Bypass

Force (Bootes) Bypass walk-through, completed in 2:02.5

This is the strategy used in a previous post on Bypass with one exception. In step 8, I use the units already out from under the force field to attack the orange single planet. This is a minor modification, but it  seemed to make a big difference.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:17, double your initial planet and capture the single planet on the orange side.
  2. From 0:18 to 0:31, capture the remaining single planet on the orange side.
  3. From 0:32 to 0:43, capture the single planet on the green side.
  4. From 0:44 to 0:47, promote your initial planet to triple.
  5. From 0:48 to 0:54, as soon as orange gets its double and triple planets promoted all the way, start attacking the orange single planet through the force field. When orange sends reinforcements to the single planet, release your attack. If orange attacks you instead of reinforcing its single planet, start over.
  6. From 0:55 to 1:03, when orange attacks the top green single planet you need to start attacking the orange single planet until orange sends reinforcements again. If orange attacks you instead of reinforcing its single planet, start over.
  7. From 1:04 to 1:12, when orange sends the reinforcements start moving your units out from under the force field. As you are moving your units from under the force field, use an attack on the orange single to get orange to send reinforcements there.
  8. From 1:13 to 1:16, as you are still bringing units out from under the force field, use the mass of units that is already out to attack the orange single. This is to try and get orange to send reinforcements there. In this video orange didn’t send reinforcements. This did however get the mass of units next to the orange triple without orange reinforcing the triple planet.
  9. From 1:17 to 1:26, destroy the orange triple and double planets.
  10. From 1:27 to 1:44, continue getting units out from under the force field and send the units that are already out through the vertical force field over to the green side.
  11. From 1:45 to 1:52, attack and destroy the green triple and green double planets.

At this point I was very fortunate that green had destroyed the orange single planet but didn’t capture it. Because of this, there were only two green planets left to destroy.


 

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Current

Force (Bootes) Current walk-through, completed in 1:49.7

This strategy for Current is centered on orange sending units through the force field to try to capture a planet on the other side. Without that happening, orange is too difficult to destroy. Sometimes I’ve been able to prevent orange from capturing the planet on the other side and I’ve gotten very good times when I do prevent that. In this video I failed in that prevention and got my best time ever.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:04, capture the double planet between you and orange. This is the planet orange most wants to attack first and you need to deny it to them.
  2. From 0:05 to 0:18, start sending units towards the single planet just to the left of purple. You don’t want that planet, you just want to encourage purple to give up on it and get purple to capture the the double planet between it and green. If instead, purple captures the single planet to its left, start over. Then, capture the your top right single planet. Just as I capture the single planet, purple attacks the center single planet. If instead, purple attacks its bottom left single planet, start over. We need orange to send its units through the force field to that single planet next to purple. If that doesn’t happen, it will take so long to destroy orange that a good time is impossible.
  3. From 0:19 to 0:27, orange is waiting to decide does it capture the unoccupied single planet on our side of the screen, or does it send units through the force field to capture the single planet on the other side of the screen. At 0:26 I use units from my top two planets and send them to our unoccupied single planet. This gets orange to give up on that planet and send its units through the force field instead.
  4. From 0:28 to 0:39, send all of your units to a point above the orange double planet. Use the attack and release method to get orange to promote the planet. I then attack and destroy the orange single planet first. My attempt here was to prevent orange from capturing the single planet on the other side of the force field. In that I failed, and I’m glad I did.
  5. From 0:40 to 0:57, position your units, then destroy the orange double planet after it attempts to capture another planet. After destroying the orange double, capture it.
  6. From 0:58 to 1:05, capture the single planet next to the force field.
  7. From 1:06 to 1:36, start positioning your units at the bottom of the force field. When the opportunity arises, attack and destroy the opponent most likely to be able to capture another planet. In this case that is green.

All that is left is destroying the orange and purple planets. You want to do this in a way that prevents either from capturing another planet.


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Swap

Force (Bootes) Swap walk-through, completed in 2:28.5

It took a long time to develop this strategy for Swap. I’ve tried many, many different methods, but this method of stunting the progression of orange by denying it the planet it most wants to capture has turned out to be the best. For this to work correctly, you have to deny orange the double it wants to capture, and leave a double out there as bait to get orange to throw away some units.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:05, promote your planet to double and immediately start attacking the double just below the orange planet. When orange gives up and instead captures its top single planet you can start capturing the lower right single planet in your enclave. Leave the units attacking he orange double in the force field, this will maintain the attack on that double planet and discourage orange from capturing it.
  2. From 0:06 to 0:24, capture your lower right single planet, then send some more units attacking the orange double planet. Without this, orange will sometimes capture its double planet in spite of the attack you have on it.
  3. From 0:25 to 0:31, when orange attacks your double planet through the force field, send a few units there to prevent orange from capturing the planet. Then use all of your units to capture your lower left single planet.
  4. From 0:32 to 0:49, capture and promote your remaining double planet.
  5. From 0:50 to 0:56, send all of your units out beyond your top right double planet.
  6. From 0:57 to 0:58, as soon as purple moves units off of its lower left double planet, use your mass of units to attack that planet.
  7. From 0:59 to 1:00, as soon as purple sends reinforcements to that planet, redirect your attack to the top left green single planet. Without this attack green is likely to attack purple and prevent purple from attacking orange.
  8. From 1:01 to 1:02, as soon as green sends reinforcements, release your attack.
  9. From 1:03 to 1:09, attack, destroy, and capture the top right green double planet.
  10. From 1:10 to 1:20, attack, destroy, and capture the bottom right green double planet.
  11. From 1:21 to 1:29, attack, destroy, and capture the top left green single planet.
  12. From 1:30 to 1:39, attack and destroy the bottom left green single planet.
  13. From 1:40 to 1:41, since purple has just attacked orange and weakened its single planets go ahead and attack the top right purple single planet. As soon as purple sends reinforcements, release your attack.
  14. From 1:42 to 1:48, gather your units for an assault on purple. Wait until purple attacks orange before you launch your assault.

From here you just need to destroy the purple and then the orange planets in the fastest way possible.

There were several keys to the time got in this video, the biggest came at 1:09. Just as green captured one of the purple planets, purple destroyed and orange planet. This prompted green to attack that unoccupied orange planet. The result of this was that purple could recapture its planets and build up its strength enough to resume its attack on orange. This prevented orange from mounting even a single attack on me in this game.


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Shortcut

Force (Bootes) Shortcut walk-through, completed in 2:14.4

This is the same strategy as a previous post on Shortcut, with one minor modification. In my previous strategy I would immediately promote the initial planet to a triple, capture the single planet and then attempt to capture the bottom double planets. Most of the time at least one of the opponents would start attempting to capture one of the double planets before I could get to it and I would have to start over.

The modification is to only promote the initial planet to double, capture the single planet and then capture the bottom double planets. Doing it this way, I get the bottom planets captured almost every time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:25, double your initial planet and then capture the single planet just above it. You want to build up some units on the single planet.
  2. From 0:26 to 0:30, you want to pay attention to your opponents and notice which one seems to be building up units in preparation for sending them through the force to capture a bottom double planet. To prevent this, use the units on your initial planet to attack that double planet. Your units will be stopped by the force, but your opponent should still react to your attack and use those units for something else. While you are attacking this double, you want to send the mass of units from your single planet into a position where you’ll be able to capture the lower double planet.
  3. From 0:31 to 0:40, in this video the initial side we attacked was the orange side, other times it will be green. When orange gives up and your mass of units are in position, send that mass down through the force to capture the double planet. as you are doing this, send all of your units from your initial planet to the single planet in preparation for capturing the double planet on the other side.
  4. From 0:41 to 0:49, send your mass of units from the single planet towards the top of the green side. If necessary, use units from your initial planet to attack the double planet through the force to get green to give up on capturing the double. When you units are up high enough, send them down through the force to capture the double.
  5. From 0:50 to 1:03, once you’ve captured the other double planet, you want to get your initial planet promoted to triple. Notice which opponents triple planet has the most excess units and start attacking the double planet next to it. What you want to happen is for your opponent to send reinforcements to that double. When they do, release your attack and send those units down to your single planet.
  6. From 1:04 to 1:10, now you need to use your mass of units to attack your other opponent (green in this case) to get them to remove units from their triple planet.
  7. From 1:11 to 1:12, now would be a good time for you to promote your double planets.
  8. From 1:13 to 1:40, now you need to alternate between attacking first one opponent to get them to remove units from their triple planet, and then the other opponent. What you want is time for you to build up enough units to be able to take out both opponents, all while keeping them from attacking your double planets.
  9. From 1:41 to 1:46, when it becomes obvious that orange isn’t going to stop attacking my double planet, I go on an all out attack. It is best for your first attack to be against the opponent that owns the center single planet. In this case orange didn’t own it when I initiated the attack, but it was obvious hat they were attacking it and would occupy it shortly.

Once you start your all out attack and if you have amassed enough units, you don’t need to capture any more planets. All you need to do is destroy.


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Bypass

Force (Bootes) Bypass walk-through, completed in 2:16.5

This is the same strategy I used in a previous post on Bypass.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:47, the initial captures. At the end of this phase you want to have all the bottom planets captured and your triple promoted, as well as capturing one of the single planets on the wing. How you go about capturing these planets depends on how your opponents react. If I’m unable to capture all of these, I start over.
  2. From 0:48 to 0:52, you are going to be directing your attacks against the opponent where you have captured the single planet on the wing. In this video that is orange. Right now, just build up your units on your triple planet until orange gets both its triple and double planets promoted.
  3. From 0:53 to 0:56, as soon as orange gets both its double and triple planets promoted, use all the units on your triple planet to attack the top orange single planet.
  4. From 0:57 to 1:00, when orange sends reinforcements to the top single planet, remove your attack. This will allow orange to use those units to attack green.
  5. From 1:01 to 1:04, as soon as orange attacks green, resume your attack on the top orange single planet.
  6. From 1:05 to 1:08, as soon as orange sends reinforcements from both its double and triple planets up to the top single planet, release your attack and start sending units out from the bottom where you can use them for an attack on orange.
  7. From 1:09 to 1:11, while positioning your units for an attack on orange, watch the orange top single planet and as soon as it sends its units to attack green, resume your attack on it.
  8. From 1:12 to 1:15, as soon as orange sends reinforcements to the top planet, release your attack and continue positioning units next to orange.
  9. From 1:16 to 1:19, resume your attack on the top single planet.
  10. From 1:19 to 1:23, keep sending units from the bottom up near orange and wait for orange to send its mass of units from the top single planet to attack green.
  11. From 1:24 to 1:39, now you want to attack and destroy both the orange triple and double planets. Here I captured the green double planet, but I don’t think I needed to do that.
  12. From 1:40 to 1:49, send your mass of units over to the green side but don’t attack any of the green planets.
  13. From 1:50 to 2:00, as soon as green starts attacking the orange single planet, you want to take out the green double and triple planets.

From here you just have two green single planets that you need to destroy, while also making sure they don’t capture another planet.


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Drill

Force (Bootes) Drill walk-through, completed in 1:07.6

I  had done okay on Drill, getting times under 1:50, but I just couldn’t do any better. Then, I had an idea. What if I could set up a blockade where I could make it more likely that the opponents would attack each other. At first glance, Drill doesn’t seem to be amenable to a blockade. But, it turns out you can, and it works very well.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:07, wait a couple of seconds and then send your units towards the double planet between you and one of your opponents. I always go towards orange, but this strategy should work either way. If anything happens other than green attacking the double nearest orange and green promoting their planet, then start over.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:13, send units from your single planet towards the bottom left. You are preparing to attack the single planet moving towards orange. When that attack is over we want to be able to use some of those units against green.
  3. From 0:14 to 0:23, right now, orange can send its units to the moving planet. The final piece of the blockade is to deny that planet to orange. To do this, use all the units you’ve sent from the single planet and all the units on the single planet to attack the single planet moving towards orange.
  4. From 0:24 to 0:27, as soon as the planet moves back into the force field redirect those units to now attack the green planet adjacent to orange. Doing this seems to encourage orange to attack green.
  5. From 0:28 to 0:36, as soon as orange starts attacking green you need to start positioning your units adjacent to the orange double planet and the green planet closest to you. Split the units that are wrapped around the force field between these two destinations.
  6. From 0:37 to 0:40, in order to prevent green from sending reinforcements to its double planet that is under attack, use the units you’ve positioned near the green planet and use the attack and release move to get it to absorb those units into the planet.
  7. From 0:41 to 0:44, continue positioning your units near the orange and green planets.
  8. From 0:45 to 0:48, when it appears that orange will finally be destroying the green double planet, you need to attack and destroy orange. When attacking orange, first send your units to a point past the orange double. Only attack and destroy it when your units surround the planet. this allows orange to keep sending units towards green for the longest possible time.
  9. From 0:49 to 0:54, now you need to get all of your units over into the vicinity of the remaining green planet.

All that is left now is to attack and destroy the remaining green planet. In this video I was fortunate that my attack on orange came when it had sent just the right number of units to destroy green. Also, just prior to the green double planet being destroyed, green sent reinforcements that would arrive too late. This made the remaining green planet easier to destroy.


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Postern

Force (Bootes) Postern, completed in 1:03.8

The approach I use on Postern came about by chance. I was playing and my opponents did something they had never done before and I won with a time of 1:33.2. That was 10 seconds faster than my previous best time.

As I’m watching the video and writing a walk-through, I can tell that there are places where I could have made different decisions and that I should have been able to get a much better time. So before I publish the walk-through I decide to try out the insights I had gained from watching the video. That led to me taking about 30 seconds off of that time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:08, your goal here is to get both orange and green to send their units into their wormhole. Start out by doubling up your planet, then after a couple of seconds start attacking the singleton that green is likely to attack. As soon as green sends its units into the wormhole start attacking the singleton that orange is likely to attack. In this case orange had already went into the wormhole so that part wasn’t needed, but sometimes it can be useful in getting the desired outcome.
  2. From 0:09 to 0:28, your goal now is to get orange to use its units in the wormhole to capture the green side singleton. For that to happen you need to capture the other two planets that orange has access to.
  3. From 0:29 to 0:34, build up some units on the singleton you just captured, then use those units to attack the singleton adjacent to the orange double. The purpose of this is to get orange to give up on capturing that planet and instead send reinforcements into the wormhole, where they’ll be used to capture the singleton next to green.
  4. From 0:35 to 0:39, as soon as orange sends the reinforcements you want to start sending your units into the top wormhole in preparation for taking out the orange double planet.
  5. From 0:40 to 0:48, as soon as orange attempts to capture the singleton, use your units in the wormhole to destroy and capture the double planet.
  6. From 0:49 to 0:52, here you want to attack the unoccupied double planet. In the initial video (below, after the jump), I noticed that it was the attack on this planet that triggered green to attack orange.
  7. From 0:53 to 1:03, as soon as green starts attacking orange, start sending your units into the bottom wormhole. Then, just when it looks like green has sent enough units to destroy orange, take out the green double.

 

As I mentioned in the introduction, the genesis for this approach came about by seeing how I didn’t take full advantage of the opportunity my opponents had given me previously. That previous video and walk-through are after the jump.

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