By: John Bedford January 1, 2013 0 Comments

Dominate the battlefield with our in-depth strategy guide.

Earlier today, we reviewed the latest turn-based strategy game to hit the App Store, RAD Soldiers. The game was in development for most of 2012, and eventually came out just in time for us to disappear on our Christmas holidays. Never mind! If you want to get a head-start on dominating the online battlefields, look no further than our strategy guide.

Why can't I shoot an enemy in RAD Soldiers?

There are two things that you have to consider when approaching an enemy for an assault. Firstly, do you have enough energy to both move into position and take the shot? Secondly, are they under so much cover that your shots will only have a minimal impact? Don't leave yourself exposed for a far more effective counter-attack.

How do weapon ranges work in RAD Soldiers?

Whenever you go to move one of your units, you'll notice that cross-hairs appear in certain tiles that are near the enemy. The bigger the cross-hair is, the more damage you'll do if you take a shot from that position, so always aim from that spot if you can. Of course, you also need to consider how much damage you might take from that position on the next turn. Find the right balance to dominate the battlefield.

How do I use the Undo function in RAD Soldiers?

If you think you've made a mistake, or you just want to try a different approach, you can hit the Undo button to rewind your moves and get your energy back. Experimenting is the best way to master the game, so don't be afraid to rework your strategy on the fly.

How do I get into cover in RAD Soldiers?

If you're worried that an assault strategy might leave you exposed after your turn, keep an eye out for the shield icons on the ground. A red shield is good, but a yellow shield is even better, and should always be your priority move if you're looking to play things a little safer.

Which soldiers should I choose for my squad in RAD Soldiers?

Having a lot of light soldiers will certainly keep your squad agile but it will also leave you horribly vulnerable to powerful attacks that can wipe out your whole army in very short order. Likewise, heavy soldiers might be able to take a bigger beating, but they'll also find it harder to cover the whole battlefield due to decreased mobility. Try and get a balance between the two different types, and don't be afraid to experiment for each particular scenario.

How do Squad Points work in RAD Soldiers?

Every unit that you take into battle has something called a Squad Point Value. Before starting a match, you'll only be able to take in a squad size that falls below your total Squad Point limit. If you've got room for another soldier, considering downgrading their weapon to squeeze them into the team, as this will reduce their overall value.

When should I use grenades in RAD Soldiers?

Try not to ever waste a grenade on one enemy unit unless it's absolutely unavoidable, or would otherwise result in a character's premature death. Wait until two or more are within the blast radius to inflict maximum damage against the enemy squad. Enemy units are often bunched together towards the start of a match, so use that to your advantage and send a light grenade-thrower scouting early on.

What abilities can my captain unlock in RAD Soldiers?

As you play the game you'll gradually level up. Hitting different levels opens up new abilities that can really help to turn the tide of battle, so choose your abilities carefully before starting a match. Here's the low-down on what each captain ability does, and when you can get your hands on them:

Health Crate

Unlocked: Level 2

Use: Summoning the health crate will allow one of your soldiers to head towards it and replenish up to 50 health points.


Unlocked: Level 7

Use: Take this baby on the battlefield and you'll be able to call in an artillery airstrike that will land up to 10 squares away from your captain, and deliver a total of 28 damage points across a wide radius.


Unlocked: Level 12

Use: Found yourself in a sticky situation? Activate this ability to pull a defensive shield over your current square. It's capable of absorbing 150 damage points in total.

Less-Harma Pharma

Unlocked: Level 17

Use: If it's all going horribly wrong, this ability provides a crate of pills which will reduce damage taken by 25% for a total of five turns.


Unlocked: Level 22

Use: If you've found yourself handling a particularly sneaky swarm of enemies, then the Detecto-Sweep will allow you to reveal all objects and enemies currently hidden within a five square radius.

Team Spirit

Unlocked: Level 27

Use: If a squad member has taken damage and remains in the line of fire, chuck 'em a bit of Team Spirit. This will not only heal the player by 30 points, it will also reduce the damage they take by 15% for three turns.

Orbital Strike

Unlocked: Level 32

Use: This mighty strike from above will deliver up to 90 points of damage, spread across a three square range. Just make sure you're not anywhere nearby when you use it, eh?

Bee Bomb

Unlocked: Level 37

Use: This vicious force of nature will place a bee hive up to six squares away, spewing out bees that will do up to 20 points of damage for the next eight turns.

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