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Boom Beach: Break from seriousness

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Every now and then I take a break from posting about analytics, programming, microelectronics, and STEM “stuff” to something fun! Because we all need it! Your brain needs it!

Boom Beach is one of the rarest mobile games that I actually continued to play for about a decade now and have actually purchased in-game (which is quite unusual for me). I admire the maker SUPERCELL for their consistent creativity, upgrades, and still…no ads! And you can’t really win by paying.

I’m not going into the game in-depth here. You can learn on your own about it here. But I wanted to share some of my actual gameplay videos here. These are NOT the main game however…yeah, I know it’s confusing, but you have to play the game first to understand. These video clips are from a side-game or a game within the game that’s taking place on our warships. Each player starts with basic level of units and defense and with wins, player gets rewards using which he/she decides how to spend them on the tech tree…there are multiple options and paths which makes each player’s strategy unique every time. About every month (with a week’s break in-between) you battle real-time with other players on attacking their warships, while they are attacking yours at the same time. Once each game is initiated, the clock starts…you attack the opponent…sometimes the opponent is AI, more often it’s a human from across the world.

It being real-time and you’re playing with a mobile screen, while you’re attacking the opponent, you don’t see what each other is doing! Each of you are focused on your own attack! It is time-limited. Therefore, it’s only after the game is over that you get to see your own attack on the opponent’s base/warship, and their attack on yours. The winner is: 1) Whoever destroys the other’s ALL engine rooms first 2) In case where both destroy ALL the engine rooms, the winner is who destroyed them the quickest — this is more often the case at higher levels. 3) Time is up…in which case, whoever razed most buildings.

In that spirit, here are some clips (each one is in pair) where I’m attacked by another player, and my attack on the same player occuring simulatenously! After the game is win/loss, we can go back and replay the game to learn and do some analysis on how to make our defense or offense better. These recordings are based on looking back and using a 3rd party recorder on my phone to capture BOTH my attack, and opponent’s attack that are saved temporarily on the device. Good thing that Android 10+ allows the internal audio to be recorded now 🙂 The video clips should be viewed in pairs then: Opponent attacking me in a particular game (video 1) and me attacking that opponent in the same game (video 2).

I’m only sharing only a short peek into SOME my wins. Sure, I have lost a lot of games, and I have won a lot games against many players. I’m not interested in sharing the losses as my wins are what progresses me to next level and something you can learn from…albeit this is not a tutorial of the game. If you play the game and play close attention, you will get some hints 😉 Good luck!

Below are some of the videos. The first pair doesn’t have audio, but the rest have audio in all their glory!


Here’s a pair of clips from one game…

Enemy is a very good Asian player. He/she is attacking my ship.
I’m attacking the player above at the same time. Result: I win by seconds.

Here’s another pair of clips from another game…

Enemy is a very good Asian player. He/she is attacking my ship.
I’m attacking the player above at the same time. Result: I win by seconds.

Another game…

Enemy is a very good Asian player. He/she is attacking my ship.
I’m attacking the player above at the same time. Result: I win by seconds.

And one more. You may be wondering why these games were played all against Asian players. The reason is the time of the games. When I get to play, at night, lots of Asian players (who are the toughest opponents) seem to join.

Enemy attacking my ship.
I’m attacking the player above at the same time. Result: I win by seconds.

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