Beyond a Steel Sky: Complete Walkthrough Guide

Beyond a Steel Sky
By: Revolution Software

Beyond a Steel Sky is the sequel of Revolution Software’s classic point-and-click adventure, Beneath a Steel Sky. It’s a 3D third-person game instead of 2D, and you’re move around using an invisible joystick. But as with the original, there are lots of puzzles to solve. So this walkthrough guide should help you if you get stuck. Feel free to ask for extra help in the comments section.

See my review here.


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Note: My videos include lots of dialogue and me figuring things out and some mistakes. So if you want to just know how to progress, follow my text guide below each video. I’m hoping to make a new set of videos that are more streamlined, but I’m waiting for all the bugs to be ironed out first.

Note 2: You can double-tap to skip dialogue.

Part 1:

In this video, I take you through these steps:

You’re playing as Robert Foster. Approach the woman (Ember) and the dead body, startling her and causing a gang-gang bird to fly off with her device.

Use the slice of pie with the birds to get them to leave. Then examine the body.

Once at the city’s gates, talk to everyone you see. Get information from the truck driver, Wendell. He needs a power cell. He also tells you how to open the back of the truck: bumper wallop, do a jig, then pull hard.

Fix the bollard for the diagnostician (Hobbsworth) and he’ll give you a credit (Qdos) if you have your chip implanted.

Talk to the boy, Pixel. Help him fix the roundabout by breaking the chain with your crowbar. Then push him on the roundabout twice. Then ask him about his brother, Voxel. He’ll tell you to find him in middle of the garden.

Find Voxel’s hideout in the garden and ask him about the monster. He’ll eventually give you a firecracker.

If you don’t have your chip implanted yet, find the immigration desk and scan your hand to have it implanted.

You can now use the vending machine and get a soda. Hobbsworth will also give you a Qdos (credit) if you talk to him again.

Part 2:

In the second video, I take you through these steps:

Use the firecracker to scare away the gang-gangs behind the truck.

Use the door ritual — hit bumper, jig, pull — to open the back of the truck and get some Mini-K sausages.

Notice the fake waterfall with an electric fence behind it. Use the sausage to lure Big Steve the bird to the waterfall. He’ll fly into it and drop Ember’s device. Pick it up.

Offer Ember the device if she downloads the dead guy’s (Graham) info onto your chip. She agrees, so follow her to her workbench and get it done.

Open Hobbsworth’s hut door and go inside to get his MINOS hand scanner. (Apparently you’re supposed to also be able to grab the half sandwich from the fridge for Voxel, but it wasn’t interactive for me. I think it’s a bug, but you can progress without it. You just might miss out on some extra dialogue options.)

Notice the bridge controls won’t work with Graham’s ID. So talk to Ember again and offer her the android finger in exchange for hacking the MINOS scanner. Now you can hack certain machines!

Follow Ember and learn how to hack the vending machine so it won’t refuse you soda (it will anyway).

Hack the bridge controls to let you cross the bridge and then do so.

Avoid the eyes that want to kill you. Talk to the robot running back and forth and learn that he has a power cell that could power the truck.

On the left side, hack the fan and the conveyor belt so the belt moves fast. Then wait for the robot to get in front of it and get pulled up by a giant magnet. Then take his power cell.

Head back to the truck and offer the power cell to the truck driver in exchange for a ride into the city. He’ll agree and drive you in.

Part 3:

This next video starts inside the Union City walls. In it, I show you how to:

Hack the Spankles machine so it will let you attack it with the crowbar without the alarm going off. This seems to be just for fun.

Get your firmware updated at the Safety Services desk.

Head up to Graham’s apartment and get dragged inside by his robot butler, Chipworth.

Explore Graham’s apartment to get as much info as you can on him. Make sure to read everything on the computer in his bedroom — especially his Qdos history on the upper lefthand corner of the screen. In the bathroom, get a health scan. Also, make sure to close the toilet seat so you notice the footprint on it. Then climb up to see a box taped outside the window. We’ll work on getting that later. The game should tell you when you’ve learned everything you can about Graham.

Pass the interview with Mentor Alonso from the Ministry of Wellbeing. I messed up a few questions, but here’s how to answer them correctly. If you mess up, Songbird will be uninvited to the Aspiration Gala, which is what happened to me.

Q: Which ministry are you employed with?
A: Comfort

Q: I trust that your health rating is suffiecient?
A: A+

Q: Your Qdos levels dropped to C+ but used to be higher. What were they?
A: B

Q: Tell me about your workplace.
A: Train Depot

Q: Tell me about your implants – are they working effectively?
A: Heart

Q: Hobbies?
A: Photography

I then asked Chipworth the butler to open the windows, but stopped before seeing if it worked.

Part 4:

In this video, I take you through these steps:

Had a long conversation with Graham’s wife, Songbird. Learned about Leet and the missing stuffed toy (Bartleby) from her.

Activated the Mama Bear toy tracker.

Had Chipworth open the windows while I went into the bathroom to fetch the box that Graham hid. Open it to get a cracked hololens and a photograph.

Hacked the Mama Bear tracker with the Bonsai hologram to get the Bartleby’s location to show as a hologram. Learned that it’s at a location labeled E1594. Asked Chipworth and Songbird about it but didn’t learn much other than that it’s an old area code.

Head back downstairs to find that weird woman up on the roof, scared and unsure how to get down.

Hack the cleaning robot to send it outside.

Hack the laundromat with the water filling station to empty the water filling station.

Go outside and hack the sprinkler system with the water filling station to empty the water filling station.

Now the robot will stop spraying the woman on the roof, Raquel. Talk to her and tell her to use the cleaning robot to get down.

After learning what you can from the dapper butler, Tarquin, and Orana the woman from the Ministry of Wellbeing, take a pod back to the Piazza.

I just messed around in the Pizza and learned about the Aspiration Brooches. I also sort of broke the Speaker Robot. Anyway, I’ll pick up here in the next video.

Part 5:

In this video, I take you through these steps:

I checked out the cafe, but just for fun. Also hacked the soundtrack.

Went into the museum. Talked to the father and daughter. Made a deal with the daughter to give me her Aspiration Brooch if I could get her father to leave the museum.

This part took me a lot longer than it should have to figure out, so I apologize. But I was also just chilling and having fun with all the hacking. Anyway, go around the room with your hacking device open. First, find the exhibit that has the the ENTICING emotion. Then, hack it together with the CRY-R robot that’s running around in circles by Joey’s Arm. Next, hack Joey’s Arm with the CRY-R robot and move the ENTICING emotion to Joey’s Arm. It will motion to the father to come over and he’ll abide.

Next, find the exhibit with the AGGRESSIVE emotion. Do the same thing with it — move it over to the CRY-R and then to Joey’s Arm. Joey’s Arm will hit the father and scare him off. Now you can get the brooch from the daughter.

At the very end of the video, I entered the Old History Room.

This page is getting long, so breaking it up into pages. Click on the little numbers below to continue to the next page of the walkthrough or click here.

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This Post Has 75 Comments

  1. Lou

    im stuck on how to get the Deet off big steve. IΓÇÖve tied to lure him but where?

    1. Kristy Wighton

      Lure him to the waterfall

  2. smjjames

    @lou: Throw the sausage at the fake waterfall. Have to have him lured first.

  3. Al marks

    Totally stuck in the apartment. IΓÇÖve read everything on the terminal, interacted with everything, climbed toilet, I even hacked the bathroom. It WILL NOT allow me into the interview!

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Weird. Once I saw everything to be seen in there, I got a message that I learned all I can. Maybe you missed something?

      1. Al Marks

        ╬ô├½├¡Γò₧├åΓö£ΓöÉΓö£Γòó considering restarting the game, maybe it has glitched….

        1. Xmasishere98

          Did you click the upper left corner for the qdos history in the terminal? It took me a minute to see it.

          1. nospamm

            you click q dos history and of the 5 icons in the middle , click the far left one, i forget what it is called

    2. fregadev

      Read the description of the ministries again

    3. Noboby

      The top left of Minos screens

    4. Will

      Same thing happened to me. I have read and interacted with every single item in the apartment I can. Read through every section of the terminal multiple times. It must be a glitch right?

    5. Mr. Meeseeks

      I was stuck too until I realized that when using the computer in one of the rooms, there’s a link you can click at the top left to find your Qdos score. It’s one of the things you need to know.

    6. Dave

      I had the same problem. Very frustrating. I eventually ended up restarting the game, and when I got to that point the second time I had no issues. The only thing I can think of that I did differently is on my first go-around, I had already looked at the Civic Guide on Minos when I was outside the city, whereas on my second go, I hadn’t looked at Minos at all until I got to the apartment.

  4. Donovan

    great job! now we’re stuck on joey’s arm in the museum to get an aspiration brooch and we need your help!

    1. Donovan

      Figured it out…don’t suppose you’ve gotten the box from outside the window?

      1. Al marks

        You canΓÇÖt get the box until after the interview, just gotta ask the robot to open the windows and use the stank sausage to shoo the bird away

    2. Mr. Meeseeks

      It’s a sort of puzzle swap using the hacking scanner. Use the scanner and notice that there’s a “mood” associated with many of the exhibits and robot. Find a way to get the right mood to the arm. I’ll leave it at that.

  5. Al marks

    So far IΓÇÖm finding that this game has some major glitches in it. NPCΓÇÖs able to walk on each other. The wife sitting at the computer with the chair facing the opposite direction. Sometimes the Minos terminals glitch as if it were some sort of puzzle, for example the tab with all of the different classifications with allow you to highlight multiple classes as if it were going to unlock something if done in the correct sequence. Hopefully some of this gets resolved on updates, I want to love this game.

  6. Mia

    How do you turn off the furnance in the recylicing centre ? I tried to use the valve, but the valve broke and IΓÇÖm stuck now.

    1. Yak

      You have to use the unicorn you get from the thumbs guy. First you’ll see a rusted box before getting to the valve. Use the crowbar on it. Then turn the power off. Then put the unicorn in the powered off light fixture. Then turn power back on.

  7. Keiron Annesley

    Im Playing on Apple tv and the game says it auto saving but when i come back to play i have to start from the beginning! anyone else having this problem??

      1. Keiron Annesley

        Yep, deleted and downloaded again! same thing happens… save it, shut it down and come back to new game. No resume or load game tab to be found! could it be lack of storage on Apple TV??

        1. AppUnwrapper

          It could be! HavenΓÇÖt tried it on my Apple TV yet but I imagine it can get full fast with these 3gb games. Maybe try deleting a few things? Or reach out to the developer for help.

        2. Ike

          Am playing on ∩ú┐TV and itΓÇÖs saving ok to iCloud. I switch between playing on my iPad Pro 12.9 and the ∩ú┐ Tv. However am stuck at the museum trying to distract the guard. Not very clear how to get the droid to malfunction.

          1. Ike

            Oh figured how to distract the guard but not like AppUnwrapper did. I had hack the Joey boot, distract the guard, freed the mouse and then broke into the Joey booth to steal his memory. Now unto next stage.

          2. Ike

            So got the droid now.

  8. Keegan

    ThatΓÇÖs the thing, in ur video after ur done talking to everyone it allows u to leave GrahamΓÇÖs apartment, but it doesnΓÇÖt allow me and I have tried every verbal option and everything I can interact with. What do I do, I have even restarted the game from scratch and got same result

  9. Keegan

    I am stuck at GrahamΓÇÖs apartment thereΓÇÖs no way to get around I have engage in every verbal action and every interaction with in the game possible thereΓÇÖs nothing else I can do and IΓÇÖve even restarted the game and I got the same results keeps telling me to look for more information on GrahamΓÇÖs contact but there is no more information what do I do?

    1. Jj

      Did you go on his computer? Did you use the health thing in the bathroom? Soft toy interaction?

  10. Becky Stephen

    Please help. IΓÇÖm at the ending and cannot get number 0 back in my inventory it disappeared somehow to divide 0 to all citizens.

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Do you have an autosave form before that point that wonΓÇÖt take you too far back? Reloading that save might fix it.

      1. Becky Stephen

        The auto save I have doesnΓÇÖt take me far enough back I feel I maybe stuck here and canΓÇÖt go further

      2. Becky Stephen

        My auto save doesnΓÇÖt go back so if it isnΓÇÖt saved you canΓÇÖt go further

  11. Jeanette

    how did you get the hololens?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      ItΓÇÖs in the box outside the window.

    2. Hans

      Where exactly is it? Can’t find it. Already thinking my save is broken

      1. DankKnight

        Go to bathroom in your apartment put down the toilet seat. You’ll find it.

  12. Jason

    IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗m stuck trying to give Tarquin the broach with the poem on it. He keeps saying Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║…That is…a thing you have shown meΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ and I canΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t even have a conversation with him. When I try talking, the only option is Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║byeΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ.

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Oh no! If you already did all the other steps, you might need to contact support. Can also try loading an older save and see if it fixes it.

      1. Paul

        just noticed, back in the appartment, the holoplinth was displaying the broken message. Exchanging the functioning hololens with the broken hololens in the inventory made the broken message readable. Afterwards I could talk to Tarquin and hand over the brooch

    2. Jack

      I am also stuck here. Did you ever find a solution?

  13. Dave

    I’m stuck. I’ve pushed Pixel on the roundabout twice, but he still won’t tell me about his brother. He will occasionally ask me about pushing him on the swing, but Foster automatically declines.

    1. Dave

      Never mind, I sorted it. I had to close the game down and reopen it before it would let me interact with the roundabout again.

  14. Becky Stephen

    Anyone know where to go to get support?

  15. Rose

    i can not connect the satalite and toaster the satalite doest seem to connect to the hacker

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Yeah I had the same problem. ThereΓÇÖs a bug where it doesnΓÇÖt show. Try loading an auto-save from the moment you entered that room.

      1. Rose

        i tryed that and the hacker still only connects to the toaster

        1. Keiron Annesley

          I went back out and reopened the shutters! i was able to connect the satalite and hack it with the toaster!

  16. Stephanie

    The satellite in the office refuses to come up on my hacking device! 😔 I’ve killed the app, I’ve also loaded from a previous point. I can see the satellite but it will not come up on my hacking device. Please help.

    1. AppUnwrapper

      If nothing is working, I think you have no choice but to report it to the dev (I did, too, so hopefully theyΓÇÖre fixing it) and wait for an update.

    2. Keiron Annesley

      Try opening the shutters back up!

      1. Tom

        IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗m stuck in the controls room as well. The blinds wonΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t open, so I canΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£ΓöÉt connect to the satellite. I switched the alarm for the blinds many times, but they just won’t open. How can I open them manually?

        1. Tom

          I found the solution. Step further out of the room to get a third device with GREEN and switch it with RED. The shutter will be open when you go back to the room.

  17. Graham

    If you give Songbird bilby and the picture you don’t have to lie, you’ll go to the party with her

    1. Vila Restal

      Sorry. The walkthrough is useless. Even if I find everything and answer Mentor Allonsos questions correctly I still fail the interview and have my Qdis score reduced. I’m on the Switch version so don’t know if this makes any difference.

  18. nargoon

    Can you prevent Joey (the little one) from death by guns by hacking the guns somehow? I saw they were responsive to the device.

    1. JetBlackIris

      You can’t, no. Putting the guns into passive will close the shutters for the signal room, preventing the radio signal from transmitting and the van from escaping. You have to swap them back, making the guns active again, which results in Joey getting shot. His death is part of the storyline.

  19. Graham

    If you give the droid the private poem, everyone is so offended (boo!) that the poet is blamed and sent home and he still doesn’t read his poem

  20. DemonFangs

    I’m stuck at the brooch part, I took the Aspiration Gala Poem in the brooch and then whenever I tried to give it to the Droid, it keeps saying “It’s something you’ve shown me”. There is way too many bugs for a game like this. If anyone has a solution let me know.

  21. Doomsaber

    Converting the little disc in minos would unlock Robert Foster’s classic outfit from Beneath a Steel Sky. I only noticed this when I went on to Graham’s apartment for the Gala outift and his classic outfit there; when I went to Minos later in the game and converted the disc again, the dialogue to the likes of “retro fashion has been delivered to your dormitory” is said by the Minos ai.

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Ahh thanks for telling me. I thought I noticed it, too, at some point but didnΓÇÖt make the connection. IΓÇÖll add it to the guide.

  22. Taylor B

    Can somebody please tell me where the broken gem for the holo-plinth is? I canΓÇÖt decipher the message without it

    Oop nvm I found it. Anyone else stuck here, look around in the bathroom.

  23. Elena

    WOW, you are a genius gamer!!!! Amazing hints!

  24. Marko Karjalainen

    Thabks for making a text walkthrough! At the end i have no puzzle and it just loops androids beating me down and i cant do anything 😀

  25. JetBlackIris

    Great walkthrough! I just finished the PS5 version of the game, platinum trophy and everything. Had a couple of loose ends and queries. Spoilers follow…

    – With the aspiration holo-brooch designs, there are 26. In addition to the three base designs (Joey, Spankles, Citadel), the other 23 seem to be secretly unlocked by interacting with or examining objects – primarily drinks dispensers and u-chip interfaces.
    IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗ve found 17 so far: 2 in the old history museum (look at the gap dweller display – short, missable window!), 5 in the main museum (unlocked by interacting with outer exhibits), and 3 each from drink dispensers in the piazza, the cafe, and the aspiration platform (when you have to clean it).

    – there are six I still canΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t find. From top left on the grid, they are numbers 13, 17, 20, 21, 22 & 23. Where on earth do I find these?

    – is there anyway to hold onto or take back the brooch after giving it ReginaldΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s droid for inspiration? Seems odd to do all that work unlocking those designs just to lose them immediately. And, does unlocking all of them achieve anything?

    – Finally, when you cut off the anchor in the recycle centre, it knocks off an orange valve wheel, which you can pick up and add to your inventory. This is the only item in the game I havenΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t found a use for. Any ideas? A secret area maybe? Or is it just redundant?

    Congrats again on a great guide!

    1. JetBlackIris

      OK, some updates on my own post!

      – Give the Valve Wheel to the Safety Services Greta in the Piazza (the one who updates your firmware) and youΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗ll get a funny message and unlock the classic BASS Security Services symbol icon for the Holo Brooch

      – Examine LeetΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s terminal to unlock the classic BASS logo icon

      – Turn on the shower in your apartment to unlock the scanner icon

      – Drop a Spankles into a garbage can to unlock the Spankles can icon

      That only leaves two other Holo-Brooch icons to unlock. I somehow did one of them, unlocking the ‘blind lincspace eyeball’ icon, but I can’t remember what I did to unlock it lol

      Another mystery: You can make a cuddly toy appear on the top shelf of the linen cupboard in your lounge in Graham’s apartment. Anyone know what triggers this?

      I’m sure there are still mysteries in this game yet to be solved…

      1. albadross

        You get the Blind Holo-Brooch (23) just by examining the Eye before using the Inventory option. Can you please help me with any of the ones I am missing please? 1, 10-13, 20, 25 and 26.

        1. albadross

          Made some progress with the Cafe Terminal and the Spankles machine by the tree. Now all I need help with is 1, 13 and 20, please. Also dropping a Sparkles can in the garbage does nothing to help me – is there a special location or hack?

  26. Kenny

    Have to say, the storyline really left a sour taste in my mouth.

    Joey is like a kid who clearly idolizes his father Foster; and Foster, by modern day standards would be criminally negligent and universally hated if his biography were to be printed in a book.

    Imagine you are born a genius, an authority figure you unconditionally trust and look up to, tells you something vague like “I hope you will work hard and be successful in the future”, then completely disappears from your life without at least teaching you the difference between right and wrong, what’s the proper way to achieve ends without harming innocents in the process etc., and then you grow up to be successful as you are unscrupulous, going so far as to enslave millions of people to that end.

    Then one day the authority figure shows up and kills you, and before you die all he says is “but I never told you to do all of this”, /shrugs, steps over your dead body and just walks off nonchalantly into the sunset like you are some random vermin merely died by the roadside.

    Flawed protagonists are one thing, but Foster is well beyond the realm of just flawed with the sheer irresponsibility and apathy he showed to what was basically his son and best friend.

    This is not a story about how AI interprets a directive to make humanity happy. This is just a story about how an abandoned smart kid who received zero moral and ethical guidance does bad things with good intentions.

  27. Adam

    Please help! The hand scanner for speaking Joey in the museum is now broken so no way to distract the guard. Scanner is broken in all saves

  28. skybertie

    Many thanks …. you guide kept me sane and through to the end. Thank you

  29. JOEY

    I got the path where Foster went to the gala with Songbird and when Alonso cornered Foster by the game, she was the one to knock him out with an extinguisher. I think getting the interview right, giving het the toy, showing the picture and putting on the red suit to the gala leads to a different event here. In the clip above she was in cahoots with Alonso so… some choices made by Foster are definitely having an effect. It’s good though to see that the effects are not Fallout 4 style…

    1. migrag

      what is the red suit for the gala?

  30. migrag

    I’ve heard you can get Fosters classic coat. I have used the core file on the curser at Minos, it played the animation and dialogue, but when I went back to Grahams bedroom, it was not there.

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