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.
Full guide for the game is also available below.
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. Versions 2.00 and newer feature a reworked achievement system that doesn’t rely on external links (and hence no “version X.XR” issue) and Nutaku/Renderotica/DLSite versions are no longer restricted in any way.
How to save the game?
Use the save point located in the Lobby (the computer screen on the reception desk). You can hold [Space Bar] to show you exactly where it is.
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 progress to next chapter?
Once the chapter ending conditions are met you can click the bed in the Guest Room (the location where you start the game) to progress to next 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.
Is the game available in other languages than English?
No. English is the only language version.
Will there be versions for other platforms?
We intended to release the MacOS version, but unfortunately there are currently engine-related issues with porting to Mac and we had to abandon the idea. 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.
Will there be a white main character added in the future?
No. Adding a different character in this case is not as easy as re-skinning the model in a 3D game. All animations, endings, portraits and everything else that includes the main character would have to be redone and re-rendered taking up a significant amount of development time we think is better spent on making new games with new characters. We will have main characters of various ethnicities and sexes in our future games so eventually everyone should be able to find someone they can identify with the most.
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 girls introduced in 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 preferred gifts, neutral and 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.
To progress within foreplay sequences you need to click-and-hold on the adequate body part until the wheel around the character’s portrait fills up, in turn progressing the excitement meter. Depending on how full the excitement meter is, the characters will respond differently to having been touched on various body part. Once the excitement meter fills up completely, the sequence will end and proceed to sex scenes. Remember you should never touch the same body part twice in a row, therefore you should alternate between body parts that give positive reaction.
For help on how to best approach foreplay sequences for each character, check out the Game Guide
I’m getting getting POOR final results despite clicking perfectly on time during sex scenes.
The final score depends on your combined performance in the foreplay mini game as well as click-timing mini games during sex scenes. If you’re getting bad results despite clicking perfectly on time, you must have made some mistakes during the foreplay part.
Why do I need to go online to access Personnel Files and Secret Archives rewards after finishing the game?
Since version 2.00 this is no longer the case and rewards can be viewed from the game’s main menu.
What are the QR codes in Personnel Files and Secret Archives for?
Since version 2.00 the QR codes had been removed. In earlier versions 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.
Does the game have 4K support?
Although the game doesn’t have native 4K, on 4K monitors it gets upscaled from 1080p and is perfectly playable.
Is there 21:9 monitor support
The game doesn’t have 21:9 monitor support.
I’m experiencing poor performance
If your PC meets minimal hardware requirements and you experience poor performance, try the following:
1. If your PC has integrated GPU that uses shared system RAM, close all other applications to free as much memory as possible.
2. Try disabling particle effects by pressing [P] during gameplay.
3. Be sure to have the latest drivers installed for your PC.
I’m encountering black screens
In an event where the screen goes black at any point in the game, but audio can still be heard (this can occasionally happen on some systems), you can press [F5] and the screen should go back to normal. Sometimes this issue can manifest differently – screen doesn’t go black, but some UI elements are clearly missing and the game is stuck.
Reloading the scene with [F5] is a “brute-force” solution and should only be used in the situation described above. Don’t press [F5] in any other moment as it may break the game!
If despite pressing F5, the screen is still black, you need to quit the game using alt+F4 and load your save.
If your PC meets minimal hardware requirements and you experience sluggish performance, try the following:
– if your PC has integrated GPU that uses shared system RAM, close all other applications to free as much memory as possible
– try disabling particle effects by pressing [P] during gameplay
– be sure to have the latest drivers installed for your PC
Even though I finished the game, none of the Personnel Files/Secret Archives entries are unlocked (only v2.00 and newer).
This happens when your Windows user name contains special/non-latin characters which makes the game unable to find the correct path to write the achievement file to. Currently the only workaround is to create a new local user in Windows with latin-only characters in its name and playing the game while being logged in as that user.
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.
I can’t scroll to the left or right side of the of a location
This can rarely happen if you end a dialogue before the dialogue screen lock gets disengaged. Usually it’s when you click through the dialogue too fast and the game can’t catch up with processing all necessary actions. It’s a very system-specific and rare situation.
There’s two things you can try:
1. To avoid screen locks – try clicking slower to skip the dialogue (give like 1 second for each dialogue line).
2. If your screen is already locked – try clicking any other object on the scene to start a new dialogue window. After you finish that dialogue the lock should disengage.
I’m unable to finish the finale Quick Time Event due to input lag
On low-spec systems the poor frame rate (even after disabling particle effects) may cause significant input lag that can make finishing the finale QTE very difficult or impossible. If that is the case, simply keep failing and after 5 failed QTE attempts the game will continue on and on your next playthrough you’ll be able to skip the QTE completely.
Why does the game look like running at a low frame rate during animations? The FPS counter shows the game is running at 60fps.
That’s because the game indeed runs at 60fps, but the dialogue animations (as well as other animations in the game) are frame-based (meaning they are a series of a specific number of still images displayed one after another, not a video or a 3d object) and the number of frames had to be quite low to account for lower-end PCs. Otherwise the game would be very memory demanding and minimum system requirements would be drastically increased.
Unfortunately that’s one of the limitations in a pre-rendered 2d game where you can’t adjust quality and performance settings on-the-fly as you would in a 3d game where the graphics are rendered in real time. Please also consider that other 2d games like visual novels usually have still images during dialogue instead of animations. We decided to have animations, though with slightly limited frame rate.
In future games we’ll be using video files instead of image frames and all animations will be much smoother. This wasn’t possible for Cockwork Industries because the version of the engine we were using didn’t allow us to reliably use such solution.
The game is buggy after I start a new game (only versions 1.00-1.01)
If you play the game without saving at any point, then go back to main menu and start a new game, issues may appear that prevent you from continuing the game. This can be easily fixed by deleting “bookmark01” file located in C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Digital Seductions\Cockwork Industries\Savegames and restarting the application. This issue is fixed in versions 1.02 and newer.
The save files are corrupted
If you turned off your PC while the game was being saved, the save file may get corrupted making it impossible to continue your game. In that case, you should try manually removing save files (please note: that’s a last resort solution as it effectively erases your progress).
In order to do this, locate the folder called Savegames (it can be found in C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Digital Seductions\Cockwork Industries) and delete it.
Note: “AppData” is a system folder, which is hidden in Windows by default. You need to make system folders visible in Windows File Explorer’s folder options before proceeding.