Little Inferno FAQ

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Human Resource Machine FAQ

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I’m playing on iOS and can’t get past the title screen!

This is a bug with iCloud, sorry! We will fix this asap. In the meantime, here is a workaround:

  1. Make sure any iDevices on which you previously played Little Inferno are on and connected to the internet, so they can finish uploading their progress. Launching the game on those other devices may help nudge the iCloud system too.
  2. Failing that, you can either:
    1. Delete Little Inferno data from iCloud (Settings->iCloud->Storage->Manage Storage->Little Inferno->Edit->Delete All); or
    2. If you don’t want to sync progress across multiple devices, disable iCloud syncing (Settings->Little Inferno->Set “Save progress on iCloud” to “OFF”.

I’m playing on Android and can’t get past the photo selection item!

This should be fixed for most devices, but if you are still stuck here, our Android porting team has the following work around:

Instead of choosing a picture from your gallery or pictures, hit your Android back-button. We will choose a stock photo for you and you’ll be able to move on to the next catalog! For some players, we believe that this problem is caused by a setting on some Android devices that shuts down the background activity to save memory. This may be a device setting that you can change if you can access Settings->Developer Options; it’s called “Don’t Keep Activities”. If not though, you can always get around it by pressing your back-button.”

Where are the save and config files?

On your Windows computer, open a Windows Explorer window, and paste this into the address bar:
%APPDATA%\Little Inferno\

On your Mac computer, look in your user directory:
~/Library/Application Support/Little Inferno/

What does this stuff in my settings.txt file do?

Turn fullscreen on or off.
fullscreen = 0

Set your language. “system” uses your OS or Steam default setting.
language = system

Little Inferno supports the following languages: en (English), es (español), fr (français), de (Deutsch), nl (Nederlands), bp (português do Brasil), and it (italiano).

Set audio volumes.
volume_music = 1.0
volume_sfx = 1.0

Turn vsync on or off. Most people can leave this set to 0. If your graphics card is stressing out or about to explode, try setting this to 1.
vsync = 0

Help I deleted my computer and need to download the game again?

If you ordered from this site, you can always retrieve your download link here. If you ordered from someplace else, you will need to contact the place where you bought the game.

How do I toggle fullscreen mode?

We tried to use the system defaults here:

On Windows, press ALT+ENTER. Or F.

On Mac, press F.

What?! You throw things in a fire to get money you use to buy more things? That doesn’t make any sense what’s the gameplay?!

You can fix this by performing the following steps: 1. Open a command window and type “format c:” and press ENTER on your personal computer keyboard. 2.  Go into your kitchen, turn on all your stove’s burners. 3. Walk outside, and keep going, towards the horizon.

Human Resource Machine FAQ

Where are the save and config files?

On Windows, open a Windows Explorer window, and paste this into the address bar:
%APPDATA%\Human Resource Machine\

On the Mac Steam version, go here:
~/Library/Application Support/Human Resource Machine/

On the Mac DRM-free version, go here:
~/Library/Containers/Tomorrow-Corporation.Human-Resource-Machine/Data/Library/Application Support/Human Resource Machine/

What does this stuff in my settings.txt file do?

Turn fullscreen on or off.
fullscreen = 0

Set your language. “system” uses your OS or Steam default setting.
language = system

Human Resource Machine supports the following languages: en (English), es (español), fr (français), de (Deutsch), nl (Nederlands), bp (português do Brasil), it (italiano), sv (svenska), ru (Русский), pl (polszczyzna), cs (čeština),  hu (magyar), da (dansk), no (Norsk), zh (中文), tr (Türkçe).

Set audio volumes.
volume_music = 1.0
volume_sfx = 1.0

Turn vsync on or off. Most people can leave this set to 1. If you really want to live adventurously, you can try setting this to 0.
vsync = 1

How do I use a different location for the save and config files?

Advanced users only! Windows only! You can change the location HRM will look for its save and config files with a registry key. Here are some handy .reg files you can use and edit for your needs. 1. Custom Path Change 2. Custom Path Remove

How do I toggle fullscreen mode?

We tried to use the system defaults here:

On Windows, press ALT+ENTER. Or F.

On Mac, press command + control + F.

Is there a bulk educational discount for libraries and schools?

Yes! Just write to us at

Can I buy it on my RAZR wireless mobile?

We’re trying to bring Human Resource Machine to as many devices as possible, but we’re trying to balance our porting efforts with creating new games.

Help there’s a bug in Level 21! Or Level 20! Or some other level!

You might be right! But so far, every single reported bug has been an error in the player’s solution, and not in HRM. Management has strict quality assurance procedures in place, and every level has been successfully completed by many brave players many times over!

  • The most common error we see is when players observe an output that appears to be correct, but the boss complains that there is an error. For instance, “Hey Tomorrow Corp! 3 x 7 is definitely 21!! But the boss is telling me it should be something else! Your game is broken!” Yes, your math is right, but in almost all cases we’ve seen, this is because you are missing a previous output that the boss is still waiting for. In Level 21, this is usually because players forget to output a “0” for the sum of an empty string. In Level 20, this is often because players discard input pairs where one of the inputs is a zero.
  • In Level 21, pay close attention to what your boss says about empty strings! An input of 123004560 encodes 3 strings: 123, [empty, with zero sum], and 456.
  • If you still think there is something wrong, step through your program one command at a time. (Using the button to the right of the Play button.) And watch very carefully what your little worker is doing! It’s very often the case that your bug occurs MANY steps before the point where you receive an error.
  • If you still need help, the players on the Steam forums have posted help and hints and solutions to every single level. Here is a spoiler-free hint guide. And here is the general forum with discussions for every level.
  • If there is indeed a bug in HRM, (This has never happened. Management is perfect. -Management) Management will send you codes for both of our games that you can frame and put on a wall, or give to a friend.

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