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Strategy Guide: The Gauntlet

Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (2)

By popular demand, today's strategy guide shows you how the run The Gauntlet.

The popup hints at the beginning of the second attack phase tell you everything you need to know to win this mission.  However, if you're still determined to spoil the fun for yourself, go ahead and keep reading.

Have you ever seen a spaghetti western movie where the hero is able to defeat a seemingly endless stream of angry natives, only bec...
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Strategy Guide: The Mushroom Kingdom

Posted by [email protected] on May 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We've had a lot of demand for a strategy guide for the Mushroom Kingdom challenge mission.  This is a particularly challenging mission.

A big part of the fun of this mission is to learn as you go along.  Before you read any further, are you SURE you want to spoil it for yourself?

If so, here it is.  Start with a turret next to your Capitol and a Skyscraper a bit to the northwest, along with a gold Extractor. ...
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Strategy Guide: Return to Foundation

Posted by [email protected] on May 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Hi everybody,

Here's a quick guide to the Return to Foundation mission.  This is a challenging mission, even on Easy difficulty, and you'll likely need to try it several times to get past it.

For this guide, we'll show you how we played through it on Easy.  The strategy for Medium and Hard is roughly similar but you will likely need to do a lot of work with your timing to adjust it to achieve just the right balanc...
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Strategy Guide: The Lost City

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In The Lost City, you're in a race with the red player.  Each of you has abandoned buildings you can acquire very rapidly and expand to the opposite side of the map, with the AI player expanding quickly from the northeast to the northwest and the human player expanding from the southwest to the southeast.

At the start, you will need to quickly sell abandoned buildings and place new skyscrapers at just the right locations along your eastern bord...
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Strategy Guide: The Eight Gates

Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In general, there are two ways to win "The Eight Gates."  Both of them involve wrapping turrets tightly around your Capitol from the inside out.

I'm going to show you both of the two major strategies I use to win The Eight Gates: the one-spiral strategy and the two-spiral strategy.

First, the one-spiral strategy.  Start by wrapping up your Capitol like so:

You'll notice that the enemy can no...

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Strategy Guide: Surrounded

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (1)

We're back, this time with a strategy guide to the first Challenge mission, "Surrounded."

As with Sands of Alatok, there's more than one way to win this mission, but I'm going to show you the way I play it.

In this mission, it's a very good idea to start by using all your crystals to block off your Capitol building.  I usually start by building three cheap Dropshop Pads along the west side of my Capitol.  Then I b...
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Strategy guide: Sands of Alatok

Posted by [email protected] on April 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi everybody,

Here's a quick strategy guide to campaign mission #5: The Sands of Alatok.

There are lots of ways to win this mission; I'm going to show you just one.  However, all winning strategies on this map essentially have four phases:

1. Secure the nearby gold and crystal deposits as quickly as possible.

2. Defend your capitol: wrap it up tightly and use the terrain to your advantage.

3. As your defenses grow more secure, extend ...

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How to Win at Multiplayer

Posted by [email protected] on December 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This blog post is an introduction to the key multiplayer concepts you need in order to succeed.

The best way to learn multiplayer, of course, is to play the single-player campaign to the end.  The campaign is designed to teach you all the intricacies of City Conquest.

But this post should point you in the right direction.

Overwhelmingly, the main mistake that new City Conquest players make is that they don't get enough income. ...

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Understanding Offensive Game in City Conquest

Posted by [email protected] on December 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the first of what we hope to make a regular series of blog posts about strategy and gameplay in City Conquest.


Understanding the Offensive Game


City Conquest is a surprisingly deep game, and it takes a while to learn all of the concepts you need to succeed. You may not realize just from the first few missions how many strategic options are available. This blog post is intended to go into de...

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