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Getting Started Guide (Tips & Tricks)

SnowRunner is the brilliant follow-up to Saber Interactive’s MudRunner. The game features more detailed vehicles and an insanely realistic fluid engine. Water, mud, and snow are all rendered realistically and behave accurately under your tires. Navigating tough terrain can be a rewarding challenge to master.

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The objectives are to maneuver a number of vehicles through the most treacherous environments and help rebuild towns after devastating floods and blizzards. The trucks behave as trucks do in real life, so there is a bit of a learning curve for players. The game has a tutorial that leaves a lot to be desired. Quite a few players find the first few tasks to be confusing, to say the least. Here’s what to keep in mind when you get started in SnowRunner.

Getting Started in SnowRunner


Welcome to Black River, Michigan. When the game begins, players are informed of a terrible flood that has recently wrecked the town. The beginning objectives are as follows:

  • Find the Watchtower
  • Find the Highway Truck
  • Repair the bridge
  • Reach the first garage

The first truck available to players is the Chevy CK 1500 Scout Truck. Scout Trucks are the best vehicles for exploration. They are small and build to be taken to all corners of the map. The starting Scout Truck isn’t very well outfitted but will get the job done for the first few missions.

Getting to the first Watchtower isn’t very difficult. Simply navigate to the waypoint on the map. The same goes for finding the first Highway Truck. Keep in mind that paths on the map are not set automatically like in other driving games. Select major points on the map that need to be reached on the way to the objective. This is a good way to mark roadblocks. This whole game is about learning the road and mastering the elements. Use this time to study what is up ahead and prepare accordingly.

Basic Driving Tips in SnowRunner


The Scout Truck is equipped with a useful Gearbox. For most driving, stay on Auto Reverse. This will allow the car to automatically shift up and down gears while driving on moderate terrain as well as allow players to shift into reverse by using the brake. When driving through heavy mud, it is a good idea to shift to Low Gear. Low Gear allows the engine to take in less fuel, slowing the tires while increasing torque. In SnowRunner, slow progress is better than no progress, so don’t worry when the car slows down in the mud. Low Gear will keep the car pushing through the thick mud in this early stage.

Switch between All Wheel Drive (AWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) strategically. If you get stuck and the back wheels are the only ones spinning, digging you deeper into the mud, switch to AWD. This should allow you to dig yourself out. Don’t leave it on because it consumes a lot of gas. It will be tempting to stay in AWD to drive faster on flat roads. This will be the difference between completing missions and running out of gas later on.

An important tip while driving in the mud is to keep moving at all costs. Unlike in most games, mud is dynamic. Your truck may have been moving just fine a moment ago, but if you stop for too long, you’ll realize your truck has been slowly sinking deeper into the mud. Keep moving when in swampy areas in order to maintain traction for as long as possible.

Preparing for Each Job in SnowRunner


Before setting out it is a good idea to research your terrain types in the Codex. The Codex can be found on the Start Menu. It contains information about truck types and different roadblocks you may encounter.

Avoid rough terrain whenever possible. This isn’t a race so there is no shame in finding another path. For the most part, the map will reflect the condition of the roads. Mark difficult spots on your map when they are visible. Even with a good plan, you can still come across areas that are more treacherous than expected. If you see a large pile of mud, hit AWD and drive through the grass. You’ll have more traction and you won’t be risking getting stuck.

Know where your fuel stations are. Fuel is free so stock up as often as possible. It is easy to underestimate how much gas a job will take. Under normal circumstances, getting to a location wouldn’t take too long. Under these conditions, that bit of gas isn’t going to get you far when you’re stuck in 3 feet of mud for 15 minutes along the way. Pushing through mud takes more drive power and thus more fuel.


Upgrade to the strongest possible Winch, as soon as it is available. It’s easy to misjudge how deep some mud is. If you get stuck, use your winch to pull yourself out. Attach it to a tree, activate the winch, and give the truck as much gas as possible. Also, turn the wheels back and forth to dig yourself out if need be.

Utilize both vehicles when going on long trips. It is easy to get the Highway truck wedged into a tight spot or a pile of mud. Keep the Scout Truck, nearby to help. One pro-tip is to winch the Scout to the back of the Highway Truck. Two vehicles winched together will act as support for one another. Keeping the smaller but more capable truck on hand is a good way to get out of tough spots along the journey.

Pro-Tips for Completing the Opening Objectives in SnowRunner


When repairing the bridge, you must deliver the metal first. The wood is closer to the starting position, so it would otherwise make sense to retrieve it first. However, delivering the wood first will not accomplish the mission objective.

After the first gas station, there is a large pit of water surrounded by roadblocks. This pit can be driven through even with the Highway Truck given enough speed. Don’t be afraid! Ram through the caution gates and through the water. This will save a lot of time driving all the way around.

Vehicles can be switched at any time. Select them on the map or, if two trucks are close enough together, open the Functions menu, and select “Switch Vehicles”.

Along the way to the Garage, players may decide to go after the second watchtower. Getting to the second watchtower is going to be difficult. Don’t attempt it in the Highway Truck. It will be stuck in the mud for sure. When you reach it, go back the way you came to the main road. Don’t take the new found path around. Players will definitely get stuck in the swamp no matter which vehicle is being used.

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SnowRunner is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.


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