Stress

Shockwaves (Taurus) Stress walk-through, completed in 1:06.5

The strategy used here is similar to a previous post on Stress. The main difference in the strategy is not allowing your opponents to capture the double planet adjacent to the planets you capture.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:20, capture both of the single planets adjacent to your initial planet.
  2. From 0:21 to 0:27, after your initial captures, send some units away from the center double planet, then start sending them towards the center planet. What you are attempting to do here is get both of your opponents to give up on capturing that planet and instead to double up their rear planets. If they do anything else, start over.
  3. From 0:28 to 0:35, send units from all three of your planets to a position near the rear orange double planet. Then keep sending units from your top planet.
  4. From 0:36 to 0:39, once you think you have enough units to destroy the orange planet, start sending all of your units to the green side.
  5. From 0:40 to 0:40, send units from your two green side planets towards the rear green planet.
  6. From 0:41 to 0:41, when the shock wave gets close enough to the rear orange planet to force it to send its units forward, attack the orange rear double planet with the mass of units you staged there.
  7. From 0:42 to 0:46, while those units are attacking orange, continue sending units towards the green double planet. As soon as orange is destroyed, intensify your attack on green and destroy its double planet.
  8. From 0:47 to 0:49, when green attempts to capture the remaining unoccupied planet use units from your bottom two planets to prevent green from completing the capture.
  9. From 0:50 to 0:52, send your units to a point near the green double planet that orange is attacking. You are doing this in case green barely survives the attack from orange you’ll be positioned to finish it off.
  10. From 0:53 to , after the green double planet is destroyed send all of your units to a point near the orange double planet. Keep sending new units to this point and and wait for orange to attempt to capture the destroyed green planet.

When orange starts sending units to the newly destroyed green planet, attack and destroy the orange double planet.


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Reboot

Shockwaves (Taurus) Reboot walk-through, completed in 1:42.9

This is a modification of the strategy used in a previous post on Reboot. The biggest change is that now units are staged so purple will be easier to take out. Additionally there a several small changes in the beginning that are designed to get the center planet promoted to a double quicker than previously.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:03, send your units to the right. When these units reach the point where the center double planet is between your units and the planet in front of the purple double, use that mass of units to attack the planet in front of purple.
  2. From 0:04 to 0:08, start sending units from your initial planet towards the top left of the screen. When your mass of units are just about on top of the top center double planet, capture that planet with those units.
  3. From 0:09 to 0:13, absorb any excess units into your newly captured planet to partially promote it. Do this until the top of the shockwave just reaches the bottom of your newly captured planet.
  4. From 0:14 to 0:14, in order to prevent purple from capturing the single planet just above it, attack that single planet in front of purple with your mass of units.
  5. From 0:15 to 0:17, send excess units from your center planet up and away from the shockwave.
  6. From 0:18 to 0:28, wait until the mass of units is near your single planet, then use the excess units you were getting from your top center planet and units from your original planet and capture the single planet in front of your original planet. If, at this point, purple has captured or partially captured its single planet, start over.
  7. From 0:29 to 0:33, send units from the single planet you just captured to your initial planet. Get all the units you can until the shock wave passes the single planet.
  8. From 0:34 to 0:40, send units from your single planet to help in promoting your center planet to a double planet.
  9. From 0:41 to 0:42, send units from your single planet and your double planet to attack the orange single planet. Without something to discourage orange, it is more likely to attack the bottom center planet than green.  This attack on orange makes it more likely that green will attack that planet, which is what you want.
  10. From 0:43 to 0:51, promote your initial planet to a double.
  11. From 0:52 to 1:08, gather your units for the attack on green, then when green moves to capture the bottom center planet, destroy the green double. Then destroy the green single planet. If green is successful in capturing the bottom center planet, start over.
  12. From 1:09 to 1:16, send the units left over from destroying green and new units from your top left double and single planets to a point near the bottom of the screen. You are staging these units so they can be used against purple in the end game.
  13. From 1:17 to 1:32, send units from all three of your planets to a point near the two orange planets. Previously, my best times have come when orange sends its mass of units to try to capture the bottom single planet that is partially captured by green. If orange does this at the correct time so that as soon as its units reach the planet it withdraws them, it will then send that giant mass of units to attack purple. What happens here has the same effect. However, I almost quit when orange attacked my double planet. Fortunately, I didn’t.
  14. From 1:33 to 1:36, when orange sends units from its double planet to its single planet, attack and destroy the double planet. If it looks like orange has sent enough units to destroy the purple single planet, then attack the purple double. If the purple single planet will survive the orange onslaught, you have to move your units there and destroy the single purple planet first. In this video it seemed that orange would destroy the single planet, so I attacked the purple double.
  15. From 1:37 to 1:42,  as soon as the orange double planet is destroyed, use those units to attack and destroy the orange single planet.

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Crush

Shockwaves (Taurus) Crush walk-through, completed in 1:52.4

The strategy used here is similar to a previous post on Crush. While using the previous strategy I started wondering if it was possible to destroy an additional green planet prior to the the shock wave passing. Turns out it is possible and this allowed for more units to be used in the final battle with orange.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:39, the initial captures. If green captures the center planet, start over.
  2. From 0:40 to 0:49, mass your units in preparation for taking out the green double planet.
  3. From 0:50 to 0:56, destroy and then capture the green double planet.
  4. From 0:57 to 1:03, as soon as you complete the capture start massing units from all of your planets.
  5.  From 1:04 to 1:06, when the shock wave passes your outer planets, start sending units from your planets inside the shock wave to a point near the orange double planet.
  6. From 1:07 to 1:11, send your mass of units to destroy the green single planet. While this is happening, keep sending units from your planets to a point near the orange double. Be ready and as soon as the green single is destroyed, move your units away from the shock wave.
  7. From 1:12 to 1:16, when orange sends units towards the center planet, use your massed units to destroy the orange double.
  8. From 1:17 to 1:23, as soon as the orange double is destroyed, use all of your units inside the shock wave to destroy the green double planet. If you have any units left inside the shockwave and either opponent still has the center planet, use them to try and destroy it. If the center planet isn’t destroyed, start over.
  9. From 1:24 to 1:36, start sending units from your original group of four planets up towards the top in preparation for an attack on orange. You’ll want two masses of units, the first will be sent near the top orange double. The second will be used on the front orange double.
  10. From 1:37 to 1:38, attack and destroy the top orange double planet.
  11. From 1:39 to 1:43, when green tries to capture its front double planet, attack and destroy the green planet. At the same time attack and destroy the front orange double planet. If green is successful in capturing another planet, start over.

From here, destroy the remaining two orange planets as quickly as possible.


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Steamroll

Shockwaves (Taurus) Steamroll walk-through, completed in 48.5 seconds

This strategy is similar to a previous post on Steamroll. The only difference is at the end where I wait a little longer before destroying the final opponent planet.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:09, send all of your units to the planet just in front of green. Before those units arrive, start sending additional units to the same planet. What you want is for green to capture the planet in front of orange. If anything other than that happens, start over.
  2. From 0:10 to 0:22, position a mass of units out near green’s initial planet. Then keep building up units on the single planet in front of green, this is to prevent orange from attacking this planet.
  3. From 0:23 to 0:27, when you have enough units on your single planet, use the mass of units near green and get green to attempt to double its planet using the attack and release method. This is to prepare for orange attacking the green single planet, you don’t want green to be able to reinforce its planet that is under attack. If you time this just right, orange will attack green as soon as you are done with this.
  4. From 0:28 to 0:31, when orange attacks the green single planet, attack and destroy the green double planet.
  5. From 0:32 to 0:38, position all your units to a point near orange. You want to be ready for when orange attacks the green planet.
  6. From 0:39 to 0:42, since orange attacked green so quickly, wait until the next attack before you take out orange.
  7. From 0:43 to 0:48, when orange makes its move to attack the green single planet, attack and destroy the orange planet.

 


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Crush

Shockwaves (Taurus) Crush walk-through, completed in 1:58.6

The strategy used here is very similar to a previous post on Crush. However, the difference is very significant. Previously I wanted green to capture the center planet. Now I want orange to capture the center. When green would capture the center, I noticed that there were quite a few times when it wouldn’t get its original planet promoted to a double prior to the shock wave passing.

It occurred to me that if that were orange instead, then orange would be quite a bit weaker after the shock wave passes. This would make it take orange longer to build up its strength and recapture its planets after the shock wave passed.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:39, the initial captures. If green captures the center planet, start over.
  2. From 0:40 to 0:42, use the attack and release method against the orange center planet. This is to get orange to absorb its extra units into the center planet instead of sending them back to capture another planet. This will slow down the growth of orange and make it more likely that it won’t be able to promote its initial planet. If orange even partially promotes its initial planet, start over.
  3. From 0:43 to 0:51, mass your units in preparation for taking out the green double planet.
  4. From 0:52 to 0:56, destroy and then capture the green double planet.
  5. From 0:57 to 1:04, start massing all of your units to a position near the front orange double..
  6.  From 1:05 to 1:08, here I’m using attacks on the front orange double to try and prevent it from reinforcing the center planet. This is because I want green to destroy the center planet.
  7. From 1:09 to 1:16, orange does finally send reinforcements to the center planet, but that is okay because they are used to promote the planet to a triple. While green is destroying the center planet, attack and destroy the orange double planet.
  8. From 1:17 to 1:23, attack and destroy the green double planet. While your units are enroute to the green double planet, start sending units from your rear planets to the bottom where you can use them in your next attack against green. If you get to this point and any of your opponents still occupy their front double planet, or the center planet, start over.
  9. From 1:24 to 1:28, while sending your mass of units down near the green planets, start sending units from your rear planets to the top so they can eventually be used against orange.
  10. From 1:29 to 1:40, attack and destroy both of the green planets. While you are doing this keep massing your units near orange.
  11. From 1:41 to 1:43, attack and destroy the top orange double planet.

From here, destroy the remaining orange planets as quickly as possible.


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