Channel

Shockwaves (Taurus) Channel walk-through, completed in 43.0 seconds

The strategy used here is very different from the used in a previous post on Channel. There are three differences in this strategy, they are:

  • Do not capture additional planets. The previous strategy relied on capturing the single planet nearest to the orange planet to prevent orange from trying to capture that planet. This strategy uses faux attacks on that planet to keep it away from orange.
  • Use the attack release method to get green to attempt to promote its planet.
  • Move excess units from destroying green by going to the left around the center planet. This allows you to use a faux attack on the single planet below orange to prompt orange to attack and destroy the weakened center planet.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:04, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:05 to 0:16, send your units to a point near the green planet. For this strategy I normally use these units to attack the closest single planet to orange to get orange to double its initial planet. In this video orange doubled its planet before I could make that faux attack. You don’t want to send too many units near green, if your planet seems too weak, orange will attack.
  3. From 0:17 to 0:20, use the attack and release method to get green to absorb its excess units. You do this so that green will have fewer units available to reinforce its center planet when orange attacks.
  4. From 0:21 to 0:22, use your mass of units near green to attack the single planet closest to orange. This should prompt orange to attack the center green planet.
  5. From 0:23 to 0:30, send all of your units to a point near the green planet and then destroy the green planet.
  6. From 0:31 to 0:34, send the units remaining from destroying the green planet towards the orange planet by going to the left of the center green planet.
  7. From 0:35 to 0:35, use your mass of units to attack the single planet closest to orange. This should prompt orange to attack the remaining green planet.

When orange attacks the green planet, use all of your units to attack and destroy the orange planet.


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Cincture

Shockwaves (Taurus) Cincture walk-through, completed in 2:23.8

This strategy is similar to that used on a previous post on Cincture. The main differences are in how units are moved around in the beginning and how excess units are used in the endgame.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:07, your initial units are sent to capture the perimeter double planet between purple and orange.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:13,wait for about 5 seconds and then send all the units from your newly captured planet to a point beyond the back green planet. Your intention is to have them on a line with your center planet. This will make it easier to use them in the next step.
  3. From 0:14 to 0:20,when your mass of units just passes your center planet, send them and all the units from your center planet to a point near the perimeter double between green and purple. Don’t actually attack the perimeter double, that will force purple to make a move and that move might not be what you want from them.
  4. From 0:21 to 0:21, use the units from your perimeter planet to attack the perimeter double between green and orange. You are taking that planet away from green and orange.
  5. From 0:22 to 0:22, use the units heading to the bottom of the screen to attack the perimeter planet between purple and green. At this point you want green capturing the single planet between green and orange, orange capturing the single planet between orange and purple and purple capturing the planet between purple and green. If your opponents are doing anything other than that, start over.
  6.  From 0:23 to 0:47, now you want to do your best to get both of your perimeter planets promoted to double before the shock wave gets to them. You probably won’t get both of them promoted, but the closer they are the better for you later.
  7. From 0:48 to 1:19, after the shock wave passes, get both of your perimeter doubles promoted, then start moving your units into the vicinity of the purple perimeter planet. When you get enough units there, use the attack, release method to get it to try to promote, then destroy, capture and promote the planet.
  8. From 1:19 to 1:23, send units from your newly promoted double planet to your bottom double planet.
  9. From 1:24 to 1:24, at this point you will usually need to use some of your units to attack the perimeter double planet between orange and green to prevent one of them from trying to capture that planet. In this video orange is attacking the green single planet so it wasn’t necessary here.
  10. From 1:25 to 1:28, send units from your newly promoted double planet to your top double planet.
  11. From 1:29 to 1:29, send units from your bottom double planet to a point near the green double planet.
  12. From 1:30 to 1:33, use units from your top double planet to attack the perimeter planet between green and orange. You’re trying to get green to give up on capturing that planet. When green moves units off of its double planet, redirect your units to a point near the orange double planet.
  13. From 1:34 to 1:36, keep sending units from your bottom double planet to a point near the green double planet while at the same time sending units from your other two double planets to a point near the orange double planet.
  14. From 1:37 to 1:38, first attack the green double planet and then attack the orange double planet.
  15. From 1:39 to 1:43, destroy and then capture the green and orange double planets.
  16. From 1:44 to 2:02, send units from all of your planets to a point near the top green planet. Sometimes orange will own this planet and it is still where you want to position your units.
  17. From 2:03 to 2:06, when the shock wave gets close enough to the planets to force them to start attacking the center planet, attack and destroy the top green planet. You want this planet destroyed because you don’t have one of your planets close enough to it that it would be easy to destroy after the shock wave passes.
  18. From 2:07 to 2:10, use any remaining units to degrade the closest green planet.
  19. From 2:11 to 2:17, move some units from your double planets to your single planets so you will have enough units to destroy the opponent planets those planets are adjacent to.

When the shock wave passes your remaining opponents, attack and destroy all of the remaining opponents.


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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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