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 (3,136 reviews)
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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July 3

A0.883 Beta Build Released on Steam

To play this, you will need to opt into the beta branch. We have a bunch of animals with new behavior trees ready to go back in, just waiting for some outsourced animations to come back. VTOL and boats are going in next as well, then we can move on to the new stuff in the Creation Editor.

Changelist:

Fixed issue with NPC walking speed and animation not matching
Fixed issue with player hand at wrong position on object
Fixed issue with NPC not getting up after reviving
Fixed issue of not able to dig in Build Mode
Fixed issue of not getting up after reviving if carrying custom weapon
Fixed issues of some Layerback attacks not able to hit
Fixed issue of clock not moving after loading game
Fixed issue with item cool down time
Fixed issue with autosave
Fixed issue with the solar charger and repair machine disappearing after loading
Fixed issue with the mission UI window not positioning right
Changed the currency in Adventure mode
Changed the range where the player can pick up monster drops
Optimized UI windows
Fixed issue where the Replicator displays the wrong numbers
Fixed character head display issues in the UI
Temporarily stopped vehicles from collision damage (due to multiplayer issue)
Fixed issue where some animal attacks were not initiated
Fixed issue where some animals enter attack mode too slowly
Fixed issue with Adventure Mode generating too many random NPCs
Fixed issue with alien camps displaying the wrong texture
Added tool tips to the Build System UI
Changed the transparency of the UI blocks in the Build System
Fixed issue of unlimited materials when clicking undo in the Build System
Fixed issue where pressing ESC exits the Build System
Tweaked the position of player when entering multiplayer
Added NPC revive in multiplayer
Fixed issue with monster drops in multiplayer
Fixed issue with using materials when in the Build System
Fixed issue with displaying uncharted territory
Added doors, beds, lights, and custom objects in the Creation Editor
Added ability to learn mineral scanner scripts
Added some fish types

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June 29

A0.8821 Beta Build Released on Steam

A small patch.

Changelist:

Added the hotkey “j” for the Creation System
Fixed issue of unable to place colony core in Build mode
Fixed issue of after exiting from Build mode items not tallying correctly in other modes
Fixed issue of NPC movement speed
Fixed issue of player hands on wheels in a vehicle
Fixed issue of unable to talk with NPCs in multiplayer
Fixed issue of NPC dying and popping up the interact window in multiplayer
Fixed issue with gathering items and displaying information

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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


Current

  • 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

Planned

  • 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.)

Maybe

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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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)
    Recommended:
    • 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)
    Minimum:
    • 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)
    Recommended:
    • 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)
    Minimum:
    • 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)
    Recommended:
    • 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
85 of 118 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Early Access Review
At this point I am really concerned as to whether or not this game is even going to be completed. I've seen very little communication from the dev(s) in terms of progress or what exactly is hindering their progress, and the game page hasn't been substantially updated in months. Compared to some other early access steam games, this one seems to be dead in the water. When communication starts to die off like this I think everyone can agree it's almost aways a bad sign.

I've played roughly 40 hours at this point, and while not bad, there isn't very much to do once you've mastered the creation system. It's got cool concept for story, but then the main quest is full of glitches and at times those glitches are game breaking, so you can't even really experience the story.

If you do decide to buy it, buy it massively discounted and be prepared to join the rest of us in limbo
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
Epic game, lots of fun if you like building games. For $24.95, even at full price this game is well worth the value. The developers have made good on many of their promises, though they may have set their own bar too high. As it stands, if this game never got another update I feel like a certainly got my moneys worth - much better than many AAA games that costs $49 or $59 on Steam. No Man's Sky will have a lot more stuff to do (a similar game on the horizon), but it will also be a $60 game. ;)

So a couple points about Planet Explorers:

Build Tools ROCK! Love how easy it is to just pull and drag out whole walls, columns, floors you name it. What might take a few days in a game like Minecraft to build you can get done in 1 day since the tools make building both faster and more fun. The barrier to entry in regards to building your first castle right from the start is almost none.

Exploration is pretty cool. You can walk around for hours discovering new stuff, new mobs, locating hard to find resources. If you like to just explore and see what the world has to offer, this is a good game to do it in.

Smooth Voxel epicness! No more Minecraft cube clone with this game.

Combat is OK. It could use a little more fine tuning obviously, but it is there, it works and plenty of weapons to craft to take down both standard enemies and bosses. Yep, it has bosses and they are HUGE and dangerous. ;)

Colonies and multiplayer. Multiplayer just makes it great - team with friends, load up a previously worked on world and work on building your empire together. I currently play this with two other friends and we always have fun.

Active developers. It is a small team so what you can expect for a game of this complexity? As I stated before, in it's current state, $24.95 is a steal for how many features are in this game. If it never got another update I would be fine. That being said, the developers, while sometimes a little slow, stay on top of the project and continue to work on stuff and make it better and bigger.

In conclusion, with the transition to Unity 5 an already great looking game just got even better looking. Don't expect lightening quick updates and constant patches every couple weeks or month - and honestly, this game doesn't need it. It is stable, it is fun and offers something differnt from all the cube based Minecraft clones out there.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
Great potential, needs some serious optimization first.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Early Access Review
I have really enjoyed Planet Explorers so far. I know its still in early access but I have been able to do so much and have yet to hit a point where I cant do anything else. The construction and building modess are awesome. you can literally make anything your mind can envision. I highly recomend this games and I cant wait to see what else they have in store for us!!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
Buys game during near-pre-alpha-but-not-exactly-day-0. Spends well over 15 hours using mainly the custom building features. 20/10 would build another supposedly air-tight sub only to drown.
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