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Planet X3 for MSDOS keyboard mapping Cheat Sheet by

Keyboard shortcuts for the MSDOS game Planet X3. https://www.the8bitguy.com/product/planet-x3-for-ms-dos-computers/

Menu

Up / Down
Move through entries
Enter
Validate / Cycle through sub-op­tions
Esc
Open menu (from battle­field screen)
The main menu alloew you to select the map and the difficulty level.
Color palette can be adjusted via the battle­field menu (press Esc to open).

Battle­field

Esc
Open menu / Cancel
Tab / - / =
Cycle through units
[ / ] / PgUp / PgDn
Cycle through buildings
Space
Attack
Arrows
Move
Enter
Activate Browse mode / Select unit
Shift + Number
Assign number to current unit
Number
Select unit assigned to number

Resources

Resource type
Sourcing
Instru­ctions
Gas
Volcanoes
Build refinery on top of volcanoes
Minerals
Rocks and crytals
Use a builder for picking and send it to a smelter.
Energy
Solar panels

Game loop

Step
Instru­ctions
1. Locate resources
You have about 10 minutes between the start of a game and the 1st enemy attack.
2. Secure base
Passive defense: walls, moved resources
 
Active defense: sentry tanks
3. Track the enemy
You can follow the enemy units to locate its base

Units

Name
Cost (M/G/E­/D/H))
Purpose
Builder
16/2/1­/0/20
Create buildings, walls, bridges, pick up/drop off, bulldoze obstacles
Tank
30/5/3­/10­-25/85
Fast explor­ation and combat
Heavy tank
40/10/­5/2­0-5­0/115
Heavy and slow, protects the base.
Frigate
30/5/5­/25/125
Water-­based assault vehicle
M/G/E/D/H: Minerals / Gas / Energy / Damage / Health
Tanks damages: Tanks do two and a half times more damage using manual targeting.
Heavy Tanks damages: Heavy Tanks do two and a half times more damage using assault mode.
 

Planet X3 CGA title screen

Planet X3 altern­ative CGA color palette

Buildings

Name
Cost (M/G/E)
Purpose
Headquarters
20/5/5
You always start with this building.
Smelter
35/10/10
Processes minerals. Build one early in the game.
Refinery
16/0/3
Processes methane gas. Build it on top of volcanoes.
Power station
25/5/0
Supplies you with energy. Build one power station and many solar panels.
Solar panels
5/0/0
Factory
50/10/10
Build units: Builders, Tanks, Heavy Tanks, Frigate
Radar station
32/10/12
Scans the map to locate things (enemies, water, heat, crystals).
Missile silo
48/10/10
Construct and launch missiles.
Missile
16/32/32
You need to know the X,Y coordi­nates of your target.
M/G/E: Minerals / Gas / Energy
Smelter: Processes rocks, crystals, dead tanks and builders.
               
 

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