What you’ll find here covers both the Arcade game and the modes available in Heroes and Defenders, the two expansions.
Many of the tips you’ll find here emerged from online discussions, were posted on Reddit, or reached us over social media channels. We are very grateful for the dedication put into it, and the sense of discovery the community was able to evoke with each little step towards the top of those leaderboards. Thank you again, and don’t forget to keep blasting in a free world – those humans are not gonna liberate themselves. - The Housemarque Team
HUMANS - ARCADE MODE
How are humans released?
Most humans are released by killing all the Keepers spawned into the level when the announcer says ‘’Keepers detected’’. When a human is released and left alone for a few seconds, the Abductors will try to kidnap it. The “secret” humans are released if your multiplier is high enough during a certain part of the level (look at the green glow behind the multiplier: if you see it, you’re going for it). Keep in mind that if your multiplier isn’t high enough the human will immediately die. Other humans are tied to certain Keepers that must be killed in a specific sequence. These are easy to lose if you’re not paying attention. If you kill any of the target Keepers in the wrong order, the human will immediately die. Check the following pages for more details.
The Throw Human button can look puzzling at first. What it does is simply… throw a human in the air. Remember that if you are boosting, you can use the ship’s inertia to throw the human further. This technique becomes really useful when the ship is busy fighting waves of enemies but you still want to deliver a human to the next escape pod.
Mastering the Throw Human button allows you to juggle humans – 2 or even 3 at the same time. That can be done first and foremost to be cool, but also for score-related purposes
(see Gathering Humans).
This technique requires a lot of practice. Instead of saving humans one at the time, you can try to gather them all under one escape pod, and then deliver them in quick succession (check also the Mysterious Blue Arrows tip for more details). Humans will not stay put and will start to walk around, and enemies will try to aggressively abduct them. However, if you manage to keep everything under control, you can score millions that way. Keep in mind that humans also unlock power-ups, so saving them all at once will make you weaker during the normal progression of the level.