Use the keyboard for changing screens:
M = map
D = details
C = collections
P = puzzles
T = technology
Space = pause
esc = main menu
Change the settings under 'OPTIONS' on the main menu to 'EASY', at least until you get the hang of the game. I also like the speed set at 'x2' so that projects will be completed faster. You need to do this for every game if you are playing more than 1 game at a time.
If you want time to go faster, quit the game and increase the time on your computer by 2 hours. Start the game again and 2 years have gone by. Don't jump more than 2 hours into the future at a time as your villagers may run out of food and starve. You can then buy technology or get a new project underway and jump 2 years into the future again and again and.... If you adjust the time on your computer past midnight be sure to increase the date by 1 as well. Otherwise you will accidentally jump into the past, which often has grave side effects for the villagers. You can push the space bar to pause the game before you reset the computer's time back to the correct time and that will save your villagers.
Watch out for Biggles.
Drink anything orange.
When you hear the bells look for mushrooms or collectibles.
Click on a project to see what percent completed it is.
Puzzles are not solved in order.
Don't build the hut first.
When you want a baby don't let them walk back to the hut. Keep an eye on the population count and keep trying until you see the population size increase.
Drop a villager on the herbs to increase their healing powers. Keep putting them back until they learn and then they will continue studying and learn healing on their own.
When a mushroom or other collectible first appears, press the space bar to pause the game. Then quickly put several children on the item then press the space bar again to start the game. Each child will carry an item back to the food bin. If you wait too long then the item will disappear. I think 3 children are the most possible for this.
Always use a child to heal anyone who is sick. That is the only skill a child can be taught and when they reach 14 years old they will heal the sick on their own even if you are not around. The sick hang out around the center of the map before the hospital is built. If a villager sneezes when you pick them up then they are sick and must be cured or else.
Keep an eye out for mushrooms, especially at the beginning of the game until you buy Level 2 Farming. Only children can pick them up and the mushrooms may desperately be needed for food in the future.
If there is only one coconut left the villagers will not pick it. When you aree low on food put all villagers on the coconut trees. Keep putting the villagers who already picked a coconut back on the tree before they get to the food bin until all villagers climb the trees. Then they will each get the last coconut.
Pause the game if you will not be playing again for a long time.
To get to a different part of the map quickly, push the number keys. You can also pick up a villager then press a number key to transport the villager to another part of the map.
1 = bottom left, 2 = bottom middle, 3 = bottom right
4 = middle left, 5 = middle middle, 6 = middle right
7 = top left, 8 = top middle, 9 = top right
Make sure not all your farmers are old.
Before population 10 and again before 35 a new hut foundation appears. The hut must be built before the population can grow over 10 or 35. Change all preferences off of parenting until the hut is complete.
Click the mask at the bottom for more tips.
Bang the gong, see what happens.