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Aqua Republica NZ- Frequently asked questions

How do I win the Kaitiakitanga mission?

The goal of the game is to get a high score.

 

How do I get a high score?

You can get a high score by obtaining objectives, developing land and in the process carefully managing resources. Your score is given in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, next to the trophy icon. The following things contribute to the overall score.

  • Specific objectives are provided at the start of the second turn and will be checked off as you obtain them. When you obtain an objective, you will receive a bonus to your score.
  • Your currently available resources contribute to your score with different weightings for funds, food, electricity and ecosystem score. Having low or negative values for any of these will have a negative impact on your overall score.
  • Buildings and building policies and structures add to your score, the more expensive the greater the contribution to your score.
  • Events, that are caused by your actions in the game, can have positive or negative impacts on your overall score. If you ignore pollution then events will occur that penalise you for neglecting your managerial responsibilities. The same is true for other resources such as funds, food, electricity and water

How do I move around the catchment?

With a mouse, you can pan around Awapikopiko by left-clicking and dragging and zoom in and out with the scroll wheel (if you have one).

With a keyboard, you can use the cursor keys or the "w", "a", "s" and "d" keys to pan around and the "-" (hyphen) button to zoom out.

 

How do I make the screen bigger?

You can click on the button to the right of the "Click for fullscreen" caption below the bottom left of the game window.

In Google Chrome, you can change the zoom level of the browse by using Ctrl + "-" and Ctrl + "+".

 

I have clicked on the "Click for fullscreen" button and the game now covers the full screen, but the menus around the bottom and left side are outside the edge of my screen. How do I fit the menus onto the screen?

Press "Esc" to exit the full screen mode and then reduce the browser zoom (Ctrl + "-") and try full screen mode again.

 

What are the amounts and units used for the different resources in the game?

Click on the "i" button on the left side of the screen and then click on the top-most item in the sub menu. A window with the units used for the different resources will appear.

 

Which way is the water flowing in the rivers?

Downhill, of course! Awapikopiko is a coastal catchment where the land slopes downward from the hills at the bottom of the screen to the coast at the top of the screen. Unfortunately there can be some confusion when discussing flows in the catchment as opposed to the flows oriented to the screen: water flows from the top of the catchment (bottom of the screen) to the bottom of the catchment (top of the screen).

 

Where did all the balloons that indicate what is being built on each tile go?

The buildings may be completed.

If you zoom in closer to the map the balloons will reappear.

 

How do I buy and sell food on the market?

Click on the bottom button on the left-side menu (dollar bills symbol): the market window will open. You can switch between buying and selling by clicking on the two tabs on the right side of the window.

 

What are policies and structures?

In Aqua Republica, policies and structures are ways to modify buildings to provide additional benefits. Almost all buildings can be modified with one policy and one structure at any one time. The costs and benefits of the various options can be previewed by selecting a particular policy or structure before confirming the change in the building context menus, which you can open by clicking on a specific building.

 

What are policies and structures?

In Aqua Republica, policies and structures are ways to modify buildings to provide additional benefits. Almost all buildings can be modified with one policy and one structure at any one time. The costs and benefits of the various options can be previewed by selecting a particular policy or structure before confirming the change in the building context menus, which you can open by clicking on a specific building.

 

What do the trophy and hour glass icons in the bottom right corner of the screen represent?

The trophy is associated with your overall score, which is made up of a number of components including population size, food, funds, spare electricity generation capacity and ecosystem score. Your current score is to the right of the trophy.

The hour glass icon is associated with your current turn. There are 20 turns in both the Learn-to-play and Kaitiakitanga missions. Your current turn is indicated to the right of the hour glass.

 

I have become bankrupt. Why has this happened and what can I do to get out of bankruptcy?

You become bankrupt when your funds go to zero or below at the start of a turn. When you build, there is a capital cost, which is a one off cost to construct the building. At the same time there are also maintenance costs, which are often higher than the capital cost. These maintenance costs are deducted from your funds each turn once the building is complete.

 

What can I do to get out of bankruptcy?

If you become bankrupt there are four options:

  • Continue as you are and you will lose up to three randomly-selected buildings each turn that you are bankrupt. You will not be able to build any more buildings or invest in policies or structures. Eventually you will lose so many buildings that your maintenance costs will drop and you will have funds to speed again.
  • Sell food on the market, but make sure to sell enough that your funds will not drop below zero at the start of next turn or you will remain bankrupt.
  • Destroy buildings and recover some of the building cost. It may be best to consider destroying buildings that have a large maintenance cost first.
  • Quit the game and try again. Try to remember what you did in this game and what went wrong so that you don't repeat the same mistakes!

 

Why is there only one location for a reservoir to be built?

In Awapikopiko there is only one site that is suitable for building a reservoir. This has to do with the shape of the landscape and also how big the upstream catchment is. Although there are large subcatchments in Awapikopiko, they are not nearly large enough to justify the construction of a reservoir.

 

Where do I find the objectives for the mission?

By clicking on the award ribbon button (third from top in the left side menu) a window with a list of all your current objectives will appear.