Backspace key to switch between top-down view and the first-person view of your character.
Top-down view shows several categories of information, overlayed as icons or words on the terrain. Cycle between 8 different categories of information displayed using the
|Minerals||Shows presence of mine-able resources.|
|Uncommon Minerals||Shows presence of mine-able resources. Excluding stone, ice and eludium, as they are almost everywhere in their respective environments.|
|Vegetation||Shows plant resources. Size of the icons distinguish between type, large for trees and small for shrubs.|
|Buildings||Shows type and level of buildings.|
|Roads and Landscaping||Shows roads and road slabs.|
|Flags||Shows military bases and flags. Showing the current ownership of each military flag and the town square.|
|City Names||Shows city ownership of each building and road.|
|No Overlay||Shows nothing. Good for taking pictures.|
There are two Minerals overlays, one with everything, and Uncommon Minerals which exclude stone, ice and eludium. This is because stone, ice and eludium are resources that can be found almost everywhere where there isn't another resource already. Eludium is of course commonly only found on moons.
Note: The range at which this overlay displays information, is affected by the Rock View Range slider on the Settings (
Shift+F12) window's Screne tab.
The Vegetation overlay is mainly used for foraging.
Large plant icons indicate trees and small icons indicate scrubs.
Roads and Landscaping Overlay
The Roads and Landscaping overlay is not used for much, it simply display the road types and craters.
The Flags overlay is very useful when attempting to invade an enemy city.
Military buildings are have their icons displayed, much like with the Buildings overlay.