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 attack  the center gas giant. Until that happens  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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Inequity

Gas Giants (Leo) Inequity walk-through, completed in 1:31.0

With Inequity you need to be able to capture the top three planets, then if your opponents attack each other at the correct time, you can win in really good time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:30, you want to promote your double planet, then capture the green side singleton. You need to start sending units towards the purple side singleton prior to completing the capture of the green side singleton or else purple is likely to capture it instead.
  2. From 0:31 to 0:47, time to build up your forces in preparation for taking out the purple gas giant. You don’t want to weaken the green side singleton so much that it becomes an attractive target for green.
  3. From 0:48 to 0:58, when purple starts moving units from their gas giant, you want to attack and destroy and capture it. I start out by sending my units to the vicinity of the purple gas giant, but only attack it directly when the units are close. Attacking this way doesn’t allow purple time to send in reinforcements.
  4. From 0:59 to 1:02, now move your units into position to attack the green gas giant. Make sure you leave the extra units on the purple gas giant you just captured. These units will be used when you attack orange.
  5. From 1:03 to 1:09, attack and destroy the green gas giant. Since we are so close to the end game, there is no reason to capture it.
  6. From 1:10 to 1:19, time to take out the orange gas giant.

At this point you just have to clean up the remaining planets. You’ll notice that I send a few units to the singleton that orange has just about captured. I’ve had too many cases where it seems that all the planets are destroyed, but it isn’t over till you degrade a planet that has almost been captured by an opponent.


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Garrison

Gas Giants (Leo) Garrison walk-through, completed in 2:04.1

The leaderboard for Garrison is broken on android, at least it is for me. The leaderboard displays results in reverse order, so the slowest time is #1 and you have to page through everyone to see who has the best score. That is not something I’m going to do. On iOS, the leaderboard works correctly, which is nice.

The approach to use on Garrison is simple, set up where you can build up enough units to destroy an opponents gas giant as soon as it promotes itself, while you are also positioning units to destroy the other opponents gas giant just as it promotes. If you do this correctly, and the opponents cooperate, you’ll have the opponents positioned next to each other where they are likely to attack each other instead of you.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:32, after doubling up your initial planet, attack and capture the singleton next to one of your opponents. I usually attack the one next to orange, but either one should work. I always like it when both orange and green make their first capture on the same side of the screen, bringing their units closer to contact.
  2. From 0:33 to 0:55, my best times seem to come when orange makes this move to capture the center planet. It gets them closer to green and delays the promotion of their triple planet, which is good. While that is happening you need to finish your initial captures and promote the gas giant to a triple to give you more firepower.
  3. From 0:56 to 1:06, now you need to mass your units on the singleton next to the orange gas giant. When you get enough there to take out and capture the gas giant, start massing them on the green side to prepare for an attack over there.
  4. From 1:07 to 1:24, as soon as orange promotes the gas giant to a triple, you need to take it out and capture it. Meanwhile, keep on massing your units for the attack on the green gas giant.
  5. From 1:25 to 1:31, as soon as the green gas giant promotes itself you need to destroy and capture it.

How things play out from here depend on your opponents. I like to wait until they make a move to attack each other and then attack the planet they just made weaker. And of course, the sooner you take out their doubles, the better.


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Glut

Gas Giants (Leo) Glut walk-through, completed in 28.9 seconds

Glut is just like other games where you only have one opponent.  However, the approach used in the simplest.  The approach is, attack the opponent.  Then if, and only if, the opponent is slow enough, you can force it to double up.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:07, attack the orange planet and continuously send any new units to join in the attack.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:09, when orange responds to your attack by moving its forces into a defensive position, remove your attack.  This should cause the orange units to snap back and be absorbed into the planet and double it up.
  3. From 0:10 to 0:18, continually send your units into the vicinity of orange, waiting for it to attack one of the gas giants.

When orange does attack a gas giant, you need to send your saved units to destroy it and send the new units coming from your planet towards the gas giant orange attacked.

 


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