If you had told me it was possible to beat Gladiator in less than 2 minutes and 30 seconds, I wouldn’t have believed you. The best I could do was about about 2 minutes and 45 seconds with my previous approach. When I came back to Gladiator after a long absence, I couldn’t even get the times I had before, so I decided it was time to try another approach. This new approach resulted my best time ever the third time I tried it.
This approach is simple, but you need your opponents to cooperate, which they don’t do all that often. If they decide to attack you instead of another opponent, you won’t get the best time. You’ll notice times in this video where I allow my units to just sit there and accumulate, and then after the opponents start attacking each other I’ll start using my units. This comes from my recognition that the opponents are likely to initiate an attack on a planet that has just weakened itself by removing its units.
- From 0:00 to 0:09, your initial move has to be to capture the double planet next to one of your opponents. Then, while those units are in route to the double, start sending any newly created units towards the singleton next to the same opponent. We are trying to force the opponent to send their units towards the right and closer to purple. Surprisingly this works least half the time. This approach works whether the opponent is orange or green, in this video I’m attacking the orange side first.
- From 0:10 to 0:22, when the opponent sends their units where we want, you can start using units from both of your planets to capture the singleton. You don’t want to do that too early or your opponent may move to destroy the double planet you just captured. You’ll notice that I don’t continually send units from that double planet to capture the singleton, if you weaken that planet too much orange will use the two planets it now has to destroy and capture your double planet.
- From 0:23 to 0:31, you need to get as many units as possible down near the orange double planet, realizing that you can’t weaken the singleton too much or orange will attack.
- From 0:32 to 0:40, when orange makes the move to capture the top right double planet you need to use those units you’ve readied to do the attack and release move to get orange to promote their double planet. As soon as they double up, you want to attack with all of your units and destroy and capture that double.
- From 0:41 to 0:45, you want to get your double planets promoted. Notice that I’m not using units from my center planet. If you weaken that planet too much orange will attack and destroy it.
- From 0:46 to 0:52, when orange makes the move to promote their double planet, you can use units from the center planet and get both of your doubles promoted.
- From 0:53 to 0:58, once your doubles are promoted, start sending units from your center planet to your singleton. This is to discourage orange from attacking it. I don’t keep the units on the center planet at this point because it is such an attractive target, someone is going to attack and destroy it.
- From 0:59 to 1:08, You just need to be patient and hopefully your opponents will attack each other. Here I’m waiting for both orange and green to attack someone and weaken themselves on their planets near me. If you move units off of your singleton too soon, it is becomes a target for someone.
- From 1:09 to 1:19, you need to move some units from your double planets and then use them to launch a fake attack on a green singleton in an attempt to get green to move their mass of units off of their double planets. This time the third attack was successful in doing just that.
- From 1:20 to 1:24, if you attack the green double planets too soon, it will use those units we just got off of the doubles in their defense. you need to wait until something prompts green to use that mass of units elsewhere. Until then get your units in position for your attack.
- From 1:25 to 1:40, as soon as green makes its move you need to destroy, capture and promote its two double planets.
- From 1:41 to 1:42, here you need to wait for one of your opponents to attack someone and weaken their singletons next to your planets. In this video it didn’t take long before orange obliged.
- From 1:43 to 2:05, after capturing and destroying the orange singleton, I destroyed and captured both of the green singletons. Unfortunately, orange decided to join in on the second singleton.
- From 2:06 to 2:11, time to recapture and promote your the planet you started on.
- From 2:12 to 2:15, purple is going to attack orange, so you can leave it alone and just attack purple. If you time it right you’ll be attacking purple just as they destroy orange, but before they have enough units to capture the orange planet.
From here, it is just attack and destroy purple, going after its triple planet first. It is fortunate here that the planet where your units are positioned after destroying the purple double planet can use the path through the minefield that purple has created.
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