Glut

Gas Giants (Leo) Glut walk-through, completed in 12.4 seconds

This is the same strategy used in a previous post on Glut, with the exception of being more aggressive at the end. Previously, after doubling up the opponent the tactic was to wait for the opponent to try to capture another planet. Now, it’s an immediate attack. This doesn’t always work, but if you attack the double planet from the side and your units are concentrated enough to get past it’s defenses, then you’ll have just enough units to destroy your opponent.

Walk through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:01, send your units to a point halfway between you and the as yet unseen opponent. To get the best time possible you need to get your units on their way as quickly as possible.
  2. From 0:02 to 0:07, as soon as your opponent has come onto the screen, continually attack with all of your units. When your opponent reacts to your attack by moving its units into a defensive position, remove your attack. If your opponent attacks one of the gas giants prior to your units arriving, start over.
  3. From 0:08 to 0:09, send your units towards the side of your opponent.
  4. From 0:10 to 0:12, send your units to a point on the other side of your opponent. As soon as your opponent starts to promote its planet, redirect your attack to the opponent’s planet.

Quite often this strategy will result in your opponent almost being destroyed but able to survive your attack. When that happens, there is nothing to do but start over.


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Hangars

Gas Giants (Leo) Hangars walk-through, completed in 1:49.4

Hangars is a level with a large number of planets. I think the best approach on levels with a lot of planets is to capture as many of the planets as you can. You don’t want to bother with promoting your planets, instead keep capturing until all planets are occupied by you or an opponent.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:09, your goal with these first moves is for you to capture the double planet between you and orange, orange to capture the bottom gas giant and green to not capture the double planet between it and purple. To do this, first send your units to a point past the double planet between you and orange. Just as the units are passing over that double planet, capture that planet and then start sending units towards the double planet between green and purple. If you get anything other than orange getting the bottom gas giant and green not getting the double between it and purple, then start over.
  2. From 0:10 to 0:20, capture the single planet adjacent to orange.
  3. From 0:21 to 0:31, capture the double planet.
  4. From 0:32 to 0:37, capture the single planet.
  5. From 0:38 to 0:46, capture the bottom center double planet.
  6. From 0:47 to 0:52, capture the top center double planet.
  7. From 0:53 to 1:02, when green attacks the orange gas giant it is likely that orange will send reinforcements. Start sending your units to the area of the orange double, then when it sends reinforcements, destroy and capture the orange double.
  8. From 1:03 to 1:18, wait for green to attack the orange gas giant, then move your units into position to take out the purple gas giant. If the purple gas giant is in the process of promoting itself, wait until it is done and then destroy and capture the gas giant.
  9. From 1:19 to 1:28, move your units into position to take out the rear purple double. When the units positioned, destroy the purple double.
  10. From 1:29 to 1:33, use the mass of units that just destroy the double planet and destroy the adjacent single planet. While this is going on, use the rest of your units to destroy the other purple double planet.
  11. From 1:34 to 1:39, destroy the remaining purple planet.
  12. From 1:40 to 1:48, destroy the remaining green planets. When you believe you have enough units available to destroy the green planets, start sending units towards the orange gas giant.
  13. From 1:48 to 1:49, destroy the orange gas giant.

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Crest

Gas Giants (Leo) Crest walk-through, completed in 1:54.1

Crest is an example of not promoting your gas giant all the way and making it more of a target than it already is.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:34, double your initial planet and then capture the gas giant and get it promoted to a triple.
  2. From 0:35 to 0:43, now you want to wait and allow units to build up on your double planet. This is to try and delay when your opponents attack and destroy the double.
  3. From 0:44 to 0:54, when it seems as if your opponents attack is imminent, send units from your double planet down below the gas giant.
  4. From 0:55 to 1:21, usually the second opponent to attack the top double planet will capture the planet and be the strongest opponent. You want to move your mass of units to the side of the strongest opponent and occasionally take some more units from the gas giant. Use attacks on the rear orange planets to try and delay orange from sending reinforcements to its top planet.
  5. From 1:22 to 1:31, now you want to destroy the group of orange planets as quickly as possible. Launch your attack right after orange has sent a large mass of units to reinforce the top double.
  6. From 1:32 to 1:41, now send all of your units over the the green side. you want to keep sending your units there until right before green destroys the top orange double. Right when green sends the units you believe will destroy the top double planet, launch your attack on green.

From here all you need to do is destroy the green planets.


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Solar

Gas Giants (Leo) Solar walk-through, completed in 1:25.2

I really liked Solar from the beginning because of the way it models the solar system. Now, playing it wasn’t always fun. Especially when the last opponents to destroy were the inner planets. It could take a very long time with you chasing those fast moving planets around the system.

The strategy I developed was because of chasing those planets at the end of a game. Now I capture all of the inner planets except for Mercury. Because of the way the planets are aligned at the end game, you can have a mass of units ready to take out Mercury by sending the units head on instead of chasing it. This really improves your time in Solar.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:05, your initial planet is Neptune. Capture Uranus on your first move.
  2. From 0:06 to 0:30, orange is going to capture Mercury. You want all of the other inner planets and Pluto. Start out by sending some units above the plane of the system, then send those units toward Venus and start sending new units towards Earth. You will be really busy trying to keep your opponents from getting those inner planets and Pluto. You’ll notice that starting at 0:26 I send some units towards Pluto. I’m trying to get orange to give up on both Venus and Pluto and instead start promoting the Sun.
  3. From 0:31 to 0:36, when orange finally gives up on Venus and Pluto, complete your capture on Venus, while sending some units towards Mars to discourage green from capturing it.
  4. From 0:37 to 0:43, when you’ve finally captured Venus, start sending most of your units towards Earth, but still send a few units to Mars to discourage green.
  5. From 0:44 to 0:53, when you’ve captured Earth, send most of your units towards Mars, while sending a few units towards Pluto to discourage orange.
  6. From 0:54 to 1:01, after capturing Mars, you need to capture Pluto.
  7. From 1:02 to 1:14, start collecting units on Mars. At this point you are waiting for your opponents to start attacking each other.
  8. From 1:15 to 1:25, at 1:15 I weaken Venus and prompt an attack by orange. Sensing the Sun is weakened, green attacks. Here your strongholds on Mars and Pluto are perfectly placed so you can first take out Mercury with the mass of units on Mars. Then send those units to destroy Jupiter. At the same time, send the units from Pluto to destroy Saturn.

If you time everything right, and have a little luck, you’ll destroy Jupiter and Saturn, just as they are destroying the Sun.


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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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Press

Auralux Gas Giants (Leo) Press walk-through, completed in 1:34.9

To get the best time on Press you need to set up a blockade. It isn’t much of a blockade, but if your opponents will promote their gas giants to triple and then attack each other in the center gas giant, you could have just enough units to wipe out both of them.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:22, set up the blockade by capturing the singletons next to the orange and green gas giants.
  2. From 0:23 to 0:48, eventually one of your opponents will attackĀ  the center gas giant. Until that happensĀ  get the units off of there and try to evenly divide them between your two singletons.
  3. From 0:49 to 0:56, when you can tell which opponent is going to win the battle over the center gas giant you need to move your units next to their gas giant so you can take it out.
  4. From 0:57 to 1:03, just as your opponent is capturing the center gas giant, attack and take out the gas giant they have promoted to a triple. Don’t capture the gas giant when it is destroyed, just leave any extra units there to discourage your opponent from attempting to recapture it.
  5. From 1:04 to 1:07, if you are lucky the other opponent will attack the center gas giant at just the correct time, like now. When they do, get your units in place to take out their gas giant.
  6. From 1:08 to 1:12, just when it seems that orange has sent enough units to destroy green, you need to take out the orange gas giant.

At this point, you have two singletons and each of your opponents has a singleton. You need to destroy both of the opponents without letting them capture another planet.


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Onus

Gas Giants (Leo) Onus walk-through, completed in 1:59.0

Onus was just killing me. I couldn’t get a time anywhere near the record. It was discouraging so I didn’t play it for a long time. Recently I went back and it was obvious that I had been using a bad strategy.

With the experience I’ve gained on other constellations it was clear that I needed to capture one of the gas giants and then go for the end planet of one of the opponents. Doing this places one opponent between you and the other opponent. That is always a good situation.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:17, the initial captures.
  2. From 0:18 to 0:23, fake attacks on both of the gas giants. I plan on capturing the green gas giant, but need to get orange to put off getting its gas giant so that its development can keep up with green. If we get where green has made all of its captures and orange isn’t ready to attack green, then green will attack your gas giant.
  3. From 0:24 to 0:49, completing the initial captures and promoting the gas giant to triple. I don’t promote the gas giant past a triple. If you’ll notice the width of the rings around the gas giant, they indicate how many units it will take you to promote to that level. The first two rings are narrow and indicate it will only take 100 units for each of those promotions. I don’t know for sure, but I believe it takes 200 units for the fourth level and 300 or 400 units to get the last level of a gas giant. That is wasting a bunch of units for something that is such a big target.
  4. From 0:50 to 0:54, here you need to collect some units away from your gas giant that will be used in fake attacks as you attempt to move your opponents into a position where they will be attacking each other.
  5. From 0:55 to 1:09, I’m preparing for my next fake attack when orange launches an attack on green. Since this should get green to respond, I start sending my units to the top where I can start attacking and capturing the green planets. Don’t send the units from your gas giant too soon or you will prompt an attack from green.
  6. From 1:10 to 1:25, when your units are in place, start attacking and capturing the rear green planets. The two green double planets are the most important if you want to keep green from attacking your gas giant. Notice that at 1:10, I use a fake attack on the center green double planet to draw excess units away from the top green doubles.
  7. From 1:26 to 1:34, now we need to prepare for taking out orange. The units from the planets you just captured can be sent into the vicinity of the top right orange double planets. You also need to start massing your units for an attack on the orange gas giant. At 1:28 I start preparing for an attack on the gas giant and then pull back to wait for orange to launch an attack on green. If you destroy the orange gas giant too soon, orange will stop attacking green and start trying to recapture the gas giant.
  8. From 1:35 to 1:41, now that orange is attacking green I take out the gas giant, while continuing to send units from the captured green doubles toward the top right orange doubles.

At this point your units are in position to start destroying orange from the bottom up. If you are fortunate like I was here, orange will have sent just enough units to destroy the green double planet, but not enough to capture it.


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