PREMIER EDITION - While seeking life on a distant planet, an astronaut discovers an abandoned Russian town. He suspects his mission is a hoax until a mysterious young woman saves him from a strange and deadly phenomenon...
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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PREMIER EDITION

While seeking life on a distant planet, an astronaut discovers an abandoned Russian town. He suspects his mission is a hoax until a mysterious young woman saves him from a strange and deadly phenomenon... Lifeless Planet is a third-person action-adventure that features an old-school sci-fi story and spectacular environments in the spirit of classic action-adventures.

After a hard landing on the planet, the astronaut discovers the planet that was reported to be rich with life is instead a barren wasteland. When he goes searching for his crew, he makes a more startling discovery: evidence that humans have already been to this planet years ago! When he comes upon a deserted Soviet-era Russian town, he struggles to make sense of his mission. Did his light-speed travel to the planet send him back in time? Or is this all some strange Cold War hoax?

Along the way, the astronaut meets a Russian woman, Aelita, who is somehow able to survive the hostile atmosphere of the planet. Through an unusual natural phenomenon, her skin causes the soil to glow green under her feet. The player must use these glowing tracks as a guide across the planet past treacherous and deadly threats. Is she leading him to safety... or an untimely death?

Lifeless Planet was inspired by Cold War era science fiction stories, posing questions about humankind's desire for space travel. What if you journeyed across the galaxy to another planet, only to find humans had already been there? What kind of person would sign up for a one-way mission, leaving behind planet Earth and everyone they've ever known and love... to go in search of an Earth-like planet?

Equipped with a limited-use jet-pack and a mobile robotic arm, the player must use wits and skill to solve puzzles, unravel the mystery, and survive the Lifeless Planet!

Key Features:
  • Explore 20 unique and atmospheric environments on a vast and treacherous planet.
  • Follow a mysterious young woman as she guides you past dangerous terrain and deadly life-forms.
  • Investigate the startling discovery of an abandoned Russian town.
  • Experience an exciting and intriguing story through rich graphics and cinematic cut-scenes.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 or ATI equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DX9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or faster
    • Memory: 3000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GT 640 or faster
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DX9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7 (Lion) or newer
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or Better (2ghz or faster)
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia/ATI Dedicated Graphics (Integrated Intel Graphics not supported)
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
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HEAVY METAL ZOMBIE
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I have been eyeing this up for a long time and glad i got it . A very interesting and unique game . I am always looking for ones that are differant from the many many games out there . Great job Devs .
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EfrenIsIt
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is sooo bad! All you do is walk through lifeless enivornments. Sure the background looks pretty but you can't really explore any of it. The game drags you along from one objective to another. There is nothing else to do other than to do the menial task required to progress the story.

I'll admit the story's concept is interesting at first BUT the game is far too long. The story is told mostly through text and sometimes your character says something related to what's happening. After I while I didn't care about story. What made it worse is that not every objective you clear to keep moving on progresses the story! After I gave up on the story I was too far in so I did finish it. the ending was dissapointing to say the least. I regret spending so much time on this game; I could have been playing a much better game, or watching/reading a much better story.

This is the game:
>Walk along a non-discrete path
>Run into a roadblock
>Look around for solution
>Walk for a few minutes to solution
>Solve an extremely easy puzzle
>Walk back to road block.
Then you start back at the top, following the non-discrete path and following the steps .

I spent $6.77 on this game and it felt like a chore the entire time. Go buy a better game.
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giftedgaia
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Picked up on steam sale. Spent 20 minutes jumping and missing my target due to floaty movement game mechanics that make movement/jumping seem impossible. Avoid unless you like jumping up & down over & over & over again.
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IG88Assassin BitSkins.com
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
This was a great game. The walking mechanics were tedious, but the story was just entertaining enough to keep me going. The ending unfortunately left me unfulfilled. Nonetheless a good game. Worth the price and time.
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IntoP13c3s
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
= Please note that this review was originally meant as a reaction to AshenRowan's review =
= We seem to find the same pro's/con's, but in a minorly different measure of importance =
= Leading to a different recommendation total =

Review:
After having finished the game, i agree with most of what AshenRowan said.

- The music/ambient sounds were wonderful. They acted out the exact role they're supposed to; drawing the player further into the game, rather than just being distracting random music. While never truly noticing any sounds/music, i always felt it there. As strange as this may sound. Think of it as air: you know it's important, you know you're always inhaling it, but you never really realize or appreciate it as such.

- The scenery, especially in cinematics, were beautiful. I have to say, however, that i don't completely agree with the comment on the graphics quality being a lot worse at times. I noticed (pretty late) that the image quality seems to be directly linked to the center of the screen. Looking directly at parts of the scenery seem to brighten, sharpen ánd enhance the overall quality of that specific part of the scenery. The point that's actually sharp is pretty small though. (Please note that i have my graphics set to "fastest", as i'm working on a laptop that doesn't fully accept its own graphics card)

- The enemies are absolutely awesome! The design is wonderful, and they're placed at good locations in the game. I find some points about the enemies quite confusing though. Some seem to be programmed to follow a specific path, while others seem to act either at random, or to your movements. Don't get me wrong, i wouldn't consider this a Con, it's just... if you don't know, it can be a bit confusing, i guess.

- I didn't really mind the "Put the rock in the whole" thingy, to be honest. However, this could've been made a bit easier, or at the very least, they could've taken out the cinematic leading up to the necessary equipment.

- AshenRowan seems to have encountered more environment issues than i have. I agree that some parts of the environment doesn't work well with the intensity/air-movement of the jetpack, but that's a matter of feeling it a few times, and it'll be fine until the next time you need to slightly alter your technique. Only once have i encountered a seemingly solid piece of environment to be completely intangible. However, again, after knowing that, i managed to jump that gap with the second try.

- There's one thing AshenRowan didn't say in his review, that seems pretty important to me: the end. It doesn't seem finished at all. There were so many things i still had to do to feel like i had completed the storyline, but it seems that only one part of the storyline is officially considered the storyline? and that one honestly only seemed minorly important, considering how the storyline developed throughout the game.

| In conclusion, i also agree with AshenRowan: I'm not necessarily satisfied (especially due to that last bit), but it's a very enjoyable game. And if you don't feel like playing for a while, and you're in a fully safe spot, just leave the game open and enjoy the ambient sounds and the music while you're busy doing other stuff.
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DinkyStudios
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Most fun gaming I've had in a long time.
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[WB] MR PANTS
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This is one of those games where I wish there was a 'Maybe' button for do you recommend. I'd have to err on the side of 'no' on this one, though.

The premise is cool and the story is interesting, which are pretty key points in a game like this. However, to make a game interesting, it has to be more tha a series of bright spots on the screen that you walk to in order to advance the story. That's where things start to fall down.

I'm the kind of guy, that presented with an open environment, will try to seek out the nooks and crannies. I quickly found that with this game, there was no real reward for doing so ... Exploring just seemed really unsatisfying and it turned into me marching from journal entry to journal entry, largely ignoring everyhing else. There's a lot of big, open expanses of nothing.

The structures (houses, buildings, etc.) are weird lifeless props. I would have liked to have gotten to see a little bit more, gotten a feel of an abandoned place. Instead, it felt like a low budget movie set. The main character's early reaction that this is all fake rings way more true than anything else.

Some people say this game is beautiful, some say its beautiful in places and ugly in others. I'd say its pretty bland all the way through. The color palette changes, that's about it.

I will say I actually liked that the puzzles were relatively simple ... I didn't really get stuck on anything, which I liked. What I didn't like is the jumping mechanic. There's one part in particular where I failed so many times I was starting to question if it was the right path ... it was the right path, just a pain in the butt jump.

Despite all this, I plan on finishing the game. I think I'm near the end as it is ... interesting story, and I want to see how it ends. And that's worth a lot. So, consider that when you're considering the game ... want a neat sci fi story? Well, maybe it's worth giving this one a try.
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ngreenaway
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
its ok, if you like walking simulators...which are just one step more exciting than chore simulators. bland graphics, a lot of unrealized potential. almost no puzzles, just endless pointless walking...and walking...and walking

over promised (or implied) and underdelivered on anything interesting

the planet itself couldve been an interesting setting if it was more fleshed out and more to do other than..yep, walking

this is my first and will be my last walking simulator. what a dumb genre
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Flaagan
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
If you're not a superficial gamer and can enjoy a game that has a well done story that you have to extract from it, you will enjoy this game immensely.
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ksnoich
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Expansive scenery and immersive story line leads to hours of inspiring gameplay.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
One of the greatest games in its genre.

9/10 For story.

10/10 For atmosphere

6/10 For graphics

11/10 For a truly excellent final chapter.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Lifeless Planet is a third person Sci-Fi exploration game by Stage 2 Studios funded on Kickstarter.

Pros :
- Great looking Environments to explore
-Riveting story that kept me pretty engaged to find out what was going on.
-Pretty good value for money clocking in at around 6 hours play time. (Did get the game on sale)

Cons :
-Simplistic gameplay with a focus on exploration and telling a story.
-Its an exploration story first game, If thats not your cup of tea then this game wont change your mind.
-Some story is hidden away in collectables.

Overall really enjoyed my time with Lifeless Planet and it kept me engaged enough to smash it out in one sitting to see the conclusion of the story.

Worthy of a play especially if you find it on sale.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Lifeless Planet is an awe inspiring journey that drives the player to pursue the story and traverse the beautiful and mystical environment of an unknown planet.

Lifeless Planet is a walking simulator with mixed gameplay throughout, it is engaging but not difficult with scattered diary logs to read distributed on the planet and simple puzzles to complete.

This game stands out from the endless supply of indie titles on steam simply because of its story, yes it involves a lot of reading to fully comprehendthe concept but it is done brilliantly and ensures the players attention is captivated right from the introduction.

There are numerous platforming scenes where the player must utilise their equipped jetpack which in my opinion, is a key element as it really blends the gameplay and recenteres the games genre of exploration and adventure, plus it's fun and a little bit quirky!

The enemies are unique and brew the story, adding to the players curiosity and yearning to unearth the answer to so many unanswered questions.

Overall, Lifeless Planet is an excellent atmospheric and captivating Sci-Fi indie title that I would recommend to every story lover.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This is one of those games where I wish there was a 'Maybe' button for do you recommend. I'd have to err on the side of 'no' on this one, though.

The premise is cool and the story is interesting, which are pretty key points in a game like this. However, to make a game interesting, it has to be more tha a series of bright spots on the screen that you walk to in order to advance the story. That's where things start to fall down.

I'm the kind of guy, that presented with an open environment, will try to seek out the nooks and crannies. I quickly found that with this game, there was no real reward for doing so ... Exploring just seemed really unsatisfying and it turned into me marching from journal entry to journal entry, largely ignoring everyhing else. There's a lot of big, open expanses of nothing.

The structures (houses, buildings, etc.) are weird lifeless props. I would have liked to have gotten to see a little bit more, gotten a feel of an abandoned place. Instead, it felt like a low budget movie set. The main character's early reaction that this is all fake rings way more true than anything else.

Some people say this game is beautiful, some say its beautiful in places and ugly in others. I'd say its pretty bland all the way through. The color palette changes, that's about it.

I will say I actually liked that the puzzles were relatively simple ... I didn't really get stuck on anything, which I liked. What I didn't like is the jumping mechanic. There's one part in particular where I failed so many times I was starting to question if it was the right path ... it was the right path, just a pain in the butt jump.

Despite all this, I plan on finishing the game. I think I'm near the end as it is ... interesting story, and I want to see how it ends. And that's worth a lot. So, consider that when you're considering the game ... want a neat sci fi story? Well, maybe it's worth giving this one a try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This was a great game. The walking mechanics were tedious, but the story was just entertaining enough to keep me going. The ending unfortunately left me unfulfilled. Nonetheless a good game. Worth the price and time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Enjoyed it... But one has to be of a certain type of person to like such games.
It got tedious and repetitive at about 3/4, otherwise it was nice to do some exploring.

Not worth 19$, my recommendation: wait for it to be on sale and then get it.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Lifeless Planet is a fun, enjoyable and beautiful game with simple gameplay mechanics. The selling point of this game is the world itself in which you get to explore. Story wise is pretty interesting as you'll get sucked into finding out what exactly happened on this supposedly new earth. Despite the exploration tag, it is pretty linear in a way in terms of exploration. It is also a short game so you could probably finish the game in one seating. Overall, I'll recommend this game to anyone who enjoys mystery, exploration, story driven game.
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375 of 426 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I wish I could recommend this game, since it does have a certain beauty. But in the end too many negative bits sucked the fun out of it for me. It just felt tedious towards the end. Here is what is good and bad.

The good:
  • Beautiful Landscapes: You basically “run” (more on that later) through a series of truly well-drawn landscapes. The graphic textures are not always the greatest, but overall you get some stunning visuals. Especially the vertical elements can be quite remarkable.
  • Atmospheric Sound/Music: Minimalistic, but appropriately used. Simply good.

The not-so good:
  • So… much… walking… : Unfortunately your movement speed is not very high. Which means that you transverse above mentioned landscapes step by step by step for what simply feels way too long. It certainly contributes to the atmosphere of solitude/lifelessness (because very little is happening while you walk). Just, that is not a very neat atmosphere to build up. The whole thing is compounded by the fact that:
  • The story does not move forward: Most of the time you are running somewhere you are doing so without much motivation, but simply because you are following the only viable way through this world. Not everything has to be open world, but at least give me a reason why I should now be traversing the lava level. God, I felt with my character when he character said “I demand answers! Now!” some hours in. Neither of us would get any for many more hours.
  • Unmotivated Discontinuity: Sometimes a new level begins without any discernible transitions from the last. Example: Last minute it was daylight and you were standing on a cliff. Next second you are in a canyon and its night. Eh, what?
  • Puzzles are way too easy: Most of the game you are following a giant “follow me” trail of glowing green, the only challenge being to keep your motivation for these long minutes. Puzzles are sparse (which in itself is a bit of a problem for a puzzle platformer), and never pose the slightest challenge. Like one-moveable-object-besides-one-landmark-easy: move object to landmark, done. When you get stuck, this it is very likely because you overlooked a required booster pack that is hidden a few hundred meters back. And who explores slightly off track at this walking speed?
  • Abilities are arbitrarily removed: At some points you get a cool booster pack. Not only does it allow you to solve some platform puzzles, it also allows you to move quicker (yay!). Now you can spend an hour flying around with this thing in one level without a problem. But as soon as you cross a line the game declares it has run out of fuel (regardless of how long you have been using it). This is feels completely arbitrary. Similarly, sometimes the plot will decide you need more oxygen, regardless of when you refilled last or what you have been doing in the meantime.

Overall, a tedious experience with some visisal perks. Did not go into the story becuase it might be subjective, but personally I am not blown away.
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232 of 279 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
Lifeless Planet is a game well worth playing, surely one of the best Indie games I have played this year. It had a successful Kickstarter and passed through Greenlight to go to Early Access and to be released as completed game.

Its made by Stage 2 Studios which consists mainly of David Board, and the game is the outcome of years of passionate hard work, while it utilized all the stages an Indie project can pass through, till its released on Steam.

This game is a unique work of art that inspires and entertains with its beautiful visuals and its story, unlike anything you can find in big budget titles. Words hardly can express the accomplishments this game reached. Its a Sci-Fi Story Adventure comparable to the books of Isaac Asimov or Games like The Dig.

The atmosphere is carrying this game. It makes you feel lost, helpless and afraid, even sad and isolated, but then again it evokes curiosity, hope and amazement. It has very little action but a lot of exploring and platforming and a bit of quite easy puzzling. Its pretty linear, but that's to be expected from a game that tries to tell a story I guess. There could be a bit more to do in some parts of the game.

I will not reveal anything of the story, its yours to discover for yourself, because that's what the game is about. But I can assure you that it is very much worth it, if you have an open mind and search for something meaningful that you can enjoy without feeling pressured. It will take you around 5 hours for a playthrough. This is not a game for the impatient or simpleminded tough, those players will get bored or fail to grasp the storyline.

If there's one thought that I had while playing it, it was that the more you think you know about the world and the universe, the more you discover what you actually don’t know. The Storyline and ending is partly open to interpretation. Its not very strictly explained, which gives room for your own imagination. A freedom very few games ever trust the player with, and therefore it has to be complimented on such bravery.

The technical aspects of the game are robust for such a small team, reasonable performance, hardly any bugs, no crashes for me. I had to restart a level because something to advance the story didn't trigger first time, but that wasn't really a problem. Controls where fine for me with KB & Mouse, jumping around with the jetpack is a lot of fun. Gamepads are supported.

The graphical style is fitting for the game, although the way its done, also means that its looking pretty simple at times. Its definitely not a Crysis, but the aesthetics and level design make up a lot for it and make the game nonetheless a pleasure to explore and screenshot. It also has nice particle effects like dust, and the levels have a great variety of environments.

The musical score and sound is very good also, it really works well in combination with the storyline to emphasize important moments and add tension to the game. The voice acting is great, there are native Russian speakers who did the voiceovers and this makes this aspect really shine.

In conclusion I can say this game is well worth its price. The game has to be played and developers like these have to be supported. Buy and play this game, so we hopefully see more of this studio!
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382 of 505 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
>> can somebody tell me why I can't make paragraphs(?) for every point (pro/con)<<


EARLY ACCESS REVIEW:

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Wow! The atmosphere in this game is simply amazing. I have to say this is one of the most atmospheric games I've ever played.

You feel pretty helpless all by yourself on this vast abandoned planet as you slowly uncover the story of this planet and it's inhabitants.

The music and voice acting is really good, nothing to complain here!

There are still some things annoying me. For example:

I've got some FPS-drops sometimes and i run a GTX 680 and a i5 3570k + 12gb RAM... But the FPS drops won't make it unplayable but still it's a little bit annoying.

All in all this game is worth it's money (12.99€ for me [that was early access now it's 19.99€). I don't know how long it will take until you'll finish the game but for now it looks like you will spend a couple of hours with the game :) (Now I know :D it took me around 5 hours I think) ___________________________________________________________________________________ EDIT AFTER FINISHING THE WHOLE GAME: ___________________________________________________________________________________ After finishing the game my opinion about this game did not change :) I will add some pro's and con's about this game: PRO: - breathtaking atmosphere (in my opinion) - really interesting story which makes you wanna play more and more :) (finished the game in one day because i couldn't stop playing) - easy controls (it's a simple jump n' run) - pretty graphics (not the best but they're okay) - many different terrains/locations (desert/ice/vulcanic/etc...) - AWESOME music, this is a huge plus - good voice acting - huge areas which have a beautiful view CON: - the gameplay itself can be a little bit boring, the puzzles aren't that hard and the rest is simple jump n' run gameplay - it's rather short (finished it in one day in ~5h) - the graphics are okay but some textures are really "wishy-washy" :) - a few times i did not know what i need to do, so i needed to check out some youtube videos (but that could also be my own stupidity) - not very good optimized i had some fps drops while playing (~15FPS) even though i have pretty good specs But still I can recommend this game A LOT. Especially because of the awesome music, the great atmosphere and the really thrilling story which won't let you stop playing the game :)
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