Planets under Attack offers a surprising depth of gameplay, while its intuitive controls allow even casual gamers to pick it up and feel comfortable immediately. In addition to the addicting gameplay, Planets under Attack is an obvious labor of love.
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Release Date: Sep 27, 2012
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"Such delivery is commendable in it’s self, but with the dressing of an enduring campaign and welcome online component Planets Under Attack becomes a strategy experience that any fan of the genre would be a fool to overlook."
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"Travel the universe with Mr. Goodman as he tries to make his fortune in the galactic gold rush by conquering planets and defeating human, alien and robot opponents who want to take his chance at wealth away."

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Planets under Attack offers a surprising depth of gameplay, while its intuitive controls allow even casual gamers to pick it up and feel comfortable immediately. In addition to the addicting gameplay, Planets under Attack is an obvious labor of love. An exciting and memorable cast of characters exist perfectly in this artistically beautiful world. From the ships to the planets, everything has an essence of its own, with a memorable soundtrack and comical sound effects breathing life into the visuals
The goal of this challenging space adventure is to conquer a galaxy of planets, while undertaking a multitude of special challenges. Take control of your mighty space armada, and wreak havoc across the cosmos, but choose your targets wisely! Conquered planets will net you income to expand your forces, but you must carefully weigh the pros and cons of attacking each planet, as timing and available resources are critical to victory. Above all else, you must keep a cool head. Enemies race to capture your territory as you hone in on theirs and multiple battles will rage on all fronts. You must make tactical decisions at every turn, from scouting your enemies and deploying units, to shoring up your planets’ defenses and knowing when to attack and when to defend. Strategic multi-tasking and a keen military mind will lead directly to unrivaled glory…while careless play will reduce your army to space dust.
The Campaign mode tests your military might with 32 thrilling levels, each with varied planets, tasks and game modes. Defend a planet until reinforcements arrive, fly into uncharted space, conquer planets and set up defenses before rivals attack - the list goes on and on, as there is no shortage of objectives in your struggle for interstellar dominance. Start out as a novice and learn the ropes, or ramp up the challenge with three levels of difficulty. The longer you play the more experience you’ll obtain, allowing you to unlock new technologies, changing the way you play and ensuring you’ll keep coming back for more!
In Online mode, don’t just choose your own path, make the cosmos your own personal battleground! You design the fight, from choosing the amount of players, to selecting your maps. Simply pick a game mode, select your settings, grab some friends, and cut loose.

Key Features

  • Impressive moving planetary systems in a three dimensional space
  • Stunning cartoon graphics
  • Fun, easy to learn gameplay in a rich science-fiction setting
  • 8 types of planets
  • A diverse campaign with 32 levels and multiple game modes
  • 15 multiplayer levels for 2-4 players – either in Online mode against other players, Skirmish mode against the A.I., or work towards the same goals and team-up with players in Team mode.
  • Same system multiplayer – allowing players to play with up to 4 people at once, all on the same system, and in any mode they choose.
  • 15 unlockable technologies provide gameplay variety in both single and multiplayer modes
  • 2 playable races with unique ship designs and gameplay variants

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:1.5 GHz Single Core CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Graphics card with Shader 3.0 support and 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64x2
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Graphics card with Shader 3.0 support and 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Processor:2 Ghz Intel
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Open GL 2.1 / Shader Model 3 capable graphics card with 256 MB video RAM
    • Hard Drive:600 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Lion (10.7.X)
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo 2GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Open GL 2.1 / Shader Model 3 capable graphics card with 512 MB video RAM
    • Hard Drive:600 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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63 of 65 people (97%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
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I Like:
+ texts and tutorials are spoken
+ good RTS for in between
+ solo campaign with 32 missions
+ 3 levels of difficulty
+ 15 unlockable upgrades
+ 18 multiplayer maps
+ four different game modes
+ funny multiplayer mode

I Dont Like
- a few planets upgrades more
- story incidental
- no strategy heavyweight

Battle for supremacy in several self-contained planetary systems, how to take control of their own space fleet. Each level offers a lot of variety of targets at levels of difficulty modes.
Planets Under Attack is a game about swarming. Swarming with tiny ships (robots, aliens, bugs etc). The basic gameplay is this: you control planets. Planets slowly generate ships. To attack and conquer other planets, you simply flag them by holding down the left-mouse button to select the number of ships to send (which are then taken from all planets not set to defend).
The campaign itself is composed of many different stories, told through the eyes of several characters.
As already mentioned, the characters boast colorful personalities, and as a 2D portraits that inspire the action together with relatively simple dialogue. As you complete missions and special objectives on various difficulty levels (easy, medium, and hard), you’ll be able to unlock new areas. There is a robot campaign you participate to experience the pro and cons of the other playable race, which is in skirmish and multiplayer.

Planets can be upgraded to hold more population or shoot faster. Planets under your control builds ships automatically, more planets, more planet upgrades, the more ships you can send at your enemy. Every possible action you perform requires a certain amount of cash, balance between attack and defence is principal to success.

A tech tree makes the game even more deeply, which is further developed as you play through a level system. Would you like your ships get extra speed, but less damage? Do you want to earn more money, but at the cost of ship production? All of these pieces come together to build a playing style that is uniquely your own.

Planets Under Attack is an accessible, well-rounded strategy game that almost anyone can enjoy.
Many game modes and online / offline multiplayer abilities really add to the game’s replayability.
I would have liked to have seen more unit types but overall it is a lot of fun to play.

Score: 71 / 100

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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
Planets Under Attack,

-Easy to learn.
-Nice cartoony style. (a patato can run it)
-Almost fully voice acted singleplayer.
-A Surprising amount of Depth to the gameplay.

-Only 2 Factions. (Humans and Robot 2.0)
-Glitchy Multiplayer.
-Game maps can become Extreamly messy and crowded.
-Only 4 Game modes.

Planets under Attack is a strategy adventure suitable for both inexperienced and hard core strategy gamers,
The game offers 18 different Multiplayer Maps for 2-4 players.
And a Singleplayer thats almost fully Voice acted, its also a Good way to prepair for the multiplayer
The Game offers the player the choice between 2 Factions : The Humans and Robot 2.0 (Both these factions act Differently)
Its the most fun with Friends ofcourse (what isn't?)
And it The has a Really Nice art style in my opinion. (Who doesnt like SPACE )

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I Would give this game a 7,6 out of 10 and a Thumps up.

Catogory : Strategy
Published by TopWare Interactive AG.
Developed by Targem Games.
Platforms : Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Steam (PC & Mac)

Extra info : The game is 100% Controller supported (Thanks to the Xbox Port) and the controls with a Gamepad feel great, they did a great job on that

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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
The basis of this game is to take over planets, and then using those planets to build up more jets to take over planets with, and to eventually overwhelm your enemy with your jet ships to eliminate them. You really only need the mouse to play. You take over planets by clicking on them.

This seems quite cool. However, amongst all the awesomeness that is this game, the controls feel laggy. When I click on a planet, I don't immediately get a response from my allied planets. And I feel in a game that requires those split decision making choices, it allows my strategy to easily fold. I am suddenly clicking on one planet. The exact controls are also slightly vague. It took me a second to figure out how to upgrade, but the reasons for doing so felt almost pointless. I could either send out ships to take over planets, or spend time upgrading them.

Overall a good game. I have better games on my game list of 200 games, but this one is still pretty good. It just needs some touch ups from the developer. I felt there was too much useless information on the screen as well, and the important information was placed on the same level as some of the useless stuff. I am really on the fence with this game, but I am recommending it out of the hopes that other people will see the positives come from the negatives.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
The game concept is good enough, especially for the price point of $0.99 USD (Steam sale).

However, for those looking for cooperative mode vs. AI, in an online capacity, know that the game does not currently support it. Despite advertising it as such and asserting that it offers this capability, the game does not at this provide it. A lengthy thread on the forums has also gone unanswered by the developers so no clarity has been shed on the subject. As such, no online coop campaign OR skirmish options exist for players vs. AI.

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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
The game does not have coop vs AI at all.
Big disappointment.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
Fast and frantic node control game similar but simpler than games like "oilRush". Persistant rank unlocks passive powerups upto 3 of which are chosen prior to a match. Both the campaign and the multiplayer/skirmish all feature individual matchs with a good variety of maps a few different victory conditions but the core gamplay and game mechanics are kept simple... 3 types of interchangable upgradable node - 1 way to take them 1 way to keep them.

There is local and online pvp and Sp vs AI but as yet there is no way to co-op vs Ai despite any claims made on the store page.

For short 30sec - 15min games this is a great little filler worth its Sale price.

Avoid if easily frustrated...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Surprisingly fun. I would've never even looked in to it. I just happen to find a 90% off coupon and had some change left over.

Had I know how much fun this strategy game is I would've had absolutely no issue paying full price for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
First things first, its a nice game, but it has a fatal flaw, the control are very obnoxious.
Normally in this kind of game dragging from planet to planet would select the planet to send ships from.
However in this game all planets send ships unless you flag them as defending.
Which means that you are constantly managing which planets should send and which should not.
Overlooking will have ships flying through defended space and get shot down, or have planets which are still building up send all of there ships and be left defenseless.
Also the ammount of ships send is determined by holding the mouse button longer, which is very inaccurate.

Just for that very important reason i cannot recommend this.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
The quickness of a Flashgame but the strategy of a full-on wargame.

-small game >> quick to download and not much space used.
-simple to learn and gets you in the action fast.
-several different game types: Elimination, King-of-the-Hill, Gold-Mine, Target-Capture, Debt-Collector and a few others up to 4 players at a time.
-several skirmish maps, single player or multi-player (would be excellent on a game system).
-Decent Storyline.
-Decent music.
-several Steam Achievements as well as in-game rewards that give you quick cash when you need it.
-general technology upgrade sysem
-Strategy is simple, yet deep.
-Difficulty setting matters; not only is the AI stronger but they're smarter. The higher the difficulty, the higher the rewards.

-If you're use to over-complex strategy games this will seem overly simple (possibly even boring).
-As far as I know you cannot play as the alien race, but maybe I haven't gotten that far yet.
-though planets do have a population, it is used only as a form of limiting currency in warfare. There is no real economic strategy except "make money >> spend it. Build population >> spend/send it."

All this said:
Nice, Quick, Simple yet Challenging.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Astranon's Rating of Planets Under Attack:
Gameplay (Is it fun?): 1/4
Visuals (Does it look good?): 3/4
Originality (Is it one of a kind?): 1/4
Playability (Is it free of errors and other issues?): 4/4
Overall Rating: 56% out of 100%

Astranon's Review of Planets Under Attack:
Planets Under Attack is a strategy game where you choose one of three factions and manage a galactic empire. You do this by invading planets belonging to other factions while defending your own. There is a campaign mode where you can play as one of the three factions. You can also choose to play a standalone game or with friends.

Planets Under Attack is a game of numbers. This means that strategy comes down to whether the player is able to overpower an opponent by outnumbering his or her spaceships. When a planet is placed in defense mode, its number of spaceships increase. When it is placed in attack mode, it stops accumulating but the player is able to send its spaceships to invade other planets or defend friendly ones. Toggling a planet's mode and sending spaceships here and there makes up the bulk of gameplay. There are no spectacular space battles. Spaceships themselves are quite monochromatic and cannot be upgraded or customized. There is also no civilization aspect to the planets themselves as the only option that exists is to upgrade a planet so that it can accommodate more spaceships. That's it.

For a sci-fi game with multiple modes of gameplay and decent artwork, one would expect gameplay in Planets Under Attack to be more complex. It is instead a monotonous experience that is more mathematical than entertaining. I do not recommend this game.

[Note: This review was written to help other gamers make an informed decision before purchasing. It is in no way intended as an attack on opposing viewpoints. You are welcome to agree or disagree with what I have written here. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Thank you.]
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Brilliant game concept but the dev thought it was too easy (obiously because they built it so they know the whole programming stucture of the AI, ect), so they increased the difficulty to the point where even a veteran gamer find the easy difficulty infuriatingly hard. i love the game concept and i do enjoy challenges but i hate the fact that it's so unforgiving.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Really fun little lite strategy game. Something fun to play while I listen to podcasts/audio books. Clearly crafted with care and love. Some suprisingly nice voice acting :)

If you are experienced with strategy games, its not particularly difficult, but it eventually throws some suprisingly complex levels at you.

Requires a mouse scroll wheel (hard coded) which I don't have on my laptop, which is annoying. I would really appriciate the option of mapping the scroll wheel to some other buttons (but I'm not sure how much of a pain that is from a coding perspective).
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This game has no AI for multiplayer of any sort.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Really fun game at the beginning but at later levels it becomes more annoying than anything!
Should have been more fast paced rather than sending 20 ships only for it to take 25435435 years for them to reach the planet then the planet now requires 35 really does get annoying and old! The base tech is far too over powered. Many times it takes like triple the amount of ships to conquer a base and this just adds frusteration rather than enjoyment!!!
The AI is awful, esp. in later levels. Don't even get me started with the final boss....literally impossilbe/cheap/ down right redic!!!
The game needs a solid patch for it to be enjoyable as the beginning of the game was!
-Fix the final boss....even the youtube video isn't helpful, it is just some guy playing through hints are offered
-make the game more fast paced or at least make ships travel faster for more distant planets...honestly I gotta wait 342354354 years for the ships to reach their destination only for the planet not to be conquered because magically the planet has way more power than before
-races are unbalanced, esp the robots.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
fix this ♥♥♥♥ing game, the scroll button is so ♥♥♥♥ING STUPID! just use a key that i can actually use not some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ control that causes you to lose
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
Way to difficult, to the point where the second level is impossible, the computer has too much of an advantage... And before anyone says anything it's because there is a bug in the game, not because I am just not capable...
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
So fun
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78 of 96 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
I purchased this with the express intent of playing co-op, local or otherwise. This game falsely advertises there is co-op when in reality the multiplayer mode is only VS. There is no way to play with a friend against enemy AI.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
"Planets Under Attack" is an addictive little time consumer that reminds me somehow of "Megalomania", because it's gameplay is mainly focused on massive realtime tactical movement of your units between different positions. The different positions in this game here are the many different planets scattered around each map in the huge campaign mode. After playing a bit into the game you can even begin to set different types of planets, one for the bank (it produces money), some for battle planets (they function as big defensive artillery bases ... well ... sort of) and the rest for breeding more men and producing taxes.

There are three different classes to play in this game, although until now - except the robot tutorial mission at the beginning - I've only played the human species so far. But it's clear from the campaign matches and the many hints in the manual that they even have different play styles. Robots for examples don't collect taxes, they use their bodies to upgrade planets and so on ...

This game features deep tactical decisions lying under a neat and easy to lern point and click interface. Most of the time you have to act under pressure, be it time that runs against you or enemies attacking your reaches of space. There are many different mission types during the campaign (or in local / online multiplayer) only interrupted every so often for a special boss battle stages that can differ from the normal gameplay by various intriguing ideas ... but I don't want to spoil you here ... ;)

So whats left to say for me is that this is one of these mostly overseen strategy pearls you in theory just can play for a break during yourr office work. The only thing is, this game gets so amazingly addictive in a very short while, you better tell your boss it could take a while for him to see you again ... :)

In my oppinion you should totally get this game. It's fast, it's deeper in strategy than it looks and it's fun either in small bites or equally for a couple of hours at a time. Give it a try and at least download the demo. And if you tend to like the game (like I do - just in case you didn't mention yet), maybe we could get together sometime and meet up for a few online matches as this game really deserves full servers.
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47 of 62 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
I really enjoyed this game for the first two hours or so, but then it gets much too hard. The first boss level is ridiculous - I get stomped every time I try, even on 'easy' difficulty, despite doing fine on all of the previos levels. All the posts I can find online are people saying the same thing. It's clear from the achievements that most people quit about the same point that I quit, maybe for the same reason? It's sad because I really enjoyed the game at first, but it is just far too hard and thus more frustrating than fun.
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