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Satisfactory is a first-person factory-building game released into early access by Coffee Stain Studios in March 2019 via the Epic Games Store. Heavily inspired by Factorio, players take the role of a “Pioneer”, an employee of the FicSit Corporation dropped onto an alien world to gather resources and manufacture materials for the as-yet mysterious "Project Assembly". To do so, they'll need to mine ore, smelt ingots, and construct and assemble ever more complex machine components, gradually building a massive factory (or a group of multiple factories) to automate the process and sending ever-increasing quantities of items up a Space Elevator to the waiting FicSit facilities in orbit.

The game can be played solo or in online co-op; there's no hard-coded limit to the number of co-op players, but the developers only seriously tested up to 4 players at a time. Being an early access game, there are still a fair amount of bugs and yet-to-be-added content. The game currently exists in two versions: 'Early Access', which contains the most stable updates, and the 'Experimental Branch', which is used for testing updates before they get pushed into the main game.

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As of June 8, 2020, the game's Early Access version is also available on Steam, with Experimental following suit shortly after.


Satisfactory contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Although the pioneer is pretty much a blank slate, their character model is quite feminine in appearance despite their bulky suit, so it's probably safe to assume that they're female. Having been dropped on a planet crawling with hostile wildlife, fighting for her survival is a daily occurrence.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The A.I. Limiter part used in some machines with logic are stated to suppress the growth of A.I.s to prevent this from happening.
  • Alien Sky: The planet you're on, MASSAGE-2(A-B)b, orbits a binary star system and has three moons, one of which is bright enough to provide Hollywood Darkness at night while the other two are much darker despite being several times larger. An alternative interpretation would be that the latter are actually planets, which would make the sky even more alien. In any event, Scenery Porn galore.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
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    • Update 3 added inventory shortcuts which show up when looking at an interface requiring items, avoiding the need to pick out the required item from the inventory itself.
    • The June 2020 update makes multiple quickbars available to the player, making it no longer necessary to keep altering the quickbar depending on the what the player is currently doing. Additionally, the manual make times of several items were tweaked to be shorter to reduce frustration. Lastly, CSS were aware of the non-threaded save mechanism causing frustration to players and implemented a ten-second autosave warning so the player will expect the pause and adjust accordinglynote 
    • The initial HUB upgrade phase is a bit of a tedium due to its lack of automation and fairly limited tech tree. Fortunately there's an option during campaign setup that allows you to skip it entirely and jump straight into unlocking Tier 1 instead since Update 3.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Starting with a minor update deployed on July 24th, 2019, the game will display a notification suggesting players to take a break after being played for 2 hours straight and every subsequent 2 hours. This option can be turned off if the player is so inclined, though.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • The Cyber Wagon, a joke vehicle modeled on the horrifically ugly Tesla Cybertruck (complete with broken windows). It may be indestructible (though the driver in some cases isn't), so a partial subversion, but good luck getting anywhere quickly on square wheels. Also, its inventory only has a single slot, and can only be accessed from the underside of the vehicle. It does, however, have interesting physics when launched into the air that was sadly patched out in late 2020.
    • Not a joke vehicle, but the Ficsit factory cart certainly fits the bill. It comes in a mini-packed crate that fits in your inventory, and upon being deployed unfolds itself into... a dinky box-car which isn't even as tall as you, and has a frame barely long enough or wide enough to fit your character sitting in a cramped fetal position inside of it. One of its windows is stuck hanging open and flapping about in the wind, and the only thing it has in the way of a horn is a stick-on siren that must be manually attached to - and detached from - the roof of the cart. To its credit, it has incredible acceleration, a good top speed, and can stop on a dime, plus has very responsive turning perfect for winding through cramped FICSIT brand factories... as long as you're on something perfectly flat, like a foundation or walkway. Once even the slightest amount of unevenness touches the ground it's on, you may as well be driving on wheels made of wet soap. Although to be fair, it's a factory cart. You're not supposed to drive it anywhere other than on paved factory grounds. That's what the dune buggy is for.
  • April Fools' Day: For 2021, Coffee Stain Studios slipped several pranks into a seemingly innocuous Update in Experimental- firstly, the players are given a big head. Next, Lizard Doggos are scaled up to be humongous and randomly will have a pioneer helmet on. Then, they scaled down the Curious Creatures to be around the size of a lizard doggo. Lastly, they replaced the hogs with the Walkers from Sanctum. And as icing on the cake, they purposedly reintroduced the typo "error" trolling attempt they made sometime in Update 3.
    • In true April Fools fashion, this backfired on them when unaware players flooded their QA site with bug reports on the above changes.
  • Artificial Brilliance:
    • Flying Crabs have a pretty devious attack pattern. When triggered, one charges straight at you while another flies a confusing zigzag course and the third circles around you to attack from behind. Good luck keeping track of them all if you stumble into their trap. Thankfully, running away right after triggering their chrysalis sets the swarm on patrol mode where they can be engaged individually, making them much easier to deal with.
    • Stingers behave like ambush predators; the only noise they make is their skittering legs, they'll try to hide behind the scenery until the player passes them, and they prioritize attacking the player in their blindspots. Multiple Stingers will work together to try bringing players down.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Lizard doggos sometimes bring you nuclear waste. And as of late their AI seems to have been dumbed down some more so they don't run and hide if you're in danger, instead they often come between you and the hostile you're fighting, and they'll hate you if they're hit by splash damage from being in the line of fire of the fire spitters (ie no fault of your own)- in older versions of the game, they won't hate you if they got hit by enemy damage and will even run and hide if you're engaging hostile fauna, only coming out once the coast is clear.
  • Ascended Meme: For a long time pipes were considered a meme among the community, with every update video containing comments requesting pipes and the game's Discord server bot programmed to respond to any mention of the word 'pipe' with an emoji of a pipe with a red X over it. Then Update 3 came along adding pipes out of nowhere.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Nuclear power. The reactors generate a crazy huge amount of power. But they also generate waste that you cannot get rid of. You’re better off sticking with fuel or even coal.
  • Beef Gate: The main routes between biomes are almost universally guarded by aggressive wildlife. While basic spitters or a hog or two are manageable with melee weapons, Alpha creatures are virtually impossible to defeat without ranged weaponry, making these routes unavailable until well into the midgame. That said, you can usually build your own roads around the beasts, but since the areas behind them tend to be crawling with similarly dangerous critters, it often won't get you very far anyway.note 
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • Early to mid game, Coal power plants. They generate only a little over two and the half times the power of your starting biomass/biofuel generator. But even when fully overclocked, they're still really frugal when it comes to coal consumption. You can have a set of 4 fully overclocked burners and still have enough coal left over to share with some forges. You can theoretically run 9 fully overclocked coal burners on a stock mark 3 miner over a pure coal vein node, one redditor has 40 coal burners running stock off one fully overclocked Mk.3 miner on a pure coal vein node. Comparatively, fuel generators burns through fuel really quickly when fully overclocked. However they become viable late-game with the introduction of turbo fuel, although that causes another issue in the terms of getting compressed coal- which is made of sulfur and coal- to the necessary location to be processed. Geothermal generators, while capable of producing four times the power of the starting biomass power supply, cannot be overclocked and there's only so many hot water geysers on the world map. Nuclear generators may sound like a good idea at first, but then you end up having radioactive waste which cannot be disposed of in-game.
      • The difficulty of using coal generators was upped in Update 3 as they now require a constant supply of water to work. Of course, it helps that almost all coal nodes are found near a lake or seaside. The big issue is unlocking the pump technology, and while the burners burn coal slowly, water is an entirely different matter, and getting the coal generators to work reliably (instead of just working and then falling flat when demand for power is pushed just a little) now involves a complex ratio of water pumps to generatorsnote . Also, geothermal has been made unreliable (the power they generate now fluctuate). Likewise, while fuel generators burn quickly when overclocked, the requirement of having a ton of fuel refineries is offset by the usefulness of the waste product, which is useful for rubber and plastic production.
      • Nuclear power has been made more palatable in Update 4. There are now two kinds of rods- Uranium and Plutonium. Uranium waste, ie the type that comes out of the nuclear reactors if you give it uranium rods, as well as the type Lizard Doggos bring you, can now be refined into Plutonium rods- and you can sink plutonium rods. On the other hand Uranium rods generate just a fraction of the power of Plutonium rods, but using the refined Plutonium rods results in Plutonium waste, which is far more potent than Uranium waste and cannot be sinked or refined further. Coffee Stain has upfront said that this design is intentional and the goal is to let players choose if they want to just get rid of nuclear waste after just using it once at the cost of not being able to run their nuclear plant at full capacity, or if they want absolute power at the cost of permanent radioactive pollution.
    • Foundations. They're just plain building blocks with a square footprint, but if you're planning to set up factories with any degree of style and order, foundations are pretty much mandatory since they provide you with a neat grid pattern on which you can align your machines. They also come in all shapes, types and sizes to give you nearly limitless options for organizing belts and pipes, like running them through the floor beneath your assembly lines, which is impossible to do when you build on natural ground. They're also invaluable for safely bridging wide gaps and ascending vertical spaces while exploring.
    • Belts. Unlocked during the game's tutorial, require no power, can't be destroyed by wildlife, have excellent throughput (especially at the higher tiers), and can be built across almost any terrain. While it's possible to build freight vehicles that require no roads, it's often more efficient to just build a belt all the way back to your base than to set up trucks or trains (and the latter require infrastructure anyway).
  • Bottomless Pit: Any part of the map that isn't bordered by water drops into the Void, an abyss of unfathomable depth that eventually disappears in the mist far below. The entire south and southeast of the map are subject to this, plus a small part far to the northeast.
  • Calling a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Dynamite charges are called Nobelisks in the game.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Those rhino/bull-like animals that charge you on sight are called "Fluffy-Tailed Hogs".
  • Cap: Aside from the usual caps on item stack sizes, it's currently impossible to make full use of overclocked Mk. 3 miners because even the fastest belt can't match the miner's output, limiting your production to some degree. This will most likely cease to be a problem once Mk. 6 belts are officially rolled out.
  • Cats Are Mean: Turning on the Arachnophobia mode in the game options causes the previously giant spiders to have corrupted cat heads, invoking this trope as they still try to kill you regardless.
  • Chainsaw Good: Both played straight and subverted. You can get a chainsaw once you unlock both the tool and biofuel after completing Hub Level 5 (ie complete Tier 0). Chainsaws are a godsend against large trees that could not be removed bare-handed, allowing one to properly clear out an area to set up a proper base (and harvest wood and leaves, and even gain some limestone and mycelia, while at it). Subverted in that they cannot be used as a weapon and do zero damage against hostile wildlife.
  • Continuing is Painful: Respawning only restores 30% of your health and deprives you of everything in your inventory including weapons and ammo. All the stuff you were carrying when you died remains there and can be picked up (it even gets a map marker), but it can still be a pain in the ass, especially since whatever killed you will still be in the area when you return. Healing items are also few and far between, so you first need to scrounge up some of those before you can even consider facing your killer. And to rub salt on your wound, if you had a doggo with you, it'd be either dead or if it survived the encounter, the doggo will forget you due to what is likely a glitch. You're usually better off just reloading your last autosave.
  • Cool Car: The Explorer is a fast and nimble dune buggy that can climb almost any incline, allowing you to travel across the map quickly and safely. It also has a decently sized storage compartment that comes in handy when you're about to set up a new outpost far away.
  • Cool Sword: The Xeno Basher is an electrified, partially collapsible melee weapon that upgrades the Xeno Zapper, which is just a glorified cattle prod.
  • Cool Train: With the 'end of June' update, you unlock the ability to build electric trains and stations between your factories once Project Assembly Phase 3 is completed and research tiers 6 and 7 are unlocked.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Yes, Doggo hoarding is a plausible mechanic with benefits. Hence the Doggo farms that effectively turn players into this.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The factory cart is reasonably fast, its tiny size allows it to squeeze through all but the smallest openings, and its ability to turn on a dime makes it even better at navigating tight spaces. In short, it's perfectly suited for zipping around factories; as in "large arrays of machines standing on concrete foundations" factories. If even one of its wheels so much as smells the proximity of ground that isn't concrete, you might as well be driving on wet soap.
  • Cute Machines: The deployment animation of portable miners is quite adorable to behold.
  • Cycle of Hurting: Fluffy-tailed hogs' ram attacks have a powerful knockback effect that can send you flying a considerable distance, and with the hog chasing after you while you're airborne, it's painfully common to suffer another hit the moment you touch the ground.
  • Deadly Gas: Serves as an environmental hazard in numerous areas, either spawned by plants, weird stone formations, or from no discernable source at all. The former can be removed with explosives, but the latter two are impossible to get rid of so far.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • A meta example on the developer's part. The first iteration of the anti poop-socking function was pushed out in an out-of-band update, ostensibly due to pressure from Epic and their parent Tencent, to ensure that the game can be sold in China where this feature is mandatory for all games released in the country. It was poorly thought out to say the least, as when it popped up, it could potentially kill the player due to locking up their controls until they closed a notification that they had been playing for too long. It was rectified a week later.
    • A player's factory will inadvertently become this if the player only thinks in the short term and didn't consider long-term factory design before building. Cue factories with No OSHA Compliance and conveyor belts criss-crossing all over the place. This can even occur to players who plan long-term due to new features and recipes being added to the game from time to time.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: The Lizard Doggos do try to help the player once they're tamed, but they're not particularly smart. They can easily fall to their deaths if they walk off cliffs, they can outright forget that you've tamed them (though that is likely a glitch), and their most infamous trick is fetching lethally radioactive waste and bringing it to their master.
  • Double Unlock: Prior to Update 3, Rewards from scanning objects at the M.A.M. are not immediately available, but once you chose your reward (in the case of a hard drive) or are told what your reward is, you will still need to send up the requested items through the Hub Terminal to fully unlock them. Update 3 changes this so that objects are immediately available upon research completion at the M.A.M.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Need to get somewhere but can't find an accessible natural path? Just grab a ton of concrete and build your own road with foundations and similar building blocks. Caves are the only places you can't reach this way, at least not without glitching through the terrain, and that comes with its own host of problems.
  • Easy Logistics: Mostly played straight.
    • Ore can be found in two forms: small nodes that must be mined by hand and eventually deplete; and large, flat deposits (usually with one of the aforementioned nodes on top) that never run out. Automated miners can only use the latter (after breaking the node on top).
    • As with Factorio, conveyor belts and portable miners do not need power to operate. Larger machines do, but rarely is a lack of power generation a serious concern once you've left behind the biomass burner stage.
  • Easter Egg:
    • Hidden in a random difficult-to-access cave can be found a enemy unit from Coffee Stain's earlier game, Sanctum.
    • Hidden under the Electric Locomotive is a sticker with the face of Swedish sportscaster Leif “Loket” Olsson on it, giving more context to the description (which claimed that the train was nicknamed ”Leif” for it’s reliability). “Loket” means “The Locomotive” in Swedish.
    • Product Placement: If you put one FICSIT Coupon into the Resource Sink, it unlocks the Tesla Cybertruck in the Awesome Shop.
    • The toilet contains a vandalized poster advertising/mocking the Free-to-play game The Cycle.
    • If you click on the graph that shows on power pole several times in rapid succession, you get an Orange Screen of Death on the graph window admonishing you for abusing Ficsit property and threatening you with disciplinary action. Apparently, the rapid clicking is in-game representation for Percussive Maintenance to the equipment...
  • Excuse Plot: The current Early Access plot consists of little more than "a Mega-Corp found a world with plentiful resources and dropped you onto it to exploit them. Now go and and build badass factories to make it happen. And mind the wildlife."
  • Fall Damage: Present but rarely a problem. You can fall quite a distance without taking damage at all, but even if you pass this threshold, it's usually nothing critical unless you were almost dead to begin with. The Blade Runners equipment upgrade makes fall damage even less of a hassle, and once you have the jetpack you can jump down from pretty much anywhere (assuming the jetpack is fueled).
  • Featureless Protagonist: The Player Character is simply known as "the Pioneer", their helmet always hides their face, and they never make as much as a peep. All one can glean from their appearance is that there's probably a woman under that suit, judging by the body shape.
  • Forced Tutorial: Averted as of Update 3. Unlike Factorio, which forces you to start at the very bottom of the Tech Tree, Satisfactory allows you to skip the six HUB upgrade phases that serve as this game's tutorial, letting you jump straight into automated production. All it takes is checking a box during campaign setup. Needless to say that this is particularly appealing to experienced players. This was only added with Update 3 however, so prior to this the trope is played straight.
  • Fungus Humongous: The Blue Crater biome's flora consists almost entirely of fungi of various sizes, some of which are large enough to serve as tree analogues.
  • Fun with Acronyms: All over the place.
    • The heart of your factory is the HUB (Habitat and Utility Base).
    • Research is done in the MAM (Molecular Analysis Machine).
    • A lot of building components are only available through the AWESOME (Anti-Waste Effort for Stress-Testing of Materials on Exoplanets) Program.
  • Gentle Giant: The largest creatures on the planet, like the Curious Creature and that weird flying ray-thing, are universally docile.
  • Giant Flyer: Your op zone is home to a handful of gigantic manta ray-like creatures that slowly cruise through the sky, accompanied by a shoal of smaller animals. They're completely harmless, but unlike other world objects at their height they're actually physical objects, so of course players found a way to get up there for some sky ray riding.
  • Giant Spider: One type of enemy, usually found in caves. Since Spiders Are Scary, the game has an "Arachnophobe" setting in the menu that turns them into killer kittens instead. Given how nightmarish these critters are designed, even non-arachnophobes might feel tempted to check this option.note 
  • Green Hill Zone: The Grasslands are the recommended starter biome for new players thanks to abundant biomass, large open areas ideal for inefficient newbie factory layouts, and low levels of hostile creatures. However, most resource nodes are impure, there's only one coal deposit (although that at least is pure) and barely any water, making coal power challenging to set up without exploring neighboring biomes.
  • Hailfire Peaks: The map is divided into over 20 very distinct biomes that exist right next to each other with little in terms of transition. Don't be surprised to step out of a lush forest straight into a Thirsty Desert.
  • Hammerspace: The pioneer's inventory is explicitly referred to as a pocket dimension whose size can be "inflated" to allow for more stuff to be carried around.
  • Holiday Mode: The December 2020 update introduce the Ficsmas event, which requires the player to farm for presents to build holiday themed decorations and unlock a new holiday Tech Tree, and ultimately, unlock a special Christmas tree constructor that spews out presents. Additionally, your power poles will now be decorated with Christmas ornaments and your lizard doggos will all have reindeer antlers and a red shiny nose.
  • If You Can Read This: The game has many small print text on the boilerplate of the machinery in the configuration screen that is barely legiblenote . Also, many of the model numbers printed on the machinery are puns related to their functionality, in leet speak.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Update 2 made nuclear reactors available as a power source. Reactors produce the most power of all the power generators available, but you’ll be hard pressed to deal with all the (potentially damaging) radioactive waste they produce (25 barrels every 5 minutes).
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Unlike the game's actual weapons like the Xeno Zapper, the Xeno Basher and the Rifle, the Rebar Gun is essentially an industrial stapler shoved into the role of an impromptu one-handed crossbow. It needs to be manually reloaded and drawn after every shot and shoots Painfully Slow Projectiles that suffer from heavy projectile drop, making it difficult to line up shots on targets that aren't charging straight at you. And don't even try hitting anything at mid-range or beyond.
    • The Nobelisk is meant for clearing boulders and dangerous flora, but players often use it quite effectively as grenades/sticky bombs against critters.
  • Inconveniently Placed Conveyor Belt: As your factory grows in size and complexity, traversing it will probably start to feel like running an obstacle course made of conveyor belts unless you did a fair bit of planning beforehand. Eventually mitigated by the ability to build elevated walkways, and later, overhead conveyor belt systems and a jetpack.
  • Jet Pack: One of the pieces of personal equipment available in later tech tiers.
  • Kill It with Fire: Used against the player; one of the hostile creatures attacks players by spitting fireballs.
  • King Mook: Most wildlife species have an Alpha variant that is larger, deals much more damage, has additional attack patterns and is mostly immune to the usual tricks and tactics you can use against their lesser kin.
  • Lighter and Softer: When compared to its inspiration Factorio. Your goal is the same - exploit the natural resources of a beautiful planet for some obscure industrial purpose - but Satisfactory factories don't produce actual pollution, resources are limitless, the wildlife only consists of scattered creatures that attack on sight instead of organized swarms that actively seek you out, your structures can't be damaged at all, and with a bit of planning and effort you can make your factories both efficient and very pleasant to look at without destroying too much of the gorgeous environment. Of course, with the game still being in Early Access, it remains to be seen how much of this will change over time.
  • Locked Door: A unique variant- several power slugs and vein nodes are covered with a boulder. You’ll need to research the Nobelisk, scan five of them in the M.A.M.S, and then build a detonator to get to them.
  • Mascot Mook: The adorable Lizard Doggo became an instant hit with fans the moment it appeared for barely a second in an early trailer, and has more or less become the game's official mascot since then.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Massage's critters combine traits of numerous terrestrial animals in them, most notably the aptly-named Lizard Doggo (a Spaniel-sized dog with scaly reddish plating) and the Curious Creature with its avian head on what looks like the body of a whale, walking around on four extremely thin and pointy legs that look vaguely insectoid or crustacean.
  • Money Sink: Update 3 introduces a money sink of sorts called the AWESOME Sinknote  to let you get rid of excess materials in exchange for tickets that can be redeemed for items ranging from trinkets of little to no use to items crucial for keeping the factory tidy. Sadly, you still cannot get rid of nuclear waste that way.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Update 3 announcement trailer somehow manages to make pipes feel like the most awesome thing in the history of mankind, partly by making them seem like a divine gift from heaven, followed by examples of all the cool stuff you can build with them.
  • No "Arc" in "Archery": Averted. The Rebar Gun (basically an improvised crossbow) shoots spiked rebar in a very pronounced ballistic arc. It's ill-advised to use it against anything that isn't standing still or charging straight at the shooter.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • You can potentially build your factory as death traps, with conveyor belts snaking all over the place, stairs that do not have handrails, random holes on the floor, and not have any walls, that players can easily just fall out.
    • Crossing over into Too Dumb to Live, Nobelisk consists of a large explosive mining charge carried in the right hand and its detonator carried in the left. So what does the Pioneer do with both their hands full after throwing a charge? They whack the detonator with another hunk of high-ex material.
  • Not the Intended Use:
    • The Jihaddi Tractor tactic (which takes a page out of the Battlefield 1942 trolling playbook) weaponizes the Tractor in a very creative and explosive way, when on its own the Tractor is harmless (and in fact, not meant to be used in that way at all).
    • Turbomotors and supercomputers are late-game products required in a number of highly complex recipes, but most players end up using them primarily to feed them into their AWESOME Sinks for tickets due to these items' very high point value.
    • It was discovered that Hyper Tubes not only increase the player's velocity when they enter the tube, they also preserve the player's existing velocity. This led to the invention of the aptly-named Hyper Tube Cannon, a device that uses short segments of tube chained together (so exiting the first tube immediately fires you into the second, and so on) to launch the player at whatever speed and angle is desirednote . Just be prepared for a bit of Save Scumming if your first launch goes wrong (which it almost certainly will), and remember to bring a jetpack or build a landing pad at the other end if you intend to survive the trip.
  • Pet the Dog: How one befriends Lizard Doggos: Drop a paleberry in front of the doggo and back off. Then wait for the doggo to come forward to eat the berry. Then you may approach slowly note  and pet the doggo to claim it as your pet. As a pet, the doggo will occasionally bring you gifts- sometimes very rare items like purple slugs.
  • Ramming Always Works: The "fluffy-tailed hog" attacks players by ramming them. Be careful near cliffs.
    • Sadly, does not work to your advantage, because ramming does zero damage to creatures. Even if you've got them stuck under your vehicle's wheels for the last mile or so, they'll get up as if nothing happened. It sure helps stun-lock them, though. Ramming with a tractor rigged with nobelisks, on the other hand...
  • Random Number God:
    • The three rewards you get for scanning a salvaged hard drive are determined at random the moment you insert the hard drive and hit the scan button. This makes Save Scumming extremely tempting since if you get three rewards you don’t like, you can always reload the save from before you insert the hard drive to try to change the three rewards.
    • A tamed Lizard Doggo will randomly 'generate' items in its inventory slot. A lot of the time they pick up things like ore and food, but if you're lucky they can find a power slug... and if you're unlucky, they'll happily find you some nuclear waste.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Nuclear power plants generate nuclear waste – which, like the raw materials and fuel itself, is very deadly to be around. There is no official way to get rid of it, the only option is long-term storage.
    • Update 3 and pipes brought a little bit more reality, as coal generators and nuclear power plants now require constant supplies of water to work, oil refineries produce waste byproducts, and pipes themselves require pumps in order to transport liquid uphill.
  • Refining Resources: The main point of the game is building machines to do this for you.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Lizard Doggo (yes, that's actually what it's called). It's the only tameable lifeform on the planet, and it basically is a reptilian dog with big floppy ears.
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: Hand-crafting materials is far faster than automating the process—but of course you can only craft one type of item at a time, and you've got other things to do. Also, your build tool can construct everything from a storage container to the Space Elevator's base station in just a few seconds.
  • Save Scumming: A very viable strategy in the game, mainly to beat the Random Number God issue mentioned above, but also so that if you engage in any risky activity (like going up against a pack of firespitters) and fail, you can get back everything quicker.
  • Scenery Porn: Every biome of the planet you're on is gorgeous.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • The official wiki describes the Lake Forest biome as "a forest with a big lake in the middle".
    • The tooltip for water reads "It's water."
  • Shock and Awe: Both available melee weapons are electricity-based. Sadly, they don't stun targets they hit.
  • Space Elevator: An integral part of the game's Excuse Plot. All milestones past Tier 2 are tied to you sending more and more complex industrial products into orbit in service to Ficsit, which in turn unlocks more blueprints for you to construct even more advanced stuff.
  • Sprint Shoes: One of the pieces of personal equipment you can unlock and build is the Blade Runner (clearly named after Blade Runner), which increases movement speed, jump height, and reduces fall damage.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Why the Nobelisk exists. Technically it's used to clear out rocks in the game, but can stack, it does damage enemies with Splash Damage, and is a Sticky Bomb- there's nothing stopping you from peppering a trapped enemy with them and then setting them off, or covering a tractor from top to bottom with them and then sending it headfirst into an enemy, and setting them off on contact.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: It's unclear if fluffy-tailed hogs are actually predators, but they're both relentlessly aggressive and impossible to escape from on foot once they have you in their sights. Sprinting away from a hog only makes it easier for it to punch your spine out through your chest. The real predators like spitters are even worse thanks to their ranged attacks. Animals will eventually break off pursuit, but the distance you need to put between you and them is so long that only an off-road vehicle gives you a chance of making it out alive.
  • Super Spit: Spitters attack by spitting fireballs at you from afar. Alpha Spitters launch an entire barrage of explosive fireballs with every attack.
  • Technology Porn: The whole point of the game is to turn the game world into this, with vast arrays of lovingly animated machines going about their business, supplied through an intricate network of conveyor belts, pipelines and autonomous vehicles. Most animations are reduced past a certain distance to keep the frame rate from dying, but the rendering distance is long enough to provide some spectacular views of automated factories, assuming you're good enough to get them set up first. The patch 4 teaser is entirely this, consisting of close-ups of the new Blender building and its many mechanical arms in intricate operation.
  • Tech Tree: Tiers contain milestones, and each milestone unlocks new things to build. Higher tiers are unlocked by sending materials up the Space Elevator to complete phases of Project Assembly.
    • Update 3 converted the existing research process (involving performing research at the research station and then unlocking it at the HUB) into a new series of tech trees in and of itself.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: The Curious Creature concentrates about 90% of its body mass in its upper half, with the lower half consisting of four spindly legs that shouldn't be able to support its weight; even less so on Massage, a world with slightly stronger gravity than Earth.
  • Tube Travel: The aptly-named Hyper Tubes, which are a late-game invention that allows the player to zoom around through a plastic tube at high speed without fear of angering the wildlife, making it useful for very large or spread-out facilities.
  • Utility Belt: Averted; a common request from players in the game's early life was a way to quick-swap handheld equipment instead of having to open the inventory screen. Instead, the hotbar at the bottom of the HUD is used for selecting buildings/machines to construct with the build tool.
    • Played Straight as of the 'end of April' update. The game now allows up to 5 hand slots when fully upgraded and swapped using the mouse wheel.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Even harmless creatures will react to being damaged by the player, and can be killed. You Monster!.
    • Currently the advice among doggo owners is to fence their doggo(s) in a compound. The reason being the game may sometimes forget that the doggo has been tamed and will make it run away if you don’t. Fencing them in makes it easier to re-tame a doggo that has gone stray. However, to a casual bystander, it looks like you’re being cruel to your doggo. Some cross the line twice with Doggo Farms: Where you build cells just to keep the doggos you've gathered. There are even mods that automates doggo farming for you! Most people do it so they can easily corner and milk their doggos for their gifts. Others do it just because they like collecting doggos.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: Players are mostly free to ignore the plot and just explore the planet or build whatever kind of factory they want in whatever style and methodology they desire.

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