As children, just about all of us has pretended to be a dinosaur at one point or another. The majestic creatures live in many people’s heads as a fascination that often grows into a profession like a paleontologist or other scientist. For the rest of us, dinosaurs are just cool. That was probably the feeling at Afterthought LLC when they made The Isle.
The Isle is an open-world survival game that allows you to take control of many different dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and do your best to keep them alive on a vicious island full of other player-controlled dinosaurs. If any of that sounds appealing to you, you might be interested in trying out The Isle to see what the awesome game is all about. If this is your path, then I have a few pieces of advice on this list of The Isle – Ultimate Tips for New Players in 2022. If you’re ready to start stomping and dino-fighting, let’s get started!
The Isle is first and foremost a survival game. That means that you will need to keep track of various aspects of your health including your hunger and thirst. Keeping these things in check is the fastest way to have your dinosaur grow big and strong, and there is a way to find the resources you need quickly and easily.
The INSERT button on your keyboard will bring up all of your charts and stats. This is the best way to keep an eye on your hunger and thirst levels while you are out exploring. If you find yourself running low on either resource and need to find something in a hurry, you can press the Q button to sniff the air. Sniffing will outline your required resources in the environment so you can even see them through the ground and foliage. A blue outline will be a water source for you to drink, a green outline will be a bush for herbivores, and a red outline will be a carcass, called “gore” in the game, for carnivores to eat. When you find these resources, all you have to do is press and hold the E button to consume what you need.
Stay Safe When the Sun Goes Down
When the sun goes down on The Isle, the island essentially becomes pitch black. Depending on the type of dinosaur you are playing as you will have varying degrees of night vision. When it gets too dark to see, you can press the N button to activate your night vision. The effect of the night vision is tied to your camera, so you can view a little farther out if you use the zoom function.
It’s important to stay aware of your surroundings even at night because aggressive players will hunt you down regardless of the time of day.
Prepare for Combat
When you do stumble into an aggressive encounter, you’ll need to be prepared to fight. Depending on the dinosaur you chose to play, you might be better suited to offense or defense. In general, carnivores are going to be more battle-ready than herbivores, but there are a few exceptions. If you’re a small herbivore and you end up in front of a large carnivore, you’re probably going to want to run away. But, if the match-up is more even, you can engage in combat.
To fight, all you have to do is press the left mouse button to attack your target. Most dinosaur’s attack will be some kind of bite, so you’ll need to line up your mouth with the target. Maneuvers will differ for dinosaurs who attack with their tails or something else.
Rest to Heal Yourself
Even if you manage to come out on top after a bloody fight, odds are you will have taken quite a bit of damage. Before you leave the scene and risk taking on another fight while you are in a weakened state, you should take some time to heal the damage you took.
This is fairly simple to do. All you need to do is press the H button to sit, and your dinosaur will slowly regain its health. After a minute or two, it will be fully healed and ready for the next fight.
Know Your Calls
Every dinosaur in The Isle has a set of calls that have different functions. There are four calls, all tied to the 1 through 4 buttons on your keyboard. 1 is a general call that will reveal your location to other players, 2 is a friendly call to show others you won’t attack, 3 is an aggressive call for when you’re provoking other players, and 4 is the surrender call. Using these calls in-game is really the only way to convey your intentions to other players, so it is a good idea to practice using them.