Planet Explorers is an open world sandbox adventure RPG game set on a distant planet. The game uses a new OpenCL calculated voxel system to allow players to change the terrain in any way, create new objects such as weapons, vehicles, objects, and do it anywhere.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (3,307 reviews) - 77% of the 3,307 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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“Planet Explorers is an open world RPG for its single player mode, as in there's a storyline with an ending. The game is in alpha, there will be bugs and strange things that we can't explain. Since it's an RPG, there will be more bugs than other games of the voxel type. Also due to the RPG nature, each main update will be spaced by about a month. But due to the decent size of our team, each update will contain a lot of content. We do listen very closely to our players, so you will have an opportunity to impact the direction of the game.”
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"Great RPG/Sandbox game. Mine, quest, build, & kill to your hearts content, this game is fun especially with your fellow friends, it has great potential."

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September 16

A0.887 Beta Released on Steam

This one took us a while, there were several bugs and efficiency problems forcing our attention. We fixed the cave pathfinding and NPC generation causing frame drops, and there are several more areas that we plan to look at to solve other stuttering issues. One major concern is that our current pathfinding is not only pretty bad, it’s also very resource intensive. We’re going about writing a whole new pathfinding system for our game, we can’t promise it’ll solve all the problems with AI, but it’ll be much better than what’s there now. For our next build, we’ll have new air enemy combat behavior, the medical facility for colony, most of the old animals back in, custom armor, NPC skills, and maybe an early form of first person camera. Also, if you want to see what we have left/are working on for A0.9, look here.


Fixed issue with ragdoll bouncing
Fixed issue with NPCs disappearing when logging on/offline
Fixed issue with auto reload
Fixed issue with pathfinding efficiency in caves
Fixed issue with spider web not disappearing
Fixed issue with dialogue not appearing after mission complete
Fixed issue with dialogue not leading to new mission
Fixed issue with Gerdy’s rest position
Fixed issue with mission icon size
Fixed issue with cutscenes generating enemies
Fixed issues created by random maps’ height configuration
Fixed issue with monorail creation
Fixed issue with efficiency
Changed logic for moving items out of bags
Changed vehicle consistency logic for multiplayer
Changed combat collision
Changed the balance of some of the Creation System’s addons
Optimized random NPC generation
Added the ability for players to attack NPCs in multiplayer
Added animals in forest and desert
Added the Processing Facility to the colony buildings (NPCs can now go out and gather for you!)
Added birds (no combat or new animations yet)
Added new gun grips to the Creation Editor
Added in optional skill tree leveling for Adventure Mode
Added in vehicle aiming HUD (press Z/X to lock and fire)
Added in layering for hit detection allowing for different damages to different parts of the body (will allow different damage from different weapons as well once we enter the numbers)
Added custom armor creation in the Creation Editor (cannot export yet)

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August 21

A0.886 Beta Build Released on Steam

We tried to get a couple of things into this build but failed, so they're for the next build. First is the (optional) level up skill tree for Adventure mode, second are several new weapon parts for the Creation Editor. At the end of this build, we ran into a few problems with AI pathfinding optimization, that's what caused the delay. The problem still persists in the form of frame rate drops when loading AI, we're going to fix that in the next build.

A lot of players have asked us about when we're moving forward with the story. Well, we're actually mainly focused on the story, it's just that there are so many moving parts and the story mode is the culmination of these parts. Once we have most of the AI and special events written completely, then story will go from start to finish without a hitch. The end part of the story needs new AI systems or they won't work (you know, the part about befriending or warring against...). Due to the AI being a bottleneck for our game, we've already put 3.5 programmers on this task.

For the next build, we're going to put in more animals, flying AI, better NPC AI, level up skill tree, updated battle/hit system, and perhaps an early form of the custom armor. Speaking of custom armor, here's a preview:

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A0.886 Changelist

Fixed issue with the "complete mission" UI not following the NPC
Fixed issue with not being able to get a mission through a story scene
Fixed issue with NPC getting stuck for rescue Rol mission
Fixed issue with missions where all NPCs need to arrive at a point to continue
Fixed issue with hatred transferring in multiplayer
Fixed issue with AbnormalCondition in multiplayer
Fixed issue with AI spawning in multiplayer
Fixed issue with follower story NPC always attacking an AI
Fixed issue with items disappearing from storage boxes after loading saves
Fixed issue with the town display icon being wrong
Fixed issue with the town display icon being at the wrong place
Fixed issue with pressing ESC causing some UI functions to stop
Fixed issue with cylindrical blocks displaying incorrectly
Fixed issue with F2 display mode where the mouse doesn't appear after pressing the ESC key
Fixed issue with recovering blocks throwing an error
Fixed issue with player locations not saving on large world map
Fixed issue with world map not centering on player during initialization
Fixed issue with auto turrets not shooting down an incline
Fixed issue with bed UI blocking off other UI after it's closed
Fixed issues with colony building repair
Fixed issue with colony NPC head display
Fixed issue with enhancing flare, stun, and blaster throwing an error
Fixed issue with mission display
Fixed issue with the NPC being bartered with walking away
Fixed issue with ash box being recognized as an item
Fixed issue with cutscene display time
Changed digging block brightness
Changed the frequency in which random loot appears
Changed the way VTOL and ships control
Changed some of the building UI so that they fulfill skill tree limitations
Changed a couple of animations for female character
Optimized AI Behavior
Added the player oxygen display
Added Trade Post building to colony
Added UI windows location saving
Added cave animals
Added basic cave pathfinding
Added submarine part to Creation Editor (controls like VTOL in reverse)
Added a couple of cutscenes
Added more animations to current animals
Added 8 animals
Added spider web effect to Andhera Queen mission

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About This Game

In Planet Explorers, it is the year 2287, one of the first colony ships sent out by Earth arrives at the planet Maria, in the Epsilon Indi Star System. During its landing sequence, something appears in front of the massive ship that causes it to lose control and crash into the planet. Some of the colonists survive in lifeboats, but what they find is an unforgiving land filled with creatures ready to outlast the visitors from Earth. Now the survivors must explorer, gather, build, create, fight, and ultimately, build a new home.

Game Modes

Planet Explorers will feature single and multiplayer modes.

In single player there are 3 distinct selections

  • Story Mode – Story mode is the main meat and bones of the game, it is the action-adventure-rpg-somewhat-4X segment, offering npcs, missions, colony building, farming, ranching, training, diplomacy, and of course, a storyline that you can follow or ignore. This story features a 17X8km world map with many unique character, landscapes, biomes, locations, and over 100 types of potential enemies. Even though we’ve made it seem like a very action oriented game in the trailers, in reality, players can choose to not fight so much as to just plant a farm, make some food, keep the colonists alive, negotiate with the sentient aliens, and defend the perimeter from the local life forms. That can still eventually arrive at the ending. And yes, there is an ending.

  • Adventure Mode – This mode is based on a procedural map generated from a seed. Currently, it comes in a 40X40 kilometer map. Players will be able to complete random missions, defeat bosses, and explore different landscapes in the mode and eventually be able to setup conditions that they want to play (such as tower defense or attack an alien camp). This mode will also feature survival gameplay. The randomization in this mode will eventually pull in player made objects and locations so that a world will always feature something new and unique.

  • Build Mode – In this mode, there are no enemies and an infinite amount of building material. It also currently comes in a 40X40km map. Players will be able to build whatever they want in this mode, including everything in the Creations Editor. Think of this as the perfect testing ground to test everything you build. Or…it’s your place to build your garden without ever worrying about the pesky aliens.

Multiplayer allows Local Area Network and player hosted servers. It features several modes but some are still on the drawing board or going through technical trials so the final result is still in flux. Players playing multiplayer should be able to bring at least one of their created objects into multiplayer games, be it a sword, gun, or vehicle.

  • Coop – Coop comes in many selections, such as adventure mode, tower defense mode, build mode, etc. This is pretty much an open world sandbox with a max of 32 players (this number still needs to be stress tested).

  • Versus – This mode allows teams of up to 16 players to battle against 16 players from another team. We allow full terrain manipulation in this mode. Currently, it's a point based system where one team wins if they reach a certain point level based on kills, built objects, resources mined, etc.

Game Features


  • 20+ hours of storyline
  • 70+ types of enemies
  • 20+ unique mainline NPCs
  • Able to dig
  • Able to build
  • Able to plant farm
  • Able to build colony
  • Able to have followers
  • Creation Editor to create vehicles, weapons, objects, vtols, and more
  • Day/night cycle with realistic moon cycles
  • Weather system
  • 15+ types of mineral types
  • 200+ unique items
  • Resource scanner
  • Realtime AI pathfinding
  • Multiplayer COOP
  • Multiplayer VS
  • Realtime water physics


  • Finish up the single player storyline
  • 30+ more enemy types
  • More mainline NPCs
  • Multiple boss types
  • Story Editor
  • Pet system
  • Herding
  • Fishing
  • AI bot followers
  • Ingame music player
  • Hardcore survival mode
  • Negotiation with aliens
  • War with aliens
  • Missions to the moons
  • More objects in Creation Editor (boats, mechs, armor, etc.)


  • Riding animals
  • NPC Marrying
  • NPC Procreation
  • Season system

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Win 7
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    • OS: Win 7 +
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 670+ HD7000+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    • OS: OSX 10.7+
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 670+ HD7000+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    • OS: Linux Kernal 3.2
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    • OS: Linux Kernal 3.2+
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 670+ HD7000+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Early Access Review
Very ambitious and many good qualities but sadly the storyline is incomplete and the progress of the devs completing the project is slowwwww....

Ive put several hundred hours playing different versions of the game over the past year or so and in my opinion the crafting aspects of creating vehicles, mining and building (and experimenting) objects/buildings etc. are incredibly satisfying however there are limited things to do once youve built them (mainly due to story etc)..

Not trying to dwell on its shortcomings because the potential is huge so definetly Give this game a shot --- when it is truly finished..
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38 of 58 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Early Access Review
Planet Explorers is a super ambitious project that will probably reach most goals. Hopefully. The problem for me is not the game itself, or the direction its going in - its with the current state and the price. This is a HUGE project, and so what do you get for your twenty five bucks, right now? In my opinion, you get an unoptomized sandbox that has a moderate-albeit reasonable for the current developement state-amount of bugs and glitches. I just hope they keep going and get it done in a timely manner.

This is an open world, do-whatever-you-want crafting and base building game.

+Huge potential (but then again, so does nearly every other EA game)
+Multiplayer could be really really fun in the future, and is even fun now, to a certain extent
+The idea of vehicle crafting is awesome
+The world is beautiful

-Personally, I think this should be first-person
-Its glitchy, and in this case, is fairly bothersome (glitching through the world/builds quite frequently)
-It is unoptimized. I can run it at full graphics on my gaming rig, but it sweats.
-I would bet money that developement will cease before the original vision is completely met (not a bad thing, but this is ambitious)

Get it on a sale, and make sure to play the demo first (I think its on their website). Problem is, the open world crafting genre is a super crowded market. You can do better.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Early Access Review
It's more of an action adventure game than ARK and more of a survival game than GRAV. It does both very well. The game world is interesting, the story is enjoyable, and the building/creation system is impressive (but mostly optional if you prefer to stick to adventure gaming). As you get farther into the game, throw in some colony management that reminds me a bit of Kenshi.

Although the game has been out for awhile it does still have some serious bugs (semi-frequent game crashes). The dev team is still active and the game recently went through an engine upgrade, so there is hope these will be worked out in the next few months.

Overall it's just a lot of fun, if you like survival adventure/creation in a sci fi setting.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Early Access Review
Cannot reccomend this game based mainly on the lack of content, area has invisible walls that limit full exploration of the "planet" more like an island, very few poorly created human habitats (more alien ones if you explore). AI is stupid and gets in the way of vehicles a lot. Frame drop is another main problem, no matter the setting the game always runs at a slow 20fps even less in the forests.

Save yourself the money for now and wait for this game to be finished
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Early Access Review
I think I'll try my hand at writing a semi-serious review.

- Great variety in mobs/animals and plants.
- A building system which allows you to place down whole walls at once, and allows you to save a building and then build it somewhere else if you have the resources.
- You can build your own guns, swords, shields, vehicles, and turrets.
- You can turn this into a Tower Defense game if you want.
- Pretty good crafting system.
- Excellent hand-held scanner which allows you to search for high-mineral deposits and underground caves.
- You have pretty much an in-game workshop in multiplayer, where you can download different things people have built and then use those blueprints (ISOs) in any game mode. Great for those less-creative/new users.\
- The save system is pretty great, it generates 3 auto-saves over time, and you can also manually save at multiple points. This is useful if you accidently take on the hardest enemy base and then very quickly get killed when you respawn. (Like I did)

- No First-Person mode, which is supposed to later be implemented back into the game. (Yeah, it used to be in then they took it out because it caused some issues) This makes mining down to deep mineral deposits very difficult, since you pretty much have to plan your dig down so it's possible to get back up.
- Lots of crashes, though really that's expected from a game in development
- Developer Reliability: The developers have been trying to do the 0.9 update for quite some time. They recently anounced it would be released during November. That doesn't sound so bad, no? Wrong. Looking at their past update history, when they announce that something is going to be released, it'll be another few months past the "expected date". So we'll probably be getting the 0.9 update sometime in February.
- Not a whole lot of variety in quests; most are just, "fight these things," or, "bring me this."

- I can't recommend this in it's current state. Even though it's fun, and will probably eventually be a full, playable, non-crashing game, that is clearly going to take some time. The developers try to get things implemented for an update, but then in the update logs, say that it wasn't working out well for this version. Updates are inconsistent, and often don't add much content. I'll edit this review as the game gets developed.

DATE OF LAST EDIT: 8 October 2015
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