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Boom Town

Pull on your jeans and work boots, it's time to go digging for gold! In The Podge's simulation game, Boom Town, you'll have to carry out every aspect of creating a bustling town from a mining operation. Place buildings to attract new residents, plant explosives to blast the gold out of your land, drive the truck that picks it all up... you do it all! It's a rootin-tootin good time as you play the life of a frontiersman.

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Boom Town Strategy Guide

  • General Information/Tips

    • You can plant bombs anywhere on the map, but be aware where there isn't a lot of gold. The first map tells you where a gold deposit is at first, but does not happen again until you get the Surveyor's Office.

    • The upgrades consist of different and more powerful explosives to use, truck enhancements, and mine upgrades to improve the rate at which you collect gold.

    • The truck enhancements include better wheels, more load capacity, and an efficient engine.

    • The better wheel upgrades will prevent you from skidding in different directions as you collect gold. The extra skidding wastes gas and prevents you from collecting for as long as you would like.

    • The bigger load capacity prevents you from having to drive back and forth between the gold and your drop zone. It becomes a big waste of gas later when driving to the top of the level where gold becomes common.

    • The engine upgrades gets you more gas to use for driving around which is the most important of all the truck upgrades. It speeds you up and allows you drive for long periods of time.

    • The refinery upgrades are what you want to get up first so you can get a larger flow of gold from your mining. Upgrading this early is most beneficial to your town.

    • The permits allow you to use more bombs and gets you access to more explosive devices. These upgrades are the second least important upgrades next to wheel upgrades.

    • When you only have one plot of land, do not mine near the edges of the land. Ore will get sent out of the area and you will not be able to get it. It wastes resources and money quickly if it happens a lot.

    • Other upgrades include a safe for gold, a surveyor to locate gold desposits, a larger drop zone, and better mining capabilities of explosives.

    • Environment obstacles like trees and hills cannot be driven through, but grass patches, gold signs, and buildings can be. Keep that in mind when you are mining.

    • Check behinds signs after the explosives go off because ore can hide behind the signs quite easily.

    • Spots of land can drop other objects like emeralds, diamonds, tin cans, etc. that will give you lots of money quickly. Grab these first when you see them pop up.

    • When driving the truck early on, do not try to switch directions of motion without coming to a complete stop. It wastes gas faster if you do not drive carefully.

    • Even if you aren't going anywhere when you are driving into a tree, it wastes gas, so be careful driving around environmental objects.

    • Clear trees and hills from your land whenever possible since ore can fly in a patch of trees, though you will be able to grab it. Effectively clear trees so you have a path to drive between them.

    • Running out of gas while collecting ore is not a big thing unless a lot of ore is just sitting on the map. As long as your car has ore in it when it runs out of gas, then you still get the gold from it.

    • Clear all the gold from a large section of land before you start building a town up so the town doesn't get blown up.

    • Check the in-game tips for more useful info.

  • Order of Preference for Upgrades

    • The mine refinery is what you should upgrade first, since lots of gold can be scarce early on.

    • The refinery will help maximize gold returns to get quick money. It also helps to get gold out of the ore that has little to none left.

    • Truck load capacity is second on the list to max out. The more you can carry, the fewer trips you have to make to the drop zone which would waste gas.

    • Buy the vault and other miscellaneous upgrades as early as possible. Saving gold for more beneficial times like goldbooms is more advantageous to maximize on profit.

    • The safe is of the utmost importance early. Get it as soon as you have the chance because there are times you would rather save the gold you mined.

    • The wheels and engine upgrades should be done upgraded simultaneously so your driving does not suffer. Give more preference to the engine since it gives more benefits to the rate of your collection process.

    • Having bad tires wastes gas due to slipping, and getting the best tires early means nothing if you cannot drive that far. Maxing the engine early with bad tires means you will have a harder time changing directions at a higher speed.

    • Buy permits whenever it is conevenient for you since cash can be quite scarce early on. It helps to have more bombs, and since you are not looking to beat the game as quickly as possible, enjoy the time you got.

    • Try to keep your upgrades at the same levels except the refinery. You want that to be more advanced than the other upgrades.

    • Only buy the more expensive bombs when you know there is a large amount of gold in a particular area. No need to waste big bombs on little profit.

  • Strategy Guide for Maximizing Cash Flow Early

    • When starting to build your town, find an area for $1,000 that does not have a lot of trees in the area. It will make it easier to mine without a lot of obstacles.

    • Try to get a plot of cheap land that is in between some more expensive land. You can purchase those other plots once you have built up some funds.

    • Buy the refinery upgrade first so you get more gold from the ore you collect. Buy four bombs and get to mining.

    • Clear out any trees close to your drop zone first and collect any ore from the explosions. If no trees are that close to the zone, just start mining sections of land.

    • Remain as close as you can to the drop zone until you upgrade the engine and wheels.

    • Blow up any orange hills with the best explosives you have at the time. They are normally hot spots for large amounts of gold. Specifically look for areas where these hills are grouped together.

    • Purchase only the cheapest bombs early even if you have access to better explosives. Only use the better explosives on spots you know there is a lot of gold.

    • The previous statement will vary depending on how late game you are in. It is a good idea though to use the cheaper bombs to clear trees and green hills.

    • Once you get enough money to get the vault, buy it and save gold whenever the selling price is really low. Sell all the gold you store until a goldboom occurs.

    • Another time to store gold is when you collected a lot of extras (emeralds, crown, amethyst, etc.). Better to save gold for higher sell values when you got cash instantly from those extras.

    • After you have the surveyor's office and they show a spot, it is a safe bet that the area around it will have lots of gold too. Use your best explosives on the indicated spot and the eight squares around it.

    • Check the size of the tavern. Once you clear out a place the size of its area, start building your town up. It will give you a little bit of extra money every day and will only get bigger.

    • Build new town structures to increase your population and revenue quickly so you make even more money. You should build a new town structure any time it becomes available. Just be sure you will not be mining over top of the places you plan to build.

    • Using this method will prevent you from having to blow up any part of your town for more gold. It is best to build your town close to the drop zone so early on you will not have to drive that far away.

    • When you mine a lot of gold, sell enough that you can break even on buying bombs/upgrades for the next day, no matter the selling price. For example, you have $2,000 dollars and you just mined 4 kg of gold worth $3,200. Your max number of bombs to use is 8, so you should spend $600 dollars.

    • To explain further: You can save a good portion of the gold for a gold boom, have enough money to mine on the next day and still have money left over. You can use the extra still left over on upgrades or better explosives if you want.

    • Basically in between days, calculate your money from the previous earnings and spending for the next day so you break even. It is a solid business model to follow. You should really only make a lot of money on goldbooms.

    • Buy one expensive bomb when you know there is a definite spot of gold and buy the cheapest bombs you are willing to purchase for exploration mining.

    • There comes a point (possibly around Day 40 in game) where your upgrades are almost completely done and all there is left to do is mine the rest of the plots dry. Begin to start building up new towns wherever you can.

    • Try to build all of your buildings as close together as possible to maximize its growth rate and income.

    • Towns do not start making a lot of money until you get the hardware store built. Do not try to rely on the town to build money early on. They help more late game.

6 Comments

Fun game, but I just wish there was a way to skip the blowing up part.

Oh, hi there totally addicted. I forgot what you looked like... The [insert miner phrase here] holes getting bigger as you blow up gold-rich dirt is gratifying.

Caution that it does turn into a hidden-object game if you lose track of nuggets and other items. Great that it auto-closes the scene once all the ore is found! Huzzah.

Also: eeeek, you can blow up the town? Some vegetation can also be driven through. Those trees must be made of plasma or something, I haven't figured out how to reach that ore there. Ore can also be blown clean off the map. Inviting so many idioms.

I think this game is COMPLETELY addictive. The updates are well-placed, by having to balance between city building, buying land, and upgrading your supplies gives this an interest/investment ratio that is extremely high.

Three hours in, and I am still going.

That being said, @Lizz, the "blowing up" part isn't what bothers me...I enjoy that. It is the pressure of watching my fuel tank drop while trying to collect my gold, that has kept me addicted.

Next time I'll start blowing up closer to town. Once it's established, it's hard to find nuggets.

Boom Town Strategy Guide

  • General Information/Tips

    • You can plant bombs anywhere on the map, but be aware where there isn't a lot of gold. The first map tells you where a gold deposit is at first, but does not happen again until you get the Surveyor's Office.

    • The upgrades consist of different and more powerful explosives to use, truck enhancements, and mine upgrades to improve the rate at which you collect gold.

    • The truck enhancements include better wheels, more load capacity, and an efficient engine.

    • The better wheel upgrades will prevent you from skidding in different directions as you collect gold. The extra skidding wastes gas and prevents you from collecting for as long as you would like.

    • The bigger load capacity prevents you from having to drive back and forth between the gold and your drop zone. It becomes a big waste of gas later when driving to the top of the level where gold becomes common.

    • The engine upgrades gets you more gas to use for driving around which is the most important of all the truck upgrades. It speeds you up and allows you drive for long periods of time.

    • The refinery upgrades are what you want to get up first so you can get a larger flow of gold from your mining. Upgrading this early is most beneficial to your town.

    • The permits allow you to use more bombs and gets you access to more explosive devices. These upgrades are the second least important upgrades next to wheel upgrades.

    • When you only have one plot of land, do not mine near the edges of the land. Ore will get sent out of the area and you will not be able to get it. It wastes resources and money quickly if it happens a lot.

    • Other upgrades include a safe for gold, a surveyor to locate gold desposits, a larger drop zone, and better mining capabilities of explosives.

    • Environment obstacles like trees and hills cannot be driven through, but grass patches, gold signs, and buildings can be. Keep that in mind when you are mining.

    • Check behinds signs after the explosives go off because ore can hide behind the signs quite easily.

    • Spots of land can drop other objects like emeralds, diamonds, tin cans, etc. that will give you lots of money quickly. Grab these first when you see them pop up.

    • When driving the truck early on, do not try to switch directions of motion without coming to a complete stop. It wastes gas faster if you do not drive carefully.

    • Even if you aren't going anywhere when you are driving into a tree, it wastes gas, so be careful driving around environmental objects.

    • Clear trees and hills from your land whenever possible since ore can fly in a patch of trees, though you will be able to grab it. Effectively clear trees so you have a path to drive between them.

    • Running out of gas while collecting ore is not a big thing unless a lot of ore is just sitting on the map. As long as your car has ore in it when it runs out of gas, then you still get the gold from it.

    • Clear all the gold from a large section of land before you start building a town up so the town doesn't get blown up.

    • Check the in-game tips for more useful info.

  • Order of Preference for Upgrades

    • The mine refinery is what you should upgrade first, since lots of gold can be scarce early on.

    • The refinery will help maximize gold returns to get quick money. It also helps to get gold out of the ore that has little to none left.

    • Truck load capacity is second on the list to max out. The more you can carry, the fewer trips you have to make to the drop zone which would waste gas.

    • Buy the vault and other miscellaneous upgrades as early as possible. Saving gold for more beneficial times like goldbooms is more advantageous to maximize on profit.

    • The safe is of the utmost importance early. Get it as soon as you have the chance because there are times you would rather save the gold you mined.

    • The wheels and engine upgrades should be done upgraded simultaneously so your driving does not suffer. Give more preference to the engine since it gives more benefits to the rate of your collection process.

    • Having bad tires wastes gas due to slipping, and getting the best tires early means nothing if you cannot drive that far. Maxing the engine early with bad tires means you will have a harder time changing directions at a higher speed.

    • Buy permits whenever it is conevenient for you since cash can be quite scarce early on. It helps to have more bombs, and since you are not looking to beat the game as quickly as possible, enjoy the time you got.

    • Try to keep your upgrades at the same levels except the refinery. You want that to be more advanced than the other upgrades.

    • Only buy the more expensive bombs when you know there is a large amount of gold in a particular area. No need to waste big bombs on little profit.

  • Strategy Guide for Maximizing Cash Flow Early

    • When starting to build your town, find an area for $1,000 that does not have a lot of trees in the area. It will make it easier to mine without a lot of obstacles.

    • Try to get a plot of cheap land that is in between some more expensive land. You can purchase those other plots once you have built up some funds.

    • Buy the refinery upgrade first so you get more gold from the ore you collect. Buy four bombs and get to mining.

    • Clear out any trees close to your drop zone first and collect any ore from the explosions. If no trees are that close to the zone, just start mining sections of land.

    • Remain as close as you can to the drop zone until you upgrade the engine and wheels.

    • Blow up any orange hills with the best explosives you have at the time. They are normally hot spots for large amounts of gold. Specifically look for areas where these hills are grouped together.

    • Purchase only the cheapest bombs early even if you have access to better explosives. Only use the better explosives on spots you know there is a lot of gold.

    • The previous statement will vary depending on how late game you are in. It is a good idea though to use the cheaper bombs to clear trees and green hills.

    • Once you get enough money to get the vault, buy it and save gold whenever the selling price is really low. Sell all the gold you store until a goldboom occurs.

    • Another time to store gold is when you collected a lot of extras (emeralds, crown, amethyst, etc.). Better to save gold for higher sell values when you got cash instantly from those extras.

    • After you have the surveyor's office and they show a spot, it is a safe bet that the area around it will have lots of gold too. Use your best explosives on the indicated spot and the eight squares around it.

    • Check the size of the tavern. Once you clear out a place the size of its area, start building your town up. It will give you a little bit of extra money every day and will only get bigger.

    • Build new town structures to increase your population and revenue quickly so you make even more money. You should build a new town structure any time it becomes available. Just be sure you will not be mining over top of the places you plan to build.

    • Using this method will prevent you from having to blow up any part of your town for more gold. It is best to build your town close to the drop zone so early on you will not have to drive that far away.

    • When you mine a lot of gold, sell enough that you can break even on buying bombs/upgrades for the next day, no matter the selling price. For example, you have $2,000 dollars and you just mined 4 kg of gold worth $3,200. Your max number of bombs to use is 8, so you should spend $600 dollars.

    • To explain further: You can save a good portion of the gold for a gold boom, have enough money to mine on the next day and still have money left over. You can use the extra still left over on upgrades or better explosives if you want.

    • Basically in between days, calculate your money from the previous earnings and spending for the next day so you break even. It is a solid business model to follow. You should really only make a lot of money on goldbooms.

    • Buy one expensive bomb when you know there is a definite spot of gold and buy the cheapest bombs you are willing to purchase for exploration mining.

    • There comes a point (possibly around Day 40 in game) where your upgrades are almost completely done and all there is left to do is mine the rest of the plots dry. Begin to start building up new towns wherever you can.

    • Try to build all of your buildings as close together as possible to maximize its growth rate and income.

    • Towns do not start making a lot of money until you get the hardware store built. Do not try to rely on the town to build money early on. They help more late game.

how come i cant move my truck? i look online and no one else is having this problem.

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