Hello! We’re Maschinen-Mensch, an independent game studio based in Berlin, and today we’re happy to present Xbox One players with Curious Expedition, our roguelike simulation game, available today for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. We’ve put together a small guide to help you navigate this complex and challenging game in order to keep your explorer alive.
The game is made up of a series of 6 expeditions, each larger and more difficult than the last. The goal of each expedition is to discover and explore the Golden Pyramid in each map, and hopefully bring back items to increase your fame and fortune.
You can choose from 7 explorers from the start of the game, and you’ll be able to unlock more as you play. Selecting your explorer is important and depends on your strategy. Beginners should start with Charles Darwin for combat practice, or Marie Curie for pacifist runs.
Before each expedition, you get to select your destination on the World Map. Your first expedition always has 2 options: Jungle and Drylands. Drylands has the easiest terrain. Jungle will require machetes to help with breaking through the thick forest, but also has butterflies for collection. Desert, Arctic, Prehistoric and an additional special one we won’t spoil here.
The key to survival is sanity, which you can monitor on the top bar of your screen. Always try to keep this meter at 30 or higher, as dropping below that can trigger ailments, loss of loyalty and other negative events. Low sanity can sometimes even cause you to lose companions. Avoid moving through difficult or hazardous terrain, as these locations cost more sanity than moving through grasslands. Keeping terrain-specific travel items can help reduce these costs.
You can only restore your sanity in two ways: using certain items or resting somewhere overnight. Since rest spots are few and far between, you’ll largely depend on keeping a stock of sanity-restoring items to consume during travel but take care: even these can have side-effects if consumed when sanity is very low! If you are lucky enough to find a rest spot location, stay overnight as many times as needed to refill your sanity. This can slow your position in the race to the pyramid, but it’s much better to arrive there intact than not at all.
This guide doesn’t cover all aspects of the game, but if you’ll follow these tips, you should be able to make it back to London to collect fame and funds.
So, what are you waiting for? Go explore, adventure awaits!