Friday, July 6, 2012

Outwitters Strategy Guide


I'm always getting my rear end handed to me in the Outwitters iOS turn-based-strategy game. Good thing the developers of the game, One Man Left Studios, provided some helpful tips to help noobs like me get up to speed on strategy.

Tips For New Players
  • Complete the tutorial to learn the basics.
  • You don't have to use all of your Wits on every turn. Saving up for a decisive strike can turn the tides in your favor.
  • Don't play too aggressively. Only launch an attack if you have the capabilities to take the counter-attack which will surely follow.
  • All units have their purpose. Learn how to use them. Don't rely on a select few, balance is key.
  • Familiarize yourself with all Special Units to understand their role on the field. They are quite expensive and wasting one can easily spell your doom.
  • Keep expensive units like Snipers and Heavies alive as long as possible by using a Medic.
  • Keeping general track of your opponents movement and units will give you an idea of what is possible for them and what is waiting in the Fog of War for you. They have similar resources as you have.
  • You cannot move or see through enemy units and vice versa. It can be handy to form walls with your units on specific maps to prevent your opponent from running or looking past your defenses.
  • Your units can indeed move backwards. Taking a Soldier or Heavy back to heal it with a Medic might be advantageous to the alternative of building a new one and take 3 turns to move it across the map.
  • Sacrificing a Runner to see what your opponent is setting up can be quite helpful to plan your defense.
  • You can win a game by destroying all units and blocking all spawn points.
  • Don't underestimate the Medic. 1 Wit to buff a unit can really make a difference, especially with Runners and Snipers.
  • Learn from your losses by watching replays and keep at it. The Fog of War is removed in the replay of a finished game, so you can watch your opponent set up his strategy.
  • Experiment and be creative to find your own style.
  • Play a few Pass'n'Play games against yourself and familiarize yourself with mechanics like 'line of sight' and 'movement range' with barricades and pits. This can also help you understand the special units (Bombshell, Mobi, Scrambler).
  • The starting army of your opponent is always mirror-inverted to your own. This allows you to anticipate what lies in the Fog of War to a certain extent.
  • If you can not stop an attack from your opponent, you can force him to spend his Wits somewhere else to buy you some time to gather Wits or rearrange your units.
  • Your base has 5 HP which are a manageable asset just like anything else. Letting someone pummel you with a Runner for a turn or two while you press a strategic advantage is often a good idea. Don't over-react to having your base lose points.
{source: onemanleft.com}

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