Shakedown: Hawaii Quickstart Guide

shakedown hawaii guide

Shakedown: Hawaii launched this week on Nintendo Switch, PC, and Playstation! I really enjoy the game so I thought I’d publish a little mini-guide to how to get the most out of the game. Look for a little more fleshing out over the next few days.

As always, if you have questions or anything to say at all, please drop a comment at the bottom of the page; I read every one!


2019-05-17: The first content/bugfix patch released today! Features:

  • More guidance to finish main story to get money early on
  • More Shakedown Scenarios (even more variety!)
  • Car Repossession (earn extra cash for your Subprime Auto locations)
  • Weapon Pawning (earn cash and clear out inventory)
  • Shop Icons added to the map
  • Expands some building interiors
  • Character upgrades can now be unequipped
  • Faster property and multipliers purchasing
  • Salary can now be increased quicker
  • Police chases improved
  • Horns/sirens added to vehicles
  • Bug fixes (nearly all reported bugs have been fixed)
  • More detailed info on the official site

General Tips

Secret? Hold L+R to change characters…I never noticed.

Relax! Shakedown: Hawaii is one of the chillest games you’ll play and there’s nothing you can really do wrong to meaningfully screw yourself over. No permanent negative choices, no missable achievements, nadda.

The property management aspect takes a little time to get used to, but you can safely mess with it at your own speed early own and know that buying the ‘wrong’ property doesn’t matter long-term. Eventually, you want everything anyway.

Once you unlock the ability to Shakedown businesses, it’s not a bad idea to make a sweep of the map and clear most or all of them early on. It’s fun, it’s varied, there’s no extra prerequisites, and it’s free extra money every day.

There’s no need to rush the main story, but it does unlock a lot of stuff, and many of the early missions serve as a gradual tutorial. If you don’t know what to do, you should usually just go to the next mission.

Sidequests are often unlocked by buying a certain amount of properties, which is a major part of Shakedown: Hawaii, so don’t neglect it.

For some reason, only one of the 3 Veterinary Clinics actually lets you buy character upgrades (Kee Replacement for double jumps etc). It’s the one in the south-east of the map just below the river and just east of the weird bottomless pit things.


Restore your health with heart drops from enemies, buying snacks in various stores, or hopping in an Ambulance (seriously).

Some late Shakedowns have very large amounts of heavily armed enemies. It can be best to use a car as a weapon/armor in these cases; if the car is destroyed you are not instantly killed!

The cops matter a lot less than in Grand Theft Auto; you can easily get Cop Cloaking Devices by beating cops to shake them off, and half the time they don’t even respond if you’re driving down the sidewalk mowing down dozens of people. Which, by the way, is a great way to get early-game cash.

Gold Medals in challenges are usually pretty easy, but if you’re having trouble note that cars give a large amount in most challenges, but only if they’re destroyed. Don’t hit a car unless you’re going to destroy it. Keep moving as well, and take any easy shots you see.


Cosmetics in Shakedown: Hawaii seem super expensive at first, but as you Shakedown properties, it’s less of a big deal. If possible, Shakedown a store and buy the property before buying anything with your pocket cash

You’ll eventually be able to pay yourself a salary, turning your “business” cash into pocket cash.

Most enterable businesses have weapons behind the counter you can take with impunity.

You don’t lose weapons when you die, so you should rarely need to buy any. Just spread out your weapon use and you’ll be given plenty during missions and Shakedowns.


The biggest addition over Retro City Rampage is the property/business management side of things. You can buy every building on the map (eventually), and there’s some (just some!) strategy into what to buy and when. The best way to find what to buy is to use the Business tab in the main menu rather than the map.

Generally, when you have the money to buy something you should buy it; money is best used on getting more money due to compounding returns. If at all possible, buy all of (this is easiest with low-count properties, like fast food joints; Subprime Auto is the easiest one to get very early.

Go for the “Premium” businesses (red color, icon is two buildings) in the For Sale tab; Natural Gouge Fine Foods under Grocery are particularly cheap yet high income.

Later on, once you’re earning at least 100,000+ per day, you might start looking into houses. Houses start out with terrible income and low-ish prices, but the point of houses is to simulate the real estate bubble. As you buy houses the purchase and rent prices will exponentially increase; slowly at first, but by the end each bought house significantly raises the earnings from the rest.

Note that once you unlock multipliers, they must be bought per-property. Buy multipliers for your highest-value properties and don’t forget to stack them after you unlock more! Multipliers are unlocked by progressing the main story Missions (M).

Shakedown: Hawaii Achievements

None of the achievements are missable, and some you’ll get simply through normal play. The rest are either completionist stuff, or require a simple but hard to do on accident task. These are taken from the Switch version of Shakedown: Hawaii.

Just Test Driving

Steal a car.

Wet Landing

Knock someone into the water using a boat.

Easier than it sounds; boats can move a bit after leaving the water, just fishtail someone in.


Bounce off a trampoline and land on someone.

Only hard part is finding a trampoline, but they’re out there. One’s in a backyard just barely left and down from your main character’s house.

Jalopy Gallop

Jump over and clear another vehicle using nitro.

The stereotypical muscle cars with the exposed engine have nitro; line up behind a car and jump it. Takes a couple tries but not hard. Auto Shops can also apply Nitro to any car for a price.

Chopped a Man Bun

Use scissors to chop of someone’s Man Bun.

You’ll get scissors as you do Shakedowns. I’ll try to get a screenshot of the man bun sprite, but come on, it’s a man bun. Just chop it. I just chopped everyone I saw for 5 minutes and got it.

Flushed Out

Put out a fire with a toilet.

The hardest part is finding a toilet; otherwise, just set something on fire with the Flamethrower, walk into it, then walk into the geyser from a busted toilet to get this. There’s a Casual Dining with a toilet just south of Bargain Bin Mobile.

The Gerihat-trick

Take down three days of Delivery Trucks

Once per day you can destroy a Delivery Truck (the trucks with an envelope on the side) for a boost to your businesses. Claim the bonus 3 times to get this.

Get Inconspicuous

Use a Cop Coin to shake the cops. They’re the big blue coins cops sometimes drop, or are hidden on the map.


Acquire a property.

Part of the story.

Maxed Out

Upgrade a business with every multiplier.

Not hard, just wait til you unlock them all in the story. Buying certain businesses also unlocks multipliers, like the Event Ticket business, so buy a variety of businesses.

The Namesake

Shakedown every available business for protection money.

I advise you do this early for all the extra daily cash.

I’m Still Hungry

Complete every mission and sidequest.


Acquire a gold medal in every challenge in Shakedown: Hawaii.

Try to do a sweep through the city looking for each skull/challenge. If anyone has a good map with each location, let me know so I can link it! Annoyingly, there seems to be no way to quit a challenge other than dying or letting the time run out.

Business Mogul

Acquire every building.

Not complicated, just takes a long time of course. The final goal, can’t do it before beating the story.


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4 thoughts on “Shakedown: Hawaii Quickstart Guide”

    1. Car repo not working right now, but there is auto-selling building in the far left side of town, right in the middle (closer to north). You can sell any car for $5,000.

      1. Yeah I think it’s bugged or something, most repos do not even have a garage for drop off

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