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Game Basics
By Morfeo
Learn the basics of the game and how to use steam input to customize your controls.
The absolute basics
All you have to do in Afterburn is steer your plane around, use the afterburner and shoot. You can use the mouse or your controller.

UPDATE: With version 1.3 the game features key rebinding. Below are the default input mappings that you can now change at any time:

  • [Move cursor] to steer around
  • [Right Button] or [W] to use the afterburner
  • [Left Button] or [Space] to fire
  • [Escape] to open the menu

XBox Controllers
  • [Left Stick] to steer around
  • [Left Trigger] to use the afterburner
  • [Button A] to fire
  • [Button B] or [Start] to open the menu

At the botton you will find a guide for steam input in case key rebinding does not work with your controller 👇
Dodging enemy fire
The yellow triangle flashing indicates an enemy is about to fire (hexagon for the Valkyries). There are 3 ways to lower the chances of getting hit:
  • Steer away
  • Fly low
  • Do a barrel roll!

Barrel Rolling
Steer left/right (you have to go almost all the way) and press the afterburner button (or tap it if you prefer it in the options). If you time this right before an enemy shoots you will dodge most of their bullets.
There are 3 ways to make a better score:
  • Be accurate: every kill is rewarded with extra points depending on your accuracy
  • Be quick: the time left at the end of the mission will be converted in extra points
  • Fly low or near objects: a "Dangerous" message will pop-up
How to use Steam Input and customize your controller
UPDATE: With version 1.3 the game features key rebinding. Using steam input is recommended *only* if you are having problems with key rebinding or in case your controller is not recognized by the game:
  • Go to Steam > Settings > General Controller Settings
  • Add support for your controller (here I'm using an XBox one)
  • Then, go to Steam Library > Afterburn > Properties and make sure Steam Input is set

That's it! Now you can access the controller configuration from your library or in-game via the steam overlay (if the big button at the center of your controller does not work use Shift + Tab).

NOTE: You might have to turn off steam input if you want to use the XBox triggers separately (the same probably applies to other controllers).
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Synthian Apr 9, 2022 @ 12:46am 
Thanks Morfeo!
Morfeo  [author] Apr 6, 2022 @ 11:34am 
@Synthian, yes to all.
Synthian Apr 6, 2022 @ 10:58am 
Is it possible to remap/change the inputs on a controller? Can I use a D-Pad instead of the stick, for example? Or different buttons for afterburner and fire?
Morfeo  [author] Mar 16, 2021 @ 12:57pm 
Thanks, glad it's playable now ;) I'll keep in mind those other issues.
Belial Mar 15, 2021 @ 12:25pm 
Well at first I want to thank you for quick response and reaction. It is a lot better after last patch. There are still some odd bugs, but its playable on T16000 M with a bit of effort now.

I have noticed a few more issues, that are not as serious as previous one, and mostly connected to throttle, but I list it here just in case.
So generally this game doesn't like throttle. It is no suprise for me cuz most of games (except simulators and for some reason Elite Dangerous XD) hate this throttle a lot.
Game detects some axis and button of throttle and joystick as the same axis or button, especially main throttle axis, which make throttle kinda useless. Fortunately working throttle is not necessary to have fun cuz throttle control in Afterburn is kinda "0-1" and joystick works fine for now :)

Overall I want to say that I love your game and you are doing great job <3
Morfeo  [author] Mar 15, 2021 @ 9:55am 
Should be all fixed in v1.37!
Morfeo  [author] Mar 15, 2021 @ 2:00am 
Thanks for taking the time to make the video, I'm on it.

Only one question: have you tried to put that axis at rest? I guess is one of those like the throttle that doesnt have a spring that put it at the center.
Belial Mar 14, 2021 @ 4:49pm 
@Morfeo Cant tell exactly but a lot. In other games it works better or worse but in afterburn plane just keep spinning to the right. If you want I can record it with obs and upload somewhere tommorow
Morfeo  [author] Mar 14, 2021 @ 3:44pm 
Hey Belial, with x360ce, can you tell how much that axis is off the center?