Game Introduction – Shattered Planet

Shattered Planet is a survival role-playing game developed by Kitfox Games.  In this game, you’ll explore a hostile planet in search of alien life forms and items that will allow you to journey deeper into the world.  Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

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  • Shattered Planet can be downloaded by clicking the “Available on” options at the top of this page.
  • When you launch the game, you’ll see the main menu.  From here, you can tap to begin the game (or continue a current game), view more games by publisher Execution Labs, view Game Center achievements, watch the credits, or change the settings.  The “vX.XX” below the tap call to action is the current game version.
  • The settings available to change are turning music on/off, turning sounds on/off, and switching the language to English or French.
  • There are actually more settings available when you access the setting panel in-game.  These are: turn push notifications on/off, restore purchases, and contact support.
  • Note that you can only have one active game/clone at a time, and Shattered Planet auto-saves your progress.  If you wish to start over, you’ll have to delete the app and all data, then reinstall.

 

The Spaceship Hub

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  • Shattered Planet is a survival RPG and roguelike.  The main purpose of the game is to get as far as possible before you die, and to collect items and currency along the way.  The character you control is a clone—one of many, since they keep dying—and we’ll refer to her as such.
  • When you begin the game for the first time, you’ll immediately be sent on a tutorial mission on the shattered planet.  After you complete this mission (by dying), you’ll be teleported to the spaceship which acts as the main hub in between games.

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  • All of your pre-mission planning will take place on this spaceship.  There are a number of things you can do here:
  • 1) R.O.S.A.: You can create new equipment for your clone by using R.O.S.A. (Random Object Synthesis Apparatus).
  • 2) Zek: You can talk to Zek, the Gekkian scientist who mans the spaceship.  Zek will give random details about Shattered Planet‘s lore, as well as game hints (like what enemies are weak against).  To talk to Zek, stand next to him and tap on him.
  • 3) Storage: You can equip equipment or add items to your clone’s inventory.  Only items removed from storage and actually on your clone at the time of departure will be taken on the mission.
  • 4) Wardrobe: You can change your clone’s appearance.  She can currently be a man, woman, robot, or Gekkian diplomat, with a variety of different faces for each.  Appearance does not affect your clone’s abilities and you can change her appearance at any time—it won’t create a new clone.
  • 5) Training: You can level up your clone’s stats: Strength, Wits, and Health.  Leveling up stats costs scrap metal.
  • 6) Crystalobot: You can buy items from the “Crystalobot.”  This vending machine robot always has two random items for sale, always for crystals.  When you buy an item from him, it is added to your clone’s inventory.  To shop the Crystalobot, stand next to it and tap on it.
  • 7) Teleporter: You can teleport down to the planet’s surface.  This is how you actually begin a mission, or run, in the game.
  • 8) Shop / Settings: In the shop, you can buy in-app purchases like crystal packs, clone appearances, and companion pets.  In settings, you can change a number of basic features like language and sound.
  • 9) Datalog: The Datalog contains data on all the locations, enemies, items, etc. you’ve encountered during the game.  You can review these by opening the Datalog, selecting a category, and clicking on a specific item.  Some entries contain helpful hints, like what enemies are strong/weak against.  You can also see how many more new entries you need for your next reward: each new entry (an item/enemy/etc. you haven’t encountered before) will award you crystals and be added to your total towards the next reward.
  • 10) Character Stats / Currency: Your current A) Health, B) Scrap metal and crystals, and C) Stats.  If you tap on the Stats menu, it will expand and can be tapped on again to see specific details about each stat.  Strength determines how much damage you do to enemies, Wits determines your chance to evade enemy attacks, and Fate increases both your critical hit percentage and evade percentage.  These also come into play during “Stat Checks” in random encounters.

 

Exploring the Planet

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  • The primary gameplay of Shattered Planet takes place while exploring the planet itself.
  • There are two main modes you can play: Explorer Mode and Missions.  Both modes are accessed via the teleporter and feature the same gameplay, but Explorer Mode is endless—you continue until you die—and Missions have an end—you will return to base after reaching their goal.
  • In either mode, you will lose all items and equipment your clone has on her upon death.  If you complete a Mission successfully and are teleported back to the ship, you will keep your items.  There is no way to teleport back during Explorer Mode; death is the only end.
  • In Explorer Mode, you earn crystals for distance, while Missions will award rewards specified before you begin them.  Missions are generally harder than Explorer Mode.  You can play either mode at any time and replay them indefinitely.

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  • When you teleport down to the planet, your clone will only have what she has equipped or put in her personal inventory.  Items in the Storage will not be accessible.  Be sure to TAKE items from Storage before beginning a mission.

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  • Movement. Once on the planet, your primary goal is simple: locate the teleporter on each level, which will take you to the next level.  A level is made up of a number of “rooms” connected by hallways—although these are all open-air land masses.
  • The entire surface of the planet is broken up into individual tiles.  Your clone always occupies one tile, as do enemies, environmental flora like rocks, etc.  You cannot stand on a tile occupied by an enemy or object, unless the object can be picked up.
  • If an item that can be picked up is on a tile, your clone can not only stand on that tile, but must do so in order to pick up the item.  Collectable items include consumables, like unidentified liquids, and scrap metal.
  • To move, simply tap on the tile you wish to travel to.  You can move as many tiles as you’d like—if you tap on the tile next to your clone, she will move one space.  If you tap on a tile five tiles away, she will walk across those five tiles to the destination tile.

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  • If you tap on a tile that is not adjacent to your clone, a blue line will appear that indicates the path she will take.  Your clone will always take the shortest path possible.  If there are objects blocking her path and she cannot see a way around, she will not move.
  • Turns.  Each tile you cross will use one turn.  Moving one tile uses one turn; moving three tiles uses three turns, etc.
  • You can stand still and use a turn by tapping on the tile you are currently occupying.
  • Turns are important for two reasons: first, enemies will be wandering the planet at the same time as you.  When you move, they move.  If an enemy spots you, it will move towards you to attack.  If you use a turn to move adjacent to an enemy, that enemy will be able to use its turn to attack you.

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  • Second, every turn you take causes the Blight to progress.  The Blight begins as a single-tile shadow where you first land on the planet.  With each turn, it spreads to adjacent tiles.  The Blight harms your clone if she stands on it (at its darkest) and will also produce stronger enemies that will hunt you down.
  • Other actions also use a turn: attacking, using items, using vending machines, examining special objects, etc.  Essentially every action your clone takes uses a turn.
  • Turns also affect status effects, both positive and negative.  If you are poisoned, burned, etc. or have a stat modifier like increased strength, electrical attack, etc. that is temporary, the duration of the effect will be a certain number of turns.  The number of turns left for an effect is visible at the top of the screen on the effect’s icon, and can be seen counting down as you move about the planet.

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  • Fog of War.  When you first enter a level, it is mostly hidden by the fog of war.  This means tiles you have not yet explored are blacked out and you can’t see what’s on them.  The fog disperses as you move around; you don’t have to stand on a tile exactly to remove the fog from it, because it moves away when you’re within about three tiles’ length.
  • Enemies, other creatures, and certain objects (mostly crystal patches) will appear in the fog of war as glowing red eyes.  This indicates something is lurking there, but you won’t know exactly what until you get closer.
  • As you explore and remove the fog, you’ll also fill in your mini-map in the upper-lefthand corner.
  • The Mini-map.  The mini-map has a few areas of interest:
  • 1) It displays explored areas in white.
  • 2) Unexplored areas you know exist (on the edge of the fog of war) are gray.
  • 3) Your clone is the red dot.
  • 4) The end-of-level teleporter—if you’ve discovered it—is the blue dot.
  • 5) Areas the Blight has spread to are purple.
  • 6) If you haven’t explored an area at all—like a room on the other side of the map—it won’t even show up.  The map is empty at first.

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  • Battle.  Enemy encounters happen frequently in Shattered Planet.  There are hostile creatures wandering around all the time.
  • When an enemy spots your clone, it will almost always move towards her.  You can stand still and tap your current tile to allow the enemy to come to you; you can move towards the enemy and meet in the middle; or you can try to run away by moving away from the enemy.
  • When an enemy is on a tile adjacent to your clone, you can attack it with your equipped weapon by tapping on the enemy.  If you don’t kill it in one blow, it will almost certainly attack you back.
  • Since battle, like everything else, is turn-based, you and the enemy will exchange blows one-for-one until one of you dies.
  • You can also attack enemies from a distance with certain consumable items and guns.

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  • Companion Pets.Companion pets will follow you around the map.  If you have a companion pet and it is on a tile adjacent to a hostile enemy—one that has its sights on your clone or is already attacking her—your pet will attack the enemy.
  • Pets typically do not engage in battle unless the clone has done so first (although some jerk natives will kill your pet for no reason).
  • You can earn pets in a variety of ways: purchasing them from the Crystalobot, buying them via in-app purchases, or finding them while exploring the planet.
  • When you have a pet following you, at the start of each new level it will unleash a cloud of hearts to remind you that it is friendly (and to just be adorable).
  • You cannot attack your pets: if you tap on it, you’ll simply move to its tile and it will move to another tile, out of your way.
  • Pets are equivalent strength to their species.  A Crablet pet is much weaker than a Nest Guardian pet.

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  • Unidentified Fluids and Other Items.  While exploring, you’ll come across a lot of collectible items.  To pick up an item, simply walk over it.  You can pick up an item by standing on it or walking over it.
  • Most items will have a use that is clear when you view its statistics.  To do so, simply tap on an item in your inventory.  Its info box will pop up that contains its category, name, quantity (also visible on the item icon), rarity star rating, attributes, and the actions available for that item.
  • For equipment, you will be able to see its stats—how many points it adds to Strength, Wits, Fate, etc.—and if there are any special attributes, like resistances, or special attack effects.
  • The options for equipment will be “Drop” (drop on the ground) or “Wield” (equip weapon on your clone) or “Wear” (equip armor on your clone).
  • For most items, you will be given the option to “Drop” or “Use.”  Some items when used will be used automatically—these include healing and stat-boosting items.  Your clone will drink them immediately.

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  • If an item is offensive—for use on enemies—or your clone doesn’t know its purpose, selecting “Use” will create a purple grid around your clone.  This displays the areas that she can throw this item and activate it.  Tap on any of the purple grid blocks to use the item there.  Tapping on your clone will use the item on herself.
  • Some items, like bombs, will deal area of effect damage.  The tile you throw the bomb at, as well as the surrounding tiles, will all be damaged.
  • Unidentified fluids will also create this purple grid when used.  Unidentified fluids are found frequently on the planet.  They are colorful bottles of liquid that you will not know the purpose of until you use them once.
  • Each color has a different effect, but that color changes on each new mission.  So, on trip 1 a green bottle may contain health potion.  But once you die, return to the spaceship, and then start trip 2, the green bottle will reset and could contain anything else, like fire or strength up, etc. and it will be “unidentified” until you use it.
  • On a single trip, once you use a bottle and uncover its effect, finding more bottles of that same color will display what the bottle does.  So, in the above example, if you used a green bottle on trip 1 and it restored your health, the next time you found a green bottle, the info box would tell you “Restores 40 health.”
  • Unidentified fluids are the most abundant item you’ll find on the planet and are critical to your clone’s survival.  Be sure to snag them whenever you come across one.

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  • Random Events.  There are a number of random events you might come across while exploring the planet.  These usually appear in the form of a stationary object that you must interact with to trigger the event.
  • Usually these objects are noticeable because they aren’t like recurring landscape: they might be a shiny boulder or a lone tree stump, unlike the rocks or grass you see everywhere.
  • Occasionally they will also be an enemy, like a Nest Guardian or a Native.  These are obvious because they never move—while other, real enemies always move around the planet when you do.
  • To trigger an event, simply walk to a tile adjacent to the object and tap on the object/creature.  You will be given a short description of what’s happening and then two choices.  Sometimes the choices are obvious in what they skew towards—if you’re asked to either “Attack” or “Feed” a creature, for instance, one of those is more likely to earn you a pet companion.
  • However, events are often unpredictable.  Choosing “Feed” in the above example might still result in a battle.  You won’t know the outcome until you actually select the option.
  • Some options result in a “Stat Check” a la Dungeons & Dragons.  The game will pick the related stat between your Strength, Wits, and Fate and then roll a number to add to it.  This is automatic and also seemingly random; it doesn’t tell you what number you need for success, so it’s basically the luck of the draw.  Obviously, higher starting stats will give you a better chance for success regardless.
  • During the Stat Check, you can either wait for the roll to finish or you can end the roll yourself by tapping the “>>” button on the Stat Check box.  If timed right, sometimes you can land on a higher number this way.

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  • If you succeed in the Stat Check, you’ll usually receive a positive result to the event.  This might be an item or stat boost that is permanent for the rest of this mission.  Failing might result in nothing or a negative effect, like being poisoned temporarily.
  • In the above image, we succeeded in the Stat Check and earned +3 Fate for the rest of this mission.
  • Note that some events don’t end immediately.  You might encounter an object, make your selection, and then receive a notification a few turns later that something has happened.

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  • CurrencyShattered Planet is free-to-play, and there are two currencies in the game.  Scrap metal (the triangular gold) is the common currency.  This is used to buy permanent stat upgrades for your clone on the spaceship, and is also used to buy items in vending machines while exploring the planet.  Crystals (the green gems) are the premium currency.  Crystals are used to generate equipment in R.O.S.A. and buy items from the Crystalobot on the spaceship.
  • Scrap metal is found lying all around the planet and is often dropped by enemies when you kill them.

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  • Crystals are found in designated rocks around the planet (with green gems adorning them).  These rocks must be broken—by attacking them—to get to the crystals inside.  When the crystal pops out, walk over it like any other item to pick it up.
  • Crystals are also received in Explorer Mode by making it past level 3.  Every level past 3 that you travel, you will receive 3 crystals.  (This includes level 3.)  If you make it to level 3, you’ll earn 3 crystals.  So if you make it to level 6, (4 levels past 3) you’ll get 12 extra crystals (4*3=12).

Tips and Strategies

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  • Walk slowly (and carry a big stick).  The easiest way to get into trouble in Shattered Planet is running blindly into a room filled with dangerous enemies.  Since the game is turn-based and enemies move each time you do, taking multiple steps at once always runs the risk of enemies appearing from nowhere mid-jaunt.  If you’re unsure of what lies ahead, take it one tile at a time.
  • Don’t be afraid to turn tail and run.  There’s no rule that says you have to kill all, or even some, of the enemies in a level.  If you’re outnumbered or outgunned, don’t hesitate to run away from enemies—or outmaneuver them if you have to get past them to the teleporter.

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  • Know your surroundings. Building off the advice above, note that some levels are harder than others.  The tech-heavy Yendor Labs have much stronger enemies, as well as many long-distance turrets, dotting the landscape.  Get in and out of this area as quickly as possible if you’re low on health or strong items.  At the same time, New Pampas, with all its mushrooms and lakes, is fairly serene and sometimes doesn’t contain any enemies—wander freely here and stock up on items and loot.
  • You will die. Strategically played or not, you will die in Shattered Planet, and you will die a lot.  In Explorer Mode, you have to die.  Embrace death and enjoy it; in this game, it’s often a lot of fun.  That said, be sure to play Explorer Mode at least a few times before tackling a Mission.  It’s helpful to learn enemies’ general styles, which random events might hurt or help you, how to use different items, etc. before you try to complete a full Mission.
  • Test unidentified fluids when you have enough health.  With enough health, you can test unidentified fluids on yourself freely.  Sometimes they will hurt you, but typically not for so much that you’ll be dooming yourself.  Test them out when you have 60-70% of your health left so if they’re restorative, you’ll get the benefit, but if they’re damaging, you won’t kill yourself.
  • …And test unidentified fluids away from a ledge.  Some fluids are “catapults” or “teleporters” that will move your clone a few feet forward or sideways.  Be sure to test fluids in a larger room, away from ledges, or else you might jump off a cliff.

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  • You can jump off ledges.  Since fluids can push you off ledges, keep this in mind.  Certain areas allow you to jump off the ledge to the next area—bypassing the need to find the teleporter.  To do so, simply click off the land in the open air.  You’ll be prompted “Do you want to jump?” and warned that you’ll lose 30 health.  In some areas, like Yendor Labs, this 30 health might be a lower cost than facing all the strong enemies.  You can also use catapult fluids to jump from one land area to another, if they are close enough to each other.
  • Invest in Health.  There is no “defense” stat in Shattered Planet: you only have Strength, Wits, Fate, and Health.  Strength determines how strong your attacks are.  Wits is evasion and makes it easier for your clone to dodge enemy attacks.  Fate improves your evasion and critical hit chances.  Health improves your hit points.  Since there’s no “defense,” enemies will always hit you for the same amount of damage regardless of what level you are.  The only thing that will allow you to survive more blows is higher Health.  After Health, prioritize Strength, since killing enemies in fewer blows is always helpful.
  • Watch the glowing red eyes.  If you’re unsure what’s waiting beyond the fog of war, take small steps and watch the glowing red eyes in the fog.  Eyes that move are almost certainly enemies—or Natives—while stationary eyes will be either crystal rocks or random event objects.
  • Natives will fight enemies for you.  Natives are peaceful (except the purple Native Chiefs).  When they encounter hostile enemies, they will fight them.  If there is a dangerous enemy near a Native, try letting the Native handle it for you.  Since Natives don’t pick up loot, you can still collect the spoils of war once the battle is over.
  • Some enemies move faster than others.  Most enemies will only move one tile per turn.  Some, however, like Hatchlings, move two or more tiles.  Learn enemy movements and know how fast an enemy can get to you.  If you are only two tiles away from a Hatchling, wait and let it come to you.
  • Watch out for turrets.  Turrets don’t start showing up until later levels in the planet, but they’re dangerous.  They have a high chance of hitting your clone and can shoot her from three tiles away.  If possible, walk around turrets, or use liquids to catapult through their line of fire.  Turrets appear frequently in Yendor Labs, but might also show up in other areas, like New Pampas.

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  • Doors are unlocked with keycards.  Many levels contain a metallic door with an alien symbol on it.  To open this door, you’ll need to first find its keycard, which is always located somewhere in the same level.  Once you have the keycard, walk up to the door and tap on it.  The door will open and a bridge will unfold to the nearby room.  These rooms almost always contain loot or enemies.
  • You can walk through partially-Blighted tiles.  Blight-covered tiles will only do damage if they are completely covered in the Blight.  A tile that is speckled or mostly covered will not hurt your clone.  If you need to walk around a Blighted area, stick to the not-completely-covered outskirts.  Technically, you can walk across completely-covered Blight tiles, but it will damage you for 5 health per turn (2 health if you have Blight resistance).
  • You can change direction mid-walk.  If you’ve sent your clone on a long walk and want to change direction before she arrives at her destination, simply tap the new location.  She’ll immediately change direction and head towards the new spot (or stop if you’ve tapped on her current location).
  • You have a limited inventory on the planet.  If you run out of room, drop or use another item first, then walk over the item you want to pick up.  Items you drop will remain on the ground where you left them, so if you want to pick up a consumable item, use it, and then pick up your original item again, you can do so.

 

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