Escape

Force (Bootes) Escape walk-through, completed in 1:29.3

This is an improvement on the strategy used in a previous post on Escape. The main improvement is in timing. If you time releasing the pins correctly, it is possible to get your opponents to attack each other effectively enough that a really good time becomes possible.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:27, these are the initial captures.
  2. From 0:28 to 0:36, attack the orbiting single planet to prevent an opponent from attacking it. Then when it moves inside the ring you can capture it.
  3. From 0:37 to 1:00, alternately use your units to attack the single planets of your opponents. You are trying to get your opponents to send reinforcements to their single planets where your continuous attacks will pin those units.
  4. From 1:01 to 1:02, when the orbiting planet gets even with your opponents single planets, release the pin on one of your opponents by redirecting all of your attacking units against just one opponents single planet. In this video I redirect all of those units against green.
  5. From 1:03 to 1:03, when the orbiting planet is coming through the wall of force, redirect all of your units to the orbiting planet. This will release the pin on your other opponent, in this video that is green. What you are trying to do here is get your opponents mass of units to attack the other opponents right most double planet and you want them to do it without their mass of units running in to each other when they cross.
  6. From 1:04 to 1:12, keep sending all of your units to the moving planet, so they can escape through the wall of force.
  7. From 1:13 to 1:19, when your units escape the wall of force, wait for your opponents to attack each other. The one that attacks first is the one you are going to attack. The key here is attacking your opponent in such a way that they destroy the planet they are attacking, but they don’t capture the planet.

If this goes correctly and you can destroy your first opponent before they capture the planet they are attacking. And, if this prompts your second opponent to attack the planet the first opponent captured on their side, then all you’ll need to do is destroy both planets of your remaining opponent.


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Escape

Force (Bootes) Escape walk-through, completed in 1:54.6

My tendency when playing Escape was to capture the moving singleton prior to it escaping.  It took me quite a while to break this tendency, but it was a good thing I did.  Now I make sure to capture and promote every planet I can, then attack the moving singleton to prevent the opponents from capturing it.

The next move in my progression to a good time, was using the force to my advantage.  You can attack through the force and affect your opponents, even though there is no chance that you’ll actually touch them.  I use one of these attack to pin an opponent’s units to their singleton.  Then, I continually attack/release against the other opponent’s most distant double planet.  The attack gets the opponent to send reinforcements, then when the attack is released, that opponent will use those units to attack the pinned opponent.

When this works correctly and you release the pin at the correct time, you’ll end up with each opponent having captured a planet on the other opponents side of the board.  This really increases your chance for a good score.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:28, these are the initial captures.
  2. From 0:29 to 0:37, this is the attack on the orbiting singleton to prevent an opponent from capturing, then when it moves inside the ring you can capture it.
  3. From 0:38 to 0:45, you need to build up your units on both singletons so you can pin one opponent, while attacking the other.
  4. From 0:46 to 0:47, this is the attack on greens most distant double planet.
  5. From 0:48 to 1:09, this is the attack to pin the orange units on its singleton, this also gets orange to send reinforcements that will then be pinned. When green sends reinforcements you need to release the attack, then when green uses those units to attack orange, you need to reinitiate the attack.

How this plays out from here depends on how you opponents attack each other.  In this case I attacked green just prior to the singleton entering the ring, then picked up reinforcements within the ring for the final phase.


 

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