PC Controls

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This page will help you get started knowing the controls on the PC version of Principia.

General

  • B - go back to the previous menu
  • ESC - close open stuff (not game itself)
  • <ctrl>-Q - Quit game
  • Secondary Mouse button - Open menu

Adventure

Typical mouse + WASD controls.

  • Mouse - aim weapon arm, interact with environment
  • Primary Mouse Button - Moving camera, using the current Tool (if you have any) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvQweBlazaM
  • Secondary Mouse Button - Use current weapon
  • Third Mouse Button (or clicking scroll wheel) - move camera
  • E - Boxing/unboxing, or activate nearby RC/backpack
  • W - Move robot one layer back, or climb ladder up
  • S - Move robot one layer front, or climb ladder down
  • A - walk left
  • D - walk right
  • C - recenter camera to adventure robot
  • K - Self-destruct
  • space - jump
  • 1, 2, etc - equip a weapon
  • <shift>-1, <shift>-2 - equip a tool
  • F5 - quicksave (if the current level supports it)
  • ctrl+F9 - quickload
  • ctrl+O - open save dialog

Adventure Building (using Builder tool)

  • Z - move selected object back one layer
  • X - move selected object up one layer
  • T - remove all connections to the selected object
  • R - Release currently selected object

Sandbox (Create)

  • space - quickadd object (write name or part of name and click enter)
  • Y - Open configuration dialog for selected object
  • I - Open info dialog for selected object
  • P - play/pause current level
  • U - Quick save current level
  • Z -move selected object back one layer
  • X - move selected object up one layer
  • delete - delete selected object
  • 1,2,3,4,5 - Copy properties of selected object to the slot with the pressed number
  • <shift>-1,2,3,4,5 - Paste properties of selected object to the slot
  • G - activate/deactivate grab mode (move mouse to move selected object)
  • R - activate/deactive rotation mode
  • <shift>-mouse drag - drag object and snap to grid
  • <shift>-mouse drag rotation icon - rotate object and snap to fixed angles
  • Comma (,) - duplicate selected object

Further Reading

  • Adventure - General information on how to play in Adventure mode
  • Tutorials - Detailed beginner tutorials with screenshots