The best introduction to Profiteer is to play the tutorial. That will interactively introduce you to every aspect of the game. These instructions are provided as an alternative or as a reference guide.
What do I do?
Your aim is to earn as much Ching as possible and to do so quicker than any of the other players. The more Ching you have, the more things you can buy including goods to trade, fuel for your space truck, upgrades and more trucks.
How do I earn Ching?
You need to go to the market and buy goods that are being sold at cheap prices. You transport these goods to other planets where they’re more expensive and sell them there.
How do I know where I'll make a profit?
In the market there’s a button at the right of the screen labelled “supply”. Tap the button or touch and drag it across the screen. This shows you how good the supply rate is for each type of item on each planet. If the supply rate is high, the price will be low; if the supply rate is low, the price will be high.
Why are some of the supply columns red?
The columns are arranged in order of distance from your current planet. The leftmost column is where you’re docked. The rightmost column is the furthest distance away. Unless your truck is massively upgraded, you’re unlikely to have enough fuel to travel to the farthest planets. Planets you cannot reach are displayed in red columns.
How do I travel to another planet?
Go to the navigation screen. From there you can tap on a planet to select it. Tap on a selected planet and you’ll travel through hyperspace to your destination.
So how do I sell my goods?
There are two ways to do this. Rookies tend to go to the market and sell their goods in there. Seasoned Profiteers usually sell all of their goods as soon as they reach a new dock by touching and holding the market button!
What's the bank for?
This serves two purposes. You can borrow or repay your loan and you can deposit or withdraw from the bank here. If you have a loan it will have interest charged every turn – the money you owe will get bigger! If you have money in the bank it will earn interest every turn – the money you have will increase! Ching in the bank is considered to be safely stored. Ching that you take with you when travelling between planets could be at risk from pirates!
Why is the bank button flashing red?
This is because your loan has got bigger and has exceeded the loan limit. You need to pay some Ching back or you won’t be able to continue.
It takes too long to use the bank every turn
Some Profiteers like to have precise control over their finances and enjoy balancing out their loans and deposits. More seasoned Profiteers tend to use a faster method. Touching and holding the bank button will ensure you have all your available cash in your hand. It will bring your loan to its limit and withdraw all Ching from your bank. Touching and holding it again will repay as much Ching into your loan as possible and will deposit any remaining Ching into your bank.
I don't have enough fuel to travel anywhere
In that case you’d better buy some more! You can go into the garage and purchase as many glugs of guel as you’d like from there. Again, seasoned Profiteers tend to want to do this more quickly. They touch and hold the garage button to purchase a full tank of fuel in one go!
I wish I could carry more cargo
Maybe you should consider purchasing a truck upgrade? Cargo space is just one of the upgrades that can be purchased from the garage. Upgrades can also be sold back to a garage later, but never for the full price you purchased them at.
Other trucks keep beating me to my destinations
There are a few solutions to this one. Look at the navigation screen and you’ll be able to see how many trucks are on each planet. If trucks arrived before you, you’ll also be able to see where they’re flying towards next. This can help with your planet selection. Alternatively, maybe you’re choosing planets that are too far away and hence others are getting there first because they’re not travelling as far. Finally, you might want to consider upgrading your engine at the garage. It’s possible that other players have already done this to their trucks!
Why can't I select my miscellaneous upgrades?
Garages never know which miscellaneous upgrades they have in stock at any given time. It’s entirely pot luck! Also, it adds excitement to the purchasing of miscellaneous upgrades!
I've bought another truck so why can't I select it?
This is something that’s easiest to explain by way of an example.
- You’re docked at Flurbsprime in your Standard Junkbuster and purchase a second truck (a Zippy Weaselfish).
- You set off to Adaptopare in your Standard Junkbuster.
- Your next turn (possibly after some of the AI players) will be piloting your Zippy Weaselfish which will start with no cargo or upgrades at the planet where it was purchased (Flurbsprime).
- You buy cargo for your Zippy Weaselfish and set off to Halkranis.
- In the next game turn you will start with whichever truck arrives at its destination first – the Zippy Weaselfish is the faster ship so may well arrive first even if travelling slightly further than the Standard Junkbuster.
And so it proceeds. You can earn a lot more Ching each game turn by controlling multiple trucks but it also takes more management. If you send all of your trucks to the same destination, for example, you might find that there’s nothing left in the market for the trucks that arrive there last.
How do I delete an unwanted save game slot?
Touch and hold the save game slot until a delete option appears.