Guide for beginners in Hardspace: Shipbreaker: tips, tricks and strategies

Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a first-person space sim where you play as a laborer who saves ships to pay off a huge debt. Your daily duties include opening ships, collecting their innards, and trying not to die in the process.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Tips for Beginners

With Hardspace: Shipbreaker having a complex physics engine, the in-game tutorials might not teach you everything you need to know. While certain skills will come with practice, there are a few things you’ll want to know before you start your life as a Shipbreaker. Let’s look at a few tips and tricks to help make your first day as a skipper less intimidating.

Measure twice, cut once

When you start your shift on a new ship, take a minute to look around. Instead of crashing straight into a panel and risking a pressurized explosion, look for designated areas throughout the ship. On large ships, they can usually be found through an airlock in the ship’s interior panels.

Finding and cutting cut points will help you get the most profit while staying safe. Always be aware of where you are cutting before aiming the laser at the ship. Never use a cutting tool on a fuel tank or other volatile object, as even a small cut can result in a powerful, deadly and costly explosion.

Use ropes

One of the most important tools in a shipbuilder’s arsenal are harnesses. These handy items can be used to haul debris into a Furnace or Processor, rip pieces off a ship, or keep items hanging. Knowing when and where to use wire ropes will increase ship repair productivity dozens of times, saving you time and headaches when moving around different parts of the ship.

The tethers have a stronger gravitational pull than your normal grip, which means they can pull on objects that are too heavy for you. Use the zip lines to haul the ship’s internal frame into the furnace, or haul heavy fuel tanks onto the barge.

Forget about debt

At the start of the game, the Lynx corporation imposes on you a huge loan debt of 1.2 billion. While this debt may seem overwhelming, don’t worry about paying it off. At the beginning of the game, you will not be able to significantly reduce your debt due to the cost of the ships you are salvaging. Instead of trying to earn as much money as you can on each ship, focus on achieving salvage goals, which will allow you to rank up and gain access to higher tier ships. The best ships bring more profit, so don’t be afraid to spend the credits you earn on what you might need right from the start.

At the terminal, you can resupply oxygen, propulsion and tether fuel, repair your spacesuit, purchase repair kits, and buy demo charges. For the safest ship rescue, we recommend replenishing all of these resources as needed. Do not be stingy with replenishing oxygen and cables, as in the event of your death, the creation of spare resources will cost much more.

Repair your tools

In Hardspace: Shipbreaker, your tools are your life. Neglect your tools and you’ll be shelling out thousands of credits for a spare. The tool’s durability will slowly decrease as it is used, and its effectiveness will drop at regular intervals. For example, when the cutter reaches 75% wear resistance, part of the overheat indicator will turn gray, which means that the cutter will overheat less frequently when cutting an object.

Repair your tools as often as necessary. While you can purchase repair kits at the terminal or salvage them from ships, you can only repair tools at the HUB, so be sure to check their condition before starting each shift.

Raise your oxygen levels

One of the most important tools that needs to be upgraded at every opportunity is the oxygen tank. Of all the replenishable resources, oxygen runs out the most often, which forces you to return to the terminal to buy more. To ease this constant back and forth, always renew your oxygen tank whenever possible. The more oxygen you can fit at one time, the less often you will have to go back and buy it.

Old or new ship

In Hardspace: Shipbreaker you will have 15 minutes to complete objectives during each shift. The most common decision you will make as a shipbreaker is to leave the ship or continue working on it. On expensive ships, you may want to take out the most expensive items as quickly as possible and then stop working. In other cases, it is better to take a slow and methodical approach, completely saving all parts of the ship. Ultimately, the decision to continue or move on depends on your goals for the moment.

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