Polarity

Polarity Walls (Cetus) walkthrough, completed in 2:42.4

I played Polarity for a long time before I developed the approach presented here. Initially I was trying to build up forces as fast as possible, attack the correct foe and hope that my opponents would attack each other. To be honest, this approach relied heavily on hope.

I had discovered early on that you could affect an opponent by attacking them even though a wall was in the way. Even though you could never engage them, they would react as if you could. Even knowing this for quite some time, it took a while before I developed my current approach that relies heavily on this. Before this approach, I couldn’t break 3 minutes, now I can regularly get below 3 minutes and if things go right I can get quite a bit below.

Walk-through

  1. From the 0:00 to 0:19, first assembly your units next to the wall, then attack the orange planet, through the wall. The attempt here is to coerce orange to send reinforcements. When orange does send the reinforcements, immediately quit attacking and move all the units to the initially captured planet. After you quit attacking the newly reinforced orange planet, orange finds that they have an excess of units at the planet, and initiates an attack on another planet. This is crucial, if orange doesn’t initiate this attack, they will end up attacking and destroying the center planet.
  2. From the 0:20 to 0:41, start out getting as many units as possible to prepare for taking over the orange planet. For the first few seconds, send units from both of the planets, even though those from the lower planet are stopped by the wall. The units blocked by the wall are critical in being able to capture the top right planet after taking it from orange. The initial attack on orange is to get it to react, then when the attack is removed, the orange units will snap back and be absorbed into the planet in an attempt to promote it. Then re-initiate the attack and destroy orange. The final part of this phase is getting the units that are in the crook of the wall and bringing them to where they can be used in capturing the planet.
  3. From 0:42 to 1:10, just promote the triple planet and build up units.
  4. From 1:11 to 1:23, preposition your units evenly between the two singleton planets in preparation for the next phase.
  5. Starting at 1:25, attack orange, then green’s singleton planets. This is the key to the whole approach. These attacks are stopped by the walls, but orange and green keep sending reinforcements. This has three positive affects, first they aren’t attacking your planets, they aren’t capturing other planets, and all the units they are stockpiling will eventually attack each other.
  6. At 1:41, this is in preparation for the walls going down, so you can remove the attacks and keep your units from being wiped out.
  7. At 2:09, once again pin the orange units by attacking its singleton planet through the wall. This is to keep it from attacking your top right triple planet.

From here you are in good shape to just clear up the remaining opponents as best as possible.


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Castles

Supernovas (Hercules), Castles walk-through, completed in 1:31.2

When playing most of the games in the Hercules constellation, the supernovas are just distractions, and should usually be ignored.  That isn’t the case with Castles.  My approach used to be to trigger the supernova next to one of my opponents and then immediately wipe out as many of the opponent’s planets as possible.  I could get a good time, but the problem with the approach was that the other opponent could really build up their forces.

The new approach is to trigger an opponents supernova just for the purpose of weakening them, and then immediately attempt to trigger the supernova of the other opponent before they can expand to any new planets.  At this point the second opponent can be wiped out, then you only have the original weakened opponent left.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:30, capture your initial planets and build up some units.
  2. From 0:31 to 0:41, attack the orange back planet (I attack which ever opponent hasn’t promoted their double planet).  When the units get close, redirect the attack to the supernova.
  3. From 0:42 to 0:58, attack the green supernova and after triggering it, destroy the two green singleton planets (if green had already promoted its double planet then it would be the first one to attack). Then leave enough units to destroy the double planet later.
  4. From 0:59 to 1:12, attack the orange supernova, while this attack is going on, attack the green planet, then remove your attack in an attempt to get it to promote itself.

From here on out it’s just destroy the remaining planets as best as you can.

 


 

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Bypass

Force (Bootes), Bypass walk-through, completed in 2:23.4

When I first played Bypass, I thought you had to be lucky to even complete it, but after playing for a while, I finally developed an approach that usually results in a good time.  The basis of the approach is to capture all three planets on the bottom and one singleton on the side.  This will cause the opponents to be unbalanced, but the approach requires more than that.

The best way to beat Bypass in a good time is the same as it is for most of the Auralux games, you need to get your opponents to attack each other.  To do this in Bypass, you can take advantage of the wall of force that is against you.  Even though your units can’t pass through the wall, the effect of your attack can.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:49, this is just the initial captures and promotion of your triple planet.
  2. From 0:50 to 0:57, this is the initial attack through the force.  The attack is against the orange top singleton.  It doesn’t always happen, but often enough orange will send units from its triple and double planets to reinforce the singleton.  That is when you remove the attack.  Orange discovers that it has too many units for the singleton and uses them to attack green.
  3. From 0:58 to 1:12, you keep attacking and removing the attack on the orange singleton to keep all of the orange units going to the top of the board and away from you.
  4. From 1:13 to 1:23, start peeling units off for an eventual attack on orange. Even while you are assembling the units for the eventual attack, take advantage of attacking the orange singleton to keep orange sending units to the top.
  5. From 1:24 to 1:42, destroy the orange triple and double planets and then capture those planets.
  6. From 1:43 to 2:04, you now have your units in position to pass through the vertical force wall and use them to attack green.

From here on out you just need to clean up the best way possible.

 


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Vengeance

Force (Bootes), Vengeance walk-through, completed in 1:48.2

I started out playing vengeance one way and was able to get a time of just over 2 minutes. This original method I used was designed to force one of the opponents down to the bottom portion.  While repeatedly playing Vengeance this way, it occurred to me that if the initial move for both green and orange was to the bottom, getting a lower time would be possible.

After this realization I set out searching for a way to coerce them to do exactly that.  The upper level planets that orange and green want to capture with their first moves are the double planets adjacent to them.  My first attempt at coercing them was sending half of my original units to one of the double planets, and the other half to the other.  This very rarely wored.  The method I finally settled on was to send all of my units towards one of the double planets, then just before they reach it, redirect them to the other double.  Then when that opponent capitulates and goes to the bottom, redirect them again and capture the other double planet to try and force the other opponent to the bottom.  This doesn’t work all the time, but it does work often enough.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:07, the initial attacks that get both orange and green to send their units to the bottom.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:29, capturing all the planets around orange.
  3. From 0:30 to 0:43, attacking orange, then removing the attack to get orange to promote its planet to double, then destroying it.  You don’t need to capture this planet, you only want to capture the planets that are in proximity to the moving planet that will be coming up to the top of the board.
  4. From 0:44 to 0:55, attack the singleton next to green.  This attack denies this planet to green and prompts green to promote one of its planets to double.  At that point you’ll remove your attack and get ready to destroy the newly doubled planet.
  5. From 0:56 to 1:05, capture the two planets next to greens remaining planet.
  6. From 1:06 to 1:16, use and attack on green to prompt a promotion to double, then destroy green.

From here on out it’s just getting your forces ready for destroying the rest of your opponents.  In this video at 1:24, I use an attack on the orange double planet to prompt him to move units in for defense, then remove the attack.  At this point orange uses those excess units to attack green.

 


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Reboot

Shockwaves (Taurus) Reboot walk-through, completed in 2:02.1

The breakthrough for me in reboot was to modify the behavior of purple, I wanted him to promote his planet instead of occupying his front singleton. I’ve used this in other places, here the problem was that I had to modify purple’s behavior and still be able to occupy the top center double planet before the shock wave passed over it.

The modification I used in attacking purple can be seen at the beginning of the video. The initial move is to the right not attacking anything, then when purple is attacked the units are moving towards the center double planet so that when purple promotes itself, the units are close to their destination.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:11, This is the move to get purple to promote to a double and prevent him from capturing his singleton.
  2. From 0:11 to 0:19, absorbing a few units into the newly captured double planet, then peeling off units before the shock wave arrives. At 0:19, this attack on the purple singleton is to try and deny it to purple.  Quite often purple will attack this singleton, then withdraw the attack prior to capturing it, as it senses that the shock wave is getting too close.  Even though purple wouldn’t capture the singleton, the partial capture of it can alter how the rest of the game plays out.
  3. From 0:19 to 0:32, capture your singleton and peel off as many units as possible before the shock wave arrives.
  4. From 0:32 to 0:42, promoting your center planet to double.
  5. From 0:42 to 0:51, promoting you initial planet to double.
  6. From 0:51 to 0:56, an attack on the orange singleton.  Without something to discourage orange, it is more likely to attack the bottom double planet than green.  This attack on orange makes it more likely that green will attack that planet, which is what we want to happen.
  7. From 0:56 to 1:14, gather your units for the attack on green, then at the right time destroy the green double, then the green singleton.  Notice that green has a partial capture of the bottom center double planet.  This discourages orange and purple from trying to capture that planet.
  8. From 1:14 to 1:28, you need to gather your forces for an attack on orange.
  9. From 1:28 to 1:32, destroy the orange double planet.
  10. From 1:32 to 1:43, destroy the purple double planet.
  11. Wait for the shock wave to pass so you can destroy the remaining planets.

Conclusion

In this video I could have used some of my units at the 1:40 or so mark to attack and weaken the orange singleton. This would have made it easier to destroy it after the shock wave passed.

 


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Stage

Walls (Cetus), Stage walk-through, completed in 2:17.0

I like puzzles, and I look at Auralux Constellations as a collection of puzzles.  Of cousrse, the solution to these puzzles is the fastest time you can possible get.  In Stage, as in so many of the other Auralux puzzles, the path to the fastest time is to coerce your opponents to move where you want them, in order to get them to attack each other.

In Stage there are several key places where you can attack your opponents, and after they move their units in to defend against the attack, you then remove your attack.  The opponent then has more units then they need and will typically use those excess units to attack someone. If you’ve moved them correctly, this somebody will be another opponent.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 1:10, these are the initial captures in preparation for the attack phase.  The very first attack in this phase is designed to deny green access to the double planet enclosure.
  2. From 1:11 to 1:38, an attack on the green double planet prompts green to move units in for defense.  Then when the walls change, you can overwhelm the green planets outside the walls.
  3. From 1:39 to 1:42, an attack on the green double planet closest to orange.  This gets green to move units in closer to orange.
  4. From 1:43 to 1:45, an attack on the purple double planet designed to get purple to move its units away from it’s planets we will be attacking shortly.  With the added benefit of purple having excess units available for attacking orange after the walls change.
  5. From 1:46 to the end you just need to use your forces to destroy the remaining opponents.

 

 


 

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Shortcut

Force (Bootes), Shortcut walk-through, completed in 2:26.0

Admit it, you hate Shortcut. Does it seem that capturing the bottom double planets is a waste of time?  Do you hate orange and green when their triple planets are raining hellfire down on the doubles you just captured? Capturing those two planets does seem like putting your units through a shredder.  But, what if there was a way to keep this from happening?

Walk-through

It turns out, there is a way. Although it doesn’t work all the time, you can use your attacks to move the green and orange units around so they are more likely to attack each other, instead of raining down on you.

  1. From 0:00 till 0:30, the initial captures and building up some units.
  2. From 0:30 to 0:46, capturing the bottom left double planet.
  3. From 0:46 to 1:09, capturing the bottom right double planet.
  4. From 1:09 to 1:30, this is the key to this approach.  You use alternate attacks on orange and green to get them to move their units off of their triple planet to provide for the defense of the planet you are attacking.  When you remove your attack, they realize they have some extra units and use them to attack each other.

From this point, you have built up a lot of units that can be used to initiate your real attack.  Notice that this could have been faster had I noticed the planet that green had almost captured, and the game didn’t finish till I brought it down far enough that green didn’t have enough units to capture.


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