This guide aims to tell you everything you need to know to enjoy the game, and more.
Mouse & Keyboard
The avatar’s movement is controlled with the WASD keys (ZQSD on AZERTY keyboards).
The mouse controls interactions with the world. When the pointer hovers a world object that you can interact with, an icon appears. If it is red, it means that you are too far, or you currently don’t have the necessary tool in your tool belt. When the color is not red, you can left-click to perform the action. If it is a repetitive action, such as waving the axe multiple times to cut a tree, you can simply hold the button until it’s finished.
In the inventory, the right-click is used to consume food or use some items. In shops, it is used to sell an item. If you drag and drop a stack of items with a right-click, or if you press SHIFT, it will only move one item. If you use the middle-click or press CONTROL, it will move half of the stack.
The ESC key opens the options menu, M opens the map, I the inventory. F8 opens the bug report window.
The avatar’s movement is controlled with the D-Pad (8) or the left stick (1). When you approach an interactable world object, an icon will appear. Pushing the A button will perform the action. If there are multiple objects in range, pushing X will cycle to the next one.
The Y button opens and close the inventory. B opens the options menu.
The left and right bumpers (2 & 7) will change the currently selected tool in your tool belt.
Acquiring seeds and planting
You can buy seeds directly from Albert’s shop, or craft them from fruits or vegetables you harvested. You can also occasionally harvest random seeds, sometimes with random genetic traits, when you cut gra*s or flowers. The seed packet color lets you know what temperature the plant will tolerate – red for hot, blue for cold. If the temperature is not adequate, planting a cold tolerant plant outside in summer for example, the plant will wait without growing.
To plant seeds, you first need to till the soil with your hoe. Then you select the seed packet in your tool belt, and apply it to the tilled space. The packet will be consumed.
Trees and vines can be bought from Wangari in the city market on Tuesdays. You may need to unlock some basic skills (Agroforestry, Grafting) before buying them.
Effects of plants
The different effects of plants are: attracting pollinators (pollinated flowering/fruiting plants will benefit from a productivity bonus), fixing nitrogen (fertilizes the soil), weed control which decreases competition (productivity bonus) , pest repellent (repels pests that decrease productivity), and climbing plant support (bonus for climbing plants like soybeans)
Here we can see a soy plant with two genetic traits. The icons on the bottom show (from left to right) that the plant is fertilized, does not have weed control, climbing support or pollinators, but is protected from pests.
The 3 Sisters
Native Americans knew these benefits well, and planted corn, peas/beans, and squash close together. Peas (soybeans in game) fertilize the soil, corn provides support for them to climb, and squashes (watermelon) control weeds with their broad leaves.
Most plants need to be watered every other day or they will die. This can be done manually (watering can), via an automatic watering system, by a drone, or when it rains. Some plants have a genetic defect that makes them more sensitive to lack of water. A single day without being watered will kill them immediately. Other plants may have a protective gene, so they will survive dormancy no matter how long the drought lasts.
Hydroponic, Aeroponic and Aquaponic plants don’t need to be watered or fertilized, since it happens automatically by design.
Pests will randomly attack your crops and lower their productivity. Some plants like onions and marigold naturally repell pests and can be used to protect others. You can also use your pesticide pump, but – unless you have unlocked the biocontrol skill – it will also affect pollinators.
Fertilizers and soil quality
Plants use the nutrients available in the soil in order to grow. With each harvest, the soil is impoverished. Poor soil will result in reduced harvests. Nutrients can be returned to the soil via chemical fertilizers, but their effect is temporary (1 harvest). Some plants such as soy provide bacteria that fix nitrogen from the air, which fertilizes the surrounding soil (2 harvests). Finally, compost is composed of organic matter rich in nitrogen and carbon, as well as bacteria and fungi which will allow continuous fertilization for a long period (3 harvests).
It is also possible to leave an area fallow, after ten days the soil recovers half its nutrients (1 harvest) and after 15 days in full (2 harvests).
Compost can be purchased or made using a composter. With a composter, it is interesting to try to balance the quantity of Nitrogen and Carbon (respectively, green matter and brown matter). If balanced the compost will heat up and be ready twice as fast. You can also accelerate the formation of compost by adding a mixture of bokashi bacteria, which will allow anaerobic degradation of organic matter.
Animal manure is a great source of nitrogen for composting.
Temperature and light
Some plants prefer coolness, others like heat. It is therefore necessary to take the seasons into account when choosing what to plant. In spring and fall, which are cool seasons, you can still grow heat-loving plants using a greenhouse, a polytunnel, or growing them indoors with heating and lighting.
In summer, it is possible to grow plants that prefer to cool indoors with an air conditioning system and lighting.
Seeds harvested while cutting gra*s or crafted can have random genetic traits :
- High Quality
- Extra Productivity
- Fast Growth
- Needs Less Water
- Pest Repellant
- Low Quality
- Low Productivity
- Slow Growth
- Needs More Water
- Pest Attractor
Once you have the Genetic Mapping skill, you can use a CRISPR machine (you can craft it or use the one located in the university’s laboratory) to remove and add genes to your seeds. In the seeds appearing naturally, you can have up to two positive traits. With the CRISPR machine you can have 3.
Pot cultures and hydroponics
Rather than growing in the ground, one can choose to grow in pots (placed outside, in greenhouses, or inside), in hydroponics (the roots are in a mixture of water and nutrients) which eliminates the need for fertilizing or watering.
Aeroponics is similar to hydroponics except that the nutrient mixture is sprayed at regular intervals which gives more oxygen to the roots that are in the air, for a higher yield.
Aquaponics consists of using nutrients from an aquarium, thus harvesting both fish (or crustaceans) and plants. Pots and hydroponic systems can be placed outdoors, in greenhouses or indoors (with a light source).
Before buying animals, you need to create a building for them. Small animals like chickens and rabbits will live in a coop or deluxe coop, and large animals (cows, goats) need a barn.
There are two ways to buy animals. You can go to Temple Grandin in the farm, south of the player starting position and buy babies. Their genetics will be randomized, so you can have animals of any color. If you want to buy adult animals and chose their color, you will need to unlock the animal market festival.
If you have both male and female animals in the same building, and there is enough free space for the little ones, the females will get pregnant and produce babies. Cows and goats will only have one offspring, while rabbits and chickens will fill up all available space (up to 5 babies in a deluxe coop).
The colors of the babies will be transmitted from both parents. Some colors such as grey or chocolate in rabbits are a combination of two different genes (black + white = grey, brown + black = chocolate). Some colors are recessive and need genes from both parents to be the same (Teal color in rabbits for instance). Other colors are dominant, and just one gene will prevent the other one to express itself. Because of that, it can sometimes take two generations to discover that your animals had a recessive color.
The rarest colors will cost more, and can be a good investment if you intend to sell the offsprings.
Keeping animals happy
The happiness of your animals will grow if you pet them regularly, but decrease if they don’t have food and water when they can’t feed outside (rainy days and winter) or if their building is dirty (manure). Barn animals eat hay, while coop animals eat a special animal feed. Both can be crafted or bought.
The first time you click an animal will pet them, the second time will open their information panel where you can kill, sell, rename or move them to another building if you have more than one.
Milk, eggs, meat and resale
Adult hens will produce eggs almost every day if they are happy. They do not need a rooster. Milk is more demanding, a cow will need to have a baby before she produces milk, so you’ll need to have a male and free space in your barn. At anytime you can remove an animal either by selling it or butchering it. The second option will give you meat if the animal is old enough.
There are 5 buildings in game. The shed is a small building that can be used to store boxes, machines and potted or hydroponic plants.
The coop and deluxe coop are used to raise small animals like rabbits and chickens. The standard coop has 4 spaces and deluxe coop has 6. Coops include a feeder that the animals will use when they can’t eat outside (rainy days and winter)
The barn is used to raise larger animals (goats and cows). They have a water feeder and a hay feeder, balls of hay can be transferred inside using the outside ramp.
Greenhouses permit to plant hot weather plants in Spring and Fall. During the winter, you can plant cold weather plants.
To create a building, you need to buy its blueprint. You can then reuse it to build as many buildings of the same type as you like. Using the blueprint on your terrain will create a foundation zone. You will have to bring materials (wood, rocks, sometimes plastic) to upgrade the zone until the building is finished.
Unfinished buildings can be destroyed with the axe. Destroying a finished building will produce an object that you can use to move the building somewhere else. If there are animals in the building, they will disappear until the building is placed somewhere. If you destroy the object, the animals will be lost.
There are 3 skill trees : Agronomy, Electronics and Food Chemistry. The skills are unlocked using points representing Hard Work, Knowledge, and Creativity. Most points are earned by questing, playing minigames, discovering new genes, and bringing artifacts to the museum. You will aslo earn Hard Work points when you work on your farm and occasionally knowledge point when you do a task for the first time.
There are 12 skills in the agronomy tree : Agroforestry, Grafting, Bee Friendly, Beekeeping, Stingless bees, Composting, Permaculture, Biocontrol, Aeroponics, Aquaponics and Hydroponics.
The smallest tree with only 6 skills : Blockchain, Robotics, 3D Printing, AI, Deep Learning, and LIDAR.
There are 11 skills, mostly related to cooking : Maillard Reaction, Emulsion, Coagulation, Umami, Sous-Vide, Espuma, BBQ & Smoking, Saponification, Alcoholic Fermentation, Lactic Fermentation and Acetic Fermentation.
When you meet Carl von Linneaus for the first time, he will tell you that you can bring the artifacts you find to his museum. When you talk to him there, a dialog option will allow you to donate your artifacts. He will then inspect your inventory (and may comment depending on what he finds there, if you have fish or cheese for example) and remove the artifacts he finds. Each artifact triggers a quick explanation of what it is.
The spots where you can dig artifacts change every day, and there are always 5. White particles are visible on top of the spot, but they can be difficult to see. An artifact detector can be built to make the search much easier (but you have to keep it as your current selected object for it to work).
Museum Artifacts : List
|Blond Wig||A blond wig! That will be perfect to illustrate the disappearing blond gene myth.|
If you are familiar with genetics, you know that some genes are dominant and others are recessive. The blond hair gene is recessive, which means that you need to have one from your father and one from your mother to be blond.
That led people to imagine that blonds would disappear. But the genes are still there, and that is why two parents with dark hair can still have a blond child, if both give him the blond gene that is not expressed in themselves.
|Bonsai Kitten||A bonsai kitten! Would you believe that people thought this was a real thing in the early days of the internet ?|
|Cat Box||Schrödinger’s cat box! It’s a thought experiment in quantum mechanics. According to the current interpretation, the cat should be both alive and dead until it is observed, which of course is not possible.|
It shows that scientists haven’t yet fully understood how the mathematics of quantum mechanics translate into reality.
|Dragon in my garage||Carl Sagan claimed he had a dragon in his garage. But it is an invisible one, moreover it is completely undetectable. The an*logy explains why we should not consider arguments that can’t be scientifically tested, because if we can’t test it, how is it different than if there was nothing at all ?|
|Flying Spaghetti Monster||Ah, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical deity that shows that our tolerance and respect for beliefs must stop where the science cla*s begins. If we decide to teach creationism on par with Darwinian evolution, then we should do the same for all types of beliefs, including pastafarism.|
|Grey Goo||The infamous gray goo! Imagine if we could build self-replicating nanomachines. They could be extremely efficient to clean up an oil spill or terraform a planet, but they could also destroy our world in a matter of days.|
This brings us to another philosophical question: why do we not detect other advanced civilizations in the Universe? Could it be that any civilization reaching a certain technological level is doomed to disappear? I’m glad that for now this is just science fiction.
|Iron Maiden||Ouch! It stings! There is no evidence that iron maiden such has this one ever existed during the Middle Ages.|
|Moon Rock||What do we have here ? Looks like a moon rock! That may not be enough to convince people that the moon landing wasn’t a hoax, though!|
It’s usually when they learn the astronauts installed reflectors that could be seen from observatories around the world that they realize they had to be there.
|Occam’s Razor||Ah, Occam’s razor, a very useful tool for scientists. It can be tempting to create a more complex explanation for a phenomena. This principle states that you should always use the simplest explanation, the one that requires the fewest a*sumptions while still explaining all the results.|
|Pierre Bra*seau’s Painting||Nice painting! It was exposed in an avant-garde modern art gallery. Some art critics judged it as excellent work, not knowing it was a hoax and that Pierre Bra*sau was actually a chimpanzee.|
|Space Pen||There are many urban legends about NASA, one of them is that it spent millions creating a pen that would work in space, while the Russian agency would simply use pencils.|
The space pen was actually developed by a private company, and both agencies bought a few hundreds for about $4 per pen.
|Perpetual Motion Machine||The elusive perpetual motion machine! You can find many plans and prototypes, but strangely, once you want to try one, it never works. Probably because they defy the laws of physics!|
|Russel’s teapot||Isn’t that teapot supposed to orbit the sun between Earth and Mars ? At least, that’s what Russell claimed to explain that the burden of proof lies upon the person making an unfalsifiable claim.|
In other words, we don’t have to prove that there is no teapot in the sky, it’s up to the person claiming there is one to prove it.
|Selfish Gene||The selfish gene, by Richard Dawkins! Great book! It explains natural selection from a molecular perspective, and how our group behaviors evolved.|
It is also where the word “meme”, a culturally transmitted entity, comes from. That was years before the internet became popular.
|Tongue Map||What is this ? A map of the tongue ? Oh yes, until the 1990s, it was taught in schools that some parts of the tongue were exclusively a*sociated with a specific taste like salty, sweet or bitter. It was later found that tastes come from all regions, although some are more sensitive than others.|
|Ummo Letter||Ummo letters! Not everyone has heard of this one. In the 1960s, letters circulated in the scientific community pretending that they were from beings from another planet. It lasted 25 years, and quite a few scientists fell for it.|
|Viking Helmet||Did you know that there is no evidence that Vikings wore horned helmets ? The popular image came from operas and cartoons during the 19th century.|
|Astronaut Petroglyph||Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It will take much more than a drawing to prove that alien astronauts visited our ancestors.|
|Bermuda Triangle||Mmmmh… A map of the Bermuda Triangle. There have been some incidents there, but considering the number of planes and ships that pa*s through on a regular basis it shouldn’t come as surprising.|
|Bigfoot sign||Bigfoot is one of my favorites cryptozoology creature, second only to the Loch Ness Monster.|
|Two sided brain||Are you left-brained or right-brained ? Do you use only 10% of your brain ? Let’s use 100% to dismiss these myths!|
|Crop Circle Kit||Nice! A cord and planks, those are all the tools you need to make crop circles!|
|Detox Drink||There’s nothing wrong with liking green milkshakes or seeking to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. But PLEASE, don’t call it a “Detox” diet …|
The human body has kidneys and a liver to remove toxins. These wonderful organs will detox you for free, day after day!
|Geocentric Solar System||Oh, I love those! Look at the little planets, and even Pluto is there! Too bad it’s a geocentric model though.|
|Face on Mars||Pardei… pardo ? Pareidolia! That’s our human tendency of seeing things such as animals in clouds, or faces on the surface of Mars.|
|Fortune Cookie||A fortune cookie ? Let’s open it …|
It says “Fortune cookies are actually pretty uncommon in China”. No one knows for sure, but it might be an American adaptation of a Japanese cake.
|Goldfish in a bowl||I can’t remember, was it 3 months ? Yeah, that’s it, goldfishes have been tested and we know that they can remember things for 3 months, or possibly longer. They can be trained, too!|
|Iguanodon Picture||It’s not easy to imagine what a dinosaur looked like from a few recovered bones. It should come as no surprise that our understanding changes over time, and the many different representations of the Iguanodon are a perfect illustration of this.|
Museum Artifacts : List (Continued)
|Ley Lines||Oh, Ley Lines! It’s really tempting to look for alignments between historic structures. But any random distribution of points will provide the same kind of alignments if it’s big enough.|
|Tinfoil Hat||You don’t need to read my mind to know that of all the uses of aluminum foil, making hats would not be the one I recommend.|
|Useless Box||Aaaah! Marvin Minsky’s useless box. All it does is to turn itself off, and I can’t help but feel that it judges severely the one who had the audacity to turn it on.|
|Lochness Monster||A picture of Nessie! Sorry Bigfoot, but the Loch Ness Monster will always be my favourite cryptid.|
|Piltdown Skull||These remains were attributed to the Piltdown Man. It was supposed to be the “missing link” between humans and apes. The skull was in fact a composite of orangutan mandibles and a human cranium.|
|Dürer’s Rhinoceros||Dürer’s Rhinoceros is even more amazing when you realize Dürer never saw one himself and relied exclusively on testimonials. There are a few errors, but for the year 1515, it was pretty accurate.|
You can craft basic items directly from your inventory. More complex crafting recipes will require a cooking station, a barbecue, a winemaker kit, a 3D Printer, or an extractor. Some recipes require unlocking a specific skill before they can be used.
Some items have a quality rating (bronze, silver or gold star). When crafting these items, a wheel will appear and roll to decide the quality of the item(s) produced. If you use quality ingredients, a different wheel is used with better chance of high quality results. When crafting multiple items at once, all will be of the same quality.
Seeds will have random genes according to their quality level. Gold quality seeds have two positive genes, silver have one positive gene, and bronze have one positive and one negative genes.
Crafting : Recipe List
|Cooling System||3D Printing||3D Printer||1 Motor, 10 Plastic Wire|
|Alcohol||Alcoholic Fermentation||10 Corn, or 1 Honey, or 10 Potatoes, or 1 Wine|
|Artifact Detector||LIDAR||3D Printer||1 Rasduino, 1 Magnet, 10 Plastic Wire|
|Bee’s wax||Extractor||1 Hive Frame or Melipona Hive Frame|
|Chicken Feed||2 Corn, or 10 hay, or 4 Soy, or 2 Sunflowers|
|Compost (bokashi)||5 Manure, 1 Bokashi starter|
|Cooking Station||3D Printer||50 Wood, 50 Rocks|
|Cream||Extractor||1 Raw Milk|
|Extractor||3D Printer||1 Motor, 1 Rasduino, 10 Plastic Wire|
|Fences, Fence Door||5 Wood (10 for a door)|
|CRISPR gene editing machine||3D Printer||1 Rasduino, 2 Motor, 50 Plastic Wire, 2 Magnet|
|Grow Lamp||3D Printer||1 Motor, 10 Plastic Wire|
|Hay||1 Green Matter|
|Heat System||3D Printer||1 Motor, 10 Plastic Wire|
|Hedge Row||5 green matter|
|Honey / Melipona Honey||Extractor||1 Hive Frame or Melipona Hive Frame|
|Battery||Robotics||3D Printer||8 Battery Cells|
|Bearing||3D Printer||4 Plastic Wire|
|Motor||Robotics||3D Printer||1 Rotor, 1 Stator, 5 Bearing|
|Rotor||Robotics||3D Printer||1 Magnet, 2 Bearing|
|Stator||Robotics||3D Printer||1 Magnet, 3 Plastic Wire|
|Storage Box||50 Wood|
|Robot Dog||Deep Learning||3D Printer||4 Motor, 4 Bearing, 2 Battery, 20 Plastic Wire, 1 Rasduino|
|Milk||Extractor||1 Raw Milk or 1 Almond or 2 Soy|
|Aeroponic System||Aeroponics||3D Printer||2 Motor, 30 Plastic Wire|
|Hydroponic System||Hydroponics||3D Printer||3 Motor, 30 Plastic Wire|
|Aquaponic System||Aquaponics||3D Printer||1 Motor, 15 Plastic Wire|
|BBQ||BBQ||30 Plastic Wire, 20 Wood|
|Bug Hotel||Bee Friendly||50 Wood|
|Compost Heap||Composting||80 Wood|
|Drone||AI||3D Printer||4 Motor, 8 Bearing, 2 Battery, 20 Plastic Wire, 1 Rasduino|
|Melipona Hive||Stingless Bees||120 Wood|
|Polytunnel||Permaculture||3D Printer||5 Plastic Wire|
|Waterstation||Bee Friendly||50 Rocks|
|Winemaker’s kit||Alcoholic Fermentation||3D Printer||50 Wood, 50 Plastic Wire|
|Perfume (7 flavors)||Saponification||1 Alcohol + (fruit/flower)|
|Soap (7 flavors)||Saponification||1 Cooking oil, 5 rocks + (fruit/flower)|
|Planting Pot||5 Rocks|
|Saffron||Extractor||4 Crocus flowers|
|Seeds (18 types)||Fruits or Vegetables|
|Sprinkler||Robotics||3D Printer||1 Motor, 5 Plastic Wire|
|Sprinkler Pro||Robotics||3D Printer||3 Motor, 15 Plastic Wire|
|Sprinkler Pro Ultra||Robotics||3D Printer||5 Motor, 25 Plastic Wire|
|Bacon||Maillard Reaction||Cooking Station||1 Beef meat or 1 chicken meat|
|Cheese (bleu, brie, cheddar,|
|Coagulation||Cooking Station||2 Milk|
|1 Flour, 1 Tomato, 1 Tomato Sauce, 1 Beef Meat, 1 Cheese|
|Chocolate Mousse||Espuma||Cooking Station||1 Chocolate, 2 Egg|
|Cooked Egg||Cooking Station||1 Egg|
|Cooked Fish||Cooking Station||1 Fish, Cooking oil, Soy Sauce|
|Cooked Prawn||Cooking Station||1 Prawn|
|Cornbread||Cooking Station||1 Flour, 1 Egg, 1 Milk|
|Corn cob||BBQ||BBQ||1 Corn|
|Dandelion Salad||Cooking Station||4 Dandelion, 2 Egg, 1 Bacon|
|Flour||Cooking Station||2 Corn or 1 Almond or 4 Potato or 4 Soy|
|Fries||Maillard Reaction||Cooking Station||2 Potato, 1 Cooking Oil|
|Fruit Mousse||Espuma||Cooking Station||1 Egg + 1 Cherry or 8 Strawberry|
|Kombucha||Acetic Fermentation||Cooking Station||5 Chamomile + 1 Honey or Melipona Honey|
|Mayonnaise||Emulsion||Cooking Station||1 Egg, 1 Cooking Oil|
|Mirepoix||Cooking Station||1 Onion, 2 Celery Leaf, 1 Carrot|
|Miso soup||Umami||Cooking Station||1 Tofu, 1 Soy Sauce, 1 Onion|
|Cooking Oil||Cooking Station||4 Soy or 2 Corn or 2 Sunflower|
|Pancakes||Cooking Station||1 Flour, 1 Egg, 1 Milk, 1 Cooking Oil|
|Pasta||Cooking Station||1 Flour, 1 Egg, 1 Tomato Sauce|
|Pizza||Cooking Station||1 Flour, 1 Tomato Sauce, 1 Onion, 1 Mozarella|
|Ramen||Umami||Cooking Station||1 Flour, 1 Tofu, 1 Soy Sauce, 1 Egg|
|Red Wine||Alcoholic Fermentation||Winemaker’s kit||4 Blue Grape|
|Ribs||BBQ||BBQ||1 Beef Meat, 1 Tomato Sauce, 1 Soy Sauce|
|Rose Wine||Alcoholic Fermentation||Winemaker’s kit||4 Red Grape|
|Salad||Cooking Station||5 Lettuce, 2 Tomato, 1 Mayonnaise|
|1 Soy Sauce, 1 Wood + (chicken meat or beef or fish or goat or tofu)|
|Sauerkraut||Lactic Fermentation||Cooking Station||2 Cabbage|
Crafting : Recipe List (Continued)
|Smoked Meat||BBQ||BBQ||1 Beef Meat, 1 Mirepoix, 1 Bacon|
|Soy Sauce||Lactic Fermentation||Cooking Station||5 Soy|
|Steak Fries||Sous-Vide||Cooking Station||1 Fries, 1 Beef Meat, 1 Salad|
|Stew||Cooking Station||1 Mirepoix, 1 Red Wine + (1 beef or 1 goat or 1 rabbit meat)|
|Tofu||Coagulation||Cooking Station||4 Soy|
|Tomato Sauce||Emulsion||Cooking Station||4 Tomato|
|Tortilla||Cooking Station||1 Flour|
|Vol au Vent||Cooking Station||1 Chicken Meat, 1 Flour, 1 Mirepoix|
Festivals & City Projects
As you progress in the game, you can decide how the city should evolve by unlocking festivals and deciding how 3 areas of the city should be used.
Once unlocked, the drone festival will take place on day 7 of each season. A small cutscene will warn the player on the day it happens. The festival is located in the city center. You can buy drones and irrigation material from Melon Husk.
A workstation triggers the drone race itself, with a different map for each season. In Spring you have an outside map with geysers that increase your drone’s speed and flags that give you more time. In summer, the race takes place in a mine, with pillars that block your path. The fall map is outside again, and introduce winds that will move your drone left or right. The winter map has snow and a mix of all the obstacles from the other seasons.
The difficulty is adaptive. At first, every time bonus gives you 5 extra seconds, but if you fail once it will give you 6 seconds and 7 if you fail 3 time or more. You’ll win third place if you arrive to the line in time, second place if your arrive with 10 seconds left or more, and 1st place if you have 20 seconds.
The agriculture fair happens on day 30 of Spring and Fall, and takes place in the city center. It is the only place where you can buy adult animals and chose their colors. There is also a special Quiz game, you can buy food from Yvonne and trees from Wangari.
The hackathon festival occurs on day 15 of winter and takes place in the makerspace. It unlocks the hacking minigame (a game similar to Wordle) and 5 new levels for Bot Arena. You can buy electronics from Grace Hopper and play a special quiz game.
Each city zone can evolve in 3 directions : productivity, community or environment.
The beach zone can be transformed into a marina with boats, increasing commerce and offering slightly better prices for the player, a beach park with palapas, or an ecological reserve where turtles will come to nest.
The waterfalls can be transformed into an hydroelectric dam giving free electricity, a park or an ecological sanctuary for butterflies.
In the volcanic zone, you can use the geyser to create a geothermic power plant, create a park with educational paths or an ecological reserve that will host bisons.
Things you may have missed (Easter Eggs and References)
Science and History
- Yvonne sometimes brags that she makes a mean Beef Stroganoff. During friendship events, she will also offer some stew to the player. This is a nod to the obituary of the real Yvonne Brill – [buzzfeed.com] in the NY Times, which started by talking about her cooking, her husband and kids, before mentionning her remarkable work in aeronautics.
- The robot dog that is unlocked with the “Deep Learning” skill is named “Keras K9”. Keras is an open source Python library – [keras.io] for Deep Learning, that can be used for computer vision among other things. The look of the robot is clearly inspired by Boston Dynamics.
- The “Rasduino Pie” device is an obvious reference to Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
- The quest asking to bring 20 eggs to Jonas Salk is a reference to the ma*sive amount of eggs used to produce vaccines.
- The antivirus dialog with Anne Droyd is a nod to the antivax movement – [wikipedia.org] .
- In Grace Hopper’s house, there is a Jolly Roger pirate flag and a clock that turns backwards, just like in her office in real life. There are also multiple references to her philosophy of “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission” and “If it’s not bolted down, bring it home!” in quests and friendship events.
- When the player first interacts with Grace, she seems interrupted while saying “DATA DIVISION”. It suggests that she was thinking of a program in COBOL, a programming language she helped create.
- During a friendship event where he gives money to the player, Jonas says “Here! Just don’t waste it on mink coats and Cadillacs!”. The real Jonas Salk was said to have little interest in money, putting it “in the category of mink coats and Cadillacs”, in other words, unnecessary things.
- The University building and it’s fountain is inspired from the Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech university in Belgium, where Ben, the developer, briefly studied agronomy.
Video games and media
- A question that randomly appears in the agriculture fair’s quiz minigame is the meaning of “Orangutan”. One of the suggested answers is “Concerned Ape”, the well known creator of Stardew Valley.
- On the second day, a cutscene with Alexa tells that she plays “Spyrim” (Skyrim). A dialog choice lets the player answer with a reference to the “arrow in the knee – [knowyourmeme.com] ” meme.
- In the summer drone race, some color variations of the map represent sigils from The Witcher. Some others are magical glyphs from the 1980’s game Dungeon Master, spelling the words “Zo Kath Ra” that are used at the very end of the game.
- There are many references in the hacking minigame (itself being a mix of Wordle and the Fallout hacking minigame). You may notice references to Kali Linux, the 1994 game System Shock, the 1983 “Wargames” movie, the hunter2 IRC pa*sword meme, the blue MS-DOS editor, hex editors in general, and the easy to remember 0xBADCAFE hexadecimal address
- When bringing artifacts to the museum, the dialog an*lyses the inventory content to make comments on some items. For example, if there is cheese, Carl will ask if there are old socks in there. This is a nod to Cespenar’s dialog in Baldur’s Gate II.
- The bacon item’s description just state “Mmm… bacon”, a reference to Homer Simpson.
- The church logo and dialog with Anne Droyd reference the “Invisible Pink Unicorn”, a parody religion that appeared on usenet group alt.atheism in the 1990s. (Another parody deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is referenced as a museum artifact.)
- Depending on dialog choices in the first meeting with Anne Droyd, she will introduce herself as a real human and refer to the player as if they are a robot pretending to be human. This is a nod to the r/totallynotrobots forum on Reddit.
- Melon Husk sometimes presents himself as “a self-certified armchair rocket scientist with a theoretical degree in physics – [fandom.com] “. The last part is a reference to Fallout New Vegas.
- Anne Droyd sometimes says “Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world. The disarray. I choose to see the parody.” (WestWorld), “How can you challenge a perfect, immortal, machine?” (System Shock), “Have you tried turning it off and on again ?” (IT Crowd). Anne Droyd also mentions that she met an Eliza who talked a lot. It’s the name of the first chatbot created in the 1960s.
- Telkes sometimes says “If you say “Solar Power” three times in front of a mirror … the sun core will enter in nuclear fusion and continue to provide free energy just like every other day”, a reference to Candyman.
- Jonas says “Excuse me, I came here to make Science progress and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum.”, a reference to “They Live” (1988) and Duke Nukem 3D.
- During the Agriculture Fair, Melon Husk stays near the animal pen and says “See that, it’s actually made of chicken. You kill it, free chicken!”, a reference to British sketch comedy television show the Mitchell and Webb Situation.
- The achievement for unlocking the Agriculture Fair is named “Harvest Moo”, a reference to Harvest Moon. There is also a reference to kid’s cartoon “Bob the builder” and the movie “Top Gun”.
Telkes sometimes mentions that bringing Anne Droyd to swim in the sea was a bad idea, hinting that they short-circuited. Anne will tell a completely different version, as from their perspective it was just a dream but they woke up finding fishes. The scene is actually pictured in the spring drone race, but will pa*s very fast unless you slow down when you arrive at the beach part.
To facilitate debugging, there is a command line that can be used to get money, points and objects, and change the time and date. It is highly recommended that you do not use them until you become bored with the game, as it could spoil a lot of the fun you’ll have in your first playthrough.
Cheat codes can create situations that do not normally happen in game and could provoke major bugs, please use them with caution.
As of July 2022, using cheat codes does not prevent Steam Achievements from working, but it could change in the future.
The console is invoked by pressing the F1 key.
- MaxMoney: instantly earn 1 million.
- MaxPoints: get 999 points of each category.
- SetHour[0-23] : set the current time of day to hour [0-23]
- NextDay: changes the date, skipping the usual checks like plants watering (meaning your plants won’t die if you skip days repeatedly)
- NextMonth: change the season
- Rain, Snow, Rainstorm, SnowStorm, SpringWind, SummerWind, FallWind, Sun: triggers the corresponding weather.
- CutScene[scene-id] : starts the corresponding cut-scene. Cutscene ids = ALEXA_BIGNEWS, DRONE, QUIZZ_HACKATHON, VALLEY_PLANT, ALEXA_VR , DRONE_RACE_INTRO, QUIZZ_INTRO, VALLEY_RES, BEACH_MARINA, HACKATHON_INTRO, QUIZZ_LAMARR, VOLCANIC_PARK, BEACH_PARK, INTRO, QUIZZ_MARKET, VOLCANIC_PLANT, BEACH_RES, INTRO_ROBOTISM, QUIZZ_TELKES, VOLCANIC_RES, CSWU_PERFUME, QUIZZ_BRILL , VALLEY_PARK
- Give[Object Path] [amount]: Invokes an inventory object. For example : “Give Prefabs/Items/ExtractorObject 1” will create an extractor.
Cheat Codes : Objects
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Perpetual motion machine
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