Quadrants

Wormholes (Lepus) Quadrants walk-through, completed in 1:59.3

The strategy I’ve developed for Quadrants relies on developing an imbalance in your opponents, and then exploiting that imbalance.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:22, your goal here is to get both orange and purple to capture the single planet between them and green. To do this, first double your initial planet. Then, after a few seconds, peel off some units towards the top of the screen. Use those units to attack the single planet between you and orange. When orange moves to capture the planet adjacent to green, redirect you units to the single planet between you and purple. When purple moves to capture the planet next to green, go ahead and use all of your units to promote your planet to a triple.
  2. From 0:23 to 0:36, capture and promote your double planet.
  3. From 0:37 to 0:45, capture the unoccupied single planet between you and one of your opponents. In this video that is the single planet adjacent to purple.
  4. From 0:46 to 0:53, start collecting your units on your triple planet. I was planning to use those units to attack the purple single planet and get purple to send reinforcements there. In this video green attacked that purple planet and got the reaction I was after. Since green is attacking for you, start assembling your units near the purple triple planet.
  5. From 0:54 to 1:07, just as purple sends reinforcements to its single planet, you want to destroy, capture and promote the purple triple planet.
  6. From 1:08 to 1:25, orange is building up units on its single planets. You want to get orange to move those units off and prevent it from attacking your triple planet. To do this, gather some units and attack the orange triple planet. In this video it worked perfectly. As soon as orange sends reinforcements to its triple planet. Green attacks the weakened orange single. When you remove your attack on the orange triple, orange discovers that it has a bunch of units available to reinforce its single planet that is under attack. At the same time the units that orange sent through the wormhole attack and destroy the purple planet.
  7. From 1:26 to 1:30, you want to send as many units as possible through the purple wormhole.
  8. From 1:31 to 1:41, as soon as orange attacks green, use the units you’ve collected in the wormhole to take out the orange double and triple planets. At the same time use units from your original double and triple planets to attack the orange single planet.

From here you just have a few planets left to destroy.


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Invasion

Shockwaves (Taurus) Invasion, completed in 1:14.5

With the correct approach, Invasion is not very difficult. However, getting a really good time takes good timing and cooperation from your opponents.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:16, you need to capture and attempt to promote the double planet next to one of your opponents. I usually go to the orange side, but either side works.
  2. From 0:17 to 0:41, when the shock wave reaches the double you are trying to promote, you need to pivot to getting your top double planet promoted.
  3. From 0:42 to 0:47, now its time to position your units for attacking the opponent you are not right next to. You want the units ready so when the opponent makes a move to capture a planet, you can move in and destroy them.
  4. From 0:47 to 0:53, when green makes its move, attack and destroy it.
  5. From 0:53 to 1:01, after destroying the other opponent, you need to start massing your units in preparation for the remaining opponent
  6. From 1:02 to 1:06, when orange makes its move to promote its double, attack and destroy it.
  7. From 1:07 to 1:14, after destroying the first orange double planet, pull back your units to allow the other planet to try and capture the just destroyed planet. This doesn’t always work, but when it does the remaining orange planet is easier to destroy.

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Toll

Minefields (Andromeda) Toll walk-through, completed in 57.6 seconds

In my previous post on Toll I introduced a new strategy where you encourage the opponent to attack the moving planet. This led to finally getting a time under two minutes. I continued working on this new strategy and have modified it to where it is now possible to get under one minute.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:05, attack both of the double planets adjacent to orange. What you’re are trying to do is get orange to send its units to the moving planet.
  2. From 0:06 to 0:09, as soon as orange attacks the moving planet, pull your units back away from the minefield and wait for the moving planet to come into your enclave. When it does, capture the planet. The orange attack will be degraded by the minefield and will not have enough units left to destroy your newly captured planet.
  3. From 0:10 to 0:21, continually send units to the moving planet. You want it to have as many units as possible when it gets into the orange enclave.
  4. From 0:22 to 0:25, send units from the moving planet to a point near the top planet in the orange enclave.
  5. From 0:26 to 0:29, as soon as orange attacks the top planet, use your units to prevent the capture. The more you degrade the planet that orange is attempting the capture, the better.
  6. From 0:30 to 0:39, when the moving planet comes back into your enclave, start sending units from your original planet to it. What I usually do is when the moving planet is just exiting my enclave is to start sending units from my original planet to attack the partially captured orange planet. This is to encourage orange to send its units to the other planet in its enclave. In this video, orange did that without any prompting by me.
  7. From 0:40 to 0:48, don’t let your units go back through the minefield. send them off to the side in the orange enclave as you wait for orange to attempt to capture the other planet.
  8. From 0:49 to 0:57, when it seems that orange is just about to capture the other planet, attack orange with units from both of your planets.

If you are fortunate like I was here, you’ll have enough units to destroy the orange planet. If not, continue attacking and you should be able to destroy the orange planet when the moving planet comes back into the orange enclave.


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Pith

Gas Giants (Leo) Pith, completed in 1:48.8

Pith is fairly easy. You just need to mass your units for attacking from the rear and then time your attacks to get the best time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:29, promote your double planet and capture your two single planets.
  2. From 0:30 to 0:50, build up and send a mass of units near the double planet of one of your opponents. In this video I send them to green, either one should work.
  3. From 0:51 to 1:08, you want your front single planet strong enough so that whoever occupies the gas giant doesn’t decide to attack you.
  4. From 1:09 to 1:17, at a time when an opponent just launches an attack on the gas giant, move your mass of units near the rear planet of your other opponent.
  5. From 1:18 to 1:22, use an attack on the planet just in front of the green double planet to get green to send reinforcements there. When the reinforcements are sent, remove your attack.
  6. From 1:23 to 1:26, when green sends its mass of units from its middle planet to its front planet, attack and destroy its double planet.
  7. From 1:27 to 1:32, continue sending units towards the orange double planet, then when it moves its mass of units forward, attack and destroy the orange double. While doing this you also want to continue the attack on the green side.

From there you just need to destroy the few remaining planets as quickly as possible.


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Quagmire

Speed (Monoceros) Quagmire walk-through, completed in 2:44.8

Your opponents are limited in the ways they will attack you or another opponent. You have no such limits. Quagmire is a good example of this. While your opponents will follow a certain path to engage in the arena of battle, you can move your forces outside of the arena and attack them from the rear.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:51, capture and promote all of the planets within your high speed enclave and the single planet just within the low speed area.
  2. From 0:52 to 1:43, now you are just positioning your units for an attack on green.
  3. From 1:44 to 1:50, after green and orange start battling in the middle wait for a moment when green just sends a large mass of units from its high speed enclave into the low speed area. Then attack and destroy the double planets first. When you believe you have enough units at the green enclave to destroy all of its planets and to capture and promote a few, start sending units from your enclave towards the orange enclave.
  4. From 1:51 to 2:01, while you are destroying the remaining green planets in the green enclave, continue sending your units towards the orange enclave.
  5. From 2:02 to 2:22, with all the green enclave planets destroyed send any remaining units from there towards the orange enclave. You also want to start using the units already at the orange enclave to start destroying the orange double planets. Then when your mass of units from the green enclave arrive, use them to destroy the remaining orange planets.

From here use your units from all three enclaves to attack and destroy the remaining planets within the low speed area.


 

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Canaan

Wormholes (Lepus) Canaan walk-through, completed in 1:33.3

Canaan only has one wormhole with its entrance near the initial position of your opponents and its exit at a pair of triple planets. With just one entrance for the opponents to use, it is possible to get both opponents to send units into the wormhole that will cancel each other out and prevent either opponent from capturing one of the triple planets.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:17, double your initial planet and then capture an adjacent planet. In this video I capture the planet on the orange side.
  2. From 0:18 to 0:25, now you want to preposition some units that you’ll be using to destroy the bottom orange planet.
  3. From 0:26 to 0:39, use the attack and release move to get the bottom orange planet to absorb all of its orbiting units. Then you need to attack, destroy and capture the bottom orange planet. At 0:28 orange sends units into the wormhole towards one of the triple planets on the far right. Since the number of units that orange sent isn’t enough to capture one of the planets it just leaves those units in the wormhole. This is very important to you getting a good time.
  4. From 0:40 to 0:59, gather all of your units onto your double planet. This is to get them in position for the next phase and to discourage green from attacking.
  5. From 1:00 to 1:09, wait until both orange and green send their excess units into the wormhole. It’s by orange and green both sending similar amounts of units that they will cancel each other out. When that happens, attack and destroy both green double planets.
  6. From 1:10 to 1:20, you now have two single planets left to destroy. The problem is they both have a bunch of excess units on them. Using the units left over from destroy the green double planets, attack the orange single planet but do it by brushing past the green single planet to destroy some of its excess units. This will prevent green from capturing another planet while you are destroying orange.

From here you only have a single planet left to destroy.


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Assault

Fog (Cygnus) Assault walk-through, completed in 2:39.3

After figuring out the best way to get rid of purple and capture the top three planets, I would wait a long time to mass a lot of units prior to going on the attack. My times in Assault didn’t start getting a lot better until I quit doing that and now I attack and destroy an opponent’s planet at the first opportunity.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:34, double your initial planet and immediately start sending units to the planet between you and purple. If purple doesn’t attempt to capture that planet within a couple of seconds, remove your attack but still send your units in the vicinity of the planet. when purple finally attacks, resume your attack and capture the planet.
  2. From 0:35 to 1:08, send your units to the side of the purple double planet. Wait until purple attacks your single planet, When it does, attack purple and use the units from your double to reinforce your single planet. After destroying the purple planet you want to capture and promote it.
  3. From 1:09 to 1:25, mass your units on your lower double planet and wait for one of your opponents to attack the lower planet of the other opponent. When this happens and the opponent being attacked sends reinforcements from its top planet, attack and destroy that planet.
  4. From 1:26 to 1:38, continue massing your units on your lower planet. Watch the relative strength meters in the lower left to see what is going on with your opponents. At 1:35 you can see that the lower green double is destroyed by orange. At 1:38 it is captured.
  5. From 1:39 to 1:45, when orange sends a mass of units to promote the planet it just captured, you want to destroy its top double planet, then capture and promote it.
  6. From 1:46 to 1:56, now you want to destroy and capture the orange single planet that was just uncovered.
  7. From 1:57 to 2:06, destroy the orange double that was just uncovered.
  8. From 2:06 to 2:13, wait for orange to send reinforcements from its lower left double planet, then attack and destroy it.
  9. From 2:14 to 2:21, here you want to attack the orange planet that green is not attacking. In this video you can just see that green is attacking the bottom orange planet. That is why I attack, destroy, capture and promote the top orange double.

Here I was lucky that the bottom planet was destroyed but not captured by green. Either way, all that is left is destroying the remaining planets as quickly as possible.



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