Helix

Orbits (Lupus) Helix walk-through, completed in 1:34.6

The strategy used here is similar to a previous post on Helix. The biggest difference is that I immediately double my initial planet. The strategy then continues and then try to capture the same planets in the same order as the previous post. In this video I was able to capture one extra planet. Ate 0:31, green took it’s time and enabled me to capture a planet that green usually gets. This strategy requires more restarts when the opponents don’t cooperate, but when it works, you have more units available.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:03, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:04 to 0:09, you want green to double their initial planet. To accomplish this, start attacking the planet adjacent to green. If green does anything other than double their planet prior to your units reaching the planet you are attacking, start over.
  3. From 0:10 to 0:19, when green doubles their initial planet, redirect your units to capture the planet before the one you were attacking.
  4. From 0:20 to 1:01, capture the planets in the same order as in this video. With the exception of the planet captured at 0:31, start over if one of your opponents captures one of these planets. If green captures that planet at 0:31, you can still get a very good time.
  5. From 1:02 to 1:06, time to start destroying some opponents. Move some units towards the left side, this is where your initial attack will come from.
  6. From 1:07 to 1:10, when green makes a move to attack orange, destroy the green double planet..
  7. From 1:11 to 1:22, destroy the last orange planet on the left side and the center green planet.
  8. From 1:23 to 1:26, use the attack and release method on the the right most orange planet to force it to absorb its units in an attempt to double. When it does so, attack and destroy it.

From here, you want to move all of your units so they are adjacent to the orange planet. Fortunately for me in this video, that is the same time that orange sends units from that planet to reinforce the orange planet that green is attacking. This is what enables the time achieved in this video.


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Helix

Orbits (Lupus) Helix walk-through, completed in 1:48.4

With Helix I used to think I needed to promote all of the doubles I captured, believing I needed them at full strength. Now I don’t promote them and instead capture as many planets as possible. My thought with this is to get all the planets captured as quickly as possible, in order to try and get the opponents attacking each other sooner.

I intentionally leave the center planet alone. If I do capture it, the opponents are likely to attack it. And, if its left unoccupied, the opponents will occasionally fight over it, and that is when I get my best times.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:07, I start out with an attack on the double next to green. I have no intention of capturing that planet, but I want green to double up. The reason for this is now greens next move will almost always be to capture the double next to it. If I had allowed its initial capture to be that double planet, then those two planets would most likely capture a planet I want to capture.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:49, the initial captures are almost complete, and this is the first benefit of capturing the planets I did. Orange is moving in between the three green planets and there is no way green can resist attacking.
  3. From 0:50 to 0:59, now all of the planets except the center planet are occupied by someone.
  4. From 1:00 to 1:04, time to start destroying some opponents. You’ll notice that green is making a move to capture the center planet. Occasionally green and orange will fight over that center planet. Orange doesn’t cooperate here.
  5. From 1:05 to 1:17, destroying the green outer planets. If orange had fought green for the center planet, it wouldn’t have had the excess of units it used here to destroy one of my planets.
  6. From 1:18 to 1:27, destroy the last outer orange planet.
  7. From 1:27 to 1:39, first I destroy the orange double and then move my units to the side. What I was trying here was to have orange move to recapture the planet I just destroyed, which they did, What I really wanted though, was for green to then attack orange. Some times that works and then I can just destroy green.

Since green didn’t cooperate, I had to go ahead and destroy them both.


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