After ordering Overgrowth on Steam, through Humble Bundle, or through Wolfiredirectly, you can access it on all platfoms, with or without DRM. Further, after purchase, you gain access Overgrowth's Secret Preorder Forums (referred to as SPF). In order to read and post to the SPF, you will need to register create or log into a Wolfire forum account. Then, following the link given in your pre-order email, and type your forum account nickname to get access to the SPF.
Steam users can follow this guide for getting access to the SPF.
The SPF is a place where the Overgrowth community can gather to discuss all aspects of the game with others who have purchased the game, as well as ask questions to the Wolfire team. Wolfire also has a dedicated Discord server. Join in the conversation!
After purchasing Overgrowth and linking a forum account, access to the Secret Preorder Forum becomes available.
On the SPF, there are multiple download options available - a direct download, torrent download, and a "differences" download, which can be used to update a previously installed alpha.
Additionally, once at least one full alpha installation has been performed, the community-made SUMLauncher may be used for updates (requires a Java Runtime Environment)
Upon opening the game, you will be greeting with a menu screen. There is a side-scrolling list of levels from which to choose. Clicking on a thumbnail causes the level to load. Most settings for Overgrowth can be changed within the game's "Settings" menu; to change other settings, see Configuring Overgrowth.
For help controlling your character and learning basic combat commands, see Player Controls.
If you wish to try community-created content for the game, you can visit the Steam workshop, download and install the files manually from the SPF, or use the community created tool, the SUMLauncher.
In order to help develop patches, fixes, and improvements, you can report bugs to Wolfire via email at [email protected]
Your email should contain the following:
- The Overgrowth Version in which the problem was encountered
- Your system setup (Hardware, OS, etc.)
- A Brief explanation of the problem
- Actions performed, step by step, which led up to encountering the problem
- Expected and Actual Results
- Helpful Attachments (screenshots, videos, crash reports, etc.)
Refer to this webpage for tips on how to write a quality bug report.