If you haven’t heard of Supercell, you’ve probably been living under a rock or don’t have any connection to the gaming world for mobile smartphone users.
They went from relative obscurity to dominating the mobile gaming landscape in just a few years with 3 rock solid games to choose from. Their most popular title right now is probably Clash of Clans. Ah, I thought that would jog something. Yes, Supercell is the developer group behind that. Another one of their popular tactical games is Boom Beach. However, up until now, however, Supercell has not released Boom Beach for PC, confirming their strategy to stay on the mobile market and not providing a platform for computer users to play their super popular strategy and combat game.
That is why I’ve written this guide, where I will outline all of your options and strategies for playing Boom Beach on any device you’d like, even when you want to switch from iOS or Android to your desktop.
This, I believe, is the next true breakthrough in our computing lives. To integrate our mobile and non-mobile lives so that we can seamlessly transition from one to another and not have to fight incompatibilities and apps not syncing from one to the other. After all, for most of us, our home or laptop computers are capable of so much more than our phones or tablets are; and they usually have larger screens, and more options for interfacing than just tapping and swiping. For these reasons (and for the sake of variety as well), it’s not uncommon for us to wish we could play one of our many mobile-only apps or games from the superior hardware we have at our fingertips.
Apple has been much more progressive with this technology, implementing a lot of features from their mobile iPhone to their computers and syncing everything through the iCloud. Particularly later editions of OSX, which have implemented the wonderful “Hand-off” feature which allows you to work on a Pages document, or add to your notes, in one device, and resume working on it on another, without having to email it to yourself or port it over some other way. However, Hand-off only works with Mac’s own apps—Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc. Most apps and games (at least the popular ones), however, are third party. So, we must wait and be patient until an overarching solution to this problem exists.
Until then, you can follow the guide below and get a near perfect option for playing Boom Beach on your computer and making use of the better processor and graphics card and the larger screen size.
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Features of Boom Beach For PC
The super popular Boom Beach game is developed by Supercell, the creators of Clash of Clans and Hay Day. Supercell’s first release was Clash of Clans, which has topped many charts, made the company hundreds of millions of dollars, and has been widely praised as the best mobile game of all time.
Pretty good for the first release. They followed it up with the game Hay Day, which has a similar feel to FarmVille and competes with that audience. Then, their most recent release was Boom Beach, a strategy game that incorporates settling islands, defending your shores, and invading your competitors’ island in a style of gameplay that evokes the D-Day Normandy invasion, yet manages to keep up that tongue-in-cheek humor and disarming cartoonishness that has been so distinctive (and popular) for Clash of Clans.
As expected, Boom Beach has been incredibly popular and has solidified Supercell in the giants of mobile gaming. It was originally soft released in November of 2013 with a subsequent worldwide release in March of 2014. It is available now for both iOS and Android, so if you have either of the most popular mobile platforms, you can play it. However, it still isn’t out on the also-ran the Windows Phone (though there are a number of deceptively named imitators), which doesn’t speak well for the longevity of that device.
Best of all, it’s completely free but does include in app purchases if you want to make the whole gaming experience go a bit quicker and get more advanced in your gaming without putting in all of the necessary time involved. But even without paid enhancements, Supercell is regularly releasing new updates for the game, such as new enemies (much has been made of the new baddy “Gearheart”) and new functions (such as being able to save multiple base layouts—no more having to rebuild the wheel every time you set up a new base!)
The basic concept is that you’re on a tropical archipelago and you need to defend your island along with attacking other islands where your enemies have a base. If you’ve played Clash of Clans, then you will notice that the gameplay is similar and the attacking and defense is similar to CoC so it won’t be too much of a learning curve to get up to speed. Even if you haven’t played Clash of Clans, Supercell games do a pretty good job of helping you get competitive quickly. And what they overlook in their tutorials and walkthroughs, you can rest assured we will eventually cover here on Appamatix.
Meanwhile, it’s not just you on these islands. You can also play against the Blackguard, which is the main enemy and has Lt. Hammerman, which you have to defeat through playing the game.
Download Boom Beach For PC
Now, let’s get into the main meat of this article, showing you how to get Boom Beach for Windows so that you can play at home and can enjoy the big screen and awesome graphics card that is in your computer. There are a few things to keep in mind when first setting everything up that will be necessary down the road.
TIP: You will need a Google Play account for this method to work properly. The reason is because the method below employs an Android emulator which is basically something that mimics the Android operating system on your PC. That means, you will need to login to your Google Play account and sync your account so that you can find and download Boom Beach onto the emulator.
To get this to work if you don’t already have an Android Google Play account you will need to find someone with an Android device. This is because when you first sign up for Google Play, Google will try to verify you have a device or else they won’t let you download the apps. If you don’t have an Android, borrow a friends and ask to just sign into your Google Play account so you can finish registering it. After doing that once, you will be able to just sign in normally on the emulator and not have to worry about it any more.
An Android emulator is the primary way you will want to get access to your Boom Beach game and be able to play. There are a bunch of options out there, from Andyroid to BlueStacks to Manymo. They are all good options for emulators but I will primarily focus on Andyroid as it’s my favorite and has had the least amount of bugs when trying to play Boom Beach. You’re welcome to try them all and see what you think of the various options. Follow these steps to get to playing in about 10 minutes.
- First, head over to Andyroid, or your desired Android emulator site and download the emulator onto your computer.
- Follow the instructions so that you can go through and install the emulator onto your PC. It may ask you for permissions, just say yes to them and click through until you’re finished.
- Now, make sure you sign in to your Google Play account so that you can sync your account with the emulator. It may again ask you for permissions, so just click through and say ok.
- After you’re finished, you will notice that it will look similar to a regular Android tablet that has been opened right from the factory settings and is very basic. This is a good sign. Basically, a portion of your computer now thinks it’s a brand new Android phone. Click on the Google Play icon, the white bag with the Google Play symbol.
- From there, search for Boom Beach and click install next to it. This will install the game onto your computer’s emulator.
- Head back to your home page on the emulator and find Boom Beach, double click and start playing it right away.
TIP: There are a few things to keep in mind here. You will want to make sure your graphics card driver is up to date because sometimes if they are not up to date you will notice an error message that the graphics card is not supported or there is some incompatibility. After all, these games are designed for Android hardware—developers have some very specific stats that they’re expecting to be present in the device’s they’re building for. If your computer doesn’t meet those stats (since there tends to be more variation from computer to computer than there is from phone to phone) then you may run into problems. Just update the driver, though, and you should be fine
Boom Beach for Mac
If you have a Mac and are thinking to yourself, why do people with Windows have so much fun? Fear not, there are options to get Boom Beach onto your Mac as well as PC but it takes a bit more work and software.
You may have to pay a bit for these options but ultimately they are worth it to have this awesome game on your Mac. Note, this works for any Mac that you have, from Macbook Pro, to iMac.
There are a few options out there that I will discuss below and give my suggestion on the best and easiest one. Feel free to try several and report back to us on what works best for you and if you find there are any issues.
Boom Beach for Mac with Manymo
The first thing I’d suggest trying is Manymo, which is an online Android emulator. The great thing about Manymo is that it is all online so you don’t have to worry about software not being compatible on your Mac and you don’t need to download anything. All you have to do is make sure you login to your Google Play account and download the apk file for Boom Beach onto your desktop and from there you will be able to load the app into the online emulator.
Just go and sign up for Manymo and upload the game and start playing immediately. One great option is that you can do this anywhere and on any computer since you don’t need to download an Android emulator for it to work.
There are a few downsides, one is that you will have to pay for this option if you want to use it regularly. The other is that you will loose your work or game after quitting out of the online emulator. They don’t save the emulators so it gets completely wiped after each use.
Boom Beach for Mac with Bootcamp
The second option I’d suggest is using Bootcamp, which is a built in app on every Mac that will allow you to install and run Windows on your Mac. Basically, open up Bootcamp and make sure you have a working copy of Windows on a USB stick, disk, or a dmg file. From there, install Windows and follow the steps above to get Andyroid working on your Mac.
This will take up more processor speed and RAM as compared to Manymo because it is running OS X as well as Windows at the same time, which takes up a lot of memory. However, if you have a fast computer, you shouldn’t notice a big difference in the speed and you will be able to play and save your game, etc.
That wraps up this guide detailing how to download and play Boom Beach for PC and alternatives if you have a Mac. Let us know below if you have any comments, whether this worked or not. Also, we would appreciate it if you shared this post on Facebook or Twitter so your friends can enjoy Boom Beach as well.