Construction Simulator: A Beginner’s Guide & Top Tips You Should Know
Those new to Construction Simulator may be a little put off or uncomfortable with the field of depth required to fully navigate the game. Any simulator can be a little overwhelming at first, so we’ve compiled a handy and easy to follow beginner’s guide.
Construction Simulator provides players with an immersive construction experience from the ground-up, whereby they can build and develop their own company and organize the entirety of jobs on construction sites – across projects large and small.
Those completely new to any sort of ‘simulator’ style game might be a little put off by just how much information is thrown at them upon starting, so we’ve formulated a little guide on all the major points critical to the game. Read on for a beginner’s guide and top tips you should know when starting up in the latest Construction Simulator.
Top Tips and Beginner’s Guide to Construction Simulator
Skipping the Tutorial
Want to jump right into things without having to steadily work through or meander around the tutorial?
While in the tutorial, open up your job menu. Select the “cancel contract” option, which will automatically clear every tutorial mission except for the very last one. If you want to complete the last mission as quickly as possible, head over to the “Finance” tab of the Company menu and opt for a loan of ~250,000.
Use this loan to purchase a vehicle that is under 100,000 and use the remainder to purchase the second company premise from the company upgrades sub-menu. Once you’ve done all of this – simply “accept” the ‘Expansion’ contract, which is the last contract in the tutorial.
Speak to Harpe as marked on the map and you’ll then be able to access Construction Simulator’s co-op.
Getting New Jobs
To look for new jobs and contracts, simply head over to the Main Menu -> then Jobs. Here you can either check for a contract related to the main campaign of the game, or take on smaller jobs for a profit. Once you’ve expanded your company more, you can begin taking on up to three jobs at one time.
Re-Fueling or Repairing Machines
This can be done at any ‘gas station’ location across the in-game environment. You have the option to unlock and purchase your own repair station for your company’s premises as well, which will allow you to do this without the necessity of traveling.
If you notice a machine in poor condition, or dirty, you’ll want to ensure you repair it immediately as this can impact performance levels and functionality of the machine on the job site.
Vehicle or Machine Is Not Working Correctly
If you find your machine or vehicle to not be properly functioning or working during a task, you should ‘reset’ the vehicle from the context menu. Alternatively, you can ‘store’ and then ‘retrieve’ it from your vehicle hall. This can be done from either the vehicle quick selection menu or the fleet menu.
Opening the World Map
This can be easily done by pressing [M] as a PC user on a keyboard, trackpad (PS4/5), and [menu] key on Xbox.
Opening the Context Menu
This can be opened by hitting [F] on the keyboard for PC users, [X] for Xbox users, and the [SQUARE] button on PS4/PS5. This menu contains the ability to change photo mode, reset vehicles, alternating between 1st and 3rd person in-game character perspective, and changing vehicle modes.
How to Access the Manual
The in-game user manual can provide a lot of useful information for new players or those who simply get stuck in a task without knowing how to proceed.
To access the manual, hit  on the keyboard for PC users, and control pad [DOWN] on XBOX/PS4/PS5. You can also display help on screen menus or HUD by using the same keys. This manual can also be found under -> Menu -> Profile -> Manual.
Getting a Tower Crane on the Job Site
Whenever a task or job calls for a tower crane, you’ll be able to locate a designated tower crane area on the job site. Interact with this location to bring up menu options for selecting a crane. If none are available to you, you can go to ‘Vehicle Dealer’ to rent or purchase one. Once you’ve selected a proper crane, it will automatically be set up on location at the job site.
Changing Job Settings, and Getting New Tasks
For the majority of most tasks within a designated job, you will notice a blue marker on the screen. This indicates the distance to the required location.
If you want to skip certain tasks, you will need to access the detailed view of a job. Go to Menu -> Jobs -> Active Jobs. In the right hand corner, you’ll see options to either skip a certain task, restart a section, or just flat out cancel an entire job. Not all sections/tasks can be skipped. To restart or skip, select the task from the list.
In terms of ‘changing job settings,’ you can more accurately find the job scope and definition of the job in the job detail menu from the left hand corner of the screen. This can control aspects like how much land is required to be dug up. In the ‘High’ setting, there will be more specific tasks for each corresponding job that require more precise deliverables.
Key locations on the map only become marked after you’ve already traveled to them, or come across them. In the vast majority of cases, you’ll be led to all the locations you need to go to by nature of the construction or delivery job. Once you’ve accepted a job or mission, you’ll have the option to set a Navigation Marker towards the next destination as a part of that job.
Obtaining Raw Materials
Most of the building and construction materials you’ll need to complete jobs and tasks will be purchased from the building materials dealer. If you need to check where to purchase a specific material, you can consult the ‘materials list’ in the job details by looking at the ‘place of origin.’