Big Ambitions: FAQs and Cheat Sheet

We’ve been playing Big Ambitions since the Early Alphas and wanted to make this Guide to help new players as the game opens up into Early Access!

This list will be edited as more FAQs come in, so if you have more questions, drop them in the comments and we’ll add them in here!

These FAQs will give you basic guidelines on how things work, but not exact values. Some people want to know how to do things, but still want to figure things out on their own.

However, if you want exact values, click on the Google Doc, Cheat Sheet!


FAQs – General Questions

  • My game crashed and I forgot to save, did I lose all my progress?

    No, when you load up the game and are on the main menu, you’ll see a button ‘Load game’. Click on that and activate ‘Show recover saves’ in the top right corner. By default, this shows 3 recovery saves taken every 5 minutes of play time.

    If you have never saved any game, you might not be able to click the “load” button – there is a workaround. Start a new game, and save it randomly. This will enabled the load button, which will allow you to see the recovery saves from the previous session!

  • I can’t use WASD

    Go to Options > Controls and set your mode to “controller” instead of “Point-and-click”

  • Can I change the language of the game?

    Go to Options > Others there you will have the choice to select different languages.

  • Can I turn off the objectives / Uncle Fred tutorial?

    Yes, if you play in a “Custom Game Mode” instead of “Storymode” you will not have any tutorial or objectives.

  • How do I raise my happiness

    Play video games, watch TV, go gambling, be profitable, fulfill Persona Goals, sleep on a bench in the park, rest on your boat. Each perk only lasts for a certain length of time, so you’ll need to keep doing things to keep your happiness up.

  • Where is the Casino?

    Go to Pier 4 on Fridays between 1700 and 2200 (5pm to 10pm). You can buy a ticket for $5.000 at the ticket boot behind the Bluestone Imports building at Pier 4.

  • Can I get things delivered from the stores?

    Most of the special AI stores (Appliance Stores, Office Supply, Ika Bohag) have a person seated at a desk. If you speak to them, you can set up deliveries to any of your buildings. Once you have spoken to them the first time, their number will appear in your phone for future use.

FAQs – Retail Stores

  • Where do I recruit the Customer Service or Cleaning employees?

    You recruit them from Anderson Recruitment Corp. You will have to contact them to recruit one of the above mentioned job titles. They are located at 16 5th Avenue

  • What is Traffic Index?

    That number represents the foot-traffic to the building and cannot currently be changed, so it’s important to select a building with a higher traffic – otherwise it will be difficult to get customers.

    A building with a traffic index around 40 or more is considered very good.

  • How do I raise my Business Interior score?

    Stand inside the building, and you will see what the customers are complaining about. They will request things things like:

    • Music (you can buy the speakers from Ika Bohag)
    • Employee Uniforms (you can set this in your Employee tab)
    • Upgraded Walls and Floors (Upgrade them from the Interior Design option in the store. Currently your new walls and floors must be worth at least $5.000 to make them stop complaining).
    • Somewhere to sit (Fast-Food or Coffee Shops only – you can buy a Booth from AJ Pederson and Son or Tables and Chairs from Ika Bohag)
  • How do I raise my Customer Service score?

    Your Customer Service score is directly related to your Employee skill level. To increase that score, you must train your employees.

    Note, if you as the player are working the register, you have a customer service skill of 50% (you are not able to change this number).

  • Can I sell different products in my store, other then the primary products linked to my specific business type?

    You can sell any retail product in any retail store. This means you can sell flowers in your gift store or even clothing. The difference is, that your sales of those secondary items will not be that much as your primary products of the business type you selected for your store. BUT they can be a nice side income for your business and a great opportunity to maximize sales and profit.

  • Can I change prices I sell my goods/services for?

    Open Bizman > Inventory & Pricing you can change prices for each individual item.

  • How do I assign cleaners in my business?

    You will need to purchase a cleaning station from Square Appliance. After that put the station in your store, this will open up a specific ‘Cleaning station’ row on your Schedule. There you can drag your cleaners in and they will automatically keep your store clean.

    Note, you will not see these cleaners working, but they will keep the store clean

  • Why are my Employees resigning?

    Your employees each have demands that must be met, or they will lose satisfaction and eventually quit. They demand things like “Full Time” or “5-days a week”. Each demand has a rating of “high”, “medium” or “low” to indicate how important that demand is (and how much their satisfaction will change if you ignore or fulfill it).

  • How do I get 100% marketing?

    The amount of marketing you’ll need depends on your building’s traffic. There are two Marketing Agencies (Mccain’s EMarketing & City Ads) you’ll have to mix and match different options to hit 100% at each building.

  • What is the difference between the Cheap Coffee Machine and the Industrial Coffee Machine?

    The industrial Machine is used to sell to customers at a Coffee Shop, the Cheap Machine is used to satisfy Office Employee Demands. You can get the Cheap machine from Mr. Scott’s Office Supplies or Ika Bohag.

FAQ’s Offices, Headquarters, Warehouses

  • Where do I recruit the Logistic manager, Purchasing Agent, Lawyer and Web developer from?

    There’s a second recruitment office in the city. Called City Workforce inc., you will have to contact them to recruit one of the above mentioned job titles. They are located at 2 1st Avenue

  • Can I get cheaper prices, when buying at the importers instead of the wholesalers?

    Yes, you definitely can! It will be key to have a purchasing agent that is trained as high as possible. Because his level of skill will impact the prices he can negotiate. Meaning the higher skilled he is the lower prices he’ll be able to get.

  • How do I assign a delivery driver?

    First off you will need a warehouse. Purchase any vehicle and drive it to the vehicle slot in the warehouse, then assign the delivery driver to the driver slot of the vehicle in the warehouse’s Bizman. Keep in mind, to drive certain vehicles, your drivers need to have a high enough skill level. For instance, they need at least 50% to drive the freight truck.

  • Why didn’t my Purchasing Agent order the right stuff?

    First – make sure everything is set up properly. Hire the Purchasing Agent, seat them in your Headquarters, set up a contract with one of the importers along the pier, and place an order.

    When you place an order with your Purchasing Agent, you can either set it to be “one time” or to recur every day, 3 days, or 7 days. If you set it to “one time”, then the amount of inventory you selected will be the amount the Purchasing Agent orders. If you type in 1,000 paper bags, they will attempt to purchase 1,000 paper bags. However, if you are doing a recurring delivery, that number becomes the inventory target. That means if you type 1,000 paper bags, but currently have 600 already in the warehouse, the Purchasing Agent will only attempt to buy 400 more so you have a total of 1,000.

    Now – the purchasing Agent also has a minimum purchase cost they have to hit for each order, or else they won’t make the purchase. So if your agent wants to buy 400 paper bags, that won’t cost enough money to hit the minimum purchase amount, so they won’t place the order until that number is large enough to hit the minimum purchase amount.

    And finally – if your warehouse pallet shelves are full or you don’t have enough money to pay for the delivery, the delivery will not complete.

  • What’s the difference between the small and larger warehouse?

    Besides the obvious size difference meaning you can fit more pallet shelves. You also have 2 slots for vehicles, meaning a bigger warehouse can deliver up to 16 businesses instead of only 8 for the smaller warehouses.

Google Doc Cheat Sheet

This document contains several pages of “cheat sheets” if you want to look something up fast. Some people don’t want all the exact answers, so the “FAQs” will give more general guidelines rather than specific numbers.

But if you want specific numbers, this is your guide. It includes things like:

  • Exact marketing options to hit 100% in any size building
  • Max Prices per item, per district
  • Store Builder guidelines so you know exactly what items you’ll need to maximize each store size.
  • A full list of Real Estate, Vehicles, etc.

Click this link for the Cheat Sheet: Google Doc[]

Thanks to David Estes Creations and [OV]RPGforYOU for his excellent guide, all credits belong to his effort. if this guide helps you, please support and rate it via Steam Community. enjoy the game.

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