rebel inc 2020 Review and Guides
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With the past several decades being marked by unending conflict around the world, Rebel Inc. is one of the rare video games that choose to address the sensitive topic of war in the modern world. It is a strategy mobile game built with the help of various journalists, charitable organizations, politicians, and even governments and it explored the real-world important issues that are happening endlessly for the past decades. All we see on the news, the wars, coups, political successions, and territorial disputes… This game has it all and it attempts to show how it looks from the inside out. It is a stroll in the shoes of a government leader amidst such described conflict, and it caught our attention recently. In the first part, we will look at the game itself, while in the second part of this page we will be going through some FAQ and guides for the community.
When we say that this game was made with the help of government workers, politicians, and the likes, we were not joking…
When we say that this game was made with the help of government workers, politicians, and the likes, we were not joking. Ndemic Creations, the studio behind this title, has built this and similar mobile games by doing just that. This indie studio is also behind Plague Inc. and Plague Inc.: The Board Game, while they also already added two expansions for Rebel Inc. titled The Black Caves and The Azure Dam. Ndemic Creations have dished out Rebel Inc. for both Android and iOS and to critical acclaim.
Rebel Inc. release date was in October 2019 and so far the game was downloaded over 5 million times and has an overwhelmingly positive score of 4.4 stars on Google Play. The situation is similar for iOS users, where the game has an even better 4.8-star score from around 30 thousand votes and it is #15 in the whole strategy genre. And, when we say strategy, we mean the best part about the genre, which is map control, development and control of territories and growth of your faction, but more about it down below.
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Data, graphs, and map positions are the players’ main tools for this expedition, and it works rather well…
While this game does have combat, there is no usual view of your units fighting or anything like that. Instead, Rebel Inc. takes place entirely on the world map and focuses on macro-management, although there is a certain degree of unit micro-management. To that end, the developers have entirely succeeded in creating an atmosphere that perfectly portrays what it would be like if you were controlling all these areas from a headquarters of sorts. Data, graphs, and map positions are the players’ main tools for this expedition, and it works rather well.
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While only set on the map, Rebel Inc. offers a wide variety of gameplay mechanics and aspects…
While only set on the map, Rebel Inc. offers a wide variety of gameplay mechanics and aspects. Mainly, the main mechanics are composed of the Civilian and Military aspects, both equally important and both controlled through the maps of your areas. However, while they are the main aspects, each has many sub-features that are best learned in advance so we strongly suggest any new players deal with the tutorial before attempting to play on their own.
The player runs the operation and is tasked with restoring Stability to a region that was recently struck by invasion and war. You have the support of an international coalition for sure, but you must deal with the Military and Civilian priorities in the area you are tasked with on your own. Getting the stability of your area to 100% wins the game while losing all your Reputation to 0 means you have lost. In Rebel Inc., Reputation is lost through Insurgent Activity, but also if you take too long to stabilize any given zone.
To fight that, you must Fund Civilian Initiatives, Gain Zone Support, Stabilize every zone, increase your Reputation, oppose Insurgent Fighters and hunt down their Training Camps, and also strategically cut off their escape. You do this by Training and Deploying your Military, Moving them over the map through zones, and gaining Tactical advantage. Battles are entirely waged automatically, but the player is shown how combat unfolds with the help of moving markers on the map.
Besides this Military Aspect, the Civilian cause must also be won, and you do this by Supporting various Initiatives, which bring progress as well, but also increase Inflation. The higher the Inflation, the higher the Corruption, so the game is won by a delicate balance of the players’ priorities, which can prove quite the challenge in later stages. The player also deals with Intel, Budget, and Negotiations in Rebel Inc.
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With no unit view, character models, and minimalistic animations, R Inc. does not count in the same category as other video games that do feature any of the mentioned elements…
With no unit view, character models, and minimalistic animations, R Inc. does not count in the same category as other video games that do feature any of the mentioned elements. Instead, the developers, Ndemic Creations, often focus on this approach in their games that puts the player above the action and outside of the actual happening, sort to say. Instead of bombarding our senses with effects, animations, and other visual cues that serve to indulge in the aesthetic needs of the average player today, R Inc. takes the clean approach of information, control, and leaves room for careful strategic thinking, which is the point of the whole game. It does so to best transfer the experience of being in charge of such a situation is perhaps the real world, and thus we feel it is a good choice to put the whole thing back to basic, minimalistic, simulation-type visuals.
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Another positive side to the entire minimalistic visual approach is that this game is playable on almost any Smartphone today…
Another positive side to the entire minimalistic visual approach is that this game is playable on almost any Smartphone today. It is almost playable on some high tech calculators sort to say, as the lack of animations, textures, and real-time mechanics do widen the range of devices it’s playable on. It is playable on any Smartphone with 1GB of Ram, Android 4.4 or up, or iOS 9.0 or up.
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Anyone who downloads R Inc. can access the full content of the game…
While Ndemic Creations is an indie studio and they have been looking for a way to at least capitalize a little bit on their hard work and success, this game is free to download and play. Anyone who downloads R Inc. can access the full content of the game, with only several features locked for the Premium upgrade. Purchasing the Premium Upgrade unlocks the use of Advisors and Governors, the game Fast Forward feature, and removes all ads from the gameplay, and it costs around $2. We’ve also mentioned The Black Caves and The Azure Dam Expansion packs that came out, and they cost $1.99 each. There are other packs and unlocks ranging from $0.99 to $10.99, but the main experience remains intact for free-to-play players, and most of the content is obtainable and unlockable just by playing.
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Rebel Inc. is a very ambitious concept, carefully planned, well thought out, and brilliantly executed…
Rebel Inc. is a very ambitious concept, carefully planned, well thought out, and brilliantly executed. The game justifies its critical success of over 5 million downloads by far and it is one of the best strategy mobile games of its particular kinds in the market currently. It takes from the real world and represents problems and conflicts that do happen in the world with unbiased simplicity. However, it also educates the player a little bit about how complicated it is to end conflict where it arises. IT is fun and engaging, and worth the time.
Rebel Inc. guides and TIPS
How to improve your gaming experience and gameplay…
While this game does have a very comprehensive How to Play section, with a Tutorial and Read about the game section, the already wide community of players has had certain inquiries about in-game stuff. While there are plenty of tips and guides scoured throughout the web, we’ve attempted to pull together some of the more important and sought-after in one place and to answer frequently asked questions about the game. Also, Ndemic Creations has included certain types of cheats available as top-ups through in-game microtransactions, which is a fine way of dealing with hackers and malware that potentially may target this game.
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- How to unlock advisors?
- How to unlock Cheats?
- How to beat/win brutal?
- How to unlock governors?
- How to beat Mountain Pass?
- How to beat Distant Steppe?
- How to decrease corruption?
Advisors or Governors are unlocked by achieving two conditions. Firstly, you need to complete the designated mission which unlocks a particular Advisor (and further missions). Some of these advisors will then become available for the player to employ, but others will require you to have the Premium Version of the game (in addition to the required mission complete requirement). Advisors/Governors provide valuable in-game bonuses and can boost anything from your annual budget to the military and more, so they need to be factored into your strategy accordingly.
As mentioned, Ndemic Creations have rather solved the cheat problem many mobile games have with style and cleverness. Mainly, the player can pay to unlock cheats in the game, which is a kind of a top-up, and it is very affordable compared to the prices of such top-ups in mobile games in general and the potential malware security risk players face when they use a website promoting such cheats, which are usually false and bait you to reveal your data. The Early Unlock Cheats pack costs $9.99, but there is also a discounted version of $4.99 sometimes. Just go to the Unlock tab of the game and check the offers.
All Maps (scenarios) have three difficulty settings: Casual, Normal, and Brutal. Casual is best for new players and people who do not have too much experience with video games in general, Corruption rises very slowly, insurgents are eager to co-operate, and you are very easy to engage locals. The Normal difficulty is significantly more challenging and it is recommended for most players, whether or not you have experience with strategy games. Corruption takes root easily, insurgents are eager to cause problems, and locals are challenging to engage. But, it provides the much-needed challenge to engage the player to have fun. However, the last difficulty, Brutal, is recommended only for the veterans i.e. people who have played the game extensively and unlocked all advisors. So, you need to preferably have Premium Purchase of the game. Locals are extremely difficult to accommodate, corruption is virtually impossible to root out, and Insurgents are persistent, have high morale, and sponsored by powerful people. You need to have a set of strategically placed advisors, all perfectly positioned for a particular scenario, to beat this, and the hard part is yet to come.
FAQ we’ve found often overlaps, but the community is vast as the game has over 5 million downloads on Android only, so there are a lot of questions to be answered. Among the most popular questions is How to unlock governors. Governors are the same as Advisors and they are unlocked by achieving two conditions. You need to complete the designated mission which unlocks a particular Governor. Some of these Governors will then become available for the player to employ, but others will require you to have the Premium Version of the game (in addition to the required mission complete requirement). Advisors/Governors provide valuable in-game bonuses and can boost anything from your annual budget to the military and more, so they need to be factored into your strategy accordingly.
While it is a very engaging and addictive game owes it to the highly challenging content it offers. Proof of this is the Mountain Pass map, which is the second mission available in the game. Yes, you read that correctly, people are already having trouble with the second mission in the game and this is a frequent problem in the community. The Mountain Pass mission presents two major cities divided by mountains, one is on the high ground and the other in the basis, and they are connected with a single road through the range. You must control that single road.
We recommend that you choose to set up your starting point on the high ground, preferably in the mid tile where the mountain road begins. That way most of the insurgencies will happen only on one side, to the east. Areas mostly lack Education, Aqueducts, and Sanitation. Rural and urban tiles are both present there, so you can opt to invest in Livestock Development, but since the Insurgencies are quite aggressive here, we recommend spending most of the funds in Military and Anti Corruption. Effective Procurement (provided by Anti-Corruption I) should be your first purchase.
Distant Steppe is the 5th map available. It requires you to beat the previous 4 maps on either normal or brutal difficulty. It is also one of the notoriously harder ones right up there with Mountain Pass, except here you’ll have six Governor options unlocked, so you do have some wider options for your gameplay. Most of the guides, tips, and gameplay videos from community sources recommend the Smuggler as your go-to Governor because he is “Comfortable with Chaos”.
It is a good idea to place your starting zone in the center, at the crossroads of the roads that lead to as many cities on the map as you can manage, like Alpha Sierra. As mentioned before, your best starting investment in Operations is to go for Anti-Corruption I and Effective Procurement in Government tab, and the basic Services Discussions in the Civilian sector. Try to do the District Representative and Regional Census as quickly as you can, preferably before you start laying your military troops down because that will prolong the time your Coalition Forces will stay without causing riots. Pursue Insurgencies relentlessly right from the start, landing all your Coalition Forces and cornering them as often as you can.
If you watch your reputation levels and answer the growing concerns of the areas you control, your reputation should always remain around 70 or higher, which is crucial in beating this Map. In the Distant Steppe Map, concerns are mostly around Health and fighting the diseases, so get a jump on that. When pursuing Insurgents, keep in mind that their base will most likely be in the area they first appeared in from the beginning of the scenario, so pursue them with the intent to corner them there. If you do not clear their Bases quickly and regularly, the Insurgents will destroy your reputation and infrastructure. While you are pursuing them, keep them away from major populated areas. Keep in mind that, when your Coalition Forces ask to leave, it is worth going for the Short Extension and losing 7 reputation, then withdrawing them immediately and losing the game due to wild Insurgencies.
As it turns out, investing in Effective Procurement (provided by Anti-Corruption I) is the best value in the long term. It causes all initiatives to cause less Corruption when funded, which, through the course of the entire game, can add up to a lot. After that, whenever your corruption reaches 25% of the Corruption Risk bar, it is recommended that you purchase the next tier of the Anti-Corruption operation. If you reach Anti-Corruption IV and it is still not enough, Corruption Purge 1 and 2 will then be opened for you as a last resort option. Corruption Purge I costs $16 and II costs $26, and they provide a significant temporary decrease in Corruption and a onetime significant decrease in Corruption Risk.