The control panel grid button or the keyboard D key activate the range finder one of three ways. The first time an outline appears around the area one space away from the player in all directions. The second time another outline appears around the area two spaces away from the player. The third time the outlines disappear again.

The outlines show which playing field characters are within one or two space of the player. This also helps to find where the player is when the playing field becomes too crowded with robots and scrap heaps. The outlines follow you wherever you move. The range finder is equivalent to the 'dots' command in the original Robots game.