Brittany is a PC gaming addict! Her favourite genres are simulation games, tycoons, RPG, city-builders, puzzles, and more!
Forager is an open-world exploration/survival game. It's available to purchase and play on PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Android and iOS devices.
From the start, you're plopped onto a small piece of land with nearly no explanation of what to do next or the point of the game. I was very lost at the beginning, but I stuck with the game, and 20+ hours later, I'm in love and still playing.
A lot of the fun in Forager (in my opinion) is figuring things out for yourself and exploring without looking things up, but here are 10+ spoiler-free tips that should help you get started in your first playthrough.
1. The Main Goals Are to Explore and Solve Puzzles
As stated above, Forager is an open-world exploration game, and like most sandbox games, there's no real end goal or big boss to slay.
However, if you really want to know the meaning of it all, the main goals in Forager are to explore the map by buying and unlocking new pieces of land, and solving the puzzles on each piece of land you unlock.
If you set focus on earning enough gold to unlock your first pieces of land, that'll give you enough to work on in the very beginning of the game.
2. Keep Collecting Resources
You'll notice straight away that the land you start on and around you is filled with resources that you can collect with your pickaxe. Start collecting them straight away. Tear it all down- everything will regenerate again. You'll need all those raw resources for crafting throughout the game.
3. Place Down a Furnace and Some Fish Traps
Two structures you'll want to put down straight away are a Furnace and a few Fish Traps.
The Furnace allows you to smelt ore- suddenly all the stone, coal, and iron you've collected can be turned into something more useful. Once you've created brick and iron ingots, you can also create a Forge, which you'll need to upgrade your pickaxe. The Furnace can also cook raw fish, which you'll definitely want to start eating as you'll notice your energy begins to decrease from all the collecting you've been doing.
Fish Traps can be placed in the water around your land and will periodically catch fish, sand, and seaweed. Turn the raw fish into cooked fish- this is one of the easiest ways to replenish energy in the early stages of the game.
4. Upgrade Your Backpack
By this point, you should have collected enough raw materials to craft your Furnace and Forge, and with the brick you can make in the Furnace, go ahead and plop down a Sewing Station, so you can upgrade your Backpack.
Each Backpack upgrade adds 4 additional slots, and you'll find you'll need the extra space very quickly into the game.
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5. Create Vaults
You don't want to rely solely on your Backpack for storage, as the amount of raw materials in the game will quickly surpass what you can carry around as you continue to play.
When you level up, you can unlock a new Skill in the Skill Tree- so go towards Economy initially and unlock Storage. From then you can craft Vaults- additional storage space which you can place on land and which can hold 6 items each outside of your Backpack. You can upgrade your Vaults later in the Skill Tree to hold 9 items, and you can have as many Vaults as you have resources to build them with and space to place them on.
6. Hoard It All
Having a bigger Backpack and Vaults allow you to hoard as many resources as you can collect, which is ideal, really.
Every raw material in the game has a purpose, even though there are some things you might not use until later in the game. Even all that seaweed that you're collecting in the Fish Traps can be used later for cooking and crafting.
You'll probably collect some special items like Anchors, which also seem to have no apparent purpose, but without spoiling anything, hold on to those, too- as they'll have a place later in the game.
7. Use Gold to Create Coins
You'll be desperate for coins in the beginning of the game, but if you've been constantly mining like I've suggested, you'll probably get a decent stash of gold ore, which in turn, can be made into gold ingots at the Furnace.
You can convert your gold ingots into coins at the Forge; 1 gold ingot can be turned into 1 coin.
This is only a very early game strategy, as later you'll be able to unlock ways to easily earn coins, but when you're desperate for the coins to unlock the next part of the map, throw some ingots into the Forge and profit.
8. Death Is Not the End
I'm not trying to be philosophical here, but seriously- if you die in Forager, don't worry.
Though your death will be announced by a "Game Over" screen, the game is not actually over- you can just resume from the start menu, and pick up right where you left off with no penalties.
Your health and energy will have regenerated, the land you've unlocked is still there, your coins will hold their same balance, and your structures will still be crafting.
9. If You Get Stuck, Look at What You Can Craft Next
Since this is a sandbox game with no straight-forward goals, there may be times where you're at a loss at what to do next besides collecting and saving gold to unlock the next plot of land.
When you're stuck on what to do next, have a look at your crafting stations and see what you can craft. The Forge has weapon upgrades; if you don't have all the required materials to upgrade your tools, start working on collecting and crafting them so you can improve your gear. The Sewing Station also has upgrades for your Backpack and Clothing. Use the Furnace to stock up on bars that you'll need later.
In short: always be crafting something!
10. The Dungeons/Puzzles Are Easy to Solve
As you progress to each new plot, you'll come across dungeons, puzzles, and NPCs requesting special items. The dungeons and puzzles might seem a bit tricky at first glance, but honestly, they're pretty easy to solve. I recommend giving them a go on your own without looking anything up. They're pretty fun and rewarding to solve without any help.
However, there are some really handy guides online on how to solve the dungeons and puzzles in Forager, if you do get stuck.
11. Collect Eggs From Chickens and Milk From Cows
Though most creatures in the game are enemies, and though you can certainly kill both chickens and cows in the game (for meat, and for leather and meat, respectively), before you kill the chickens and cows, collect from them!
Clicking on a chicken will allow you to collect eggs, which you'll need for cooking and another goal later in the game. If you equip an empty jar (which can be made at the Forge from glass), you'll be able to click on a cow to collect milk. The chickens have a cooldown time for collecting eggs, but you can collect as much milk as you need on one cow.
Speaking of animals, once you create the Windmill, you can craft animal feed and feed them to produce poop- which you'll surprisingly need a lot of later in the game.
12. Collect Sand by Shovelling
Once you craft a shovel, you can dig in the ground to collect a ton of sand! Shovels can be upgraded several times and the more you upgrade, the more you things you can dig up, including some rare-late game materials.
Dig spots on the ground can be shovelled to find special items that you'll also want to hold on to in the beginning of the game.
You will need a lot of sand for several crafting materials, so dig away and save it all!
13. You Can’t Move Structures, but You Can Destroy Them
One of the difficult parts of Forager is finding enough space to build on; the unlocked land pieces are random, filled with materials which regenerate quickly, some of them have holes with water (more on that below), and some have dungeons, NPCs, or puzzles in the way.
Because of that, in the beginning of the game, you'll be struggling to find places to plop down your crafting stations and as you progress, you'll probably want to move these to more reasonable places.
Though there's no "move" function in the game, you can destroy structures, get the crafting materials back, and simply rebuild them again!
14. You'll Be Able to Fill in Holes Later
The land you unlock will have a lot of empty spaces in it, and as space is a huge problem in the game, it'll probably be frustrating for you.
However, as you progress and unlock more crafting stations, you can unlock a material which will let you fill in the empty spots of land. No spoilers, but start saving sand and poop now so you can create enough land pieces to fill things in later!
15. Interact With Fairies for Energy/Health Regeneration
You'll notice the Zelda-esque fairies flying around you once you start playing; click on them to instantly regenerate your energy and health without the need to consume food.
Don't worry, the faeries will repopulate eventually, so you'll never run out.
Faeries (and all other bugs in the game) can also be trapped in empty jars, and you'll definitely need a collection of them later, too.
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