard will get taken out in a couple of hits. Gold characters will last longer, but not much. Since gold is the highest standard, your Super 3 will need to be invested in a great deal in order to make it through the end. Let’s assume that you get 3 Supermans (slightly different) – each costing 220,000 coins. These 3 will cost 660,000 coins. Each Elite Status will require purchasing these characters again. To make for a good challenge and not you being slaughtered, these characters will need to be an Elite 3 at the last level. This alone will cost about 2.6 Million coins. There are other options, but I will go into that in a moment. Even at Elite status, this makes their hits powerful – but you will need your super powers too. To put it plainly – if you want to max the super powers, which may likely have to be done by the end (I hadn’t made it there), that is another 90,000 coins for each character. Throw in the fact you will have to spend about 25,000 coins for the Superman’s abilities (applies to all), this is what will seem like an enormous investment.
While Silver and Bronze can be fully loaded at the cost of one good Gold Character base, they will be taken out in a few hits at the last level, and therefore all of those coins you spent on that character would mean nothing. This does not mean they do not have a purpose. When you’re confident that your Super Character can beat a match, you can throw the bronze and silver characters you likely got for free in game as filler characters. Keep in mind you must have 3 per match. Put these filler character first and second to take a little beating, allow your character to build his power capability. When they are gone – you should have at least one available to you. You need these power cells active to invoke your characters super powers. The highest one isn’t always the best, but immune from blocking. By breaking your trio up, you can go through more boards allowing your previously used characters to build a little energy back. If not enough, you should be able to take a 10 minute break before jumping in the next match, or maybe about an hour to be fully energized.
However, when those real tough boards come in, you will be happy to have your super trio of characters. So, now if just being a Gold character doesn’t do it, what do you need to do? Well, each one of your characters should be at least an Elite 3. However, if you can go higher – do so. The maximum is an Elite 5. To make an Elite status character, you will need to purchase your character additional times. Each additional time will promote that character which you will do by tapping on the character’s stat card, and following the button to upgrade. In addition, all of your powers should be fully upgraded. Most gold characters, this is a cost of 1,000 coins per block in the first power, 3,000 coins in the second power, and 5,000 coins per block in the third power. This is a total of 90,000 coins for each of your Super 3.
Now obviously – a few million coins are a heavy investment. There are two ways (at least on Android as of 2014-02-05) that you can have some savings. These are booster packs. The first Booster Pack is the Man of Steel Pack. This includes the Man of Steel version of Superman, and General Zod. This Booster Package is 330,000 coins which is a significant savings over 440,000 coins to buy individually. You will have to pay for two sets of abilities, but this is a savings in the first purchase alone. The second Booster Package is the Red Son Booster Pack. These are exclusive to the Package, and has what will be former Soviet Union versions of Solomon Gundy, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is an average of 135,000 coins per character which is a significant savings as long as you would be happy with the characters.
Another option if you are not sure what Gold Characters you would want is to get the daily Gold Special which is 75,000 coins. Now, it is possible to get that same character again by purchasing the random pack option, but I wouldn’t bet my coins on it. While building the Super 3, keep them within a few levels of each other. Also, while it will be costly in coins to upgrade all of the characters’ elite status, build them at least to Elite 2 before focusing on any of them. If you used a booster pack, continue to do so. You are wasting coins otherwise.
If you decide to use your Google Play funds, Wallet, or a credit card tied to your account, don’t buy low. Especially if you decide to take every other piece of advise, this will be important. The largest package is 1,500,000 coins for $100USD. If you are buying because you are frustrated in waiting, then this is your only real option (unless it is simply beyond your budget). This package will cost you less than .066¢ per coin. However, 12,000 coins will cost you $2.00 which is about .15¢ (yes – both are fractions of a cent). However, you will spend $250 if you were to match the same bulk of just simply buying a 1.5 Million treasury. Assuming each Gold Standard character will cost $175,000 – each Gold Standard character to fully upgrade him to the pinnacle of the game character will cost 1.165 Million coins. Yes, this can be possible to just earn, but it will take a very long time.
If you do have to buy lower, do not buy less the Bruce Wayne’s Vault. This will give you $192,000 coins, and can be a respectable amount when trying to upgrade Gold Characters. As for buying the coins, this is an in app purchase which will use your Google Play funds – then your Wallet, then any credit card on file. However, Google will only process one payment. If you have Google Play funds, but not enough, I will suggest you add an appropriate amount to the Google Play to reduce the actual cash you paid into a purchase.
The game is available for Microsoft XBox, Sony Play Station, Android, and iOS. You can find it through the links below.
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wb.goog.injustice
- iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/injustice-gods-among-us/id575658129?mt=8
- Play Station: http://us.playstation.com/games/injustice-gods-among-us-ps3.html
- XBox: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Injustice-Gods-Among-Us/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80257520829