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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Tide

Minefields (Andromeda) Tide, completed in 1:58.4

The key to a good time on Tide is for your opponents to not use their moving planet to attack your double planets. The strategy here minimizes the chance of that happening, but you still need some luck for to get a good time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:15, promote your initial planet all the way to triple.
  2. From 0:16 to 0:34, capture and promote one of your double planets.
  3. From 0:35 to 0:46, capture and promote the other double planet.
  4. From 0:47 to 0:54, send your units as far to the left as possible. You are preparing for making faux attacks on your opponents to get them to move their units.
  5. From 0:55 to 0:56, what you want to happen here is to get orange to send the units from its moving planet to one of its other planets. Here I use an attack on orange’s stationary single planet to get that done.
  6. From 0:57 to 1:04, while leaving units on your double planets, send your units back to the left. Then, when green sends units off of its bottom double planet, attack. What you are trying to do here is to get green to send units from its moving planet to reinforce its planet you are attacking.
  7. From 1:05 to 1:15, keep using attacks to make greens stationary single planet weak until orange finally attacks.
  8. From 1:16 to 1:23, reinforce you double planets while you are waiting for green to settle down. Then, use your mass of units to attack the top orange double planet. You are trying to weaken the orange stationary single planet so green will attack.
  9. From 1:24 to 1:42, while I’m waiting for green to attack, orange sends a large mass of units to its moving planet. In desperation to get the units off of the orange moving planet I attack the far right orange double. This gets the units off of the moving planet. Even though I didn’t plan it, this also keeps these units from reinforcing the orange stationary single. This allows green to destroy and capture this single planet. While this is going on, you need to start sending your units down the alleys to a location near your opponents.
  10. From 1:43 to 1:45, the earlier you destroy your opponents moving planets the better. The problem with this is that your opponents are very likely to send reinforcements when you do. In this video I get lucky that orange attacks green instead of trying to recapture its moving planet I just destroyed.

From here you you just have to destroy your opponents planets in the best way possible. I attack their double planets first. The planet that is most likely to keep you from a good time is the moving planet. It is moving away from you and is more difficult to destroy.


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