Never played before, or need a reminder?
The Haunted Seas assumes that you are already familiar with how to play Abandon Ship, so any tutorials are very light, and explain how to use the new Souls currency.
If you have never played before, need a refresher, or haven’t played any of the latest updates, the main story includes a complete tutorial – although it’s easy enough to work out.
Here are a few basic controls / reminders that may come in useful:
– In exploration mode, the world icon in the top-left corner pulls out your view to see the entire map.
– When exploring a map, click and hold the mouse cursor and your ship will navigate to that point. A single click will also send the ship to that location.
– In combat, left-click selects crew, and right-click confirms the action. Everything is context sensitive, and most things require the crew to man the correct object – i.e. you cannot perform maneuvers unless someone is manning the wheel etc. The same left-click select, right-click confirm principle works for weapon aiming and firing, too.
– Autofire can be toggled by right-clicking the weapon button.
– Press the space bar to pause the game. You can issue commands that will be carried out when you unpause the game, handy for if the battle is getting a bit hectic!
Haunted Seas Gameplay Tips
– Ghost ships are crewed by the undead – these soulless automatons are individually weak, but can be resurrected en-masse by their leader, the Lich Captain.
– Ghost ships have at least one Ghost Mortar that fires a blood splat onto the deck of your vessel – from this rise a handful of zombies. These are easily dispatched, but if not managed appropriately can swarm you.
– Once in the Haunted Seas, you may use the new Soul currency to repair your ship and heal badly hurt crew. You may even resurrect dead crew! Visit the Ship and Crew Management screens in the Journal to do this. You may visit these screens at any point in exploration mode.
– Souls can be gained from winning battles and the floating coffins that litter the map.
– In the main game, ship destruction would mean being stranded, or afloat in the lifeboat. In Death’s Realm, there is no such luxury. Permadeath rules here, however a manual save is performed at the start of every new map, should you need it.