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Battle Cats

JohnBKitty minions, go forth and fight! In Battle Cats from PONOS, you control legions of tall cats, chubby cats, flying cats, cows (which aren't cats), and plenty of other cute warriors whose sole purpose is to defend their base from legions of tiny stickmen, hippos, snakes and other bad guys. It's a familiar combat-oriented defense set-up we've seen before, but there's so much lovable style poured into this game, you can't help but to play until the wee hours of the morning, pitting cartoon cat against cartoon cat.

Battle CatsBattle Cats places you in a two dimensional world with your base on one side and the enemy's on the other. Troops slowly march/fly/slither out of the bad guy's tent, gradually making their way to your home sweet home. You're not going to let them just waltz right in, though, so by spending coins and summoning various warriors using the icons at the bottom of the screen, you can put up a decent fight. You earn money both by defeating enemies and by letting time pass, but you can also upgrade "worker cat" to speed up cash production. It costs a pretty penny, of course, so you must carefully consider it in light of defense costs (which sounds boring, but it isn't!).

Upgrades are half the fun, and after winning a battle you get to head back to the store to beef up your abilities. Troops can be upgraded to provide sturdier defenses and stronger attacks, but you can also put some cash in unit recharge speed, increase the size of your wallet, beef up your last-ditch laser attack, or strengthen a few other global attributes. Really, there's no shortage of options to suck up your newfound cash reserves, and that doesn't even take into account the special cat units you can summon using the game's secondary currency, cat food.

Battle CatsAnalysis: Battle Cats is the sort of game that will catch you by surprise. On paper it sounds a bit ordinary: a strategy defense game where you summon troops. Seen it, played it, mastered it, right? To a certain extent this is true, but Battle Cats has an impressive amount of variety, especially for a mobile game. There are 50 troops in all, most of which can be unlocked or purchased through the in-game store. Not mentioned in this review (uh, until now): the stamp card that earns you bonuses for logging in on a daily basis, the fact that there are 100 stages to fight through, single-use items, secret treasures, cat evolution, and the almighty god-cat.

Battle Cats can be a little overwhelming with its complexity. Fortunately, you don't need to deal with most of these elements until later in the game, which sets a nice pace. You can also dip into some in-app purchases if you're so inclined, spending money on cat food that can be used in the shop to buy all sorts of rare and delightful goodies.

There's a lot to experience in Battle Cats, so much so that this quick pick up and play combat game grows on you over time. Soon it'll become your diversion of choice when you've got a spare minute or two, and after the weeks and months go by, you'll eventually see some of the more spectacular sights the game has to offer!

Cheers to Aquilegia for sending this one in!

NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the Nexus 4. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.

Walkthrough Guide


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Battle Cats strategy guide

General tips on beating levels

Step 1: Increase working cat two or three times.
Step 2: When enemies draw near, send out tank cat/wall cat to keep the castle safe.
Step 3: Continue upgrading working cat and sending out defensive cats.
Step 4: When the laser is charged, unleash it. This usually clears a path. If it doesn't, send out a few quick attackers (samurai, bovine, box of kittens) along with a gross cat to follow the pack of wall cats.
Step 5: Keep long range attackers and wall cats coming at a steady pace, allowing them to attack from relative safety. This takes out pretty much any enemy but works best with some close range attackers keeping enemy numbers thin.

Apart from one or two trip-ups, this has worked for me in every stage. Wall cat and gross cat are maxed out at level ten, with a few others upgraded to five or six. The laser's range is increased and working cat was upgraded in the shop to level five or so.

Cat units summary

Standard Cats
Cat - Basic unit with a low summoning cost. Good for early in the game but quickly loses usefulness as you progress.
Tank cat - A great low-cost defensive unit with a minimum attack ability (5-10 damage on highest level). Use in groups as a shield for more powerful units who can attack from a longer range.
Axe cat - Quick on their feet with a good attack power and reasonable summoning cost, axe cats are great all-purpose attackers that only get better as they level up. Strong against red enemies.
Long legs cat - Tall and awkward in appearance, these cats are quite strong and can attack from a longer distance. Excellent when paired with tank cat for protection.
Cow cat - An extremely fast unit that is great for last-ditch efforts. Fast attack speed works well against fortresses.
Bird cat - A flying cat with a very weak defense but strong attack power.
Fish cat - Similar to the long legs cat, fish cat can attack from a greater distance than most cats.
Lizard cat - Essentially an upgrade of fish cat
Giant warrior cat - A massive unit with a high summoning cost. Makes up for it with immense power and defense. Has a long range attack.

Special Cats
God cat - Summon during battle to damage all enemies.
Ninja cat - Similar to axe cat in most respects but more powerful when it reaches level ten.
Sumo cat - An upgrade to tank cat that can attack multiple enemies at once. Better defense score and slightly higher attack. Not really worth the high cat food cost until very late in the game.
Samurai cat - A better version of the basic cat.
Box cat - A group of kittens in a box that are like a better version of cow cat. Very fast on their feet with an average attack speed but higher than average attack power.
Moneko - Unlocked by inviting ten people to the game. Moneko is cheap to summon and has extremely high attack and defense. Slow to move on the battlefield and very slow to recharge for next summon.

Tips for XP usage, upgrades, and items

  • Don't spread your XP usage out too much. It's better to have one or two high level cats than many medium level ones.

  • Focus building one defense cat, one fast attack cat, one fast moving cat, one cat with longer attack range, and one heavy hitting cat. Good choices for each are tank cat, ninja cat, box of cats (or cow cat), long leg cat, and giant cat.

  • Conserve cat food as best you can. Do not spend it on increasing your energy, just wait an hour or two for it to refill.

  • For the non-cat upgrades in the shop, focus on increasing your wallet size and working cat's speed first. Things like increasing your castle defense or laser range should be a low priority, especially if you use the strategy listed above.

  • Most of the special cats purchased with cat food are quite good, but the high cat food cost makes them difficult to obtain. Focus on building your army of regular cats before considering these extra teammates.

Tips for getting treasure

  • Getting treasure in a stage seems to be a function of how quickly you complete it. The faster you win, the higher your chance of getting treasure, though it's never a 100% chance.

  • Treasure qualities are inferior, normal, and best. Which quality of treasure you receive is random.

  • Focus on small groups of levels at a time. Treasure bonuses only really matter when they fill out full sections on the treasure list.

  • Use the Game Speed Up tokens before you enter a stage to dramatically increase your chances of earning treasure.

How invitations work

Once you reach level 7 you can use and share invite codes to unlock bonuses from the title screen. Tap the icon on the lower right to access the invites menu.

  • You can only use one invite code. Doing so nets you 10,000XP.

  • Each time someone uses your code, you get a prize. Return to the invites menu to claim your gift.

  • After ten invites you get Moneko, a rare and powerful cat warrior. You don't receive additional gifts after ten people use your code.

Moneko

Moneko is a singer standing on an upturned box of "cat beer". You unlock her after ten people use your invite code.
Moneko's weaknesses:

  • Very slow movement speed.

  • Short attack range with fairly slow attack frequency.

  • Long recharge time. You'll be lucky if you can summon her twice in one stage.

Moneko's strengths:

  • Low summoning cost of 99.

  • Very strong defense and is rarely knocked back.

  • High attack damage. A level 7 Moneko deals around 800 damage, which is nearly ten times that of many level 10 cats.

701 Comments

Pretty fun. Though, I'm not entirely sure how you get treasures. It just kinda seems to be random, I dunno. Maybe I missed something.

Also, would it be inappropriate to share my invite code here?

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Cool. Mine is:

648hr

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawk8nKbNU1PAchxl_9tImjfReE6ekIPn800 Author Profile Page January 11, 2013 1:43 AM

The treasures are available in every stage. If a treasure is found in the stage there will be a circle coin with the letter "?" on it. If you didn't get that treasure just replay again to get it. The chances of you getting the treasure is random.

Here's my invite code: cdrmo

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sreubendav Author Profile Page January 11, 2013 4:12 AM

I'm not sure it is random. I'm on the third chapter of this game, there are 48 levels that you play through over again in chapter, getting harder and having more expensive units each time. There are also 3 lvls of treasure: inferior, normal, and best, getting sets of treasures gets you bonus perks, but the higher lvl the treasures you have in there the better the perk becomes, so you have to keep going back to replay the old stages to get best quality treasures for full lvl ups.

Cheers!

My invite code is:
qit3m

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Really addictive and cute, but a bit hard to get cat food
My code :
zwc30

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da.dinictus Author Profile Page January 11, 2013 10:54 AM

Might as well leave my Cat Code - 1q550 - a nill at the end.

This game is surprisingly addicting. It's meant to be played in short bursts, and the EXP system allows for a lot of customisation of gameplay, whether that is full assault, turtling, or anything in between.

And holy moly, getting your cats to L10 and getting their alternative look... some of them become even MORE HORRIFYING.

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Herpaderpster Author Profile Page January 11, 2013 6:33 PM

the intro sequence is absolutely ridiculous writing.

also the game is simply silly.

also my invite code is qpde3

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eytanzweig Author Profile Page January 11, 2013 8:38 PM

Really fun game - I'm already pretty addicted. My code is nhdg0

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njkkichan Author Profile Page January 12, 2013 3:10 AM

my coupon code is 00wl0, use it to get 10k XP, Thanks!! 100% working

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lemarinth Author Profile Page January 12, 2013 1:03 PM

Really cute!! >w

Battle Cat Code: ycqkn

Please use my code to get your 10k XP~!
Thank you~!

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Horribly, horribly addicted. My code is awfhj.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlX6WtmadZUxqFgBBNVYpxW9_iXVRhtcP8 Author Profile Page January 12, 2013 1:17 PM

damn addicting game !! my code is kpir0

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mabelline.riku Author Profile Page January 12, 2013 11:02 PM

Great game! My code: zf6i0 :))

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Mine's 57bw0

And yeah, I think that the treasures are based on either times, points or strategies as I've replayed levels and gotten the same treasure again and again when using the same strategy, but sometimes get better or worse treasures.

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benny9394 Author Profile Page January 13, 2013 1:51 AM

I love this great game, and thanks for the code.
My code is 1gjl9

Yhx

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Please help me get Moneko by using my Code: i64q4

you will get 10,000 XP too

*You can input the code after finishing stage 7(Fukuoka)

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Molchanoff Author Profile Page January 13, 2013 10:25 PM

Lovely game, although some of the dictionary entries were a bit out of my taste.

Also, my code is odsx6

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Help me get Moneko please!. My invite code is xe751

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Here's my invite code: dkiay

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qoe7l is my invite code. Help me and get your free 10k xp in the process. I have not found a specific way to get treasures online yet, but most people agree that it has something to do with changing your strategy. I tried different strategies, but it seems like some levels I just can't get the treasures.

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rmagsanoc Author Profile Page January 14, 2013 7:06 PM

Disturbingly addictive. Plus some lvl10 cats look pretty freaky.

P.S. help a guy out? wyl6k

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busparking Author Profile Page January 14, 2013 9:18 PM

I'll throw my code into the mix as well:
8fkqw

Thanks!!

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The game is really addictive!
Add my invite code as well:

i4v10

Thanks guys!

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my code is 8r2l2.

Use my code and get 10,000 xp too!

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Help me get Moneko please! My invite code is xe751. Thanks guys! This game is really fun.

Max out study and energy to upgrade quicker while levelling your cats sparingly and it should get you through most of the stages =)

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my code:
picvz

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My code: m5pf0
Please help. ;)

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Awesome games except new chapters are pretty much the same thing.. waiting for energy regen to play is pretty nerve-wracking too

Oh ya my code is au7g2.. all help each other plz!

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czejinn.chan Author Profile Page January 15, 2013 1:57 PM

Please help me get Moneko by using my Code: fl21p

you will get 10,000 XP too

*You can input the code after finishing stage 7(Fukuoka)

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My code: 2bcr3

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Somebody plz help me to unlock Moneko

My code : 0at2p

In return I will send you a real cat.

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A very fun game.
my code: 81rvq0

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Sooo you want 10k exp and I want moneko thus invite and add me :)

0cbf8

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawk4v-wLKD_dvVJUgBbLVL0tOKxpYMqP01k Author Profile Page January 16, 2013 1:00 AM

hey guys, please help me tu unlock this wonderful cat..

[My code: jr4ul ]

Thanks before..please input, and you'll get the prizes XP

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I think to got treasure it based on your strategies.....for higher level you got treasure when you are quickly finished the level. I am in level 35 and got most of the treasure except for level 29, 32 and 33. My invitation code is a9fh1....please add.thx

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my code : xr20a

let's fun

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great and addictive game. Add me :) thx
ucb7ki

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Please help me get Moneko! I'm halfway there.
My invite code is xe751.

Some game knowledge:-

- There are 3 types of treasures. Inferior. Normal and Best Quality.
- The quality of the treasures are always random when it drops as it does not matter how fast/slow you finish the stage.
- The quality also determines how much bonus the treasure set gives.

I'd personally wouldn't waste too much time early on getting best qualities till you get enough energy to keep replaying the stage as there are diminishing effects for the XP you gain for that stage.

I do think though that its best to get at least a treasure for each stage as the set bonus like Working Cat is pretty significant.

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denisplays Author Profile Page January 16, 2013 4:07 AM

guys, please, help with Moneko
5d9v0

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Awesome game
Friend code is uoij0 help my moneko!

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My code is qky10, I need 10 more invites for Moneko, please help me out

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argentinesoccer Author Profile Page January 16, 2013 11:45 AM

jefqa Tks !!!

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My code: 2bcr3

Halfway there. Woo hoo!

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My friend code is 'z0p5p'. Add me plz :)

Thanks!

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nenemeia90 Author Profile Page January 17, 2013 12:26 AM

This game is soooooo addicting!

Please use my invite code! I appreciate it!

code: kzd20

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mrbraces17 Author Profile Page January 17, 2013 2:34 AM

very addictive. please use my code wzfj5 to get 10000 xp. thanks!

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crazyzx21 Author Profile Page January 17, 2013 3:01 AM

Code: 010dc

help pls ty

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please add my code wh6a0... and you'll get free 10000xp lol thanx

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mrsocko268 Author Profile Page January 17, 2013 4:06 AM

Hi please help a friend to get moneko my code ic wwy64

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Awesum game guyzz..plz b careful its very addctve..my code is e89gl .thnk u :-)

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The walkthrough could use all the upgrades for the available cats wand what they do. Catfood is limited and i want to get the best cat(s) I can get with the limited quantity I have.

And does anyone have a good way to stop/kill assassin bear? he's extremely strong and rips through every single character (including some of the strongest) in seconds.

If anyone feels like it, my code is os54p.

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Here is another code if to use: yqlg0

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my invite code is cc6i0 HELP Please :-)

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"And does anyone have a good way to stop/kill assassin bear?" Bjorn, the only success I have had is by saving up my cat cannon and hitting him with it as soon as he comes out. The cat cannon kills him in one shot :-)

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Please add me up 5kfd0

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Cool. Very nice walkthrough.

Here's my invite code:
6t800

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migzamante Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 12:19 AM

Please help me get Moneko pls add me my code is 51fd0 thanks....

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bluejawslol Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 2:26 AM

use this code : sdpq37

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Please help me get Moneko! Just one more invite thanks!
My invite code is xe751.

Here's a quick order of how i level my cats while saving xp for the rest of the other "skills" like study and energy :-
axe cat - max
cow cat - max
tank cat - up to level 3 or 4 at max
giant cat - max

axe and cow can actually take a lot of hits and dish out the damage at the same time.
tank cat is just there to take some hits and slow the enemy down when you're in trouble

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gilang182 Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 4:17 AM

Somebody please help me to unlock Moneko

My code : flwti

In return I will send you a real cat

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Tried this game and got addicted in less than 24 hours- here is my code gzbj0

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Help me out!

xapk0

Thanks!

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nekobattleee Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 1:45 PM

Like what other people said, after you finish level 7 you can input an invitation code and get a free 10,000XP :)

** 1gcws **

Help me out? :)

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bluegriffin18 Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 3:11 PM

Really should have thought of this first:

ed33r.

Good game, but I do agree about the slow cat food gain.

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ifiwereanowl Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 8:44 PM

tcud0 is my code.

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p0tsolo333 Author Profile Page January 18, 2013 10:02 PM

t6n4a ... thanks :)

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Great game!
my code : kyhym

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Here's my code: qlqv7
Add me please. thx.

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my code : ufu30
PLEASE USE my code and i will use yours too!!!

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawkDiZHPq0vqWfTMRfSTmTkMb_aspddOa64 Author Profile Page January 19, 2013 4:23 AM

Its hard to get the best quality treasure and cat food. I have to replay the old lv many times to get the best quality treasure.....

btw my code is: 4z7nhj

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mrbraces17 Author Profile Page January 19, 2013 5:29 AM

very addictive. please use my code wzfj5 to get 10000 xp. thanks!

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my code: xsmy0

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Please use my code i just need 1 more :(

a6q10

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very fun game.. very simple, yet so additive..

here's my code dk3n0

please use mine and i'll use yours.. thanks!~

let's all have fun~

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xlolgamerz Author Profile Page January 19, 2013 10:25 AM

Really awesome game! :D

Use my code: g3di0
Thanks!

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A surprise hit indeed. I usually have a short attention span, but this game has got me hooked!

If anyone would be so kind, here is my invite code: ln5f0

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babytabilove Author Profile Page January 19, 2013 1:14 PM

mind blowingly awesome game! I play all day long some times!

my code: q2do4 :)

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2bcr3 is my code.

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^ used yours, here's mine:

6kw5h

Thanks!

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Please use my code : UFU30
I WILL USE YOURS TOO

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use my code pls!
i3ep3

=)

i'll use yours too!

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help me for this invite code: oxpt0 and get 10k xp free! thanks!!

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use my code: dxmj0
thanks

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heycheddarcheese Author Profile Page January 20, 2013 8:25 AM

Here's my code: tuqri

Thank you so much >w

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wanna have own Moneko.

Use my code 2w5n0 and i promise you will have an awesome year ahead :3

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlnygDsiyJeO7zEjmA5cGRU4KVYZgOCdVA Author Profile Page January 20, 2013 11:25 AM

Anyone havent used their codes plz use au7g2 for the 10,000XP. Oh ya is the zombie cat worth unlocking? o_o

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xnlr0

Please use my code. No one has yet.....:(

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Few things I wish I had done differently when I started the game:

(if you find anything I had to say useful please use my invite code: ood40 (that's a zero at the end). Thanks. )

- Don't waste money on upgrading tower or cannon, I find its all about the units and money production, I wish I hadn't spent a dime on tower upgrades.

- once you have completed getting a treasure don't waste time/energy points trying to get better quality move onto a level you haven't got the treasure at all for yet, especially since the XP points go way down when you have done a level lots of times. Only go back once you have gotten all other treasure.

- two treasures to really go for first are: stages 1-7 (increased money production speed) and stages 17-23 (increased XP bonus for winning battles)

- money "efficiency" research and "wallet" research must both be done, it is possible to upgrade efficiency too much to the point you don't have enough money in your wallet during a game to level up money production speed to max, so although it is best to increase "efficiency" first do not forget about "wallet"

- pump out fast moving units towards the end of a round (such as "cow-cat" or "box-cat" (kittens)) because getting to the enemy tower quickly and smashing it can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

- "gross-cat" (or fish or lizard cat for that matter) are essential (due to their attack range) for killing some of the harder enemies but never send them out without some 'cannon fodder' to protect them (preferably tank/sumo cat, but even just regular cat or axe cat)

- pick a few units you like and upgrade them rather than trying to upgrade them all at once, most units overlap each other in terms of ability, so pick one out of the group and upgrade it first.

ie:
- tank/sumo cats
- gross/fish/lizard cats
- axe/ninja cats
- cow/box cats

- last but not least don't accidentally use cat food to continue, that stuff is way to valuable to waste on a continue.

Have fun!

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Can anyone help me get some rewards? Please and thank you!!! INVITE CODE: 81p10

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Please help me get the rewards, guys, and I'll help ya in return! ^^

15njw0

Thanks!

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The guides are informative. Thanks!

oh and if anyone is willing to input my invite code, I would be grateful and appreciate it. it is "cda51" without quotes. Thanks in advance and enjoy the 10k exp when you use it at after stage 7 Fukuoka!

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This is a good game to play. Very interesting.
Input my invite code "sbvmw" to win 10k XP for upgrades! Let's invite your friends.

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Hi guys,

Thanks for the two people that used my code, as thanks I thought I would do a follow up to my last post with more specific strategies for winning (I have hidden them with spoiler tags since they are far more specific hints/tips this time round). If you found anything useful in my posts please use my code: ood40 (that's a zero at the end btw).

My strategy revolved around XP bought cats only since cat food bought ones can be slow to get.

I was able to win each round fairly easily first go using this all purpose strategy.

The three main cats in my arsenal that I used right through are: axe cat, cow cat and fish cat these three cats become brave cat, giraffe cat and whale cat once they are level 10.

What I do at the start of a round is increase worker cats (the button at bottom left of screen that increases the speed money is produced) usually to level 4, 5 or 6 this level depends on how far apart the towers are in each level, if the towers are really close then you may only be able to get to level 3 or 4 before you need to buy a unit to fight off attackers.

The first unit I buy is an axe-cat this is usually enough to easily clean up the weaker enemies that spawn at the start, if the axe cat is easily killing the enemies I will try to level worker cats another level.

Next I buy a cow cat then a fish cat as soon as I can afford it. It is important to buy the fish cat now since it is a bit slow.

Now if your original axe cat is still alive buy another cow cat, if not buy an axe cat then a cow cat.

I always try to have 2 axe cats 2 cow cats and 2 fish cats once a battle has started. If everything is going well and I am overwhelming the enemy I then throw in a bird cat for some extra damage, then another axe cat, cow cat and fish cat in the order.

I did not use the tank cat I used axe and cow cats to protect the fish and bird cats. Once I got sumo cat (150 cat food) I did use that but it is not necessary.

Getting to know the speed of each unit and timing their entry into battle is the key, cow cat is quickest then axe cat then fish cat. You really want it so the cow cat reaches the enemy just before the fish cat so that it gets hit not the fish cat. This is especially important if there are a lot of big tough enemies and they are pushing you back (which does happen fairly regularly)

If a lot of really tough enemies spawn at once and they are really starting to push you back, don't lose your nerve keep buying cats in the right order so that the weaker ones get there just ahead, take the big hit and let your long range attackers (gross cat, fish cat and lizard cat) get their attacks on the enemies.

I will always prefer fish cats, but if a lot of big enemies are really pushing back I will buy gross cat and lizard cat if fish cat is on cool down still, but don't forget to still buy 'cannon fodder' like axe, tank and cow cat (or regular cat, tank cat, sumo cat)to help protect the long range attackers even if its for just one hit.

In terms of cat food bought cats I think sumo cat is by far the best (even though its a fairly big 150 cat food), so much better than tank cat since it has multiple attacks

Treasure
As I said in my last post don't waste energy replaying old levels if you have already found treasure on it (even if its the 'inferior' quality).

I am still unsure if the chance of finding treasure is related to time to complete level or if it is just completely random, either way I still like completing levels as quickly as possible, so for levels that I am revisiting and are now quite easy I just continuously buy cow cats (now leveled up to giraffe cats) and they end the level very quickly, usually before any big/red enemies are even spawned.

Enjoy

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This page is helpful... too bad i already waste some good xp on not so necessary thing.
oh, btw.. kindly help to input my code as well : xwfc0

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Please help me get moneko...I REALLY NEED HER!!!
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great game!! my code is: fjndg

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I would really appreciate it if anyone would use my invite code! It's ceoxo8 Thanks guys! I am in way too deep with this game.

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