Boom Beach – The Addiction

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Boom Beach. A strategy game for iOS developed by Supercell. I was late to the scene (Boom Beach was released on the 26th of March 2014 in the UK and I only installed it a couple of months ago) but I’ve been on it every single day since I installed it. Supercell also make Clash of Clans, I did try it out, and I do still play it but nowhere near as often as Boom Beach.

Boom Beach and Clash of Clans are very different games. Some people prefer Boom Beach and some people prefer Clash of Clans. We all have our reasons. The main reason I prefer Boom Beach is because the upgrade times are significantly less than the upgrade times in Clash of Clans. As an example, the longest building upgrade (which is Headquarters level 20) in Boom Beach will take two days, in Clash of Clans, the longest building upgrade (which is Town Hall level 10) will take two weeks. I don’t have the patience for that!

There are two main goals in Boom Beach, the first, keeping your Headquarters protected, this can be achieved by making defensive buildings and using strategic placement. The other, building up an army strong enough to destroy other Headquarters on other islands. The main goals are backed by another set of goals; to collect gold, wood, stone and iron. Gold is used to make troops stronger and also allows you to explore more of the map while wood, stone and iron is used to upgrade buildings. Resources as they are known, come at a certain amount per hour/day from a variety of sources but must be collected manually.

There’s only one thing bad about Boom Beach and although it’s not essential and the game can still be progressed, it’s diamonds. Diamonds are rewarded in-game but you only get a small amount per day. Treasure chests spawn on the map which contains diamonds inside, the amount can range from 2-30. To put it in perspective, and we’ll take a sniper tower as an example, 30 diamonds could instantly upgrade the building from level 2 to level 3. Of course, the higher the defensive building, or anything for that matter, the more diamonds it’ll cost you. You can buy more diamonds using the in-app purchase facility and they can be used to skip timers when upgrading buildings and training troops.

I’m going to say it, I have an addiction to Boom Beach. I’ll load up the game every morning, attack some bases, upgrade buildings if I have enough resources and do the same thing over and over again. Now, I understand that’s the whole point of the game but I just can’t stop playing it! What keeps the game fresh though are the great updates Supercell release, updates are normally released every 2-4 months and you’ll find they add new features and improvements to the game.

If you want to download Boom Beach for iOS, check out this link, it’s free, but be warned, your bank account may take a hammering as the temptation is always there to buy diamonds.

So, there you go, Supercell have got me in a web and they won’t let go, now excuse me while I go and play a certain game called Boom Beach.