Strategic wargames have developed a prolific following since smartphone technology became strong enough to play host to more mechanically competent titles, and one of the most prominent among the bunch is Last Empire-War Z. Our guide is filled with fruitful “hacks” and tips to boost your gameplay, such that your friends and opponents will wonder if you’re cheating. If you want to learn to step up your game and become a truly proficient Last Empire-War Z player, then read on!
After hearing about its popularity, many people approach the game with some trepidation, not knowing exactly what to expect, what it’s about, or why it’s so popular. All of these questions can very likely be answered with a single word, a single quote from a prominent source.
‘Brrrraaaaaaaaaiiinnsssss….” – a zombie, presumably.
The “Z” at the heart of Last Empire-War Z tells you most of what you need to know about this game. Zombies! If you’ve become tired of the hack ‘n cast barbarian savagery of Clash of Clans (because how long has it been popular, even if for good reason?), then you owe it to yourself to try this different title. It has many of the same social aspects as other mobile strategy games but takes a darker approach to its warfare as you face down the living dead in a post-apocalyptic environment. Much of the premise, when you boil it down, is the same: instead of a clan, you have a “city,” which you must build, defend, and attack with in order to survive in this hostile environment.
This is a social game, so the role that you choose to take on is up to you and your playstyle. You can be a conquering warmonger, training your very own zombie troops to attack and defend against both the undead hordes as well as other survivors. You can truly fit the mold of hero or villain, or you can play the part of a peacemaker. While it has many surface similarities to other popular titles like Clash of Clans–they’re within the same genre, after all–the mechanics of Last Empire-War Z take a sharp divergence from other titles that it share the app store with.
Let’s not even kid ourselves–zombie and horror flicks are still immensely popular, which is likely what led to the stardom this game has enjoyed. If that mold fits you too, then you’ll be glad to hear that the game is free to download and free to play, with optional purchases built into its gameplay model that you can help you to play both faster, and more in a single sitting.
Or, maybe you’re a Last Empire-War Z veteran, who’s looking for new ways to bump up a strategy that’s grown stagnant. The thrill that comes from strategy games most certainly involves winning once in a while, so without further ado, let’s look into some ways that you can turn the tables on your opponents, and take advantage of the game’s rules and systems to give yourself some legitimate leverage.
Playing Last Empire-War Z
You’ll have a leg up already if you’re a strategy game veteran. Any experience spent with titles like Game of War or Clash of Clans, or even lighthearted titles that had you managing resources as a gameplay mechanic will have planted in your mind the seeds that might sprout into a well-earned victory. Resources are everything in games like this, and one of the best things that you can do, before looking for any extra tips, cheats, or hacks, is to learn all of the unit types and buildings inside and out. Learn how they consume resources and learn what they do.
It’ll help you to understand your own strategy, but it’s also going to help you to read your opponent’s strategy. The best way to do this? Play! Play, a lot! Like anything that you want to get good at, performing well against other players and zombies alike is going to require some time and effort on your part. Since this is a social game that’s meant to have you interact with other players, it ranks somewhere higher on the difficulty scale with regard to how much attention it’s going to demand from you. Dig in, and cut down the zombie hordes!
Follow Your Orders, Commander!
If you find yourself running low on resources, turn to the list of missions that’s always present in your mission queue! Keeping your strategy running and fueled with a constant influx of resources is invaluable to your eventual success, and if you ever find yourself in need of a quick boost, complete those objectives! The last tip in this little list is going to give you further advice, stemming from these missions, but for now, let it be known that you can always use these to help with your usual upkeep.
Sometimes, these missions will involve combat. Other times, they’ll require you to build. Regardless, it’s the rewards that you need to keep your eye on.
Turn Up the Speakers
Hopefully, we’ve all seen enough zombie movies to know what happens when the hapless survivors of a zombie apocalypse start making too much noise. You’ll draw the hordes down right on top of you!
Except…sometimes, that can be beneficial! If you’ve been playing Last Empire-War Z for a while, now, you’ve likely noticed that killing a bunch of zombies can sometimes reward you with items or resources. This being the case, that set of speakers right outside of your city can be used to draw in a manageable number of the living dead for you to mow down.
Potentially dangerous? Sure. Worth the risk from time to time? Absolutely, especially if you want to keep a handy roster of tips and tricks that’ll give you a leg up over other gamers.
Last Empire-War Z is a social game, which means that its social aspects are going to remain at the forefront of your experience. Don’t want to play with other people? Be prepared to always be behind them, then, because Alliances are one of the best ways to reinforce your own strategy and guarantee a healthy supply of resources.
You’ll have to donate some too, of course, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re not joining a dud Alliance when you finally get around to it. Check out an Alliance’s recent activity and donations before putting your name on anything; there’s no need to jump into something right before it crashes and burns!
Upgrade Your Units and Facilities
Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade! Like many online RTS (real-time strategy) games, there are two mechanical aspects of the gameplay that almost always matter more than everything else: unit upgrades and resource management. The former will guarantee that you’ll constantly remain competitive against the zombie hordes and also against other players!
In addition to this, it’s well worth your time to familiarize yourself with all of the possibility building and unit types. You won’t know how to best take advantage of them until you’ve unlocked them, build them, and then made them stronger, but you also won’t be informed of what your opponents can do with them. The latter should be a constant concern if you’re serious about upping your Last Empire-War Z strategy.
Slay the Zombie Hordes, but Don’t Be a Hoarder
As promised, here’s one last trick that’s tied to the game’s mission system. As you’ve probably noticed, your progress is going to require resources, which can make it awfully tempting to stockpile as many as you can, even exceeding the amount that you need to keep churning through upgrades, missions, and encounters. You’ve also probably noticed, at this point, that your resources can be stolen by other players! Many players have a difficult time formulating a strategy to prevent this.
However, I have a good one for you. When you complete a mission, you need to return to your mission queue in order to claim its corresponding reward. If you don’t claim that reward, it will continue to sit there, waiting for the moment that you do, during which time you can be completing more missions.
Other players might be able to steal your resources, but they certainly can’t steal anything you haven’t claimed, yet. This being the case, don’t hoard! Keep your resources safe and out of reach from other players, and only keep enough around to complete the upgrades and upkeep that are required. You’ll make a less tempting target of yourself, and also develop some strong resource management habits for games in this genre.
We hope that you’ve found the above guide informative! While you won’t be finding any traditional “hacks” or “cheats” in Last Empire-War Z (it’s an online game, after all), you can certainly exploit the game’s mechanics in ways that help you to improve your strategies and survive longer against zombies and human opponents alike. As always, don’t hesitate to chime in with your own mobile strategy game stories, or even further tips and tricks for our readers, in the comments below!