Bomber Crew is a lovely looking little game by developer Runner Duck which puts you in the position to manage the crew of a World War 2 bomber. You will be recruiting your crew, training and outfitting them, assigning them roles in a plane which you also detail and upgrade. In the air, you’ll do your best to keep everyone alive, keep the plane in one piece, and accomplish your mission. This is much more difficult to pull off than the cute graphics of this game suggest. With that in mind, here are our top 7 tips to help you be successful.
1. Reload Gunners
Before you even take off, instruct each gunner to reload their guns. Each gun initially starts with only a single magazine, but reloading will increase that to three, thus allowing you more firing time before having to reload in the heat of battle.
Also keep in mind that while you can instruct someone else to reload a gun for a gunner, this can sometimes become overwhelming when bullets are flying. You can instruct a gunner to reload their own gun by selecting them and hitting the R key, all without needing to look too closely at your plane.
2. Raise Landing Gear and Close Bomb Doors
This may seem obvious, but make sure you raise the landing gear immediately after take off. Leaving it down will not only consume more fuel, but it also leaves it exposed to enemy gunfire. There’s nothing quite as disheartening as limping an entire crew back home, only to explode during landing because you have no landing gear.
The same concept applies to the bomb doors. Keep them closed until you’re on final approach to your target. The bomb doors also cause your plane to consume more fuel, and you wouldn’t want a stray bullet hitting an exposed bomb. That’s just not good for anybody.
3. Invest in Medkits and Fire Extinguishers
One of the best investments you can make in your plane is to add fire extinguishers. Don’t just add them to your engines though, you’ll want at least one inside the cabin in case something else catches fire. Keep in mind that an engine fire can also be extinguished by hand by using one of the portable extinguishers.
Medkits are vital in case one of your crew members goes down. They are one-time use devices, so you’ll want a few of them. It’s a sad sight when a crew member is lying on the floor dying and you’re all out of medkits. Stock up on a few because bad things do happen in the skies over Europe.
4. Cross-train your Crew
Keeping your crew alive means they will earn experience and eventually unlock new skills. When you get the opportunity to add a secondary skill to a crew member, make sure you pick something that makes sense. The rear and top gunners make excellent secondary engineers as they are closest to the electrical panel that tends to go on the fritz.
Your engineer and radio operator are your utility players. Making them medics or training them as gunners means they can assist in other roles as needed. The front gunner/bomb operator should be trained in both those categories, as he or she will often serve double duty.
There’s no point cross-training anyone as a pilot. Every crew member is able to fly the plane in case of an emergency. If your pilot is out of commission, you have bigger problems than the lack of special abilities provided by a trained pilot.
5. Careful on the Wings!
I learned this lesson the hard way… Sometimes you have to send an engineer or two out onto the wings to put put a fire or fix an engine. Keep an eye on that and don’t make any sudden changes in flying altitude. Seeing your highly skilled engineer slide off the wing without a parachute because your pilot is making a course correction while under fire from an enemy ace is not a fun experience.
6. Outfit your Crew and Upgrade your Plane
You’ll soon learn that your crew and plane are valuable assets and you want to keep them alive. There are many different ways to outfit your crew, and while I suggest you initially focus on armoring them so they can survive longer, you’ll eventually want to specialize them. Pay close attention to the type of gear each position can equip. Some will help out a great deal in that crew member’s specific role. Tail and top gunners, for example, will take more of a beating than anyone else, so ensure they’ve got good flak vests. Engineers and radio operators will often need to move around quickly, so don’t weigh them down too much.
Aside from upgrading the equipment aboard your plan with fire extinguishers, focus on the fuselage’s armor, especially in the rear and mid sections. Bigger guns are nice, but being able to take a beating and not have all engine fall off too quickly, is more important.
7. Don’t be afraid to Abort
The Abort button is your friend. Losing a well-trained crew or an upgraded airplane will set you back a lot in Bomber Crew. If you can tell that things aren’t going to end well, don’t be ashamed to abort the mission. You can always redo it later, and the loss of a plane is costly. Perhaps more costly however, is the loss of a crew. Yes, you can invest in the survival skills of the crew members, but chances of rescue are often quite poor. I find it better to just start over before things get too hairy.
For more tips, including some more in-depth descriptions of how to keep your crew alive, I suggest you check out Flakfire’s excellent tips video. It has helped me turn my Bomber Crew experience from a rotating door of poor soldiers and airplanes into an exciting and rewarding experience.
Hopefully these tips will assist you in being more successful in Bomber Crew than before. Fly safe!