Getting Started

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This page gives you a rough idea to help you get along with Hedgewars as a complete beginner. It doesn't explain everything, only the basics. Advanced information can be found throughout this wiki.

Learning the basics

In the main menu, head to the singleplayer menu and choose campaign mode.

In the campaign menu, start with “A Classic Fairytale”, mission 1. This mission is like a mini-tutorial and shows you the very first steps in Hedgewars. The other missions offer a somewhat loose learning curve, but they are not part of the tutorial.

In the training missions menu, you'll find more practice missions, but it's very chaotic at the moment, and many tutorials are still missing. Start with the basic training missions (the other missions are challenges).

Multiplayer games

See also: Network Game Guide


Before you do anything, learn the controls, it's very important.

To actually play against other players, you can either play online or offline in hot-seat mode.

First, make sure you have enough teams ready. If not, you can add teams in the settings menu.

In the multiplayer page, you can select a map, add teams and change the game rules.

Click on a team to add it to the game, click on it again to remove it. Change the color of teams to put multiple teams into clan. You can for example create a 2vs2 game with this feature.

Beginners should play with the Normal style and leave both schemes at Default.

If you you have become more experienced with Hedgewars, feel free try other schemes and styles.

Basic gameplay

This section is a summary of: Rules of the game

The goal in a normal game of Hedgewars is to lead your team of hedgehogs to victory by destroying all enemy teams.

The game is turn-based. You are able to move through the landscape and fire one weapon per turn. Note that there are various weapons and tools which don't end your turn.

After you fired your weapon, you have a short retreat time (not for all weapons) and then your turn ends.
Then the next player continues, and so on. This goes on until only one clan (teams of same color) remains, winning the game.

If, for some reason, all hedgehogs die in one turn, the round ends in a draw.

The gameplay rules can be further altered by schemes and styles. The most important thing you need to know is that all important rules are displayed in the mission panel at the beginning of a game.

For the full rules, read: Rules of the game

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