If some things in Cockwork Industries are confusing to you, the FAQ below may provide answers. We’ll keep updating the FAQ with new entries if needed.
Although the feedback we received about the game was mostly positive, there are elements of the game some players find frustrating. We’re working on an update that will provide graphic feedback on your choices to make it clear how your actions affect your relationship with a character and thus make the gameplay more enjoyable overall.
Full guide for the game is also available below.
I feel like I made the right choices and still couldn’t have sex with the girl I was after. What am I doing wrong?
To unlock sex encounters with each girl (or guy) you need to make the right plot choices and have high enough reputation score. The plot is constructed is such a way that going after and having sex with one girl makes it impossible to go after the others (Diego in gay playthough is an exception, same as new girls introduced in future DLCs).
To gain high enough reputation, you need to make correct dialogue choices with a character and, optionally, hand them gifts they like. Each character has 2 preferred gifts, 2 neutral and 2 disliked. If you play the game in Simplified Mode (v1.10 and up) the reputation feedback indicators are visible.
If you’re having trouble unlocking desired content, you can refer to the Game Guide for help.
Mini games during sex scenes are annoying, I have to focus on passing the game rather than watching the scene.
If you find those annoying, you can play the game in Simplified Mode (v1.10 and up) where sex scenes can be watched without interacting. Even in Adventure Mode playing the mini games is optional. By playing you unlock a different image in the sex summary screen (provided your score was above POOR) and a Magic Fingers reward if you achieve a FLAWLESS score. You can choose to only watch the scene and it will automatically move to the next one after 30 cycles.
I don’t know what to do in the foreplay mini games. I click on a body part but nothing happens.
This is explained in the tutorial text before the mini game. You need to press and hold the left mouse button until the circle around the portrait starts to fill. Remember you need to figure out the correct order and alternate between different body parts to finish the sequence.
Why doesn’t the game let me save more often than once per chapter?
Since version 1.10 saving the game is no longer limited to once per chapter.
How do I access my items and how do I know where the exits are in a location?
Both of those are explained in the initial tutorial. To access your inventory, you need to click right mouse button. To highlight interactive objects in a location (including exits) hold down the space bar on your keyboard.
I bought the game at Nutaku/Renderotica/DLSite and when I click on “Personnel Files” or “Secret Archives” in main menu I get the following message: “Access denied! Feature not supported in versions of game marked X.XR”. Why is that?
These sections contain external links and had to be removed in Nutaku/Renderotica/DLSite versions of the game in order to comply with their respective vendor agreements. If you bought the game from either of those stores please contact our support and we’ll directly provide you with content that is not available in-game. We plan to get rid of external links in our future releases, so that our Nutaku/Renderotica/DLSite releases are not restricted in any way.
Why do I need to go online to access Personnel Files and Secret Archives rewards after finishing the game?
We are currently unable to have permanently unlockable in-game rewards so that’s our way around that.
What are the QR codes in Personnel Files and Secret Archives for?
They are an alternative way to open the reward links. Scanning them does exactly the same thing as clicking them, so if you already clicked the links there’s no point scanning the QR’s.
The game does not start, I get the “Init failed, could not load game” error.
It’s most likely because the file path to game files is too long (meaning the game is inside too many folders) or that the file path contains special characters, such as “!” “(” or “-“. Move the game folder as close to the root of your drive as possible (like “C:\Cockwork Industries\Cockwork Industries.exe”) and remove any special characters from folder names.
Will there be versions for other platforms?
We plan to release a MAC version sometime in the future. We have no plans of releasing a Linux version due to the marginal market share of the OS and too many different Linux distributions existing. Since Cockwork Industries is an adult game, there are no plans for iOS or Android releases as neither platform allows such content.