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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Myopia

Fog (Cygnus) Myopia walk-through, completed in 2:09.4

The best times in Myopia come when both of your opponents make their initial capture on the same side. This gives you the chance to capture all of the planets on the other side and makes it more likely that your opponents will attack each other instead of you.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:13, double your initial planet. Now you want orange and green to capture a planet on the same side, leaving the other side for you. What I usually do is make alternate attacks on the planets on one side in an attempt to get the opponents to go to the other side. In this video, just as I begin the first attack, both opponents move to capture planets on the same side. I just send my units to the other side.
  2. From 0:14 to 0:28, now you want to capture both of the planets accessible to you on the other side.
  3. From 0:29 to 0:50, once you have captured both of the double planets, you want to capture both of the single planets that are now visible. Attacking both of them simultaneously prevents an opponent from capturing one of them.
  4. From 0:51 to 1:00, as soon as you’ve captured both single planets, you need to promote the two double planets.
  5. From 1:01 to 1:05, capture and promote the remaining planet on your side.
  6. From 1:06 to 1:11, you can see that green has already promoted its triple planet all the way while orange is only promoted to a double. For this reason I start sending units to the side of the green triple, both to prevent it from attacking me and to prepare for an attack on it.
  7. From 1:12 to 1:14, as soon as green captures the center planet, move your units close to the green triple. Green should be making a move to promote the center planet to a double and you want to be ready.
  8. From 1:15 to 1:25, as soon as green sends units from the triple towards the center planet you want to destroy, capture and promote the planet all the way to triple. Don’t use units from the two planets nearest the orange triple or it will make them an inviting target for orange. Promoting this planet all the way to triple will burn the fog off of the lower right quadrant and allow you to see and attack all of those planets.
  9. From 1:26 to 1:39, as soon as orange starts attacking the center green planet, you want to get your units ready to attack the orange triple. When you’ve massed enough units, destroy the orange triple planet, then capture and promote it all the way to triple. Now the fog is burned off where you can see all planets.

How you attack from here depends on who is the strongest opponent and how the opponents are attacking each other.


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Horizon

Fog (Cygnus) Horizon walk-through, completed in 2:39.2

The strategy for Horizon is to get your gas giant promoted as efficiently as possible. This burns off enough fog that you can mount an attack on the green gas giant. To keep orange in check while you are preparing to take out green, you need for green to be strong in the center. You can use attacks on green planets to get it to send reinforcements towards the center and be your shield in the coming assault by orange.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:15, promote your gas giant all the way to triple. You don’t want to promote all the way to gas giant right away because the last two levels take more than 100 units to get promoted. It’s better to capture the single planets prior to promoting the gas giant all the way.
  2. From 0:16 to 0:36, capture the first two single planets. You don’t want to capture the third single. Your opponents will destroy it in short order, so just let them have that single.
  3. From 0:37 to 0:51, promote the gas giant one more time.  This will allow you to see what is going on with green and the center planet. In this video green has already captured the center planet. This is a rare occurrence. Usually I use attacks on green planets to get green to send reinforcements down to the planet which will then capture the center planet when I remove the attack. If orange gets the center planet, I start over.
  4. From 0:52 to 0:58, promote the gas giant the rest of the way.
  5. From 0:59 to 1:16, send units from all of your planets into the vicinity of the green gas giant. Use attacks on green planets to get green to move units down towards the center planet. This is beneficial in two ways, green being stronger in the center will slow down orange when it gets to full strength and it will  also delay the green gas giant from getting promoted all the way which will make it easier for you to destroy.
  6. From 1:17 to 1:22, attack, destroy and capture the green single planet just in front of the green gas giant.
  7. From 1:23 to 1:46, now you want to destroy, capture and promote the gas giant. You want this gas giant promoted one level below gas giant. This allows you to see more of orange, but that last level to gas giant takes so much time that it will really allow orange to strengthen.
  8. From 1:47 to 2:08, you want to destroy and capture the green single planet closest to you. In this video I forgot that step for just a few seconds and then had to bring my units back to get that planet.
  9. From 2:09 to 2:12, now you want to attack, destroy and capture the middle orange single planet.
  10. From 2:13 to 2:22, time to get that last orange single which will open up the orange gas giant for an attack.
  11. From 2:23 to 2:31, start attacking the orange gas giant. When you believe you are about to destroy the gas giant, start using units from your two gas giants to attack other planets.

From here, you just need to destroy any remaining planets as quickly as possible.


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Toll

Minefields (Andromeda) Toll walk-through, completed in 1:39.8

I played Toll the same way over and over, trying to get a better time. The way I used to play Toll is shown in a previous walk-through. Finally, I looked for a different strategy. This strategy was started by asking myself the question, “What is the worst initial move that my opponent could make?” The answer came from remembering the approach I used in the Commute walk-through.

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. In this video I first send units towards the bottom of the screen before attacking both double planets. I was just trying something different, this is not necessary for this approach to work.
  2. From 0:06 to 0:10, once orange sends its units towards the moving planet, redirect your units to doubling up your initial planet.
  3. From 0:11 to 0:22, peel off some units from your double and use them to attack one of the orange double planets. Use units from your double to attack the other orange double. This is designed to force orange to capture the moving planet. This is to keep units out of the orange enclave and limit how fast orange can grow.
  4. From 0:23 to 0:46, capture and promote all the planets in your enclave.
  5. From 0:47 to 1:00, when the moving planet comes back to your enclave you want to destroy, capture and build up as many units as possible on it.
  6. From 1:01 to 1:17, after the moving planet enters the orange enclave, wait for orange to promote a planet to double, then attack that planet. You will not have enough units to destroy the planet, you just want to injure it as much as possible so you delay orange getting to full strength
  7. From 1:18 to 1:27, load all of your units on the moving planet, and keep sending units as it moves into the orange enclave.
  8. From 1:28 to 1:36, peel off about half of the units to the side of the orange double that has already been promoted. When orange promotes the other double, attack and destroy it with units from the moving planet. At the same time, use the units that you peeled off earlier to attack and destroy the other orange double planet.

As soon as both double planets are destroyed, use all of your units to attack and destroy the orange triple planet.


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Hazard

Gamma Rays (Perseus) Hazard walk-through, completed in 2:10.9

Hazard is an exercise in using attacks to get your opponents to move toward each other and away from you. These attacks can be on unoccupied planets to get an opponent to give up on capturing the planet. Or, they can be on one of your opponents to get them to send reinforcements to the attacked planet.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:20, double your initial planet, then send some units to two different locations. Send those units towards both planets between you and orange and at the same times send new units to the double planet just ahead of you. When orange gives up capturing one of the planets between you and orange, redirect all of your units to capture the double planet head of your initial planet.
  2. From 0:21 to 0:30, capture the double planet between you and orange. Your front planet is the one that is most likely to be attacked by orange and purple. That is why you don’t want to keep sending units from it. You want it to be strong enough that it won’t be attacked later.
  3. From 0:31 to 0:47, send a mass of units to the left of the screen. This mass of units will be used to move units around on your opponents. Do not send any units from your front planet.
  4. From 0:48 to 0:50, use your mass of units to attack the front double on one of your opponents. Don’t let your units get too close to the opponent you attack. When your opponent reacts by sending reinforcements from their back planet, or the units get too close, send you units back to the left of the screen.
  5. From 0:51 to 1:03, you want your opponents to send as many units as possible to their forward planet. At the end of this phase you’re going to be sending a mass of units to a capture the double planet between you and orange. And, another mass of units to capture the double planet you and purple. That is why at 0:56 I send some units from the single planet to the back double.
  6. From 1:04 to 1:09, as the gamma ray burst begins send units from your back double to the double between you and purple. Then send your mass of units to capture the double between you and orange. You need to time this right so you capture the planet after the gamma ray burst. The reason you are sending the units prior to the burst is to encourage purple and orange to send their units in the direction of green, instead of your direction
  7. From 1:10 to 1:21, if they are still open, capture the single planets between you and orange and you and purple. Then promote your two newly captured double planets. Then send some units to the newly captured single planets to try to make it less likely your opponents attack those planets.

There are too many possible combinations here. My approach is to try and time my attacks on orange and purple for when they are just sending units elsewhere. Then I usually capture but don’t promote the just destroyed planet.

The goal is to destroy all opponent planets that are not going to be destroyed by the gamma ray burst, then to injure the opponent planets that will be killed by the gamma ray burst just enough that they will not be able to recapture their planets.


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Commute

Minefields (Andromeda) Commute walk-through, completed in 2:30.2

In other walk-throughs I’ve mentioned that your first move is to prevent an opponent from capturing the planet they most want to capture. In Commute, the first move for each opponent is to capture the double planet directly in front of them. It took me a long time, but I finally paid attention to my own advice and developed a strategy that prevents my two adjacent opponents from making their most advantageous capture in their first move.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:07, send your units out to the left and then use them to attack the double planet just in front of green. As soon as green makes a move to capture a moving planet, redirect the units to attack the double planet in front of orange. If green or orange do anything other than attempt to capture a moving planet, start over.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:47, capture and promote all planets in your enclave. Also, capture the moving planet that goes between you and orange.
  3. From 0:48 to 1:06, start moving your units around the minefield between you and orange. You want to position these units near the orange triple planet so you can take it out as soon as it is promoted to a triple.
  4. From 1:07 to 1:22, as soon as orange promotes its triple planet you want to destroy, capture and promote it all the way to triple.
  5. From 1:23 to 1:27, if the front orange planet isn’t promoted to double, use the attack and release method to get it to try to promote itself. This will make it a more inviting target for purple..
  6. From 1:28 to 1:35, now it’s a waiting game to see who purple attacks..
  7. From 1:36 to 1:47, since purple attacks green, you want to destroy, capture and promote the orange double, you also want to destroy the moving purple planet.
  8. From 1:48 to 2:09, destroy and capture the green moving planet. Put as many of your units on that planet as possible. At the same time move as many of the units from your bottom enclave to a position where you can get around the minefield between you and purple.
  9. From 2:10 to 2:12, if everything goes according to plan, green will attack purple instead of you. When that happens, use your mass of units to start taking out the green planets.
  10. From 2:12 to 2:14, attack the moving purple planet to prompt purple to send reinforcements through the minefield.

From this point, use the units you’ve moved into both the green and purple enclaves to destroy the remaining planets as quickly as possible.


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