From Outscape Wiki
After joining a game/galaxy your view will look similar to the above. This is the highest-level view, the Star Map.
- Scroll the mouse wheel up and down to zoom in and out
- Left-click (hold) and drag the mouse to move the map
- Right-click (hold) and drag the mouse to change the camera orientation (both vertically and horizontally)
Scanners & visibility
Visibility of the Star Map - and everything within - is achieved through scanners. Scanners detect objects in space. The outer range (scanner range) can only detect positions of star systems and fleets. The inner range (sensor range) can additionally detect planets and fleet intel. Scanners cannot detect: cloaked fleets, fleets inside a different star system, or fleets inside the same star system but within a planet's orbit.
Each player starts the game with a home planet equipped with a scanner already installed (additional scanners can be deployed to other planets and ships).
Scanners work using gravitonic distortion fields to "see" in real-time, unlike radar or telescopes, which have to wait for waves to complete potentially lengthy journeys.
In the above image, the faintly glowing circle represents coverage from a scanner installed on a planet.
Scanner coverage is divided in to two ranges:
- Scanner range (total range): can identify objects but not attributes e.g. a star only but no details of any orbiting planets
- Sensor range (inner range): can identify objects and certain attributes e.g. a star and the planets in orbit, fleet owner, size, and equipment
Which is why although we see the existence of all stars within scanner range, we only see details of any planets orbiting a star if the star is within sensor range.
For example, these stars from the above star map view show:
- DRACO 4: scanner range - only the star is visible
- DRACO 6: sensor range - star with 7 uncolonized planets
- DRACO 5: sensor range - star with 1 colonized and 6 uncolonized planets
Clicking a star's name will move you in to that star system.
If a star is within a scanner's sensor range, hovering over the star itself will bring up the list of orbiting planets. Clicking any of these will take you to the management screen for that planet.
After navigating from one view to another e.g. from the star map to a star system, clicking a back button or hitting the backspace key will return you to the previous view.
Another way to navigate to a star/system is manually. Scrolling the mouse wheel up will zoom the camera perspective to the area on the map underneath the cursor. Once close enough, the view will switch to the planetary system.
Outdated UI: this video will be updated to the new UI shortly.