Ion cannon start attacking when at least one unit get close to enemy pod.
There is no timer.
My story is. When I was young, my father bought a magazine called Gambling. The magazine came with a disc which had a demo version of variety of games, including Machines. I did not understand anything in English, and had to play by the method of poke. In the demo version were the first three missions of the campaign, not counting training. The first and third missions were very similar to those that appeared later in the original game. The second mission was different in that the blue robots had a Gorilla! I called him the Terminator. The game really captured me, I passed this mission at least 200 times. At the beginning of the pass didn't work, I was waiting for that moment when the Terminator attacked my base and destroyed it, and nothing I could do :D. eventually, I figured out what was happening and learned to build defenses. I must say, it was my first strategy game. To defend against the terminator was very exciting and interesting. Later I learned how to build an army and attacked the Terminator on its base. Then the experiments began :). I captured all enemy buildings that were not available to me for construction. Especially interesting was the satellite radar, which removed the fog of war. When I found out what it was I understood how the enemy was out that I ran some grunt in the rear of the enemy and hid it there. I also tried to go inside the buildings a little grunt. So I destroyed the garage and the foundry at the enemy base :)).
Later, maybe half a year, my father bought me a CD with the full version of the game. As same was annoyingly, that from the second mission was removed Terminator :(. But there were a lot of other missions, which also left their mark on my memory. For example, in 6 the mission of the Gorillas were so many and I could not take it. Then I got to the 10th military Fortress mission and got stuck here. Enemy knights with green missiles were constantly destroying my squad. I didn't know how to complete the mission. Then accidentally destroyed the satellite dish and got reinforcements. But despite this, even using save and load I was not able to pass this mission. On this I left the game for a few years.
I gained experience in other strategies and returned to our favorite game. But I still could not pass the 10th mission! I was very nervous, I wanted to use cheats, but they are not present :). As a result, I discovered a bug of green buildings. I just put green buildings next to enemy buildings and they destroyed themselves! :D. It was funny. Further, any impassable mission was carried out using green buildings. Pretty quickly I got to the 20th mission Controller. And even green buildings, judas warlords, saving and loading didn't help me pass it. I tried many times.
After that I did the breaks and have not played for several years until nostalgia began to torment :D In the end, I was on 20-th mission for the first time only recently, it is on my YouTube channel. This game left me with a very nice remember, and I from time to time going through it again.
P.S. I Apologize if something is unclear, Yandex auto-translation from Russian.
Can you explain how is it possible that you could see through the fog of war?
Of course. I used a hotkey that remembers the position of the center of the screen. I remember the position in the fog of war where located generator. Then moved to an area where fog of war is absent. Took the constructor and prepared for the construction, pressed the hot key and moved to the memorized position. In this case, the game includes fog of war in a fraction of a second, maybe 0.1 or 0.2 seconds. During this time I manage to put the green building which makes investigation and cleans fog of war.
I'm add some speed run videos to my channel. The Controller mission was passed at less than 5 min! And Behind Enemy Lines too :)
Thanks a lot )
I'm finished my speed run of all 20 campaign missions. You may watch it on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeyXzFFs07mdBPY4t2R2ogw?view_as=subscriber
I would like to get feedback :)