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On the Edge of Earth: 5000 is a sci-fi adventure game by Roope Tamminen, originally developed for the Ludum Dare 48 game jam under the theme of "Connected Worlds". In it, you play as an astronaut attempting to terraform a world, using a whole bunch of sciencey stuff he doesn't quite remember how to use. While enjoyment will on the player's tolerance for tinkering, On the Edge of Earth: 5000 is a charming experience that rewards experimentation.

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On the Edge of Earth: 5000 Walkthrough

Beginning: What am I Supposed to Do?

  1. Go to any of the three bookcases throughout the station.

  2. Press [up] to read the Handbook.

    • Book says:

    • PROJECT: CONNECTED WORLDS
      Station-10B3
      HANDBOOK
      Congratulations! You have been chosen as the sole operator for Station-10B3. Your mission is to generate new life on dead planets for the expansion of THE NEW EARTH FEDERATION.
      A guide for using the GENESIS missiles can be found on the next page.
      1. Calculate distance using TERMINAL C.
      2. Enter distance to the TERMINAL D.
      3. Load a new GENESIS missile to the cannon, located outside. SPACE SUIT REQUIRED!
      4. Adjust cannon to the correct pitch using TERMINAL A.
      5. Use TERMINAL B to launch the missile.

      • Written in blue:

      • HOME: 4.7
        terminals A, B, C, located on the upper deck!

Calculating Distance to Planet

  1. As stated in the Handbook, you need to get the distance from Terminal C.

  2. Go to Terminal C (rightmost console on the deck below the uppermost).

  3. To read the numbers, hit the console by pressing [right] and [left] rapidly.

  4. You will write the notes on your hand which you can access by pressing [enter].

  5. 4.25

Entering Distance in Target System

  1. As stated in the Handbook, you need to enter the distance from Terminal C into Terminal D.

  2. Go to Terminal D (second deck up, to the far left).

  3. If the door is blocked, you need to tilt the Station so the boxes will move.

    • The tilt console is located on the top deck.

    • You must tilt the Station to the left by pressing [left] to unblock the door.

  4. On Terminal D, press [right] 4 times to get 4:25 on the screen.

Loading a Missile in the Cannon

  1. As stated in the Handbook, you need to load a GENESIS missile in the cannon outside the Station.

  2. Before heading outside, you need to don a spacesuit, which can be found in the far left of the bottom deck.

  3. To see if you're in a condition to head outside, go to the room to the far right of the second to bottom deck.

  4. Examine the console in the room by pressing [up]. You must have satisfactory Hunger and Bowel settings.

    • To satisfy hunger:

      1. Use banana console on the second to bottom deck by pressing [up].

      2. Move arrow to the right to the coin slot and press [down].

      3. Press [down] over the button that's now lit up to make a cup appear.

      4. Move the arrow over the lever on the left and press [down] to fill the cup and consume the food.

    • To satisfy bowel:

      1. Go to the toilet to the far right on the bottom deck.

      2. Press [up] when done.

  5. Once both settings are satisfied, the console will display "FIT FOR SPACE".

  6. Close the door to the left, then open the door on the right to enter space.

  7. If the laser is in your way toward the cannon, you will need to move it out of the way.

    • That console is located on the far left of the second to top deck (Terminal A).

    • Press [left] or [right] to move the laser out of the way. It's orientation is represented by the dial in the center.

  8. Head to the far right and press the button to load the missile. The laser will turn green when done.

Adjusting the Cannon

  1. At this point, you should already have experience moving the cannon/laser to avoid death during your spacewalk.

  2. Now you need to head back to Terminal A (far left console on the second to top deck).

  3. Adjust the cannon using [left]/[right] to point the laser at the planet.

Launching the Missile

  1. Go to Terminal B (center console on the second to top deck).

  2. Press [down] to activate the cannon. The laser will turn red and the planet will burn white. When done, it will be yellow.

  3. Head to the bottom deck and press [up] over your bed on the right to sleep.

End Game

  1. You will wake up to the Station listing heavily to the left.

  2. Run up to the top deck and use the tilt console.

  3. You will not be able to do anything. Just sit tight.

  4. After crashing, walk to the right and behold something grand!

  5. To be continued in the next game...

Little Extra To Dos

  • The console in the room to the left of your bed is a communication device.

  • You can enter the 'Home' coordinates (4, 7) to presumably call home.

  • Rather than a mute button for the music, you can activate it by pressing any of the small buttons throughout the Station.

  • The small plant next to the communication device (Genetic Manipulator X2000), can be changed in color. The only difference is it will keep this appearance during the end game.

  • The purple console to the left of the plant is a Rock/Paper/Scissors machine. Play as you might, you will not win.

  • After using the toilet, you will see a brown substance being jettisoned. Don't ask what it is.

  • During the end game, if you look at your "notes" by pressing [enter], your watching will be going haywire.

  • If you find anything else of note, feel free to leave a comment (spoilered if necessary)!

21 Comments

https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnrLT_DgOiK7Leoj0eRHY69GNEFT33XtTU September 15, 2014 9:11 AM

Gained access to "locked" compartment (it's actually blocked by something) by going to the top deck and rotating the ship until those objects slide all the way to the left.

Currently trying to find out where I can eat so I can leave the ship.
Oh, remember to move the laser. Or you'll be horribly killed when you open that door to space.

Okay?

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To eat:

Green box, one level up from bottom shows a banana. Up arrow to use it.

Right, Right, down (coin slot). Left, down (cup). Left, down (pour).

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I think I missed something? I

blew up the moon

which apparently activated end game after I

went to sleep.

There were lots of things that didn't make sense to me.

Who was the blue guy to the right of the space ship? What did the radio-like thing do? And what about the console that was broken (I think it was C- farthest right top deck)?

Maybe with a little more explanation I would really like this game, but as it is I was just lost.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnrLT_DgOiK7Leoj0eRHY69GNEFT33XtTU September 15, 2014 11:47 AM

The "broken" console with all the yellow lights is definitely C.

I'm not sure what the console in the "locked" room does, despite using it a few times.

I got outside and made the "laser?" go green.
If you need to empty your bowels, toilet is bottom right, lowest floor you can go.

I'm guessing the game is mostly trial and error.
Thanks for the advice on how to eat, I'd have NEVER worked that out on my own.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnrLT_DgOiK7Leoj0eRHY69GNEFT33XtTU September 15, 2014 12:14 PM

Sweet! I JUST completed this. Nice ending.

The machine with the lights is useless, ignore it.
Not sure EXACTLY what that machine in the "locked" room does.

The instructions lie, by the way.
The machine you want to put your co-ords into is

on the same floor as your bed.

The machine in the "locked" room has

5 settings.
I'm wondering if there are 5 different endings according to what it's set on when you fire.

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The machine with lights isn't useless

You want to hit left and right on it. This gives you two numbers, which you can conveniently recall by pressing enter. As to where you put it in.

It seems to be the place with the 'locked' room.

The ending gotten this way says

To be continued in The Dawn of Earth: 5000.

I'm not sure what you mean by

the machine on the same floor as the bed. That seems to be the phone.

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silent george September 15, 2014 5:03 PM

Yes, the terminal on your bedroom floor

is communication. You can call home on 4.7 and listen to your rugrat babble a little bit.

I was unduly amused by the trail of poo that drifted off to the starboard side.

Fun game, and I love the Solaris aesthetic.

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merchantfan September 15, 2014 7:22 PM

Got an ending. Is there only one or more than one?

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How do I

move the laser? I'm assuming that's why I can't open the door to space, since my levels are good and I'm wearing my suit.

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Oh wait, never mind. In case anyone else is stuck on that:

Look for the terminal with the dial and the red line. Move the red line to move the laser.

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Merchantfan, here's what I got:

I hit the planet with the green laser and it glowed yellow-white as if very hot. Then when I moved around, I sometimes staggered as if tired or ill, and did so more and more frequently. I went to bed. I woke up to alarms and the ship listing heavily to one side. I put on my spacesuit and went to the top floor to try to fix the tilt, and the terminal there said we were going to crash. We did. On the ground, I came out of the wreckage to find that my spacesuit was in tatters, I had no helmet, and I was in a light sandstorm. I found the little tree-toy from the ship, or a little tree in the same colours as I'd set it to, and it had bugs on it. Then I found a giant statue of my own toon's head half-buried in the sand and I Charlton Hestoned at it. TO BE CONTINUED!

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I can't figure out how to fire the laser? I think I have done most things right.

I have entered the coordinates, been outside, turned the laser green. Went inside again and adjusted it to point to the planet.

I can move the joystick left to right using the arrow keys. But I don't know how to hit the fire button.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnrLT_DgOiK7Leoj0eRHY69GNEFT33XtTU September 16, 2014 12:38 PM

Fire button is the centre of the three consoles in the same room.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnrLT_DgOiK7Leoj0eRHY69GNEFT33XtTU September 16, 2014 12:49 PM

How do you make the "broken" console with all the lights work and how do you get numbers from it?

Because I've hit it all kinds of ways.
As far as I can see, it does nothing. Ever.

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In re: the "broken" console:

Hit the left and right arrow keys really fast. That will shake the console screen and you should see something.

Also, if any admin are reading, I accidentally hit the "report" link on that comment and I didn't mean to. My bad, _mea culpa,_ whoops, etc.

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I can't seem to get outside

My bowel and hunger levels are good, I have the spacesuit on, and I've moved the laser from the door. But when I press what I think is the right button, nothing happens.

Reply

On the Edge of Earth: 5000 Walkthrough

Beginning: What am I Supposed to Do?

  1. Go to any of the three bookcases throughout the station.

  2. Press [up] to read the Handbook.

    • Book says:

    • PROJECT: CONNECTED WORLDS
      Station-10B3
      HANDBOOK
      Congratulations! You have been chosen as the sole operator for Station-10B3. Your mission is to generate new life on dead planets for the expansion of THE NEW EARTH FEDERATION.
      A guide for using the GENESIS missiles can be found on the next page.
      1. Calculate distance using TERMINAL C.
      2. Enter distance to the TERMINAL D.
      3. Load a new GENESIS missile to the cannon, located outside. SPACE SUIT REQUIRED!
      4. Adjust cannon to the correct pitch using TERMINAL A.
      5. Use TERMINAL B to launch the missile.

      • Written in blue:

      • HOME: 4.7
        terminals A, B, C, located on the upper deck!

Calculating Distance to Planet

  1. As stated in the Handbook, you need to get the distance from Terminal C.

  2. Go to Terminal C (rightmost console on the deck below the uppermost).

  3. To read the numbers, hit the console by pressing [right] and [left] rapidly.

  4. You will write the notes on your hand which you can access by pressing [enter].

  5. 4.25

Entering Distance in Target System

  1. As stated in the Handbook, you need to enter the distance from Terminal C into Terminal D.

  2. Go to Terminal D (second deck up, to the far left).

  3. If the door is blocked, you need to tilt the Station so the boxes will move.

    • The tilt console is located on the top deck.

    • You must tilt the Station to the left by pressing [left] to unblock the door.

  4. On Terminal D, press [right] 4 times to get 4:25 on the screen.

Loading a Missile in the Cannon

  1. As stated in the Handbook, you need to load a GENESIS missile in the cannon outside the Station.

  2. Before heading outside, you need to don a spacesuit, which can be found in the far left of the bottom deck.

  3. To see if you're in a condition to head outside, go to the room to the far right of the second to bottom deck.

  4. Examine the console in the room by pressing [up]. You must have satisfactory Hunger and Bowel settings.

    • To satisfy hunger:

      1. Use banana console on the second to bottom deck by pressing [up].

      2. Move arrow to the right to the coin slot and press [down].

      3. Press [down] over the button that's now lit up to make a cup appear.

      4. Move the arrow over the lever on the left and press [down] to fill the cup and consume the food.

    • To satisfy bowel:

      1. Go to the toilet to the far right on the bottom deck.

      2. Press [up] when done.

  5. Once both settings are satisfied, the console will display "FIT FOR SPACE".

  6. Close the door to the left, then open the door on the right to enter space.

  7. If the laser is in your way toward the cannon, you will need to move it out of the way.

    • That console is located on the far left of the second to top deck (Terminal A).

    • Press [left] or [right] to move the laser out of the way. It's orientation is represented by the dial in the center.

  8. Head to the far right and press the button to load the missile. The laser will turn green when done.

Adjusting the Cannon

  1. At this point, you should already have experience moving the cannon/laser to avoid death during your spacewalk.

  2. Now you need to head back to Terminal A (far left console on the second to top deck).

  3. Adjust the cannon using [left]/[right] to point the laser at the planet.

Launching the Missile

  1. Go to Terminal B (center console on the second to top deck).

  2. Press [down] to activate the cannon. The laser will turn red and the planet will burn white. When done, it will be yellow.

  3. Head to the bottom deck and press [up] over your bed on the right to sleep.

End Game

  1. You will wake up to the Station listing heavily to the left.

  2. Run up to the top deck and use the tilt console.

  3. You will not be able to do anything. Just sit tight.

  4. After crashing, walk to the right and behold something grand!

  5. To be continued in the next game...

Little Extra To Dos

  • The console in the room to the left of your bed is a communication device.

  • You can enter the 'Home' coordinates (4, 7) to presumably call home.

  • Rather than a mute button for the music, you can activate it by pressing any of the small buttons throughout the Station.

  • The small plant next to the communication device (Genetic Manipulator X2000), can be changed in color. The only difference is it will keep this appearance during the end game.

  • The purple console to the left of the plant is a Rock/Paper/Scissors machine. Play as you might, you will not win.

  • After using the toilet, you will see a brown substance being jettisoned. Don't ask what it is.

  • During the end game, if you look at your "notes" by pressing [enter], your watching will be going haywire.

  • If you find anything else of note, feel free to leave a comment (spoilered if necessary)!

Reply

mark0205 -

Having satisfied those aspects, you just need to:

close the door to the left.
Don't want to space the whole station :)

Reply

Funny thing:

If you look at your hand by pressing "enter" at the planet, your clock spins in fast-forward.

Reply

Questioner -

Yes, I noticed that too. I love little details like that in a game!

Reply

I was wondering what that space debris was floating outside. Just realized it's my own poop.

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