Hi, when I play games, the philosophy I personally like when learning how to play a game is showing, not telling. Take for example, Super Mario Bros, the game shows you how to play the game within the first minute without showing a pop up saying “press A to jump”. Of course, Eco is much more complex than Super Mario Bros, but I think just blatantly telling the player what to do, will remove the rewarding feeling of figuring out what to do.
However, with a game as complex as Eco, guidance is certainly needed. But my suggestion is show, not tell and keep the reading to a minimum