Command a team of 5 elite soldiers against an alien horde of 100,000. Surrounded on all sides, you must outmaneuver and outsmart the enemy. The enemy is closing in around you. Your soldiers are being flanked and the perimeter is slowly collapsing under a vicious alien assault. Robotic turrets will not last much longer.
User reviews: Very Positive (394 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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October 7

Infested Planet Adds Trading Cards

You've asked for trading cards and here they are! This patch also fixes a couple of crashes and exploits.

Major Changes
  • Added trading cards

Fixes
  • Fixed a way to get infinite BP by recycling
  • Removed metrics
  • Fixed a crash at the start of the game
  • Fixed crash relating to mimic eggs

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Reviews

"Alex Vostrov has created the most fiendishly clever, creatively generous, and cinematically thrilling facing-down-the-alien-hordes real time strategy game this side of the original Starcraft! Who says a great RTS has to be a big budget studio endeavor?"
--Tom Chick, Quarter To Three

"Infested Planet is a game I’m excited to see evolve, as it has the potential to be a unique and engaging RTS unlike any I have played before."
--Nightmare Mode

"Infested Planet is already quite fun, and the current beta is being very actively expanded, refined and tuned. If you’re into strategy, this might well be worth keeping an eye on. After all, who knows what it could mutate into?" --DIY Gamer

"The mutations are an ingenious way to mix each game up and keep the experience fresh."
--WarGamer

About This Game

Command a team of 5 elite soldiers against an alien horde of 100,000. Surrounded on all sides, you must outmaneuver and outsmart the enemy.

The enemy is closing in around you. Your soldiers are being flanked and the perimeter is slowly collapsing under a vicious alien assault. Robotic turrets will not last much longer. Just a little more and the bugs will swarm into your unprotected base. What are your orders?

You order your soldiers to fall back to a defensive chokepoint and rebuild your defenses. Sacrifice the forward squads to gain some extra time. Gather your team while equipping them with flamethrowers and laser guns. Start building a siege cannon for fire support. Then, while the aliens are busy, flank their main hives to destroy and capture them.

You have just pulled off a tactical victory - but there's no time to rest.

The aliens are constantly mutating. One moment your shotguns are ripping through the horde, the next the aliens grow hard, bullet-proof armour. You must adapt as well. Equip your team with stealth suits, miniguns, grenade launchers - your commands will decide the battle's outcome.

Features

  • Real time tactical combat
  • A lengthy campaign where you develop new weapons
  • Procedural maps and random mutation system keep the game fresh
  • 21 Human weapons and buildings for you to wield
  • 33 Alien mutations to keep you on your toes
  • Fight thousands of enemies at once

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:2.2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB OpenGL 2.1 Compartible
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024MB OpenGL 2.1 Compartible
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6 or above
    • Processor:2.2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB OpenGL 2.1 Compartible
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I liked infested planet. I bought the game on a bit of a whim when it was on sale, and it had been sitting in my gift inventory. All I really knew about it was that you ordered people around and they shot aliens. Which sounds like a hell of a lot of fun, really.

And it is.

The basic premise of the levels is that you start with a single capture point, and you must destroy the alien hives which sit atop their own capture points, until you control the map. With each point you capture you get more resources (called Build Points) and the alien army 'mutates' and creates an additional complication that you must overcome.

The game plays at a great pace. It's always tense, and yet, when you take a step back, the gameplay actually evolves slowly. You'll often find yourself wondering if you really need to drop a turret to cover an alien attack, or if you could just spare a single marine and spend the resources for the turret elsewhere, and all the while the lines of battle are being pushed and pulled. It's a great feeling.

And those choices. Those options! There are so many different things you can do. There are three main 'classes' of upgrades you can spend points on: weapons for your soldiers, localised power buildings like turrets or healing crates, or global upgrades that can do all manner of things from giving your soldiers grenades to having reinforcements dropped in by helicopter mid-fight. The best thing of all? They're practically all valid courses of play. Everything feels balanced and nice.

I mean look; there's a building that summons robotic clones of your soldiers when they die that fight on for a while. This means that yes: suicide missions are possible. And sometimes they are even optimum. If you -need- to capture that next point before the next attack wave comes in, and you don't have enough points for something to siege with, then an all out infantry rush might just do the trick.

Then there's the opponent. The alien swarm controlled by the AI. Here's another thing that's been done really well. While I was playing I got the distinct impression that behind the alien swarm was another player. Or at least another thing playing its own game. It had different rules to me, but it had to abide by them nonetheless. Each mutation the aliens choose have a profound impact on your play and options. You might be happily shotgunning the swarm one moment, but with the next capture suddenly the alien has consolidated its power into pseudo-human guardians, and you need to swap out your cheep shotguns for expensive sniper rifles. At higher difficulties the AI even counter-picks you. For example, if you invest in a lot of personnel upgrades, the aliens will send clones of them. I hope you know how to deal with the very same minigunners that you had waltzing right back towards your bunkers!

The game doesn't look the prettiest, and the sounds are okay, but what it does well is the gameplay, and it does that amazingly.

So now we have to ask. Do I think this is worth 15$? For myself? Surely. For anyone on the fence, I can say with certainty that it is worth your time and your money.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Concept: 10 / 10
AI / controls: 6.5 / 10
Mission design: 0 / 10

The core mechanics of this game are good. The early stages are fun, and the shop system makes you want to keep coming back. The targeting AI for your marines is meh, but not bad enough to ruin the game. The first half of the story missions are of acceptable quality.

The second half of the game is a complete mess. Later missions contain game-ending events, and unless you take an extremely specific set of precautions, you're dead. The only way to beat some of these stages is to play them over and over until you learn the stage in advance, and specifically play to avoid the pitfalls you know are coming.

The ambush mission is a great example. You simply spawn at the top of the map, and alien hives randomly appear around you. You have two directions to go, but one (securing the top of the map) isn't the "correct" way, and you'll die every time if you go there. If you try to defend your starting point (an extremely logical move), you will die because alien hives appear under you for the rest of the stage until you die. The "correct" answer to the stage is to fall back and let the aliens destroy everything as you retreat. If you attempt any other strategy, you'll die. There is no indication that this is the correct answer. And that's what makes it so infuriating.

If the level design wasn't so tremendously bad in the last half of the game, I could recommend. Right now though it's just a $15 pile of frustration that will last you about 20 hours, tops.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
138.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A simple, challenging game. I have some stability issues, it tends to crash after a few hours, but other than that it's great. I keep coming back to it because it's a good choice to waste 30 minutes of time, and it's so simple that you dont have to spend any time relearning the game. As others have noted, the random nature of the levels and enemy upgrades can sometimes make a particular level nearly impossible to complete, but if you surrender you get to keep all the single-mission upgrades you purchased, and you get cash for all the swarm you have killed so far, so when you try again you are in a better position to win.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Excellent game, it has an interesting story and challenging gameplay. The graphics are simple but it doesn't detract at all from the experience. The mechanics are solid, easy to learn, and I didn't experience any bugs (other than the ones I was shooting. lol) Lots of replayability and you can even go through the campaign again after you beat it with all the stuff you unlocked. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes strategy games and killing thousands of aliens.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This is a very intresting game that I love. It is extremly hard after the first couple missions. I do not know but the challenge is addicting and it makes you come back for more and more. final verdict 9/10. recomened to all fans for RTS!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
A very fun strategy game, with a someone two dimensional but nevertheless interesting story. The majority of the maps are pretty easy once you develop a basic opening strategy, but the later ones will be quite difficult indeed. Can be frustrating, but all in all, fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I bought the game cuz of a coupon, but I was surprise how addictive it is... its very simple Indie game & it leaves you wanting more... I would love to see more building and long ranged missles. Torrents are almost useless & u better off getting soldiers instead for defense.
Overall I loved it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Great game. It's very cheap too, which really helps in my decision to buy.

With graphics, it's got a very nice visual style and the game still looks great ultra-zoomed in.

Gameplay is nice, however it is a bit repetitive. This is no problem for me at all, I like the repetitive nature of the game and there is a lot of upgrades and buildings/weapons to try and shake it up.

The game has you as a commander of a marine team facing huge hordes of thousands of aliens, and the gameplay really stands out as unique with the gradual progression of fighting back against the alien horde.

You can always try out the free game 'Attack of the Paper Zombies' made by the same devs quite a while before this game to see what this game is like. 'Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal' is also a nice similar game.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Great little arcade sci~fi crazy shooter so much fun !
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Very enjoyable!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
It makes me think of Ender's Game 10/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
A fun basic RTS that is challenging.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Really nice RTS with simple and addicting mechanics. Lot of different tactics to choose from that are all viable.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
OMG this game is awesome. Buy it its on the sale. Nonstop action. One of best gameplays i ever played.
PS: Developers please add the coop mode this game is made for coop.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
repetitive and boring !! not recommended !!!
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
a short and fun squad based combat game
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Bought on sale, reviews spoke highly, and for good reason. Fast paced, frantic, top down RTS survival. Quality game.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I was surprised. This game had a fair amount of depth from what you first see. As a RTS fan I'd definitely recommend this game. Great fun, but a tad but expensive. Has a lot of potential to be even better with future updates.
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Best replay value of any simple game ever. Even in skirmish mode.

All the mutations that is possible for the enemy (many kinds, and different each time) makes tactics needed ever changing. I have to keep changing how I play. I love it. Cant beat if for a few bucks (got it while on sale).
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13.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
great game, worth to buy when it has a discount.

also easy achievements for people who are looking for 100% games
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