City of Brass – 5 Crucial Tips to Master This Brutal Rogue-lite

How to improve your runs within this magical, Arabian Nights-inspired walled city.

Since its release, I’ve been sinking a considerable amount of time into Uppercut Games’ City of Brass. I recently caught up with Ed Orman and Andrew James, the game designer and art director respectively, who let us in on their top tips for players looking to improve their runs. If you’re not caught up on the Arabian Nights-inspired first person rogue-lite, be sure to check out our five cool things video or our IGN Happy Hour chat with the devs, but for now, here are some crucial tips from the devs help you reach the heart of the City of Brass.

Look Everywhere

In most first person games, people aren’t conditioned to look down. When City of Brass was in its initial design stages, Uppercut Games took an early build along to a dev meetup. On one side of the first door, they’d placed a spike pit trap, one of the first traps you’ll encounter in the game. Every person who played the game during that test session fell to their death. Since then, the design of traps has been iterated and improved to make them easier to spot, but only if you look. Don’t boldly run through a door unless you’re certain there’s nothing on the other side.

It also pays to slow down and get your bearings if you want to loot a room. Scanning up will give you more opportunity to spot the secret areas hidden above. Uppercut Games wanted to utilise that space as there’s no point creating a high walled city if there’s nothing to explore up above.

Maybe deal with these guys before looking for secrets.

Maybe deal with these guys before looking for secrets.

Keep Sliding and Keep Moving

Sliding is not super obvious but it’s invaluable for avoiding traps. Hitting crouch while running forward will make you slide. You’ll keep sliding until you hit something at which point you’ll pop back out. While stepping on traps will trigger them, a well timed slide will get you across the majority of the game’s traps unscathed. Sliding can also aid you if you’re unsure what’s on the other side of a door. You can slide into enemies to trip them over and then follow up with a sword attack. And if you jump at the end of a slide, there’s a little hidden speed boost. One thing to note is that sliding does destroy breakable objects, so be careful. Sliding into an explosive vase or brazier will set it off.

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Pay Attention to the Reticle

Any time you’re aiming at something that can be interacted with, the aiming reticle will change. If you can pick something up, for example, it will display a hand, and aiming at different regions of enemies will display their corresponding icon. This makes it easy to tell if you’re going to disarm an enemy or hit the explosive barrel they’re standing next to. It will also clue you into environmental dangers such as traps which can be activated with a quick crack and rings that allow you to swing above enemies.

Loot Tactically

Valuable treasure chests sing and can be tracked by following the source of the sound.

Loot is at the very core of The City of Brass. Every area in the game is littered with collectible treasure, but not all of it is worth your time. If you attempt to pick up every piece of loot you see, this will quickly lead to you being overwhelmed by enemies. It’s much safer to only seek out the larger treasures and chests and move on. Pay attention to the game’s audio as valuable treasure chests sing and can be tracked by following the source of the sound. It’s also worth pointing out that City of Brass regularly offers players a small respite from the unending onslaught of the city’s residents. These safe rooms are devoid of traps and will sometimes hide hidden treasures.

Don’t Hoard Your Wishes

At the start of every run in City of Brass you’re given three wishes. Using these wishes is always beneficial – wishing at a shop genie unlocks more powerful items to buy, while wishing on an enemy genie will turn them to your side.

Wish effects persist across all levels in a single run but there is a trade off. Spending a wish to upgrade a genie who can bestow health, for instance, will also significantly increase its future cost, making it a considerable loot drain should you need it the further into the game you progress. If you manage to make it all the way to the heart of The City of Brass, any genies you’ve wished will appear in the final encounter to give you one last chance to change your gear or aid you in the final battle.

And if you manage to make it to the final battle without spending wishes, you’ll find yourself in a very advantageous position.

Be careful what you wish for...

Be careful what you wish for…

City of Brass is an evolving game, and there are a number of changes coming to address criticisms players (and critics) have had, not to mention new weapons and items to keep the gameplay fresh. These tips should serve you well, however, so good luck reaching the centre of the City!

Dan Crowd is a video editor at IGN Australia and longs for more satisfying melee combat in first person games. You can find him on Twitter or wherever good times are had.

SOURCE: IGN.com

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