Bowmaster Prelude
December 27, 2006 11:20 AM   Subscribe

Bowmaster Prelude is a new awesome Flash game from the author of Bowmaster. Now you can get allied units to help you out, but they cost gold pieces, which will restrict your ability to buy upgrades. Much better graphics, better gameplay, even bigger time sinkhole.
posted by cerebus19 (17 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is ruinous. I've been impaling myself on this game for days now. Stay away.
posted by argybarg at 11:51 AM on December 27, 2006


Dammit. Now I will never get anything done.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 11:56 AM on December 27, 2006


Half of me says, "Thanks a lot! This is exactly what I needed right now!"

The other half says, "Thanks a lot. This is exactly what I needed right now."
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:03 PM on December 27, 2006 [1 favorite]


Oh for fucks sake...there goes January.
posted by Skygazer at 12:18 PM on December 27, 2006


how the crap do i pick up the enemy flag?
posted by phaedon at 12:35 PM on December 27, 2006


It's really fun, but a little too easy once you get the knack. Rain arrows down on perfect spots, get a couple ballistae to knock out the castle, explosive arrow every once in a while, you're pretty much golden.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:36 PM on December 27, 2006


Phaedon, you need to buy some cavalry. I sent my lone archer out there on level one and nearly got stampeded by the first wave.

I found this a week ago and have been wasting way too much time on it.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 1:15 PM on December 27, 2006


Ah, I discovered this last week and almost got CTS. Here is what I learned:

- Buy all the arrow upgrades first: fire, ice, bomb, (flack), cascading fire, cascading ice, cascading bomb, comet, meteor.

- You want all the upgrades first so you have all the arrows on one screen.

- I didn't find flack to be especially useful.

- Buy catapult and horses after the upgrades. You only really need these two units. The others are a waste of population. Lots of catapults == good.

- Leave catapult enabled all the time, but disable horses until after you take out the enemy castle, then send in one unit of horses and disable them again.

- Shoot ice arrows at red guys (flying and tall with swords). Shoot fire arrows at blue guys. Shoot either or the bomb at the green flying guys.
posted by jeffamaphone at 1:55 PM on December 27, 2006


thanks terminal
posted by phaedon at 1:55 PM on December 27, 2006


Well, there went an hour and a half of my time.
posted by subaruwrx at 3:47 PM on December 27, 2006


I couldn't disagree with jeffamaphone more.

send out infantry, archers, and cavalry.
Have them swarm the enemy flag and begin the run back to your castle.
Shoot any enemys that chase your boys.

Profit!

the arrows are important, but you can win handily with just infantry and regular arrows
posted by Megafly at 4:02 PM on December 27, 2006


Jeffamophone - Don't worry about buying the arrows in order, you can rearrange everything through options>skill setup.
posted by tomble at 5:49 PM on December 27, 2006


This is a slow game. There is so damn much downtime, but it isn't in big enough chunks to do anything else.
posted by dhartung at 12:02 AM on December 28, 2006


are you not able to aim the ballistae as in previous ver(s)? i find the 'draw anywhere' to be very nice, i found it tedious to go back to the castle to draw each time.
posted by headless at 1:03 AM on December 28, 2006


jeffamaphone : "Buy catapult and horses after the upgrades. You only really need these two units. The others are a waste of population. Lots of catapults == good."
Megafly : "I couldn't disagree with jeffamaphone more."

Interestingly, both "doctrines" work here, at least for the ten first battles - carpet bombing the enemy with a massive load of catapults or using a mixed army have more or less the same effect. The catapult way is somewhat more boring, though. After you destroyed their castle and it is just a matter of killing whatever they have left, the battle (i.e., the clicking) will be unnecessarily prolonged if you don't have some infantry or knights.
posted by nkyad at 5:12 AM on December 28, 2006


Huh. I didn't know you could move your main archer out of your tower. Buncha info here, including (hidden) spoilers if you want em.
posted by LordSludge at 6:42 AM on December 28, 2006


I just killed the final boss and finished level 30. I feel like a big man now. A big man who just wasted 3 full evenings flinging pixels at other pixels. I hate you all.

And please, please don't remind me when Bowmaster Prelude 2 comes out. I'm begging you...
posted by LordSludge at 4:43 PM on December 29, 2006


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