Supercell is the leading developer in freemium mobile games with titles like Clash of Clans. And its newest game, Brawl Stars, looks like it will continue the company’s mobile legacy.
Brawl Stars is a multiplayer 3v3 brawler on iOS that is free-to-play, with options for in-game purchases. As of now, Brawl Stars is only available in Canada — and the developer has not yet stated when the game will be playable in other servers. While you’re waiting for it to drop in your region, this guide will go over everything you need to know to jump into the fray once Brawl Stars goes live on other servers.
Getting Started in Brawl Stars
Brawl Stars starts all players in a tutorial mode that introduces them to the central mechanics of the game. Players have two options for controlling their Brawler that can be chosen in Settings: Joystick Move and Tap to Move.
While in Joystick mode, use the virtual joystick to move your brawler around and tap the screen to fire in the direction you are facing. While using Tap to Move, tap the location on your screen that you want your character to move to and swipe towards an enemy or object to fire in that direction. We recommend using the virtual joystick for more precise moving and firing, but Tap to Move is a strong choice for starting out.
Your Super meter gathers charge every time you deal damage to an enemy Brawler. This meter can be seen in the bottom right corner of the screen. Once the meter is charged, tap the large skull button to unleash your Super in the direction you are facing. Each Brawler’s super is completely different.
Bushes can be used to conceal your Brawler for as long as you are standing inside of them, even while firing. So long as you are not taking any damage, your Brawler will regenerate health. This makes bushes useful for both offensive and defensive strategies — setting up flanks from invisible locations or using them as a means of retreat.
Four Types of Events in Brawl Stars
There are four Event types that can be played in Brawl Stars that are accessible from the Brawl tab: Smash & Grab, Showdown, Bounty, and Heist. Here’s the breakdown of what your goal is in each event.
- Smash & Grab: Gather crystals found in the middle of the arena. If your team is able to hold onto a total of at least ten crystals when the countdown ends, your team wins.
- Showdown: Rather than using the traditional 3v3 style, Showdown pits ten players against each other without any teams. Be the last Brawler standing to win the Event.
- Bounty: Each player starts with a one-star bounty above their head. Killing another Brawler adds their bounty to your team’s score, but raises your bounty by one. Dying resets the bounty back to one star. The team with the highest score at the end of the time limit wins.
- Heist: Teams of three must either attack or a defend a safe (you are randomly assigned to an offensive or defensive team). After three minutes, whichever team succeeds in their goal wins the Event.
Choosing Your Brawler in Brawl Stars
Each Brawler has their own move speed, health pool, and abilities. Having a well-balanced team is essential to success in Brawl Stars, especially when you are playing others online. A mix of short-ranged and long-ranged Brawlers, for example, is a good way to make sure all of your team’s weaknesses are covered.
Brawlers can be obtained from opening Brawl Boxes. Brawl Boxes can be bought with 10 Gems (purchased with real currency) or 100 Coins (earned by playing the game). If you receive a Brawler you already own, the duplicate Brawler is converted into Chips. Chips are another way of purchasing individual Brawlers.
Getting the Band Back Together
Brawl Stars has a social group system called “Bands” that allows players to either join other Brawlers or make teams of their own. Bands can be accessed from the Social tab, and are a good way of meeting other players — whether it be to play a game or just to chat. So you’ll want to check this out if you need people to play with.
Brawl Stars may only be available in Canada at the moment, but it is already shaping up to be another hit for mobile gamers. Have you gotten your hands on Brawl Stars yet? What tips do you have for players to make the most out of their Brawls? Let us know in the comments!