Castles

Supernovas (Hercules), Castles walk-through, completed in 1:24.0

This is a completely new strategy that shares almost nothing in common with the strategy used in a previous post on Castles.

This strategy takes advantage of how slowly your opponents develop in the beginning. The object is to force one opponent to double up their initial planet, then use the supernova adjacent to them to destroy them before they can spread. Since the other opponent is developing so slowly, they will usually stay contained within their initial enclave during this process.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:07, send some units towards one of the single planets adjacent to green. Then send newly created units to the other single planet adjacent to green. If green does anything but double its planet prior to your units reaching the single planets, start over.
  3. From 0:08 to 0:21, redirect all of your units to the supernova in front of green, then start sending all of your newly created units towards the far single planet. Go back and forth between sending newly created units to the far single planet and then as those units approach the single planet redirecting them to the supernova. You are trying to trigger the supernova prior to green capturing another planet. By attacking the far single planet you are forcing green to attempt to capture the nearer planet, where it is easy for you to use some of your units to prevent its capture, if necessary. Keep doing this until you trigger the supernova.
  4. From 0:22 to 0:29, use the units from the supernova to destroy the green double planet.
  5. From 0:30 to 0:38, gather your units, then start attacking the orange double planet. When you units pass over the single planet in front of the orange enclave, capture the planet.
  6. From 0:39 to 0:48, you don’t want to attack the supernova directly or orange may trigger the supernova before your units get there. First, build up your units on the single planet. Use these units to attack the orange double planet.  When your units pass over the supernova, redirect those units into the supernova and trigger it. If orange is able to spread to another planet prior to triggering its supernova, start over.
  7. From 0:49 to 0:57, after the supernova, destroy the orange double planet.

From here you just need to destroy the two remaining single planets. You’ll get the best time by waiting for the last planet to send its units to try to capture the double planet prior to destroying it.


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Castles

Supernovas (Hercules), Castles walk-through, completed in 1:31.2

When playing most of the games in the Hercules constellation, the supernovas are just distractions, and should usually be ignored.  That isn’t the case with Castles.  My approach used to be to trigger the supernova next to one of my opponents and then immediately wipe out as many of the opponent’s planets as possible.  I could get a good time, but the problem with the approach was that the other opponent could really build up their forces.

The new approach is to trigger an opponents supernova just for the purpose of weakening them, and then immediately attempt to trigger the supernova of the other opponent before they can expand to any new planets.  At this point the second opponent can be wiped out, then you only have the original weakened opponent left.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:30, capture your initial planets and build up some units.
  2. From 0:31 to 0:41, attack the orange back planet (I attack which ever opponent hasn’t promoted their double planet).  When the units get close, redirect the attack to the supernova.
  3. From 0:42 to 0:58, attack the green supernova and after triggering it, destroy the two green singleton planets (if green had already promoted its double planet then it would be the first one to attack). Then leave enough units to destroy the double planet later.
  4. From 0:59 to 1:12, attack the orange supernova, while this attack is going on, attack the green planet, then remove your attack in an attempt to get it to promote itself.

From here on out it’s just destroy the remaining planets as best as you can.

 


 

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