Cells

Walls (Cetus) Cells walk-through, completed in 1:37.0

The strategy used here is slightly modified from what was used in a previous post on Cells. The difference comes at around 0:30 where a planet is promoted to double. While this change helped improve my times, the main difference that allowed the time achieved in this video comes from how the opponents attack. Usually orange will attack my initial planet. In this video, green attacked first, allowing orange to come in second and capture the top center planet. This has only happened for me a couple of times, but when you are lucky enough to get this, you can get a really good time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:20, send your units to capture the double planet directly below one of your opponents. When these units are about halfway to the double planet, start sending units towards the single planet on the same side. Sometimes the opponent will double up at this point. In this video orange took until 0:17 to double its initial planet. I think that may be the key to how this played out. If orange does anything but double their initial planet, start over.
  2. From 0:21 to 0:42, when the walls come back up, promote your double planet directly below orange. In this video, green has only partially captured a planet. When this happens send units from your initial planet to attack that partially captured planet. This is to try to keep green from sending units there and completing the capture.
  3. From 0:43 to 0:48, when the walls come down, send the excess units from your top planet to reinforce your other planets. This is to make your other planets stronger and less of a target for orange and to make your top planet weaker and more of a target. In this video green attacks the top planet first, making it possible for orange to attack and capture the planet afterwards. This rarely happens and when it does you need to be ready to take advantage of the opportunity.
  4. From 0:49 to 0:55, after orange attacks the center planet. Attack, destroy and capture the orange double planet.
  5. From 0:56 to 1:03, I wasn’t really sure what to do at this point, and just as I decided to attack green the walls came back up. This was fortunate for me. If I get to this point again, I’ll try capturing the bottom planet instead.
  6. From 1:04 to 1:24, send units to attack the bottom planet. This is to get green to give up on capturing that planet and to attack orange instead.

When the walls come down and green attacks the orange planet, you just need to destroy the green planets as fast as possible.


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Cells

Walls (Cetus) Cells walk-through, completed in 1:44.5

Cells is a difficult one, and unless your opponents cooperate by attacking each other, you’ll never get a time under two minutes. But, with the right strategy, you can make it more likely that your opponents will attack each other.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:20, send your units to capture the double planet directly below one of your opponents. When these units are about halfway to the double planet, start sending units towards the single planet on the same side. Sometimes the opponent will double up at this point. If not, as soon as you capture the double planet, start sending units from both of your planets to the single planet. In this video I capture planets on the orange side, this approach works just as well on either side.
  2. From 0:21 to 0:42, when the walls come back up, send a few units from your double planet to the newly captured single planet. When the walls come down we want orange to attack our top center planet, sending these few units seems to make it less likely it will attack this newly captured single planet. Now, continually send units from your top center single planet towards your double planet. This will make it less likely that orange will attack the double planet.
  3. From 0:43 to 0:48, when the walls come down, what you do depends on you opponents. In this video, orange immediately attacks the center planet, while green is doing nothing. When green does nothing like this it’s because it is waiting to get enough units to capture the bottom planet. Sending some units towards the bottom planet will get green to give up on it and attack orange instead.
  4. From 0:49 to 0:57, what you do here depends on who will gain control of the center planet. If it looks like orange will, you’ll want to position your units behind the orange planet and wait for the proper time to destroy and capture it. In this video it seemed to me that green was going to win the center (usually the opponent that attacks the center planet last wins the planet). For this reason, I destroy and capture the green single planet.
  5. From 0:58 to 1:04, experience has taught me that in a situation like this, the next time the walls come down orange will attack me instead of green. That is why you need to attack the center planet green just captured. This will weaken that planet and make it more likely that orange will attack it instead of you.
  6. From 1:05 to 1:24, while the walls are up you can use the time to attack green to get it to double up. You don’t want it to use its excess units to attack you instead.

When the walls come down and orange attacks green, you want to give your opponents a little time to attack each other, then you need to move to destroy all remaining planets. If your fortunate like I was here, you’ll be able to destroy them all before the walls come back up.


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