Rapture

Wormholes (Lepus) Rapture walk-through, completed in 1:48.7

Rapture was the most difficult level for me. I came back to it several times trying to improve my score until it finally became obvious I needed a strategy that would get one of my opponents to capture both of the bottom planets. There may be a better way to accomplish this goal, but the way I found is in the strategy presented here. The way that orange captured the two bottom planets in this video, while leaving the planet adjacent to its initial planet unoccupied has only happened to me twice and this is the only time I was able to take advantage of the opportunity.

Walk through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:06, double your initial planet and start sending units from it into the wormhole just above your planet. You are waiting for one of your opponents to send their units into their own wormhole. If neither opponent sends their units into the wormhole, start over.
  2. From 0:07 to 0:08, as soon as an opponent sends their units into the wormhole, green in this video, send units from you planet towards the bottom planet on the side of the opponent that is sending units into the wormhole. In this video it is green so I send units attacking the bottom right double planet.
  3. From 0:09 to 0:13, send the units in the bottom wormhole towards the double planet just below the green initial planet. Then send units from your initial planet towards the same double planet adjacent to the green initial planet. What you are trying to do here is cut off both options that green has for the units in its wormhole with units from your initial planet.
  4. From 0:14 to 0:18, now send the mass of units that were in the bottom wormhole to a point beyond the green units sitting in the wormhole. What you are trying to do is get these units to pass through and scatter the green units.
  5. From 0:19 to 0:20, usually I give up when I’m not successful in scattering the opponent’s units in the wormhole. But, just as i was ready to give up I release the attack of the few units on the bottom double planet and orange sends some units to it for a partial capture. Since this is what I’m trying to accomplish, I continue the game. I think there are two reasons that orange does this. First, it had more units than it usually would on the bottom planet because it waited so long to send its units through the wormhole. The extra time allowed it to build up more units on its initial planet. Second, I believe its initial planet had its eyes on the single planet in my enclave as you will see shortly.
  6. From 0:21 to 0:28, capture the single planet in your enclave on the same side as the opponent you were just attacking.
  7. From 0:29 to 0:30, at this point I notice that orange has the bottom planet in its enclave unoccupied. My plan at this point is to prevent it from capturing that planet while at the same time getting its initial planet to promote itself and then destroy it.
  8. From 0:31 to 0:41, when orange attacks the planet in my enclave I decide to capture the planet before its units get there. I am fortunate to just barely get the planet captured in time, then I keep sending units to prevent orange from destroying the planet.
  9. From 0:42 to 0:55, at this point I resume the plan to prevent orange from capturing the unoccupied planet in the orange enclave. To do this I send units towards that planet while also trying to get a mass of units for using the attack and release method to get the orange planet to promote itself.
  10. From 0:56 to 1:01, when orange tries promoting itself, attack and destroy the initial orange planet.
  11. From 1:02 to 1:04, now capture the bottom planet in the orange enclave.
  12. From 1:05 to 1:07, notice that green is sending units into its wormhole. Experience has taught me that when an opponent does this, they will attack who they see as the weakest. For this reason I start reinforcing my top double planet to discourage green from sending its units through the bottom center wormhole where it will be able to attack and destroy my top double planet.
  13. From 1:08 to 1:15, send units from your enclave to a point near green.
  14. From 1:16 to 1:17, double your planet. In reviewing this video I believe it would have been better to skip this step and use the mass of units already on that planet in the attack to come.
  15. From 1:18 to 1:23, as green is sending units into the wormhole for another attack on orange, I send a few units towards the unoccupied planet to prevent orange from getting any crazy ideas and trying to capture it.
  16. From 1:24 to 1:37, start sending all of your units to the vicinity of green. You want to hold off on your attack to allow green to attack orange again. As soon as green attacks orange, its time to go on an all out attack and destroy both of the green double planets.

At this point your just have the two orange planets left to destroy. I use the mass of units left over from destroying green to attack the bottom right planet and send new units from my planets to attack the bottom left planet.


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