Fleece

Minefields (Andromeda) Fleece walk-through, completed in 1:40.4

If you can prevent your opponents from capturing planets within the minefields you can get a really good time on Fleece. The more units your opponents waste on attempting to capture a minefield planet, the better.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:06, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:07 to 0:17, capture the top single planet closest to you.
  3. From 0:18 to 0:29, capture the single planet just to the right of the one you just captured.
  4. From 0:30 to 0:37, capture the bottom single planet just under the one you just captured.
  5. From 0:38 to 0:42, capture the remaining single planet.
  6. From 0:43 to 0:56, collect your units on one of your front single planets. You are waiting for one of your opponents to try capturing a planet within the minefield. In this video, orange makes the first move. When that happens, destroy and then capture the planet that orange is using to attempt to capture the minefield planet.
  7. From 0:57 to 1:08, orange almost captured the minefield planet. If that is the case, send some units to weaken that planet. Then start building up units adjacent to green as it will make its move to capture the minefield planet soon.
  8. From 1:09 to 1:12, send some units towards the minefield planet adjacent to green. Green is taking so much time to decide what to do and this seemed like a good way to get green to make a move.
  9. From 1:13 to 1:18, when green makes a move to capture it’s minefield planet, destroy the green single planet making the attempt.
  10. From 1:19 to 1:22, destroy the green triple planet.
  11. From 1:23 to 1:29, destroy the remaining orange planet and the green planet closest to you.
  12. From 1:30 to 1:31, green has almost captured the minefield planet, send some units to weaken its partial capture.

All that is left is destroying the remaining green planets as fast as possible. The key to the time achieved in this video is that both opponents failed to capture a minefield planet. When they tried, they came within a couple of units of completing the capture and required sending some units to weaken the partial capture, but that is a lot quicker than needing to destroy one or more of those minefield planets.


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Levies

Minefields (Andromeda) Levies walk-through, completed in 1:47.7

The key to levies is getting an opponent to throw away units trying to capture planets within the minefields, then destroy the opponent before they can complete the capture.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:22, capture the planet just in front of the green planet. If green does anything but capture the single planet nearest orange, start over.
  3. From 0:23 to 0:32, capture the center planet. If green does anything but promote their initial planet, start over.
  4. From 0:33 to 0:37, send some units adjacent to the green double planet. Then, start sending units to the bottom planet in the green minefield enclave. This is the planet that green is most likely to capture next. Attacking this planet should prompt green to use units from its double planet to attempt to capture its other minefield planet instead.
  5. From 0:38 to 0:51, when green moves to capture its top minefield planet, destroy and capture the green double planet.
  6. From 0:52 to 0:59, capture the single planet between your initial planet and the orange initial planet.
  7. From 1:00 to 1:09, start sending units near the green planet, when green attempts to capture its minefield planet, destroy the green planet.
  8. From 1:10 to 1:17, start sending units to the unoccupied planet in front of orange’s initial planet. When orange moves to capture the planet you just destroyed, destroy the orange initial planet.
  9. From 1:18 to 1:28, position units above the orange double planet. When orange moves to capture the planet you just destroyed. Destroy the orange double planet.
  10. From 1:29 to 1:33, once again, destroy the orange initial planet. Orange is trying to finish capturing the planet it has already partially captured. You need to send some units there to prevent this.

All that is left is to destroy the remaining orange planet, while preventing orange from capturing an additional planet.


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Gladiator

Minefields (Andromeda) Gladiator walk-through, completed in 2:18.8

The strategy used here is modified slightly from the strategy used in a previous post on Gladiator. The modification is in promoting the second planet I capture to double immediately. Previously I would not promote that planet until quite a bit later.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:06, your initial is to capture the double planet next to one of your opponents. Then, while those units are in route to the double, start sending any newly created units towards the single planet next to the same opponent. We are trying to force the opponent to send their units towards the right and closer to purple. This approach works whether the opponent is orange or green, in this video I’m attacking the orange side first. If the opponent does anything but capture the planet to the right, between the two planets you are capturing, start over.
  2. From 0:07 to 0:18, when the orange sends their units where we want, you can start using units from both of your planets to capture the single planet.
  3. From 0:19 to 028:, use all of your units to promote your top double planet. If orange attacks one of your planets, start over.
  4. From 0:29 to 0:40, move as many units down near the orange double planet, when orange starts promoting its double planet, attack and destroy. the orange double.
  5. From 0:41 to 0:49, I start out with a very small attack on orange to try to discourage it from capturing the remaining planet. When purple makes a move to capture the planet instead, you want to capture the planet you just destroyed.
  6. From 0:50 to 0:54, promote your newly captured planet to double. Make sure you leave some units on your initial (center) planet. If you make that planet too weak, green will attack it instead of purple. If any of your opponents attack your initial planet at this point, start over.
  7.  From 0:55 to 1:06, move some units from your two double planets to strengthen you single planet. Eventually orange is going to attack you, you want to delay that as long as possible. When orange attacks, move your units to a point down near the green double planet.
  8. From 1:07 to 1:15, as soon as green moves its mass of units off to the right, you need to attack, destroy and capture the closest green double planet.
  9.  From 1:16 to 1:30, destroy and capture the remaining green double. In this video I promoted the newly captured planet. It’s possible I could have achieved a better time if I hadn’t promoted this planet to double.

At this point, there are too many ways it could turn out, it all depends on how your opponents attack. I try to wait for the opponents to start attacking each other, then decide which opponents to start eliminating.


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Commute

Minefields (Andromeda) Commute walk-through, completed in 2:25.7

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

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:06, 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 0:07 to 0:46, capture and promote all planets in your enclave. Also, capture the moving planet that goes between you and orange.
  3. From 0:47 to 1:12, 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 1:13 to 1:18, as soon as orange promotes its triple planet you want to destroy and capture the planet.
  5. From 1:19 to 1:30, destroy and capture the moving green planet entering your enclave. Simultaneously, promote your planet in the orange enclave all the way to triple. Build up as many units as possible on the moving planet entering the green enclave.
  6. From 1:31 to 1:38, if the front orange planet isn’t promoted to double, use the attack and release method to get it to try to promote itself. Then destroy, capture and promote the planet.
  7. From 1:39 to 1:50, attack and destroy the green triple planet. I didn’t have quite enough units to destroy the triple planet, but a late assist from purple saved the day.
  8. From 1:51 to 2:00, build up units on the moving planet between your enclave and the green enclave. At the same time build up your units on your front double planet in the orange enclave. The purpose is to discourage purple from attacking you. When purple finally attacks green, send your units towards the bottom of the screen.
  9. From 2:01 to 2:08, while waiting for the purple moving planet to enter your bottom enclave, continue sending your units to the bottom of the screen.
  10. From 2:09 to 2:18, attack and destroy both purple moving planets.

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


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Steep

Minefields (Andromeda) Steep walk-through, completed in 2:15.0

Sometimes when something doesn’t go your way, you end up learning something that leads to a new strategy. That was the case with Steep. I always tried to trigger the supernova, then one time when I attacked it, both of my opponents attacked as well. This really screwed up triggering the supernova, but after some time I started using that in a strategy where I get the opponents to attack, then remove my attack and let them wipe out each other. This is when my times started to really improve.

Walk through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:14, promote your initial planet all the way to triple.
  2. From 0:15 to 0:27, capture one of the double planets in your enclave. You don’t want to promote this one to double yet.
  3. From 0:28 to 0:40, capture and promote the other planet in your enclave.
  4. From 0:41 to 0:58, this is the key. What you want is to mass enough units so that when you attack the supernova you can prompt your opponents to attack to keep you from triggering it. When your opponents have started building up units on their planet adjacent to your enclave, attack the supernova. Don’t allow your mass of units to pass through the minefields. If your opponents don’t take the bait, send your units back to the triple. Keep this up until both of your opponents attack the supernova. If your opponents attack you instead, start over.
  5. From 0:59 to 1:14, promote your double then send all of your units back to the triple and give your opponents another couple of fake attacks on the supernova to prompt them to send their units there. What you are doing here is getting your opponents to throw away units while you are building up enough to trigger the supernova.
  6. From 1:15 to 1:20, send your mass of units towards the bottom right double planet. You don’t want to capture that planet, you just want your units to pass over the supernova without prompting your opponents to send their units there. As soon as your mass of units is passing over the supernova, attack and trigger the supernova.
  7. From 1:21 to 1:35, peel units off the bottom of the supernova and use them to capture the bottom right double planet. When your opponents start attacking the two unoccupied planets, gather all of the supernova units into the center to keep your opponents from destroying some of these units.

How you proceed from there depends on your opponents. Here, I attack green first. I’m surprised at 1:54 when green attacks all the way across the board. This was a key to the time achieved in this video as it made it easier to wipe out all the green planets, while leaving enough units to take care of orange.


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Toll

Minefields (Andromeda) Toll walk-through, completed in 57.6 seconds

In my previous post on Toll I introduced a new strategy where you encourage the opponent to attack the moving planet. This led to finally getting a time under two minutes. I continued working on this new strategy and have modified it to where it is now possible to get under one minute.

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.
  2. From 0:06 to 0:09, as soon as orange attacks the moving planet, pull your units back away from the minefield and wait for the moving planet to come into your enclave. When it does, capture the planet. The orange attack will be degraded by the minefield and will not have enough units left to destroy your newly captured planet.
  3. From 0:10 to 0:21, continually send units to the moving planet. You want it to have as many units as possible when it gets into the orange enclave.
  4. From 0:22 to 0:25, send units from the moving planet to a point near the top planet in the orange enclave.
  5. From 0:26 to 0:29, as soon as orange attacks the top planet, use your units to prevent the capture. The more you degrade the planet that orange is attempting the capture, the better.
  6. From 0:30 to 0:39, when the moving planet comes back into your enclave, start sending units from your original planet to it. What I usually do is when the moving planet is just exiting my enclave is to start sending units from my original planet to attack the partially captured orange planet. This is to encourage orange to send its units to the other planet in its enclave. In this video, orange did that without any prompting by me.
  7. From 0:40 to 0:48, don’t let your units go back through the minefield. send them off to the side in the orange enclave as you wait for orange to attempt to capture the other planet.
  8. From 0:49 to 0:57, when it seems that orange is just about to capture the other planet, attack orange with units from both of your planets.

If you are fortunate like I was here, you’ll have enough units to destroy the orange planet. If not, continue attacking and you should be able to destroy the orange planet when the moving planet comes back into the orange enclave.


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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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