Polarity

Walls (Cetus) Polarity walk-through, completed in 2:12.0

This is a similar strategy to the one used in a previous post on Polarity. Though it is similar, there are many changes. Starting with moving units around to protect the initial planet and an additional capture in the beginning. The big changes are towards the end game when units are brought to the bottom of the board and the green triple is destroyed and captured.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:05, capture the single planet adjacent to orange. You can flip this strategy and start against green. I do that occasionally, but I’m used to attacking orange first and do that most of the time.
  2. From 0:06 to 0:20, move units from your two planets to the vicinity of the single planet below orange. After orange moves to capture this planet, start attacking it with units from both of your planets. When orange sends reinforcements from its top planet, send all of your units to your top single planet. Just prior to the walls changing over, use all of your units and attack the top left double planet. Doing this will usually get green to give up on that planet and send units from its single planet to try to promote its initial planet. As soon as green sends units towards its bottom planet, capture the remaining single planet on the top row. If your opponents don’t behave as they do in this video, where their units are blocked by the wall, preventing them from capturing or promoting a planet, then start over.
  3. From the 0:21 to 0:42, start out by preparing your units for an attack on orange. Send units from all of your planets to a point above your top right single planet. Build up your units for about 10 seconds, then use the attack and release method to get orange to attempt to promote to double. Then attack the orange double with all of your units. As that attack is continuing, get your units from the crook in the wall and send them between the horizontal wall and the orange single planet. As soon as those units get into the right column, attack the top right orange planet with all of your units.
  4. From 0:43 to 0:45, as soon as the walls change, use all of the units from your 3 planets in the center column and attack the top left double planet. If you have strong enough of an attack, you can get green to give up on that planet and send units from its single planet to promote its triple planet. If green doesn’t react as it does in this video, start over.
  5. From 0:46 to 0:52, when green sends reinforcements from its single planet, send all of your units towards your top right planet. These units will be blocked by the wall but will be used later in promoting your top right planet all the way to triple.
  6. From 0:53 to 1:03, when those units clear your top right single planet, start sending units from your 3 planets in the center column towards the top left double planet. These units will be blocked by the wall, but will be used to capture this planet when the walls change.
  7. From 1:04 to 1:24, when the walls change, promote your triple planet all the way, then capture and promote the top left double planet. Keep sending all of your units to your top left double planet. In this video, green attacks the center planet first and destroys it, this allows orange to attack and partially capture this center planet. This is important as it prevents green from getting so strong in the center column that it will start attacking your top single planets in this phase.
  8. From 1:25 to 1:46, there is a lot to do in this phase. First, use units from your top two single planets to attack the left green single planet and the right orange single planet through the walls. This will pin the units on those planets and prevent them from attacking you. During this phase you have to keep reinforcing these pins or your opponent will eventually get enough units on their pinned planet to overcome the pin and attack you. You also want to send units from your triple planet to the bottom near the orange double and units from your double planet to the bottom near the green triple. When your mass of units nears the green triple you want to attack, destroy and capture the triple.
  9. From 1:47 to 1:48, as soon as the walls change send all of your units that are pinning your opponents towards the top of the screen and let your opponents fight over the center triple planet.
  10. From 1:49 to 1:58, use units from your double and triple planets to attack the bottom right green single planet to get green to send reinforcements there. If those attacks aren’t enough to get green to send the reinforcements, then use the mass of units near the orange double planet to attack the right green single. When the reinforcements are sent, release your attacks. You also want to move the mass of units from your bottom left planet out into the center column, but don’t join them with the mass of units on the other side, these two masses have different purposes and need to remain separate. As green is attacking the orange double, move your rightmost mass of units near the orange double so they will be in position to take out that planet when the green attack is complete.
  11. From 1:59 to 2:01, now that the center triple planet is out of the way, send your mass of units in the center column down towards the bottom of the screen.
  12. From 2:02 to 2:06, this is where it all comes together. You have units available for destroying each remaining planets. Use your leftmost mass of units along with those from your bottom planet to attack the left green single planet. Use your rightmost mass of units to destroy the orange double planet. Use the mass of units in the center section to attack the right green single planet.

When the walls change for the last time you’ll only have a few planets left to destroy and enough units in close proximity.


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Polarity

Walls (Cetus) Polarity walk-through, completed in 2:23.8

This is the same strategy (with one minor modification) that was used in a previous post on Polarity.

Walk-through

  1. From the 0:00 to 0:21, first capture the single planet next to orange, then attack the first planet that orange captures. What you are trying to do here is get orange to send reinforcements from its top planet. When orange does send the reinforcements, immediately quit attacking and move all of your units to the top. After you quit attacking the newly reinforced orange planet, orange finds that they have an excess of units on the planet, and initiates an attack on another planet. This is crucial, if orange doesnï’t initiate this attack, they will end up attacking and destroying your center planet.
  2. From the 0:22 to 0:42, start out getting as many units as possible to prepare for taking over the orange planet. For the first few seconds, send units from both of the planets, even though those from the lower planet are stopped by the wall. The units blocked by the wall are critical in being able to capture the top right planet after taking it from orange. At 0:27, use the attack and release method to get orange to attempt to promote to double. Then attack and destroy orange double. The final part of this phase is getting the units that are in the crook of the wall and bringing them to where they can be used in capturing the planet.
  3. From 0:43 to 0:49, this is the modification from the previous post on Polarity. After capturing the top right planet, use all of your units to attack the top left planet. This should get green to give up on capturing that planet and promote its triple planet instead. Getting green to do this sends its units towards the bottom of the screen, away from you and towards orange.
  4. From 0:50 to 1:10, as soon as green gives up on the top right planet, capture the remaining top single planet and get your top right planet promoted to triple.
  5. From 1:11 to 1:24, after promoting your planet to triple, you have 3 objectives before the walls change. capture the top left planet and leave enough units on each of the two center single planets to use in the next phase where you are going to pin both orange and green to keep them from attacking you.
  6. From 1:25 to 1:45, you need to use the units you previously staged to attack both the green and orange single planets through the walls. This will pin both of those planets and they should keep sending reinforcements to their pinned planets. At about 1:43 prepare for getting your units out of the line of fire when the walls change over.
  7. From 1:46 to 2:03, as soon as the walls change, send your units to the top of the screen and let orange and green fight over the center planet. You need to pay attention to where you may need to position your units to destroy the remaining planets. In this video I see that green is attacking both orange planets, so I didn’t leave as many units in the right column. However, this is the only time I’ve ever had green destroy both of those planets without capturing either of them. Which probably explains why I got such a good time.
  8. From 2:04 to 2:08, after green initiates its attack on orange, I go ahead and take out the center green triple planet.

From here you just need to destroy the remaining planets. If you allocated your units to the correct section, you should be able to get a really good time.


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Polarity

Polarity Walls (Cetus) walkthrough, completed in 2:42.4

I played Polarity for a long time before I developed the approach presented here. Initially I was trying to build up forces as fast as possible, attack the correct foe and hope that my opponents would attack each other. To be honest, this approach relied heavily on hope.

I had discovered early on that you could affect an opponent by attacking them even though a wall was in the way. Even though you could never engage them, they would react as if you could. Even knowing this for quite some time, it took a while before I developed my current approach that relies heavily on this. Before this approach, I couldn’t break 3 minutes, now I can regularly get below 3 minutes and if things go right I can get quite a bit below.

Walk-through

  1. From the 0:00 to 0:19, first assembly your units next to the wall, then attack the orange planet, through the wall. The attempt here is to coerce orange to send reinforcements. When orange does send the reinforcements, immediately quit attacking and move all the units to the initially captured planet. After you quit attacking the newly reinforced orange planet, orange finds that they have an excess of units at the planet, and initiates an attack on another planet. This is crucial, if orange doesn’t initiate this attack, they will end up attacking and destroying the center planet.
  2. From the 0:20 to 0:41, start out getting as many units as possible to prepare for taking over the orange planet. For the first few seconds, send units from both of the planets, even though those from the lower planet are stopped by the wall. The units blocked by the wall are critical in being able to capture the top right planet after taking it from orange. The initial attack on orange is to get it to react, then when the attack is removed, the orange units will snap back and be absorbed into the planet in an attempt to promote it. Then re-initiate the attack and destroy orange. The final part of this phase is getting the units that are in the crook of the wall and bringing them to where they can be used in capturing the planet.
  3. From 0:42 to 1:10, just promote the triple planet and build up units.
  4. From 1:11 to 1:23, preposition your units evenly between the two singleton planets in preparation for the next phase.
  5. Starting at 1:25, attack orange, then green’s singleton planets. This is the key to the whole approach. These attacks are stopped by the walls, but orange and green keep sending reinforcements. This has three positive affects, first they aren’t attacking your planets, they aren’t capturing other planets, and all the units they are stockpiling will eventually attack each other.
  6. At 1:41, this is in preparation for the walls going down, so you can remove the attacks and keep your units from being wiped out.
  7. At 2:09, once again pin the orange units by attacking its singleton planet through the wall. This is to keep it from attacking your top right triple planet.

From here you are in good shape to just clear up the remaining opponents as best as possible.


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