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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( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Forever Alone Simulator!
10/10
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Geofferic
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It's pretty for something with low requirements.

The game play, if that's what you call it, is fairly bad. Think Crash Bandicoot 1 only in a larger space. Fiddly controls like nobody's business.

It's like if the Mario Brothers had an uncoordinated cousin playing their own platformer on Mars.

Few games are as rail roaded as this one. If it was a movie, it'd play exactly the same, only it'd take less time and you wouldn't be constantly annoyed by how bad the platforming is.

The worst part, tho, is that 3 minutes into the game you know it's going to be several hours of beating you over the head about saving the environment. And then, yes, it's several hours of beating you over the head about saving the environment.

If you thought Avatar was a good story, this is for you. If you thought Avatar was done better when it was Fern Gully, this game is not for you. If you thought playing Super Mario Bros with half a controller and a stick in one eye - this game is perfect for you.

But hey, it's kinda pretty.
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Nolie
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
very fun
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cseepe
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I'm open to trying most games, even if they aren't top budget productions. I gave this game a good shot and got maybe 20%(?) of the achievements in an hour or so of game play. It wasn't satusfying in any way. I commend the independent development company for making a go of it but at the end of the process, the game still has to deliver some tangible game play value. This game seemed more of an exerrcise of programming than any serious thought in game play.

At any price, it's still not worth hours of your life, especially with so many other well-designed and thoughtful low-price game product available on Steam.
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TheodoriS
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Never skip the leg day indeed
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Jay
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Great game, fantastic story, really enjoyed it. Minimalistic but long and it really gave me the feeling of being alone on a distant planet and made me think a lot about it, like a good movie or book would.
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koral06
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Lifeless planet is about an astronaut whos sent to a planet that is supposed to have life, but discovers something horribly wrong. He must find his own paths through the planet, as he solves the mysteries of what happened and why.

Visually, this game is really stunning. I loved the scenery and it was a really nice walk through of the planet. I really liked the storyline, and it was unique. There were some puzzles, but nothing too difficult. My biggest qualm was I'm not a fan of parkour which there's a lot of, but certainly the jetpack you get helps with that. I've played worse games with much harder parkour, so that's not a huge issue. There's a few buggy spots, and times where its difficult to jump just directly on something. However, the game overall is a really nice short game. Probably will take you 4+ hours to beat. There is an acheivement for beating it less than 4 hours so you can always go for that. :P
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andy9182007
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Feels like a book. Nice story, wish it had a litte more. You won't be dissapointed
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Crying Diet Girl
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it
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Jake_the_cards_fan
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
'Handcramp/3D Platforming simulator 2014"
I really really enjoy the story and the "lore" and especially the character development of the colonizers. But the Mechanics are god awful and many of the puzzles are make me question how anybody was even able to complete this game. there were no gentle challenges, it was either be stuck for 30 minutes/rage quit in frustration or be babied through some really easy puzzles, there is no inbetween.

Overall, if the mechanics were improved, great game, in its current state, not so much. Also, the fact that essentially one guy made this is really impressive, GG
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
First off I would like to say the thumbs up is very much conditional upon the asking price. The appropriate price needs to be in the five to six dollar range, and this is very much a run and done affair. There is not much in the way of replay on offer in this particular title. You will probably finish it in four to five hours, and after that you will probably never touch the title ever again. Those four or five hours however are pretty decent gaming hours.

The developer has gone to some lengths to keep the experience fresh throughout, and while the game is not gorgeous by any stetch of the imagination. It certainly has its moments. The same holds true of the sountrack and sound effects. The controls are somewhat floaty, but I am sure that is by design, and the interface is actually pretty bad, but like I said this is a four to five hour long game. So compound that with no inventory management, and what you get is something you cannot possibly get frustrated with. The game is over before you even get a chance to get frustrated.

That said this game falls terribly short in one respect. The story is just good enough to get you intrigued, but after just a couple hours of playing. You will see the intrigue has degenerated into pure drivel. No character development, almost no plot to speak of, and the storytelling itself is atrocious. Everything is disjointed from beginning to end. Which can be an asset at the beginning of a story, but becomes a serious liability if it is allowed to persist. The games story will leave you feeling ambivalent or terribly unsatisfied.

This is merely a good enough game. It is more good then bad. Its greatest asset is its novelty. Its greatest liability is that it is underdone. It will however hold together for the four to five hours you will play. That said it could have been so much more. There is the seed of a great game here. Had the developer been given the resources and the time. This could have been a great game rather then an okay game.

Buy it as an okay game at the right price, and you will most likely not be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Cool story, cool game. Great ambience.

It looks a bit crappy a the beginning but better at the half of the story.
Graphics are not really smooth and however i had some huge FPS drop sometimes (60 to ~20) with a good pc.

You have to solve some puzzles but they are not so difficult, some jumps are a bit tricky.

Command control are only for querty keyboard and it was a bit hard to control movements with a azerty keyboard, that's the bad point for me but you can use a gamepad.

After completed the game, i feel it needs something more to be better, maybe more interaction with the environement.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Dont buy this if you want a game that challenges your skills, i even have doubts calling it a "game".

This is something different, you are not actually buying a game, you are buying a story or a experience.

The graphics are honestly very dated, the music is good, the controls are strange, they are responsive but sometimes is hard to make precise movements.

However, the enviroment is great, you are alone in a strange maybe hostile planet, and it feels like it, the graphics are not very good, but they manage to fulfill their purpouse, there are some beautiful landscapes, and you always feel you are in a very big desolated place.

You get very few lines of story, you almost dont get information for anything, but these few lines they feed you every now and then, manage to keep you thinking and wondering, there is suspense, mistery and there is always a feeling of despair.

I bough this game believing there was going to be in a soviet enviroment, with lots of communist emblems or ruins, but there are very few of those, i dont want to spoil anything, but if you want to see communist style towns or cities, you will be dissapointed, i bough it because of the communist premise, but you get very few of that, however, the story was good enough to make me forget about it.

I do recommend it, because i was really hooked up into the story, i wanted to keep going to see the ending of it, so even with all the complains, if it manage to keep me entertained, i believe is good

There is some plataforming, a few easy puzzles, and a great atmosphere, if you like sci fi, this may be for you.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
On one hand, this game has a good story, epic music and great athmosphere.
On the other hand the controls are bad, the graphics are mediocre and there are some bugs also.
I bought it on sale, and for that price it was definitely a good buy.
So I can recommend the game, you will have a pretty good time, walking it through :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
'Handcramp/3D Platforming simulator 2014"
I really really enjoy the story and the "lore" and especially the character development of the colonizers. But the Mechanics are god awful and many of the puzzles are make me question how anybody was even able to complete this game. there were no gentle challenges, it was either be stuck for 30 minutes/rage quit in frustration or be babied through some really easy puzzles, there is no inbetween.

Overall, if the mechanics were improved, great game, in its current state, not so much. Also, the fact that essentially one guy made this is really impressive, GG
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Lifeless planet is about an astronaut whos sent to a planet that is supposed to have life, but discovers something horribly wrong. He must find his own paths through the planet, as he solves the mysteries of what happened and why.

Visually, this game is really stunning. I loved the scenery and it was a really nice walk through of the planet. I really liked the storyline, and it was unique. There were some puzzles, but nothing too difficult. My biggest qualm was I'm not a fan of parkour which there's a lot of, but certainly the jetpack you get helps with that. I've played worse games with much harder parkour, so that's not a huge issue. There's a few buggy spots, and times where its difficult to jump just directly on something. However, the game overall is a really nice short game. Probably will take you 4+ hours to beat. There is an acheivement for beating it less than 4 hours so you can always go for that. :P
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
An unfortunate case of a game's quality not living up to its potential. The potential I see for a game like this lies in its story and atmosphere, but neither manage to impress all that much.

The story is minimal, or at least stretched thin enough to seem minimal, and has the foundation of something compelling. Unfortunately, most attempts to heighten the plot's mystique fall flat in the earlier sections of the game. Really only during the last quarter or so do things become intersting, but by that stage I'd already lowered my expectations for overall narrative quality.

Secondly, and arguably more importantly, everything about the game screams that it is an absorbing atmospheric experience. The title itself is a statement of setting, game environments are left wide and sweepingly open, and the camera typically soars right over the player to focus on the vistas surrounding them. The problem is that these environments and vistas really aren't visually impressive. From the barren, stretched textures of the distant hills to the matte, ill-defined features of human characters, the graphical fidelity here is on par with something out of the PS2 era. I was honestly a little shocked to learn this was a 2014 release after being so thoroughly underwhelmed by the visuals.

Despite these gripes, it's not like the game is aggressively bad. There are good moments of contemplative silence and solitude, and many of the puzzles and progression bits are logically well thought-out. In this way, I think this game feels more like a proof of concept in the state it's currently in. It feels half finished; technically functional but not polished at all. I can't recommend it for the $20 price tag, but it is at least worth playing through once if you can grab it on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I bought this game in a very trying time for me, some stuff I won't go into details about had wrecked all my ♥♥♥♥ in the real world so I decided to give the then greenlit Lifeless Planet a shot.

I quickly pulled into the story, despite not liking games where you're the only person going through stuff. The story is surprisingly attractive and had me thinking about this game years after the fact (I think I bought/finished it like 2 years ago or something like that and am just now getting to the review)

Its a thought provoking game, I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Forever Alone Simulator!
10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A short, simple walking simulator featuring easy controls and straightforward puzzles. The open alien landscapes are fun to explore while an intriguing backstory unfolds. Game achievements are easy to collect (and a couple require a second run-through). I would have liked the ability to dash/run faster with this one as some of the areas are very empty.
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