Toll

Minefields (Andromeda) Toll walk-through, completed in 47.4 seconds

This is a refinement of my previous strategy for Toll. There are two main differences, the first is not wasting units by adding them to your damaged moving planet. The second, and most important, is getting your opponent to waste units on the moving planet a second time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:04, 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. If orange does anything other than send its units to the moving planet, start over.
  2. From 0:05 to 0:08, 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 0:09 to 0:13, send units from both planets to the bottom back corner of your enclave. Make sure the units are far enough from the minefield that they don’t expand into the minefield.
  4. From 0:14 to 0:20, as soon as orange has finished damaging your moving planet start sending units from your stationary planet only up to the top back corner of your enclave.
  5. From 0:21 to 0:22, as the moving planet reaches the point in the orange enclave where it is getting ready to change directions, send units from the moving planet to the bottom back corner of the orange enclave.
  6. From 0:23 to 0:24, send the bottom back mass of units to attack the top single planet in the orange enclave and immediately send your top mass of units to attack the bottom single planet in the orange enclave.
  7. From 0:25 to 0:26, send more units from your damaged moving planet to the bottom back corner of the orange enclave. This has two purposes. You want your damaged planet to seem as weak as possible so it is an inviting target for orange. Also, the units you are sending into the orange enclave will be used later.
  8. From 0:27 to 0:34, before the units you are using to attack the two planets in the orange enclave reach the minefield, redirect them back to a point in your enclave. If, at this point, orange has done anything other than attack your moving planet, start over.
  9. From 0:35 to 0:36, while orange is destroying your moving planet, send your mass of units towards the narrow opening in the minefield. When your units get to the narrow opening in the minefield, redirect them to a point near or beyond the orange planet.
  10. From 0:37 to 0:41, prepare your units in the orange enclave by getting them into as tight a formation as possible. Then use the attack and release method on the orange planet to get it to attempt to promote its planet.

If everything works as planned, you’ll be able to use the mass of units already in the orange enclave and the mass you have sent there from your enclave to attack and destroy the orange planet.


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Levies

Minefields (Andromeda) Levies walk-through, completed in 1:25.3

This is a modification of strategy used on a previous post on Levies. This is a complete change where we destroy the green opponent as soon as possible and then limit the planets that orange is able to spread to.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:05, send some units towards the single planet below green and then send some units to the single planet above green. If green does anything but attempt to capture the top planet within its minefield enclave, start over.
  3. From 0:06 to 0:08, when green sends its units, redirect all of your units to a position near green.
  4. From 0:09 to 0:26, send some units from your planet to the partially captured planet within the green minefield. The units you are sending are going to pass over the mass of units you are building up. As they pass over that mass redirect them to join the mass. You don’t want any of your units to reach the partially captured green planet, but you want some always going there to prevent green from capturing it. When you have enough units near green, use the attack and release method to get green to attempt to double its planet.
  5. From 0:27 to 0:32, destroy the green planet. If by this time orange has captured a third planet, start over.
  6. From 0:33 to 0:45, redirect your units to the vicinity of orange, then start sending units from your planet to the single planet just above the initial orange planet. My best times have come when orange does what it does in this video and attempts to capture the single planet with units only from its initial planet. When that happens capture the single planet above orange.
  7. From 0:45 to 0:52, start sending units towards the partially captured orange planet. Before those units reach that planet redirect them to your single planet. You always want some of your units going towards the partially captured orange planet. When you have enough units on your single planet, use the attack and release method to get orange to promote its double planet.
  8. From 0:53 to 1:01, attack and destroy the orange double planet.
  9. From 1:02 to 1:12, redirect you units to a point above the remaining orange planet.
  10. From 1:13 to 1:19, when you have a good mass of units built up, start using units from your double planet to attack both the unoccupied planet in the orange minefield and the double planet just above the orange minefield. You are trying to force orange to either attempt to double its planet, or to send those units towards the single planet above its minefield.

When orange doubles its planet, attack and destroy the remaining orange planet.


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Shield

Minefields (Andromeda) Shield walk-through, completed in 1:53.3

Shield is easy to beat but requires good setup and timing to get a really good time. There is also one little trick that can help

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:45, capture and promote all of the planets in your enclave.
  2. From 0:46 to 1:01, send your units to the top of the screen. Do this in a manner that avoids the minefield so you don’t lose any units unnecessarily.
  3. From 1:02 to 1:03, I use an attack on the orange unpromoted double planet. This is an attempt to get orange to send reinforcements from its newly captured center planet in the hope that that would prompt an attack on the center planet by green. Oh well, it didn’t work.
  4. From 1:04 to 1:11, keep sending units to the top of the screen and moving them over near orange.
  5. From 1:12 to 1:13, start sending units to the bottom of the screen.
  6. From 1:14 to 1:18, because orange has so many units on the center single planet I stop sending units to the bottom of the screen. If you keep sending units in this scenario, you will most likely prompt an attack on one of your planets. Get your mass of units at the top of the screen near the back orange double planet.
  7. From 1:19 to 1:21, when green attacks the center planet, destroy the back orange double planet. The trick is to just leave your mass of units around the destroyed planet. If you capture that planet, orange will attack you.
  8. From 1:22 to 1:31, move your units toward the bottom of the screen, and around the minefields so they are near green.
  9. From 1:32 to 1:37, when your opponents start attacking each other, use the opportunity to destroy both the front orange and back green double planets.

From here you want to destroy your opponents in an order that will prevent them from recapturing a planet. If you’re lucky, you’ll have enough units available to destroy both opponents quickly.


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Levies

Minefields (Andromeda) Levies walk-through, completed in 1:41.6

This is a modification of strategy used on a previous post on Levies. The modification gets more of your unit production at the center where it is closer to the battle.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:10, capture the planet in front of green. As your units are on the way, send a few units towards the top single planet. Your goal is to get green to capture the single planet below their initial planet. If green does anything different that what they do in this video, start over.
  2. From 0:11 to 0:32, capture and promote the center planet. If green does anything other than promote its initial planet, start over.
  3. From 0:33 to 0:39, you have two goals here. Collect your units on the single planet adjacent to the green double planet and force green to try capturing the topmost planet within its minefield.
  4. From 0:40 to 0:46, when green starts sending units to the topmost planet in its minefield enclave, destroy the green double planet.
  5. From 0:47 to 0:53, capture the single planet in front of orange. If orange has captured any planet other than its two minefield planets, start over.
  6. From 0:54 to 1:06, use faux attacks on the leftmost single planet to prevent orange from trying to capture it. Then, when green tries capturing another planet, destroy the remaining green planet.
  7. From 1:07 to 1:14, destroy the orange planet outside its minefield enclave.

How you proceed from here depends on what orange does. As a rule, I try to wait for orange to send units to try to capture or promote another planet and then destroy the orange planet the units have been sent from.


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Tariff

Minefields (Andromeda) Tariff walk-through, completed in 3:20.0

This is the same strategy as used in a previous post on Tariff. The key to this strategy is to get two attack forces that you can use to alternately attack your opponents single planets. If you are successful in these attacks your opponents will keep sending reinforcements to their single planets. With their units on the single planets your opponents will keep attacking and defending the center single planet, which will prevent them from attacking you.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:14, promote your initial planet all the way to triple.
  2. From 0:15 to 0:47, capture and promote the top planet to a double planet.
  3. From 0:48 to 1:11, capture both of the single planets.
  4. From 1:12 to 1:19, send units towards the top right of the screen.
  5. From 1:20 to 2:18, while you peel off a second attack force on the top left of the screen, use your existing attack force on the opponents single planet to get them to send reinforcements. This prevents those opponents units from attacking you. When you have both of your attack forces in place, use alternating attacks on the opponents single planets to keep them using their units to attack the center single planet.
  6. From 2:19 to 2:25, start preparing for your attack by bringing units from your double planet down where they will be more useful.
  7. From 2:26 to 2:36, I consider quitting when orange attacks my single planet. Fortunately, I decide to start my attack instead.
  8. From 2:37 to 2:44, you want to start out taking out the bottom double planet of the opponent you attack first. If your attack force had enough units in it, you’ll be able to use the units that survive that attack to take out the double planet within the minefield.

This is really just an all out attack. You have to try to implement the attack in a way that keeps the opponents attacking the center planet as long as possible. The more units they use on each other, the fewer they have left to defend your attacks.


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