They Are Billions is a Steampunk strategy game set on a post-apocalyptic planet. Build and defend colonies to survive against the billions of the infected that seek to annihilate the few remaining living humans. Can humanity survive after the zombie apocalypse?
If you’re like me & jumped straight into They Are Billions, you’ve likely encountered some head desk moments along the way as you’ve learned the ropes. To help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve encountered, I’ve put together this guide to help you along the way.
It will remain a work in progress so long as I keep playing the title, so bookmark away!
Updated: January 5, 2018
Use the Pause Button
Pausing your game while you build should your modus operandi. Not only does this prevent the enemy from going batshiznit crazy on you while you’re popping structures all over the place, you can also cancel the build for free should you change your mind.
Manage Your Resources
I consider there to be two types of resources - absolute and renewable. Absolute resources (workers, food, power) have maximums that are increased through the building of structures, while renewable ones (gold, wood, stone, iron & oil) are what you need to build structures/upgrades with and can accrue over time.
Rule of thumb is to never run out of workers. To ensure you can build homes for your workers, you’ll need food. To build either, you’ll need renewable resources. And on top of this, you’ll also need to ensure you have sufficient power & room.
Soldiers are Useless
When you start, you’ll be given a solider (a uselessly slow noisemaker) and four rangers. Feel free to send that solider to an early death as he/she will be slow, loud (noise attracts the infected) and have a pathetically low HP count. As you start to outfit your army, remember this formula: Snipers > Rangers > Soldiers.
The infected, especially in large masses, consider walls nothing more than toothpicks glued together. This added layer of protection to slow them down should give your adequately planned defenses the time necessary to save you from disaster.
The infected can’t traverse mountains, swim through lakes, or sneak through forests. Use the landscape to your advantage and do your best to funnel them through natural or artificial choke points.
Got some further tips to share? Feel free to leave them in the comments below & I’ll look to add them as I continue to update the guide.