The following guide has been written for World War Heroes on version 1.19.1, build 310 tested on an Android Tablet running Android Nougat. While your experience with the UI placement may differ slightly, the game plays similarly on all Android devices regardless of form factor.
One of the hidden gems when it comes to first person shooters on Android is World War Heroes. Set in the second World War. This multiplayer-only mobile FPS has quickly gained traction among gamers for its excellent matchmaking, easy pick-up-and-play controls and satisfying competitive gameplay. With a multiplayer-only setting, however, the learning curve could be steep for those not accustomed to the FPS genre on Android.
That’s why we are here to provide you with all the tips, tricks and strategies you’ll need to get started and to start dominating this classic world war II first person shooter.
Tips for getting started
With the initial set-up out of the way. The game thrusts you straight into a basic tutorial that teaches you the fundamental game controls, movement and general UX elements.
World War Heroes only asks for the storage permission and other Wi-fi and network related permissions. Make of that what you would, but the game will not run without the requested permissions.
The trick to setting up like a pro
The game settings screen has five tabs:
- Sound, and
The second and last two tabs are purely preferential so set these up as you would like. The first and third tab, however, are essential in differentiating you from the competition.
Best controls settings
The trick to success in competitive multiplayer is good controls. World War Heroes provides a good set-up from the start, however, keeping the set-up as-is will NOT give you the edge in battle.
- Start off with the customize interface button. Make sure that all the virtual buttons are easily within reach of your thumb and forefinger (using the claw grip on the screen).
- Crank up the sensitivity and vehicle sensitivity as high as you can manage. A good rule of thumb for sensitivity is that it should be sensitive enough to allow you to turn in any direction – even 180 degrees behind you with a single swipe.
- For the Auto Settings;
- Auto shoot and auto melee attack are on your preference. If you prefer sneaking, then turn these OFF. Otherwise, keeping them on will free up your fingers to focus on movement.
- Turn acceleration OFF to ensure that you have the same sensitivity for twitch movements as well as long swipes,
- Turn aim help OFF to make headshots easier.
For all the rest you may select based on preference.
Choosing your graphics settings
If you are on a high-end device crank everything up and turn on the FPS meter. So long as you are getting a good 40+ fps then that is enough to give you a competitive edge in this game.
If you are on a low-end device, then limit the graphics to 30 FPS and
- Anti-aliasing (weapons), anisotropic filtering, and particle effects should be set to low as these do not contribute to gameplay to justify the performance hit.
- Textures, post-processing and general graphics quality directly impact in-game visibility and consequently how well one can aim, so keep these high.
- Resolution should be kept as high as possible to avoid a blurry mess.
- Shadows generally in World War Heroes do not add a breadth of gameplay advantages so it’s fine to just set them to low.
Equipping the right tools for the job
Let this be said: scopes should always be a must-upgrade regardless of your playing style.
In general, try to have a combination of long-range snipers, mid-range assault rifles, and short-range shotguns. Handguns, while fun to use, provide little in the way of competitive success.
Don’t forget to have as strong a melee weapon as possible. Melee attacks should always be one-hit done.
And lastly, upgrade your own abilities from the rank and file area wisely. You need to be agile if you prefer close-quarter style gameplay. And you need to be able to absorb damage better if you are going to be carrying heavy, hulking weapons.
Identify your own strengths by way of honest review of in-game performance, and then, upgrade and modify your character abilities and arsenal accordingly.
Strategies for crushing your opponents and winning matches
Aim at head height
While headshots are not insta-kills in World War Heroes, they still do a good deal more damage than shooting any other part of your adversaries. More so if you are playing hardcore mode.
The ghost sniper
All Maps except for Bloody Winter, Berlin and Submarine Base favor long-range sniping. Plus, Snipers have the added benefit of being radar invisible owing to the long-range. Whether you like sniping or not, if you want to own the competition in World War Heroes, start sniping.
Know thy maps
World War Heroes currently has 9 maps:
- Frozen Battle
- Submarine Base
- Bloody Winter
As a general rule, the first six maps on the above list favor medium to long-range weapons, with Stalingrad being definition of sniper heaven. The last three on the other hand favors corridor style combat.
Further, only Camerton, Tunisia, Finland and Frozen Battle allow for Tanks.
More than just the generalities stated above, the closer you familiarize yourself with the game maps, the more you will dominate that map.
Best weapons in World war heroes
There are surprisingly many great weapons to choose from in this game. Below are the best weapons by category, based on different performance factors.
- Best rifles – Volksturmgewehr and STG 44.
- Best LMG – VMG 1927
- Best SMG – PPSH-41
- Best Sniper – Lever Action
- Best Shotguns – Combat Shotgun.
- BATTLE! And the List Icon – tap the BATTLE! Button to quick start a new game (team death match by default). The List Icon takes you to Game mode selection where you can choose what kind of match-type you want to play from the following:
- Team Deathmatch – Classic simple team deathmatch; team with the most kills at the end wins.
- Deathmatch – Classic free for all. The player with the most kills at the end wins.
- Point Capture – A capture-the-flag team-based match-type, requires level 8.
- Team Deathmatch with a Bomb – the bomb is central to this mode. One team is tasked with successfully planting a bomb while the other must work to diffuse it. Teamwork is essential here, requires level 10.
- Hardcore – Weapons do 2x damage, and the game becomes more realistic, requires level 10.
- Custom – Join a custom game or create your own, no experience points or other bonuses.
Tutorial for maneuvering the main menu of the game
The main menu of the game is where you will land whenever you subsequently launch the game. It contains; from the top left to bottom-right horizontally:
- Hamburger/Side Pane icon that contains links to
- Settings – which we’ve discussed in-depth above.
- Player Profile – here you can see your own stats, in-game player name (default being “Player”), current level and ID as well as achievements.
- Clans – this is where you can view or join existing clans as well as create your own.
- Social – this is the in-game messaging and buddy system.
- Rating – this contains the top 1000 players (for the last week, last month or all-time respectively) in different rankings such as kills, experience, gold, victories and time played.
- Contracts – we will explain contracts below.
- Battle Pass – paid promotional bonuses that rotate per “season”.
- Player Name with rank – Tap this to be taken to the aforementioned Player Profile.
- Chest Icon – this takes you to the rewards screen. The chest rewards screen provides a timed reward that refreshes after a set duration (pro-tip: watch the ad to get 2x rewards here) as well as paid rewards that you may buy to give yourself a virtual leg-up on the competition.
- Cash Icon and Gold Icon – tap these icons to go to the credits purchase and gold purchase pages respectively.
- Free Pass Widget – tap this to go to the free pass rewards page, collect stars from daily quests to “level up” your free pass and earn more rewards, like its paid sibling – Battle Pass – Free Pass refreshes each season.
- Daily Tasks – These are your daily missions to earn additional experience and rewards. Tap to see which ones you need to do next.
- Special Offers Scroll Widget – you can view the ongoing special deals on in-game purchases here.
- Contracts – Contracts are basically rewards that you can purchase with in-game cash. You can equip up to 3 contracts at one time.
- Equipment – tapping this will take you to the character customization and equipment page.
Use tanks for everything
Tanks were terrifying in the real world wars, taking out entire infantries from miles away and being near impenetrable to all but specific anti-tank artillery. This hulking might of the Tank rings well and true in World War Heroes.
Make a beeline for a tank as soon as you spot one, caring only to just make sure that you do not die before reaching it.
Apart from taking out enemies with the main gun of the tank. You can also run enemies over. Better still, you do not run your own teammates over, so a tank can be used as a portable cover for your squad too.
And if all this is reversed? Then run to safety, shoot it when you can, and try your best to find a rocket launcher to deal some serious damage to it.