Boomer99 Oct 4, 2012 @ 4:10pm
Help for a newbie?
I bought the game yesterday, and having never played it, I have very little clue as to what I need/should be doing. Since there really is no instructions, I'm lost.

Is there a good FAQ or something along those lines out there somewhere? Or maybe some of you that have played the game and know the ins and outs can create something here?

I like quirky games, and my first impression was that this game was bad. However, I think there is something to this game, and I'd really like to know how to get the most out of it.

Thanks!!
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Dashy Oct 4, 2012 @ 6:02pm 
Well, for one the is no story mode, there is a campaign mode and scenarios.
Campaign is a battle against friends or the cpu, with gold management, territory capturing and stuff like that. Scenarios are premade maps with missions, like surviving for X period of time, sneaking into a base and killing the brain or defending yourself.
binkyberkowitz Oct 4, 2012 @ 7:22pm 
Here's to start off. You have a brain. You must have a brain in every mission. This brain can be mounted onto the ceiling, on a robot, or modded.

The brain controls what are essentially clones, the coalition who are cloned humans, the imperatus who are robots, the whitebots, more advanced robots, and the browncoats and ronins, other humans with a large array of weaponry for each faction.

The goal of the game depdends on the scenario, in endless skirmish you build a bunker by selecting and drag-dropping bunker parts onto the map, contructing a labyrinth of a bunker where you place your brain inside. I should also note that if your brain dies, you lose the battle since there is no one left on your side to control the soldiers.

The currency is gold, in ounces. Buy actors (any coalition, imperatus, ect.) and buy a digging tool from the tool menu in the buy menu. Get to the buy menu by selecting any actor or your brain, holding down right click, and moving your cursor around the wheel that appears. The buy menu option is usually at the left or upper left area of this options wheel.

Buy a ship, it can be a crate (imagine drop pods from orbit) a dropship, or a rocket. Load it with an actor with a digging tool and a gun. The gun to kill enemy actors. The tool to dig for gold to buy more troops.

The buying menu for troops is arranged by guns (self explanatory, they're weapons) tools (digging tools, concrete sprayers, fire extinguishers) actors (the soldiers that you control and employ) and bombs (once more, self explanatory. Anything from fragmentation grenades to napalm bombs, although lots of napalm creates lots of fire that will lag the game)

All you need to do in the buy menu is select an actor by left clicking on the actor you want from the actor tab. You click on the actor tabs to opent he list, and once you click on the actor he will be on the list of troops to arrive. Choose a craft to land it on, like I said, dropships and ect. They will not be added to the list, but in the bottom right corner where it shows the cost should be a small text section detailing what craft its arriving on. You do the same with opening the weapons and tools tab and left clicking to add them. Maybe some grenades if you get cornered. To remove an item from the list that you didn't want to buy, look at the list on the right, which is a small list comprised of what you're buying. Left click on anything you don't want to remove it.

You don't need to buy diggers for gold though. You can always just decide to last as long as you can on a limited supply of gold, challenge yourself to take down more of their soldiers than they take down yours.

By the way, gold can be found underground, obviously. Don't get discouraged if you don't see it right away, since it takes time.

Now that you've ordered your soldiers who are both protecting your brain and getting your gold, you need to control them. Press either 'Q' or 'E' on your keyboard to switch from your brain to another actor, or hold down 'Q' or 'E' and your mouse cursor becomes a yellow ball. This yellow ball can be dragged around using your mouse, provided you're holding down the key. Move it over the actor you want to control, and stop holding down the 'Q' or 'E' key. Now theres a sort of beeping sound and you're in control of one of your soldiers.

WASD are the controls. Most actors that you buy have a jetpack, which is controlled by W. There is no rreal way to describe the controls, it took me weeks to get used to it. But when you master it you can take down multiple enemies easily, even if they outclass you.

So, we're covered buying, switching actors, and to dig gold, you simply aim your digger at the ground and left click until you find yellow pixels (gold) fire your digger at it (all guns and tools and grenades and such are activated via left-click) this will harvest the gold.

I might also add that although your guns have infinite ammo (meaning though you have to reload, you have an infinite amount of magazines to reload them with) the guns can be destroyed. This means you can use a sniper rifle to shoot a gun out of someone's hand, or outright destroy the gun with a hail of bullets. This also means someone can do this to you.

So there you go, are there any questions?
Last edited by binkyberkowitz; Oct 4, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Boomer99 Oct 5, 2012 @ 7:29pm 
Thanks for the info!

And Binky, that's for taking a minute to give some details!! It really helps.
Τhe Rolling Cheese Wheel Oct 5, 2012 @ 8:28pm 
Best tip for a newbie: uninstall the game.
Boomer99 Oct 5, 2012 @ 9:03pm 
Rolling Cheese,

I actually asked Steam for a refund, which they promptly denied. So, if I'm gonna keep it, I'm gonna learn to LOVE it. The best way to do that is to ask folks that know the game, the best way to learn it. It's actaully growing on me (thanks to Binky's tips).
yuramiah Oct 5, 2012 @ 9:59pm 
Originally posted by bkeithstokes:
Rolling Cheese,

I actually asked Steam for a refund, which they promptly denied. So, if I'm gonna keep it, I'm gonna learn to LOVE it. The best way to do that is to ask folks that know the game, the best way to learn it. It's actaully growing on me (thanks to Binky's tips).

It's a shame that you couldn't get a refund, but good on you for trying to stick with it at least.

Here[forums.datarealms.com] is a good thread with a number of useful links that may help you get some more joy out of the game.
Tleno Oct 6, 2012 @ 2:57am 
Originally posted by bkeithstokes:
Rolling Cheese,

I actually asked Steam for a refund, which they promptly denied. So, if I'm gonna keep it, I'm gonna learn to LOVE it. The best way to do that is to ask folks that know the game, the best way to learn it. It's actaully growing on me (thanks to Binky's tips).
That's nice ti hear some people are actually willing to give authors a chance to fix al lthe issues the game has.
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