Survival Guide - Dust Settles: SG Explorers
The SG Explorers mini-game is a Flash based, top-down view, maze game where
you get to walk around as one of your camp's explorers
as they search for resources. Each of
the resources and survivors that you find through the mini-game will be added
to your totals in the main game. This is a great place to spend some of your
time waiting for turns and a great
way to gain extra resources at the beginning when resources are difficult to
achieve. Camps have been known in the past to gain 20 extra population from the mini-game before ending a turn.
Once you are in the Lounge, click the check
box beside SG Explorers and then click "Update Lounge Display." This will open
the game below the button. You can have the IRC
chat and the mini-game open at the same time if you want to do both. Be careful opening multiple instances of the mini-game, though. You could end up losing a lot of the resources you’ve found.
Once you have opened the mini-game, click anywhere inside the mini-game to
begin moving your character around the map. Move your explorer around and collect
resources, while moving towards the blinking
finish goal. If you are having trouble with a map, you can hit Q on your keyboard
to swap to a new one. Move along the floor tiles avoiding holes, spikes, and
flames. Run quickly across crumbling floor tiles and try not to get caught between
a wall piece and a trap. Warning: There are maps that will kill you if you do
not follow the correct path.
The point of this game is to collect as many resources
as possible as quickly as possible. Each resource that you collect will give
you 1 point in the mini-game and 1 of that resource type in the actual game.
If you find a survivor, you get 2 points and a new member for your camp. Every
time you step on an active trap or fall in a hole, you will die. This will decrease
all of your resources found by 1/3. If you only have 1 of that resource, you
will lose it. Your character will be sent back to the beginning of the round
and the resources that you already found will be gone. You must finish the map to be fully awarded the population and resources that you find.
Here are the items that you will want to pick up and move towards while playing.
Moving your character around the maps is very simple. Simply use the arrow
keys on your keyboard to move your explorer in the appropriate direction. You
can continuously press the key to move or hold the key.
During the game there are both background music and other sound effects that
will be heard. If you get tired of either sound, you can simply click on the
appropriate symbol at the top of the screen to turn it off. The speaker symbol
will turn off the sound effects, while the music note will turn off the background
music. You can also move these symbols by clicking and holding the image and
then dragging it wherever you want. They will pop back up to the top right corner,
though, whenever you change maps.
If at any time during the gameplay, you begin to have problems, just press
and hold backspace. This will pop up a quick help menu describing what the game
is about, giving you some basic things to avoid, and showing you you're overall
statistics. These statistics include your total time playing, your best time
on that level, the total number of survivors that you have found, and the total
number of levels that you have completed.