Warlords: Call To Arms

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Warlords: Call To Arms Instructions

Choose location for creating troops using the up and down arrow keys or 'w' and 's'. Select type of soldier using the left and right arrow keys or 'a' and 'd'. Deploy ready troops by hitting 'space'. Release a charge using 'q'.

Warlords: Call To Arms Walkthrough

Warlords: Call to Arms is one of the most exciting and addictive war games online simply because it's challenging, detailed but not impossible to understand. There is a lot you need to consider when you're planning your battle strategy, but at the same time, the game manages to avoid the common problem with most of the war games online - it never seems too complicated to understand. The goal of the game is to win each battle by getting your troops all the way to the right side of the screen while preventing your enemy's troops from making it all the way to the left side of the screen. If you get your troops where they need to be, you win the fight. If you allow your enemy to get all of their troops to your side of the screen, however, you lose. If time runs out before there is a clear winner, the side that made it the furthest in the level will be the declared winner.

Warlords: Call To Arms offers eight different races for you to choose from. You'll select your race at the beginning of the game. As with most fantasy war games each race has its own strengths and weaknesses. Choose the race you want to use with those strengths and weaknesses in mind but the race you choose is, in the end, a matter of personal preference. You have the 'Human Alliance', 'Night Elves', 'Orcs of the North', 'Wood Elves', 'Orcs of the South', 'The Undead', 'Men of the West' and 'Mountain Trolls'. As you scroll through your options, look at the statistics for each race. Look at what they offer in terms of strength in battle and look at their weaknesses when compared with other races. You will face other races in battle, so this is definitely information you want to have. Starting off with the right race for your battle creates a great foundation for the rest of the game.

Before you begin your campaign in Warlords: Call To Arms, you'll get to take a look at the upgrade screen. From the upgrade screen you'll be able to spend the gold you earn during levels to make your army stronger and more useful in battle. Upgrades are vital to doing well in this game as they are in most of the war games online. Choose what upgrades you purchase carefully. Although ideally you'll have all of your units fully upgrades for the last tough battles, you just won't have the gold to do that at the start of the game. Look at the areas of your battle strategy that are the weakest and look for upgrades that will help make your army stronger in those areas. While you won't really know where you're weakest until you start playing take the information you learned from looking at the stats to buy your first few upgrades. For example, if you noticed the race you chose is weak in Halberd training, buy an upgrade to improve that. Once you get going, you'll get a better idea of what else you'll need, but using those initial stats to buy upgrades will give you a solid foundation to build on.

You can also purchase new units from the Warlords: Call To Arms upgrade screen. Don't just focus on that though. Hover your mouse over the units you have to get the basic stats about your available units. For example, if you've chosen the 'Mountain Trolls' race, you'll start off with spearmen, swordsmen and archers. When you hover over each unit with your mouse, you'll see the basic information for each unit at the bottom of the screen. When you click 'buy unit' several more options will come up. You can hover over each new unit to view the stats for those units. Be careful not to waste your gold though. If you've chosen your race and purchase upgrades wisely, you won't need to buy new units right away. Save buying new units for later in the game when you really need them.

It's also important to choose your battles carefully in Warlords: Call To Arms. After you've chosen your upgrades, you'll be taken to the map where you'll choose the battle you'd like to embark on. Don't click anything until you've looked at the stats for each battle. It's great to look for a challenge but start off slow. Take on a battle with the lowest level of difficulty first to get a feel for how the game is played. Once you have a little experience under your belt, you can move on to the more difficult battles. Jumping in with both feet is great, but without the necessary upgrades, the right units and a little experience with this game, you'll find yourself in a world of trouble.

The actual controls of Warlords: Call To Arms are far different from the controls you'll use in most of the other war games online. Take the time to pay attention to the tutorial. I know it's tempting to just skip through it to get started, but this isn't really a game that allows that luxury. Pay attention to what keys you need to hit to play the game or else you'll get lost as you try to do battle. You need to be at least some familiarity with the strengths and weaknesses of the units you have so you can choose which units to create and release wisely. Different units will have different levels of effectiveness against different types of enemies. As you play, you'll get more familiar with which units work best against which enemy, but in the beginning, it's a little bit of trial and error. That's alright. Since you've chosen a low difficulty level battle, you should still make it through just fine.

Overall, Warlords: Call To Arms takes a lot of thinking and a lot of planning, but it isn't so bogged down in details and complicated controls that newcomers won't be able to get the hang of how to play. Pay attention to the tutorial at the start of the game, watch the stats for everything you purchase in terms of upgrades and focus on strengthening the areas of your army that need the most improvement and you should do fine. Experienced war game players are going to find this one a bit on the easy side in the beginning but will appreciate the differences in format this game offers. Warlords: Call To Arms is a great war game any fan of the genre should check out.