Farms generate food—those are the green dots you see below. All food is bright green. That's how you know it's fresh.
CONVERT FOOD TO WORK
Build apartments. People will take in food and generate work. And they'll poop. But you don't have to worry about the poop right now.
TRAILS TRANSPORT RESOURCES
Trails will convey resources like food and work between buildings. There's a limit to the volume of resources they can carry at any given time, so you'll need to plan your layout carefully.
Extend your reach by cutting through forest and—
YOUR APARTMENTS ARE FULL OF POOP
—build a landfill to take care of the poop. Where was I? Cut through forest to get to ancient skyscrapers, which you'll mine for metals and plastics—you're an ace recycler!
YOU HAVE DEFORESTED THE FOREST
Time to expand to other forests! But try not to tear them all down. Set up a water turbine and energy transmitters to power your search for more trees. And build some parks for points. Now you're cooking. Build a dozen high rises. More parks!
AND YOU'RE OUT OF TIME
You just rebuilt an entire civilization in 20 minutes! That's no mean feat. Heck, it's going to take folks 30 minutes to do it in the sequel.