Many say that Factorio is very deep and content-rich game. We strive to provide as much genuine and interesting gameplay as possible. However precisely for this reason the game has a non-trivial learning curve. There are many elements and new players can get lost rather easily.
The best way to start getting familiar with Factorio is to go through the two initial campaigns in the game. This has been specifically designed to introduce quite a few basic concepts in the hands-on way. You can start the campaign by opening the game and then going to Play->Start campaign. At the moment the First steps campaign has 3 missions (this is also available in the demo) and the New hope one has two missions.
However at the moment the campaign doesn't introduce all the content in the game. We already have plans on howto change this in the future. In the meantime there are other great options to learn more about game mechanics. See below.
This is basically an online manual focused on making the game more accessible to new players. The guide covers all the main concepts in the game with explanations, tips and screenshots. The guide is a work in progress but besides the initial campaign it feels as the best source of information for beginner and lower intermediate players.
Youtube videos are a great resource of Factorio knowledge. There are quite a few hand-picked links on our dedicated videos page . The videos come in different shapes - tutorials, release overviews, previews or let's plays. One video to highlight for the beginners is NegativeRoot's ongoing set of tutorials
A lot of knowledge has been created by our wonderful community. Namely there are three places worth looking at:
If you run into any issues, please don't panic=) There is a lot of information online to help you solve your issue. The suggested places to look for help are: