I think I've just about had it with this game. I've searched around and there are no more side quests for me to do. I've done everything that is humanly possible and, now, the quests I have left are setting me up against insane odds. They are throwing me up against enemies 20 levels higher than me.
20. Levels. Higher. *boggles*
Now, I have to admit, I've been pretty damn proud of myself for almost beating the level 40 ships when they have twice as many hull points and more shield than I do. They also have five component slots, where I only have four. However, I'm so terribly frustrated because it feels like the game cheats. I've gotten the enemy down to where we both had about 50 hull points left and no shields. Either of us could win. At that point, inevitably, the enemy will make a move that causes massive cascades and level 10 bombs fall in from off-screen like crazy, all lining up to cause about 200 points of damage to me in one move. (Yes, one time I counted. It was 200 points.)
I would chalk it up to bad luck if it didn't happen every single time. And, the enemy isn't using a component do it. It's not a special ability. The game just freakin' cheats. There's no way for me to predict what's going to fall in from off-screen. So, the moves I make are reasonably good ones where, as far as I can tell, I'm not setting myself up for heartbreak. But, lo and behold, what cascades in for the enemy just happens to be exactly what he needs to obliterate me.
Just on the off chance that someone can offer me a better strategy for beating these soulless warships, let me list what components I use (I don't remember the exact component names, so I'll list what they do):
Military laser: (pew-pew-pew!) Damages the enemy for 8 points plus more depending on how much red energy I have.
Repair bot: Repairs damage to my ship for ?? (don't recall off the top of my head) amount plus extra depending on how much green energy I have.
Weapons charger: Removes all mines from the field and converts them to red energy. (Useful for when there is the potential for cascades that will cause me lots of damage. Also useful for when there are no red matches on the board and I need to charge my weapon for cheap. It only costs 5 yellow energy and recharges in 2 rounds.)
Shield Converter: Steals up to 10 shield from the enemy and adds it to my shield.