In the tough streets of Hong Kong, you’ll need all the money that you can get. It doesn’t matter where it comes from; all that matters is that it is yours.
As you play through the main story of Sleeping Dogs, you’ll earn plenty of money that can be used on food, cars, and bikes. There isn’t much to it, but it still feels nice having the coolest and fastest ride around. It can be fun going to the garage and having a plethora of cars and bikes to choose from, rather than just the stock options available to you at the start.
If you’re planning on having dozens of different cars, you’re going to need to get a little creative with how you’re bring in cash; that’s where we come in.
Show Me The Money
There’s a few different ways of collecting cash, but finding lockboxes is the most consistent way to do so. With a 100 lunchboxes scattered around the city, you’ll have more trouble finding them than you will with them running out. These are something that you might have trouble finding throughout the game, as they are scattered and often somewhat hidden from plain sight.
You’ll have to explore down alleyways and scale rooftops with your Triad parkour skills to find the loneliest of lockboxes hiding behind crates. Once opened, you will be rewarded with a small amount of cash found within the box. It isn’t much, but if you find enough of them, it adds up quickly. There’s nothing wrong with finding dozens of small increments of cash, because that’ll sure add up quicker than spending more time trying to get one big pay off.
Once you’ve become a higher level, you’ll find that once you get close to lockboxes, they’ll appear on your map. This worked so well that I was usually able to trigger their appearance from the road while driving around. It’s easy enough to use the map to know where you’ve been and where you haven’t, so you can just work your way through each part of the city until you’ve cleaned out that second and can move on to the next.
As silly as this next tip is going to sound, stick with it and you’ll earn some good cash. As you navigate the streets of Hong Kong in your battered up old ride, you’re probably wondering “Hmm, what can I do to earn some quick cash without getting out of my car?”
If you drive to the heavily populated downtown area (thought this works anywhere in the city), you’ll find that there is plenty of streetside parking. Unfortunately, these parking spots require you to pay to park there. Well, they would if you weren’t the baddest Triad leader in town. Instead of paying to park, simply run over the parking meter, you’ll find that you bring in a little cash with each meter that you knock down. It might be a small amount, but if you run over a block or two in a row, you’ll find that it certainly adds up quickly.
Here’s where this works to your advantage, on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game (we didn’t try this out on the PC), the system only caches a few city blocks of the game at a time, as it doesn’t need to be displaying it when you’re in a different part of the city. This means that you can destroy a few blocks worth of parking meters, loop around the block, and destroy them all again. If you can layout a good path, you can work your way around this city in a giant circle taking out meter after meter. Each individual meter won’t net you much, but do this for a little while and you’ll be sure to rack up a pretty good chunk of change.
I Have Twenty on the Spotted One!
While the world of illegal cockfights might not be so prevalent in most western games, it’s a big name in the world of illegal gambling in Hong Kong. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, Sleeping Dogs actually does a really great job of explaining it. You’ll see an icon on your map for these fights and if you make your way there, you’ll find that they aren’t held in the best of places, usually in an abandoned warehouse or shipping yard, not somewhere that you’d want to be at night. Once there, you place a bet on one of two chickens to win a battle and if you win, you win big cash.
It might seem simple enough, but from what I can tell, it seems to be completely random. That said, take the time to go to each location and find out what the assigned bet is, as some locations have higher bet requirements than others. If that bet requirement is most of your cash and you lose, you’re out of luck and stuck running over parking meters for the next ten minutes.
Trust me, I made this mistake during the first few hours of gameplay and it hindered my ability to buy basic things. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend visiting the larger betting brackets until after you’ve completed the game and build up a supply of cash. Just like in real life, don’t bet money that you aren’t willing to lose, because trust me, you will lose it. The risk is high, but so is the reward, and that just might be worth it for some gamers.
Rollin’ Like A Bigshot
Sleeping Dogs requires quite a bit of travel between locations throughout the game, so cars and bikes are pretty vital. Spending 20-30 minutes collecting money with these tips so that you can purchase a fast vehicle works out much better than trying to find a fast vehicle to steal any time you want to go somewhere.
There’s plenty of ways to gather money, but these three worked out the best for us. If you’ve found a foolproof ‘get rich quick!’ scheme in Sleeping Dogs, let us know in the comments below!