Dinkum is a new survival town-building game that is sweeping the gaming world by storm. It combines elements from other well-known games like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing: New Horizons to create a perfect marriage of exploration and environmental exploration in the Australian outback.
New players will fill the shoes of an adventurous explorer who is ready to leave their city home, and assist Fletch in transforming an unspoiled wilderness into a perfect hometown. From the start, players will find no shortage of things to do, but there are a few things they can do to make life easier for themselves.
10 Dont Be Afraid To Explore
Dinkum's world is vast, and the amount of things players may discover on the island is even greater. While it can be somewhat nerve-wracking to wander far from one's settlement, especially early on when supplies and tools are scarce, players shouldn't be afraid to wander throughout the island.
The more the player investigates, the more they'll be rewarded, especially early on. As long as the player remains alert (and even if they don't), the reward far outweighs the risk.
9 Pay Attention To The Wildlife
Every creature in Dinkum has something to offer, and the ways they will interact with other animals around them, including carnivores in particular. This skill will be crucial to early-game gamers who are lacking in weapons.
Following a pack of diggos is bound to lead a player to some left meat from their jackaroo hunts, which they can take without ever having to enter combat.
8 Collect As Many Materials As Possible
The most reliable methods to progress early on in Dinkum are through earning Dinks, which can be used to pay off debts and buy tools, and Permit Points, which can be used to pay for deeds and licenses early on.
Players may earn Dinks by selling items they collect to John, as well as progressing their milestone goals, thereby earning a lot of Permit Points.
7 Stamina Refills Over Time
As they explore, players must keep an eye on their stamina bar. This is critical for most sports activities, including mining, combat, swimming, and catching things. Eating food is a quick and easy way to regain energy.
Players should always be patient, as they can only eat three foods at a time before they have to wait until theyre hungry again. Fortunately, players can regain energy simply by taking a break and waiting for the bar to refill.
6 Talk To Residents Every Day
Residents offer more to the player than what they are assigned to do. Every day, players can chat to learn more about the characters' lives and what led them to the island, as well as offer to assist them with whatever they need.
Every resident will usually have a requirement that the player may fulfill by the end of the day, after which theyll be awarded Dinks, items, or blueprints. For players who are just starting their town, the ideas and resources they exchange with residents go a long way toward establishing their new home as well as strengthening relationships with their neighbors.
5 Be Prepared: Carry A Weapon
The world of Dinkum is a wild place. Whether players are mining, traversing the landscape, or swimming through the rivers of their island, theyre bound to encounter danger on their adventures. As a result, acquiring a hunting license early on goes a long way to keeping players safe.
Beyond that, though, are the rewards that each creature can offer when challenged in combat. The more dangerous the animal, the better the rewards, compared to less deadly animals like diggos and jackaroos, and players may earn the rewards of better food and crafting materials.
4 Keep A Stash Of Supplies
Selling as many resources as possible early on is not only straightforward, but it also gives the player immediate rewards in the form of Dinks. However, once the player has the means to create crates, they should begin saving resources as well, even (and especially) when their usage isn't immediately apparent.
Woods, ores, and even the strange metal scraps players discover from oil drums can prove to be crucial later in crafting recipes and objectives. When in doubt, holding onto even a few clues can pay off later, whether it's for construction or crafting.
3 Catch Every Bug And Fish In Sight
Dinkum's most reliable and consistent moneymakers are going to be bug catching and fishing. In addition to being an inexpensive way to get Permit Points when players catch bugs and fish, they also sell exceptionally high at the general store.
Moreover, the different fish and bugs that spawn in different areas will be helpful when the time comes to catch specific bugs and fish for the museum later, which rewards players with Permit Points for every new donation.
2 Be Careful At Night
Dinkum's sun sets early and quickly, and players will have to plan their days around it. For the most part, the night is harmless. Players can navigate the dark or carry a torch, spot and catch night-specific insects, and talk to their neighbors as they finish the day.
If players are far away from their town, keep an eye on certain nocturnal creatures, as they are more deadly than others. Players should be prepared to run if they encounter any bush devils while out exploring.
1 Level Up Skills Early
Getting resources early on is a good idea anyway, given that there are so many things to craft and build in the town. However, logging and mining in particular are important skills to level up early on, as attaining level 10 will unlock a newer license that allows players to create new and improved tools.
These new abilities will last longer and save players time and money early on, but they will also allow players to acquire skills that beginners cannot, such as licenses and crafting recipes.
Dinkum is now available on PC.