gearhead — roguelike mecha role playing game




gearhead is a roguelike adventure game involving giant mechas and a post-apocalyptic but recovering world.

Key bindings

A list of key bindings can be viewed with the h key during play. Menus can be navigated with arrow keys and enter. Walking into an object generally does the expected thing (use, talk or attack). The action names listed can be used to redefine the keys in a configure file.
a - Attack
A - AttackMenu
Attack, choosing the weapon or body part from a list.
B - PartBrowser
Examine the individual components of the player character.
C - CharInfo
Show character information.
e - Equipment
View character's equipment.
E - Eject
Eject from a mecha.
H - FieldHQ
Examine mechas and allies.
i - Inventory
View inventory.
l - Look
Look around.
L - LearnSkills
Learn new skills by spending accumulated experience.
m - Messages
Review all current adventure memos, news and email.
Q - QuitGame
Quit the game. Does not save the game.
r - RunToggle
Toggle running on or off.
R - Recenter
Recenter the game display on the character.
S - Search
Search the area for secrets and enemies.
t - Talk
Initiate a conversation with an NPC.
T - Telephone
Call an NPC.
u - UseScenery
Uses stationary scenery such as doors or computers.
V - History
Show past game messages.
X - SaveGame
Saves the game. Does not quit the game.
Z - Rest
Take a break for one hour of game time.
. - SwitchGears
Toggle the movement mode (e.g. flying, walking).
[ - TurnLeft
Turn to left.
] - TurnRight
Turn to right.
keypad keys 1-9 - Stop, Dir-NorthWest, etc.
Move around or stop.
+ - FullSpeed
Move forward at full speed.
= - NormSpeed
Move forward at normal speed.
- - Reverse
Move backwards.
<, > - Enter, Enter2
Enter scenery.

The following keys are usable when selecting a target.

/ - CalledShot
Toggle the Called Shot option while selecting a target.
> - SwitchBv
Toggle the Burst Fire option while selecting a target.
; - SwitchTarget
Switch to next visible enemy when selecting a target.


System-wide configuration file.
User specific configuration file. If this is present the system-wide configuration file is not read.


gearhead was written by Joseph Hewitt <>.

This manual page was written by Kari Pahula <>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).