First Things To Do

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Solar System

  • Make sure you visit every planet in the Solar system, and completely scan them (only where the game permits, of course).
  • Venus is a dangerous planet with a low mineral yield and is better left alone.
  • Mercury can be very risky as well - unless you are skilled with landing, it is also better left alone.
  • Radioactive Materials have been found on the moons orbiting the gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) before. This could prove useful.
  • Pluto is on the left, nearer the top of the screen than the bottom. The other smudges on the outer orbit are just stars in the distance.
  • Whatever you do, do not leave the Solar system until you are absolutely positive you have done all the missions there and explored all safe planets.


  • Sell your Ion-Bolt Gun, and concentrate on buying Antimatter Thrusters and then a new Storage Bay.
  • Do not spend your money on Turning Jets unless you have installed all possible Thrusters.
  • Do not buy more Fuel Tanks than you need.


  • Learn to distinguish minerals by their colors from the scan. Corrosives and Radioactives look similar but are vastly different in value. Remember, do not waste fuel collecting the least valuable ones. For example, you can leave behind the smallest mineral deposit (2 RU's of Barium) on Mars.
  • Notice that if you shoot mineral deposits, just once, they are completely destroyed. Aim carefully while hunting for alien biological data, or harvest all of the minerals before starting your safari.


  • If you have difficulty with the first battle, try exploring the entire solar system first. It is bound to have some sources of interest.
  • Expect to lose crew, even in the first system you visit, but make an effort to not waste crew needlessly.


  • Listen carefully to what the starbase commander has to say. He has a lot of hints, suggestions and a few useful rumors. Be sure to take notes because there is a lot to remember.
  • Write down the names of the races mentioned and their home star systems or co-ordinates, if given. Also record information about the various stars and co-ordinates you come across and their particulars.
  • Save. Save all the time.

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