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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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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I'm not sure why so many people are recommending this game. Here's what I found:

1. Poor graphics. It's odd to see so many people praising the visuals in this game, since...well, they just kind of suck. We're talking about low-poly terrain with ugly textures. And since the world is a barren wasteland, there's not a lot of interesting detail, either--which would be fine if the wasteland itself were pretty, but like I said, low-poly terrain and ugly textures.

2. Frustratingly bad controls. Somehow the character manages to move too fast for precision and too slow for transversing the game's ridiculously huge distances. Strafing is awkward since the character seems to try to both strafe and turn at the same time, resulting in really awkward mouse-and-keyboard combination movement. It also makes precision movement very difficult in areas where you have to, for example, land on or move around on a tiny platform.

3. Dumb puzzles. The first one is made artificially difficult by the terrible controls, but it essentially involves moving a single boulder to a single place. The second one is of the "find a needle in a haystack" variety, where you're given half of a code for very little effort and then have to do the 3d equivalent of a pixel hunt to find the other half. It also makes no real logical sense that the code is split into two pieces in the first place. Maybe the puzzles get more interesting later, but I'm not willing to keep dealing with the terrible controls and ugly graphics long enough to find out.

4. Pretty much no music. This is especially important since so much of the game is just wandering from place to place. Dear Esther and Everyone's Gone to the Rapture, for example, had very appropriate atmospheric music (also much better visuals).

5. An interesting story concept and mystery that would be intriguing if it weren't for all the aforementioned flaws. That's the only thing I could see that this game has to offer.

I honestly feel ripped off, and I got this game for ten bucks.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4

The atmosphere sucks you in and gives you the creepy feeling of being somewhere you definitely shouldn't. But at the same time, the need to explore and know more about what happened to this deserted landscape with some kind of previous habitation will drive you to check out every corner that this lifeless planet has.

The story is very very interesting and the climax is worth finishing this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Lifeless Planet is one of the best atmospheric walk simulators I have ever played. Great plot and story. The music, the sounds and the scenes where great. Goosebumps on every step. It's the kind of game that makes you think about stuff. Not just "alien" life but for life in general. Great game. 10/10 I would recommend playing it If you like walking simulators or creative and intelligent-made games.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Hardly any game
tons of walking
lame ending
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393 of 446 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 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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241 of 290 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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384 of 508 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
>> can somebody tell me why I can't make paragraphs(?) for every point (pro/con)<<



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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101 of 112 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Lifeless Planet is a nice, little puzzle-exploration game.

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a distant planet, you awake alone and try to find your crew and quickly start realizing, that this planet isn't what you thought it would be.
Promised to contain life or at least good living conditions, you find yourself in a desert-like wasteland and soon discover, that you weren't the first to be on this planet.

The game is mostly about exploring the different locations, some platform jumping, solving some rather easy puzzles and collect log-entries, which will unveil the story to you.

The mysterious atmosphere of the planet is pretty well done and the story itself is presented in a way, which kept me interested and wanting to know what was going on.

Be aware that the game itself is rather slow and pretty linear, although the areas are sometimes quite big (but mostly empty).
The last third of the game feels a bit stretched and although you had some highlights, it could have been a bit shorter at the end, which would also be another point to watch out for: the game itself is rather short.

If you like slower paced exploration games, mysterious sci-fi/fantasy stories then this might be a nice little game for you.
Personally i would wait for a sale to buy.
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249 of 339 people (73%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 6, 2014
What an interesting game tbh. My quick 10 minuite game turned into nearly Two hours,
I could not tear myself off the keyboard or walk away to even make the coffee.
no spoilers here , great music and voices. No sign of a bug yet played on the pc.
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316 of 440 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
I hate to give a poor review for a game as I'm sure many people put a lot of time and energy into making it, but I'm just not sure that's it's worth $20. The story is pretty interesting, and really this should've maybe been a book instead of a game, because the gameplay just doesn't hold my interest.

It's a lot of really slow running through environments solving extremely basic puzzles like "put the X in the X" and jumping from platform to platform.

The music is nice, but I didn't find it to be deeply immersive like many reviewers seem to. The player character responds to the controls in a very jerky way and interesting moments are always going into cutscenes and doing other jarring things that really take you out of the experience.

If you're super bored or super high this might still be a worthwhile play for you, but if you're like me you'll find yourself just running through a lot of "this path only" monotony hoping to find another shred of plot .
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
Not sure why this shows up on my Linux box as it's not playable on Linux... Steam issue tho

Game is fun. A nice mystery figuring out what has happened. It's nothing too grand so far and you do walk everywhere but it is labeled as a walking-simulator so... Overall, it keeps you intregued and the puzzels so far are nothing challenging. Still fun to play.

UPDATE: It's on Linux due to the beta which I now installed. Only issue I noticed so far, known issue, is the audio is choppy until you get to the first "survivor"
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5.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
really good game and one hell of a soundtrack!
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11.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
I'll be honest, it's not Game of the year potential but it is a nice platforming puzzle explorer. I didn't know the references in the story so it was largely new and quite interesting to me. The gameplay is consistent but not exactly great, turn rate in fine tuned platforming is kinda awkward but it does very well for it's jetpacking and puzzling elements. I also appreciated a new gadget that while not exactly original was well implemented. It's only about 2-3 hours long as well.

Overall I'd say it's not really worth $20 but 10-15 is quite reasonable for my enjoyment. I liked the scifi story and the way it was built into the world. I liked the collectibles and the linear but not guided nature of the world. (There's usually only really one way to progress but it doesn't have a bigass arrow or a minimap pointing it out) The gameplay was good but not great in my opinion, although it seemed consistent and realistic. I think it's a little small but I'm under the impression it was one developer so for one person this is an awesome amount of material and story to put out and I was quite impressed. It won't revolutionize gaming and to be honest there are better indie games for less but this one is certainly a fine game that could be played on a day off. I'd probably give it a high 6 to 7/10 (my grading scale may be different from others, this is certainly passing respectably. 5/10 is my fail point personally.)
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10.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
Excellent game for any sci fi fan. Tells an interesting story that is worthy of being turned into a movie. i loved it.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 15
I am stuck on a part of the game. Its right after you get out of the science lab and are getting close to the power plant after getting that jump boost. I barely use the jetpack boost but when I'm on the last wire it always says I have run out of the boost and I can't progress any further cause I can't make the jump off the tower to the rocks or head back to get more jetpack fuel. I even reloaded the game and had the same problem
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Johnny Dangerwater
6.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
Great cardio, lacklustre gameplay. 5 space Russians out of 5
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8.0 hrs
Posted: October 13
This game is an easy-going and relaxing one.
Just a misterious story movie which you're part of.
Nice ambience, atmosphere and music.

I feel happy to "hear" this story on my screen from the start to the very end.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: October 10
5/10- An interesting story... for the first hour or so.

As you play the game, at first it feels kinda interesting, a space-themed mystery game, but as you play along it becomes pretty clear that it's a direct path. There's literally nothing of any importance except the main game and a few secrets. That's it. There's nothing that makes you think "Oh, that's cool, let's check it out, there might be something in there", it's either "I need to go in there if I want to progress" or it's "Oh, more nothing". Take the soviet town; You can enter only one house, and that's because you need to enter it to progress. There's a windmill, because it's part of the story. It's a highly linear game. I can't recommend it, but I can't say it was exactly bad either. I will however caution against buying it.
It's good to know what you're stepping into when you buy something.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 9
Game finished in 3 hours.

The good:
- story (this is how you captivate someone's attention and maintain it throughout)
- length (game length is designed in a smart way, not too long not too short for the story line)
- clever use of industry standard tricks in a well designed manner
- overall feel

The bad:
- some platforming issues due to weird control over the character (apparently astronauts have a turn radius of a fire truck)

Every new gamers should play Gothic and/or this game to see what a good story and a game designed around it looks like so that people can develop taste for quality. Has it's minor flaws but a good piece of gaming work.

Highly recommend it to anyone.
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happy home maker
10.8 hrs
Posted: October 4
I just finished my first run through of this game. I thoroughly enjoyed this game and its puzzles. It was not a complicated game to understand, nor were the puzzles too difficult. Everything seemed to make sense and the game kind of leads you into that direction. My only question was that the oxygen depletion quests did not seem to be overly "dangerous"...there was no real way to die without it being on purpose, so the challenge did not seem to be very challengy. LOL

The overall story line was interesting. The music was appropriate for the scenes, the dialogues were nice and even the Russian was well spoken Russian. The graphics were well done and the keyboard commands were easy to use.

After playing a few games that I felt like I lost several hours of my life, I do not feel that way with this game. I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 hours I have spent on this game. I happily recommend this game.
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