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


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.

F - FirstAid

Apply first aid skill to restore health points.

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.

M - SelectMecha

Selects the mecha to use by the player character.

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 (eg. flying, walking).

[ - TurnLeft

Turn to left.

] - TurnRight

Turn to right.


Move around or stop.

+ - FullSpeed

Move forward at full speed.

= - NormSpeed

Move forward at normal speed.

- - Reverse

Move backwards.


Enter scenery.

The following keys are usable when selecting a target.

/ - CalledShot

Toggle the Called Shot option while selecting a target.

gt; - 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 <[email protected]>.

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

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nethack(6). More documentation for gearhead can be found in the /usr/share/doc/gearhead directory.