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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...
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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Mac Version Released!

June 23rd, 2014

Hello, patient OSX users... the wait is over! I'm happy to announce we just finished testing and uploading the Mac version of Lifeless Planet. If you previously purchased the PC version, you can now download the OSX build here on Steam.

The Mac build is based on version 1.2 so it has the latest updates. If you spot any new bugs or issues, please let me know so we can address. Note that you will want to have dedicated graphics and a decently fast/recent CPU. Intel integrated graphics are not supported.

Thanks again for your patience, and hope you like Lifeless Planet!


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Full Release Friday June 6

May 31st, 2014

The full version of Lifeless Planet releases on June 6th 2014! And if you bought the early access build, you'll get the full version automatically on release day. If you haven't bought the early access build, you can still do that up until release and get the lower price.

It's been a long journey from our humble Kickstarter project over two years ago. Being a one-man dev team has been particularly challenging, but rewarding as well. It's been especially great to hear all the positive feedback to the early access beta on Steam. And somewhere around 96% of the user reviews have been positive, which is more than I ever imagined it would get!

Speaking of feedback, I haven't been able to reply to all those comments and suggestions, but I've read them all and I'm extremely thankful for everybody who played the early access build and took the time to share their thoughts. MUCH of what you've suggested has gone into the final game, including:

  • Subtitles for all voiceovers.
  • Localization for German, Russian, French and Spanish (Italian is coming shortly after launch).
  • Added Steam Achievements.
  • Fixed checkpoint system.
  • Numerous gameplay refinements.
  • Lots of little bugfixes.
The only bit of disappointing news is that I haven't had time yet to finalize testing on the OSX version and I'm not sure we'll have the Mac build ready on launch day. BUT, the good news is if it is delayed, it will not be for more than a week or so at most. I promise I haven't forgotten you Mac users, and I am working hard to get this out the door as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for playing Lifeless Planet, and another huge thanks to everybody who provided feedback and bug reports. It's finally time for liftoff!


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About the Game

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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DX9.0c compatible

Mac System Requirements

    • 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)
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
337 of 442 people (76%) found this review helpful
220 products in account
2 reviews
6.6 hrs on record
>> 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 :)
Posted: March 6th, 2014
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227 of 300 people (76%) found this review helpful
43 products in account
5 reviews
12.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
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.
Posted: March 6th, 2014
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158 of 227 people (70%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
First impressions: WOW!

I'm only about half an hour in to this game, but holy mother of god is it good. Also, noteworthy to mention I have not experienced any bugs, whatsoever! I have always been a huge science fiction fan, the Cold-War era of space exploration has some sort of fuzzy, awesome feeling to it. This game manages to capture a lot of that feeling along with the feelings of isolation, desperation, and depression. I had heard about this game a while back, I wanna say around the Kickstarter and thought the concept was pretty neat. The game's premise is really simple. You're an astronaut who crash lands on a "lifeless planet" and your crew and supplies are nowhere to be found. Your goal in the game is to find out the answers to your questions, and during the course of playing this I couldn't help but wonder, is my character really on another planet or is he just a time traveler? I imagine that'll be answered by the time I finished the game.

Opinions: Awesome. This game is really awesome. Controls are simple and it has native Xbox gamepad support. The graphics are unique in their own style, I see hints of chromatic aberration throughout and the game has some great particle and occlusion effects. I don't have this game maxed out on my PC but even on decent, fast settings on 1280x720 (This game runs on Unity) it looks amazing. The textures are very nicely done and I must say that for an indie title this one is very, very impressive. Your character has a limited oxygen supply though and it adds to the immersion factor, when you run low you must make a mad dash to find more and I like the added realism of that. Your character can jump and has a small jetpack that propels you over very short distances. To interact with things you must walk into them, but some objects in the game world you can interact with by pressing the left mouse button. If I had to classify this game I would call it an action/adventure platformer with psychological horror elements. This game is exceptional, worth the wait. Support the developer and get it, it's only $12!
Posted: March 6th, 2014
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118 of 175 people (67%) found this review helpful
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1 review
3.6 hrs on record
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 .
Posted: June 7th, 2014
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105 of 166 people (63%) found this review helpful
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4.6 hrs on record
Lifeless Planet - lifeless gameplay

Oh dear,

should I have looked more closely at the game before buying it? Seriously, the game did not make the impression to be a platformer. How could the players of the early access version be satisfied with what they got? Even as a platformer, this game is underwhelming and I payed 20 euro for this. Aaargh. I thought I would get my personal game of the year but I got my personal embarassment of the year.

This game seemed to have so much potential, but when I arrived at the soviet village at the beginning it started to dawn on me that something went wrong. The village was deserted, ok. But there was nothing else to do than finding one of my crewmen and searching for oxygen (last of which occured now and then later on). And of course the "puzzle" here consisted of jumping around to find parts of a code... really, how boring with 10 'o's.

In general, all puzzles are not challenging as well as most of the jumping parts. There is a barrier on my way? Oh, how nice that someone forgot some dynamite some meters away... that's one example how dull the puzzles are and they did not become more complex which I hoped.

The story and the atmosphere are both good. But even story and atmosphere are destroyed many times. Again, in the soviet village, there was nothing really to explore. Sometimes there are personal logs or that of the villagers, but they don't transport the story really well. There are some occurences that give the hero a deeper character (remembering his wife's disappearence on earth). Still, it's not enough. The hero's character keeps to be very shallow. If the gameplay is so dull and linear at least the atmosphere should suck me in. But f.e. I could not enter any of the soviet village's houses to find out the personal tragedies of the persons that lived there.

Imagine what could have been done:
- photos and other personal belongings of the former inhabitants
- f.e. finding the soviet book at the beginning of the village, reading in it, finding hints about how to activate a scientific machine to examine probes of the plant life
- the game is not so linear, the world gives more space for exploration with the danger to get lost in the desert. By carefully examining an reading logs of the people you find out how to locate the next colony or the power plant structures...

So many possibilities. I hoped this game would at least partially follow the spirit of Arthur C. Clarkes "Rama" novels or those of the Strugatzki brothers. But no... instead



Posted: June 8th, 2014
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