After considrable thinking I decided to keep the game for now, I
know I can sell it for 75% of what I paid for it a local store if I am fed
up with it later, anyways.......
In my most recent game I think that I have discovered the secret
of playing this game. You have to build a mine down 4 levels, then goto
the next mine and do it again, then the next, and the next, etc....
Keep a watch in the materials in the storage tanks, while
advancing a turn. If they go up, you are doing OK, if not you need another
mine. Also, keep a watch on the amounts of MinA, and MinC in the tanks. If
they are low, DON'T BUILD ROBOTS or RESEARCH till their levels get up
again. Otherwise you will run out and really get stuck. Also, don't build
a zillion buildings at once, as their construction also takes up these
To get started, here are a few 'undocumented steps'
1) You HAVE to bulldoze a square prior to building anything on it (excent
2) To build a structure, you HAVE to have a tube connecting it to another
area that has air and power.
3) To make people happy, you have to build housing in the underground
areas. To do this you bulldoze an area on the surface that is next to a
tube. Put the digger here, wait a few turns and you have access to the
underground. Now bulldoze TWO or more adjacent squares. Place a tube
junction in the center one, and you can build housing (or other
underground structures) in these squares.
WARNING!!!! If you decide to go down another level, and you start diggin
on the existing air shaft, it will STOP WORKING for the current level till
you are done digging down to the next level.
4) Ignore the lay out of the rebel colony, You CANNOT build much of that
stuff, and cannot build buildings adjacent to each other like they do.
Some other things that I have noticed...You cannot see disasters
taking place unless you have the animations turned on. It still doesn't
seem that disasters actually do anything.
There is an Explorer animation that I have seen. I assume this
means that they are out there, but I don't know for sure.
As for trucks... I don't know. It seems that the materials get
from the first mine to the smelter without building any trucks. However,
in one game I made a second mine some distance away, and could not get the
materials to the smelter till I build a truck (Wierd!)
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