Below you will learn everything from controls to understanding basic elements of the game, also few tips and tricks along the way.
* Work in Progress * Updating constantly!!!
(Any spelling mistakes or wording shall be fixed, trying to finished quick for many of the new players and want help!)
Hobo: Tough Life
What is this game and what is it all about? For a quick sum up of the game, you start off as a regular hobo for your first game ( there are multiple seasons per game. Beating the game unlocks other hobo classes to play ).
Where you start off with basically nothing and no real true knowledge or skills to survive the coming days,weeks or months. The game itself has day/night cycles (*timing yet to be tested to current patch*) and as mentioned seasons (Spring,Summer,Fall & Winter it seems). Story is always being added to, also the new Hobo King voting is in the game now. Can you claim the throne?!
You need to learn how to survive and build, craft and create, cook and many other skills that improve you gameplay and hobo’s quality of life that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ5GEuYIB84 doesn’t matter. You will meet friends, strangers, creeps and enemies. You choose your path and create a story of your own along the way.
Now a basic understanding of how the game works and about various skills
Find little hidden links that are safe! And are just music videos just to make the guide more enjoyable xD!
Controls & Tutorial
- Control – Action
- WASD & Arrows Movement
- E & Left Click – Action
- Right Click – Can be used to back out from dialog / inventory (be careful in stores this can be an action key!)
- Enter / Space – Submit (in dialog)
- Space – Jump
- Shift – Sprint
- Escape – Menu / exit dialog
- I – Inventory
- H – Tutorial Page
- M – Map
There used to be a in game Tutorial but has since been taken out. Many things are explained throughout the game itself now! Here to help out though with this guide and hope it does work out or you may learn something new! ( The game itself is a great game that does take time and patience, map knowledge is a huge help as well. All comes in time.
Find the hidden treasures/easter eggs in game too.
What you start off with in a new game.
With little for stats and clothing, good starting tips are to find good clothing, bags to hold more items(use Hide Out Stash for good items), taking your time in dumpsters until you level it up more(more levels equals more chances of warning markers in Mini Game), talking to people on the streets(get that Speech Skill up for better chances of getting cash in Begging Mini Game)
(Base Knowledge/Skills Continued)
So you have made it this far.. a lot of things to cover over eh? But don’t worry you will become a Master Hobo yourself in no time. Below further will be Perks and how they will reflect skills you currently have. ( Few perks require a certain level or expert/mastering before getting them!)
Perks to learn!
- Page one of the perks to learn.
- Page two of perks.
This is the real deal when it become learning the true perks to surviving and not just relying on skills. Perks will give a boost and general help to day/night living as well as preparing for the harsh winters to come. Perks vary and many have been added recently. Learn how to steal from people with less morale each time, wanna sell more goodies like a guy in a trench coat get the Street Vendor perk! It is endless for the choices you wanna go for. Become a master drunkard or fix stuff with a engineer perk, or maybe you just like hitting people with things too… Don’t worry there is a perk for that too, weapon smith has got you covered. I won’t go into full details with each and every perk as I want you to discover them as well!
Fire, Crafting & Food
– Using a fire, simple and easy stuff (found all over the place or at Hobo Hut’s.)
Craft anything from homemade furniture, clothing and many other things (also dismantle things for extra supplies.). Building in this game is really fun, make it how you want!(placement wise)
– Here shows the crafting table and how you can make many items and as well take them apart!
– This area here is for making basic and more unique items!
– Craft a extra weapon for protection on the streets and also make shelter items for your Hobo Hut’s
– Make any extra drinks and food from scraps found in bins or make something very special!
Becoming the Hobo King
Here you see the voting page for becoming the Hobo/Beggar King.
You will need to work hard and find your ways, earn trust and complete tasks to earn votes.
One day the Throne shall be all for you! (Votes are usually given by the faction leader of certain Hobo Camps
Basic Game Mechanics (Mini-Games Explained)
The bar mini-game is one to get used to but gets better with time, can use E or Mouse Click Left to stop the bar. (Used in dumpster diving, chatting, crafting/food making, stealing and others.)
One of the key and many ways to survive the harsh streets. There is many kinds of dumpsters to dive on into! Below find different sizes, bigger they are more they have and higher chances of good stuff! But BEWARE higher levels means more shrapnel per dumpster
Most small and medium sized dumpsters will be around this size. *As well the size of Dump Spots with Dump Raider Perk*
Medium Trash Cans
Large Trash Bins *Few may be locked depending on area*
There is cars to loot and other containers to grab from smaller box ones like the one below are usually locked, few are open always near Drax
Diving further explained
As you explore the city further, the more dumpster you will stumble across, I mean everywhere you go in real life think about, there is always ones around stores, back of places or out and about on the streets galore
Always be careful try to not rip clothing or get odour it helps not to with conversations and integrity of your clothing *worse it gets worse it helps*
Dump Raider Perk Spot aka what they look like
Could become a main way for cash and items if getting it to a high enough skill, second most used mechanic for basic needs. Below you will find many ways to learn and talk to those roaming the streets.
Basic chats with folk, covering few of the areas of chat mastering to strangers
Chat with strangers –
Chat with NPC’s/Hobo’s –
Insolence – In the word you find many descriptions but this truly follows being Bold and Proud in the sense of being able to ask without hesitation, earn a extra little bit more!
Strategy – Works hand in hand with many conversations, extra chat boost or results in a easier option of getting talking done *Very useful perk but costs Will Power!*
Sell items – You can find random people on the streets to buy selected items if you have them, also many Hobo NPCs buy certain items from you!
Street Vendor will give you better options to sell items!
The layout on how items get shown when sell option is chosen.
Taking things from people can be fun or a bad thing if a cop spots you doing it! It does affect moral slightly whether it be from a container or taking from a NPC! Many people can be stolen from!
Certain areas have spots with wood planks or other bins with good stuff. But beware and keep an eye out or upset the wrong person, then run or chat your way out of it if caught.
Certain people you may come across might wanna fight, they look like a easy target to bully. But with fighting it goes a long way. Learning to get skills up helps and other perks, your a pretty weak hobo at the start but don’t stress. Below shows Bullying and what it looks like to lose. Winning results in the rewards your after. Item or cash
When you end up losing a fight it usually results in getting knocked out or left bleeding on the ground for a few seconds until you recover. Better to avoid this in case of freezing temps or low stats
Below are just a few basic tips to get started, others are good in general.
- Staying warm and Dry is the biggest saving factor get booze buffs for extra help to help with Winter as well!
- Working on the shelter early on is a good thing, work towards the Buffs they provide. Can be game changing early on!
- Vending Machines/Phones – These are scatted all over the city, extra cash from time to time.
- Thugs – Thugs can either be taken on with good weapons and higher skills. Give them a smoke to back them off in a hurry if so!
- Stealing – Be out of sight for many things in the open to steal and be quick when you do it in conversations! Don’t get caught!
- Begging – Begging becomes such a great skill with other perks added too! When you start to get better you will find making money through conversation reaps great rewards and money! Strategy, Insolence, and many other perks to get! ( Paint a picture even! )
- Sleeping Benches – Many benches around the city may give you a good bonus, Get a full Rest for that! And use bedding for quicker resting!
- POOP!! – Can’t state it enough but this helps out so much! Use Strategy to cut prices down or work towards that Guts perk!
A huge Thank You to the Developers of Hobo Tough Life
Wanted to make this guide to help others and truly had a blast doing it. I see great things to come within the game soon with the full release! Keep a eye on there socials too! Or join their discord!
Thank you to anyone taking the time to read and enjoy any parts of the guide! Wish everyone great gaming times always! Much love and survive out there!
Guide Done by : InpectahDeck, proof read by (one of a kind lady) Houseinamouse!
Also my current review of the game
In all matters aside you put yourself in the feet of sumone else. It is a true hardcore survival game. Take the time build a shelter and learn from the streets. Its not a easy game if everyone thinks it is. And no the game wasnt made to make fun of homeless. Truly if you die a few times, or lose some moral from stealing cause thats how it is. You will do all you can to become a master of the streets by choice or suffer. Game is updating time to time. its a new game a people get very upset they don’t get what they want. I find it to be a exciting ride. Looking forward to how the game evolves truly. Its educational truly and makes you understand yes. its damn hard to live life on the street. I give the game a solid 7.5/10 only cause yes in time it will optimise and improve with AI and other core aspects. Will give a future update later this year or after few new patches. The game has a future like the homeless do. It’s called choices and this game lets you make em. being good or bad , soon fighting or running. staying warm or freezing to death. Up to 4 of your closest homeless friends in a world of lessons to learn. Can you survive? Can you master the streets? Oh and I don’t see this game to be rude or anything wrong with it. Full of lessons to share!
Updated review to the current patch and state of the game. Overall I now give this game a solid 9.5/10 and I know will be 10/10 in the future of the full release of this beautiful game. Dev team is a great group of people, they work hard on a game they care for as well.
Many things have been improved over time ; Graphics, Game Play, AI/NPC, Story, Skills and many other features. Game now runs smoothly with little to no issues or bugs now ( they keep smashing em and upgrading the game ) And Next big patch/release will make it even better.
Keep up the amazing work guys!
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