Final Fortress

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Rating: 4.48/5 stars (187 ratings)

Final Fortress Instructions

Aim your canon with the mouse. Fire your canon with the left mouse button. For continuous fire, hold down the left mouse button. To open the 'build unit' menu, press 'b'. To repair all units (when applicable) press 'r'. To sell or repair individual units (when applicable) hit 'space'.

Final Fortress Walkthrough

Final Fortress is definitely no easy strategy shooting game, but it is a lot of fun and it is entirely addictive. From the very beginning of the game you're going to find yourself striving to do well in this fast paced and intense shooting game. The great thing about this game is that it doesn't just settle for sliding easily into one game genre. It combines elements of classic strategy games with classic shooting games to provide any genre fan with a game they'll find challenging and will really enjoy. The premise of the game is simple and one that isn't terribly unfamiliar in the world of strategy shooting games. Your city is under attack and it's your job to protect it from enemy forces using the canon you're armed with at the beginning of the game (the shooting game element) and field units you will build using the money you collect in each level (the strategy game element). Enemies attack more quickly and in greater numbers, increasing in strength as you progress in the game. This is really what makes the game the most difficult but is also what makes it so much fun.

For every level you complete in Final Fortress, you are rewarded with money. As with most stratrgy shooting games, this money can be used to purchase upgrades and build field units to strengthen your defensive line. More experienced players may be tempted to try to take out their enemies using only the canon they are armed with, but field units are a vital part of the game as are upgrades. The cannon you are equipped with is an excellent weapon, but it isn't nearly enough to take you through the entire game. Beginners, on the other hand, are likely going to build a lot of field units in the beginning of the game and let the field units do most of the work. That isn't the way to go either. The best way to get through this game is to find a good balance between shooting enemies with your cannon and building field units to back you up. That's what they're there for. The game is a lot more fun, and a lot more challenging this way. Building too many units in the beginning of the game is also a good way to leave yourself out of money later in the game when you'll really need it.

There are several different types of field units you can use in Final Fortress to help defend your city. A SAM site is a great option but is only able to be used for air defense. Build this unit when enemies are attacking from the air. It isn't a bad idea to build this type of unit right away so you will be prepared for air attacks you may not be expecting. One unit should be enough to begin with. If you find you need more later down the line, you can always build additional units if you have the funds to complete the building project. Gun turrets are fairly basic units but are excellent for use in ground combat. How many gun turrets you want to build will be up to you but remember, these units are only used for backup to your own gun. Don't build more than you need to build. It's a waste of money, really. Estimate how many guns you will need to help thin out enemy armies to a managable size and don't build any more than that. Remember, gun turrets are only for use in ground combat. Grenade launchers are another great option. They are good for both ground and sea combat. Bio launchers are a step up from grenade launchers for ground and sea combat. They're a great weapon but are likely not needed to get through the beginning of the game. Save money and build these units later when tougher enemies attack and you need a little more fire power. Mines are a good, inexpensive option, but you'll need a lot of them if you want them to be of any use. Both land and sea mines can be duds, so don't rely on them for defense. Use them as a compliment to a more advanced defensive line.

Your canon is going to be your basic line of defense in Final Fortress, as it would be with most strategy shooting games. Focus on taking out enemies with your canon and use your field units as backup. Your canon is fairly easy to use and is controlled entirely with your mouse. There are two upgrades you can purchase for your canon, each of which will help make your canon much more useful and much more efficient. Before you can purchase upgrades for your canon, however, you will need to build a nuclear power plant. Once you have your power plant in place, you can choose to buy a hydraulic upgrade that will increase the speed at with your cannon can move and fire or a repair shop upgrade that will automatically perform repairs on your canon. The repair shop upgrade is important. Purchase this upgrade first as it will greatly increase the length of your game as it will be much harder for enemies to destroy your canon.

Overall, Final Fortress is an excellent strategy shooting game that anyone, regardless of skill or experience level, will have fun playing. It isn't an easy game and newcomers to shooting games might have a bit of a hard time getting the hang of the controls, but it is certainly a game worth trying. For more experienced players, the game might seem a bit too easy in the beginning, but as you progress, things get more difficult. There are only ten levels in the trial version of the game, but that should be more than enough to allow players to get a feel for the game and see if they want to try out the full version. It's a lot of fun, it's challenging and it will make you think carefully about strategy. Building enough units to help defend your base is important but making sure you reserve enough money to continue defending your base as tougher enemies attack is important as well. The key is finding balance. That's what makes the game difficult and also a big part of what makes the game so much fun.