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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,588 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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"Every tone it attempts is struck with confidence and talent, from creeping horror to outright terror to reflective serenity"
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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
    • 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
    • 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
17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Great game! Pleasantly surprised by the story, wanted to know how it ends. If you want loneliness, you MUST playing it. In recent indie games deliver a lot more fun than the industry giants. Interesting design, well-written notes, telling the story, and simple puzzles do not leave me no choice, no doubt,recommend!
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Moje česká recenze: http://www.playhit.cz/2014/10/lifeless-planet-bezova-planeta/

This game is awesome! It's mostly just jumping and avoiding deadly root-bushes, but what matters is the story. I can't tell much more not to spoil it though. As an american astronaut, you travel onto a foreign planet, that could serve as the next Earth. But you discover so many strange things that you might wish to have stayed home. I couldn't stop once I started playing. I recommend this to everybody, who doesn't need to spill gallons of virtual blood everytime they play. 8.5/10
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
I enjoyed this game. It took under 4 hours to beat it. Which is about right since the game play is like a exploration puzzle solving. The story is what kept me interested. There could have been better cut-scenes. I loved the idea of the story and watching unfolded. The ending was good. I got the game for a few bucks during a sale. I would wait for a $5 price before buying. I give this a 79/100
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
+ Well done atmospheric graphics - it actually feels like you're out there alone
+ Sound effects and music for the most part also contribute to the atmosphere. There were one or two times I could have done without a particular effect, but for the most part, this was a plus
+ Platforming aspects were fun without being incredibly hard
+ Puzzles were also fairly simple but enjoyable
+ Fairly interesting story

- Story is somewhat sparse and disjointed. There are aspects that could have been expanded on.
- Strange/missing transitions. Having it go from day to night, or a cave to the surface with no transition or cutscene and just a blank loading screen in between felt odd.
- A couple of the jumping puzzles seemed a bit off. I had to watch a walkthrough on one after getting stuck, only to discover that I was doing exactly what the walkthrough showed, but was dying anyway. Trying several more times in the exact same manner eventually got me through, but I have no idea why it didn't work the first several tries.
- There's too much straight walking at times, with few if any obstacles, which can get repetitive
- The game is fairly short

Like several other games I've played recently, I enjoyed Lifeless Planet, but feel that it's somewhat overpriced at it's regular cost for the amount of content it provides. It's worth a playthrough, but wait for a sale.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
If you see Lifeless Planet on sale, grab it, otherwise I'm not sure I can recommend it at the full $20 price.

The first 30-60 minutes of the game will absolutely grab you, blow your mind, and leave you excited for more and more.

Unfortunately, as high of a standard the beginning of the game sets, the rest of the game floats betwen okay and good but never returns to the level the beginning led you to believe.

More than anything, Lifeless Planet is a running sim. It looks like an open world and there is a lot of space in which to run, but by and large there is only one path to progress the story and lots of dead ends along the way. Lots of running, lots of jumping, and it does get to be tedious after a while. Every time I ran into a situation where I couldn't progress the story but it seemed like if I just timed this jump just right I'd make the landing and things would go forward, but instead I'd just keep dying over and over, in truth it turned out that there was actually a puzzle hidden somewhere off-the-beaten path that was overlooked so I had to go explore every nook and cranny to find where the puzzle was. There's a number of 'puzzles' in the game though once you do one or two to understand how they work they are pretty simple to solve. As immersive and excellent as the atmosphere of Lifeless Planet is though, these shortcomings are pretty easy to overlook.

Atmosphere - atmosphere is what Lifeless Planet does best and at a level not many games out there can keep up with. The graphics are imaginative and alien and beautiful. I would love to play this again on a high-end gaming PC just for that experience. Mine's just middle-of-the-ground PC but the game really begs to be revisited whenever I can upgrade - it's just too beautiful and alien to not. Music is spot on and never intrudes. What little voice acting is in the game is done well, too.


I don't know if the gamemakers were too overambitious or just lacked a professional writer on the team to tie it all in together better. There's a few different plotlines and unfortunately they are all undeveloped. The most story by far goes into what happened with the Russians and that is learned entirely by finding and reading documents or listening to audio recordings. Far too much of the present-day story that you actually play in is progressed solely by you do this or you go here simply because it is the only thing to do or the only place to go. Your are given a little bit of backstory for your character at the beginning of the game, which honestly is enough to get things in motion and get the game going, but any sort of character development is pretty much ignored until the very end of the game where those original few sentences of backstory are integral to so the whole thing ends up just coming across as shallow and anticlimatic.

There's also a few transitions between scenes or chapters where the screen will fade-to-black, sometimes unexpectedly, and the new scene starts in a new location and even if there is a cut-scene it lacks any explanation for the transition. It was twice, maybe three times, I had to pause and look up some YouTuber Let's Play videos because I thought I had missed something.


I enjoyed the game. Spaceman on a dead planet and all you got is your spacesuit. "Ummmmmmmmmm......." Yeah, it's bloody brilliant.

Setting and atmosphere are awesome and at a level all games should aspire to.

It's just the story falls way flat in a game that should be story-driven.

I think you're better off waiting for a sale to buy. Maybe I'm a cheapskate, but that $10-15 range seems like a fair price for an incredibly atmospheric game, but there's enough story issues I'd feel let down if I paid $20.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
After completing this, I felt really strange.
This game had moments when I really wanted to just quit and never get back to it again, but I was curious, and kept on.

The level designing's pretty lame, and it feels like the place only has what you need... Like a level of Portal.
The story isn't very complicated or anything, it doesn't make much sense, but it sure is interesting!

There's not really much else to say without spoiling anything.
So if you like exploration and story, this game is sure worth a try. Though there's really not much else to do, and the game can get boring once in a while.

This game sure made me thinking, and I may actually play it again someday, but only if I really have enough patience.

My rating would be 6.8/10, put in to words: Interesting.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This is almost the definition of a walking simulator, but I really enjoyed it.
The landscape is vast and empty, the ambient music is extremely good and there are enough points throughout the game where you either make a log entry or find something, that it keeps making you interested.
The puzzles are very easy and taking the time to explore a bit outside the path will make you finish the game in around 5 hours.
While this is definitely not for everyone, I had a really good time playing it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I was not aware of Lifeless Planet during its Kickstarter campaign and subsequent development, so what drew me to it was the curiosity I had regarding its teaser video. It looked like a neat "explore this alien world and no you don't have to shoot bad guys" game, which lately is something I'm very interested in. So I was happy when it showed up in a bundle (Humble Flash KISS bundle) and gave it a shot.

The aesthetics of the game are immediately wonderful - this world was rather painstakingly designed for all the emptiness it invokes. Hills roll, rock formations appear haphazardly, and you are free to explore quite a bit of it. This comes in handy during some sections where it seems to allow you to create your own shortcuts simply because the designer didn't feel the need to have invisible walls all over the place (there are some, admittedly, but I was really surprised at how far I could wander without hitting one). There are several different environments to see, though to be fair there isn't any real connection between them and they often seem to be there because they are neat. The music is minimalist and effective; most of the sound in the game consists of your character's grunts as he hits a landing particularly hard, and the sound of your jetpack expelling air.

What is Lifeless Planet exactly? It's an explatformer (patent pending) - you wander around the world, picking up bits of information via glowing documents on the ground and assorted important landmarks and using your jetpack to clear gaps and obstacles. The story reveals itself over time, with no pressure except the sequences when you arbitrarily run out of air and need to find a conveniently located oxygen station. I'm not even sure why those parts are in the game, as they don't really bring any value to it. At various times you are able to boost your jetpack to reach higher/further platforms, and you use a mechanical arm found early on to solve a few basic puzzles involving alien (?) technology. One of the nice little touches is the weight and momentum you have. It takes a few strides to get to full speed, and if you time it well, you can really boost with the jetpack beyond what you'd expect. The crux of the game is always exploring, however.

So in a game where most of what you are doing is strolling through really cool environments, how is the narrative? It probably isn't for everyone, but I think it tackles the sci-fi aspects pretty well and while it may wrap things up a little too tidily, I didn't dislike it, and I certainly didn't see where it was going ahead of time. I had a good enough time jetpacking around hot springs and enormous forests with the occasional story interruption to continue through to the end. The ending music piece is pretty good, by the way.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Lifeless Planet is not without it's faults but I enjoyed what it was trying to do and you might too...

It's important to realise it's not really a game tho, you're an astronaut walking around discovering stuff on a (far from) lifeless planet. Your journey is entirely linear, heavily scripted and only requires the odd bit of platforming or basic puzzle solving to maintain your progress.

The pace is REALLY slow at times and you'll have the odd bit of frustration with the controls - it could certainly have more 'game' in it but the story aspect kept me going anyway...

Also has one of the best Aurora effects I've seen ;0
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I was honestly very excited when I first heard of this title. Sadly, it didn't really live up to expectations.
Not that it's a BAD game, it's just not coherent - and that breaks the immersion and atmosphere, which is a shame: this game would otherwise really do a great job in creating a haunting experience.

One example: roughly a few minutes into the game, after the impact, you find your oxygen levels are dropping dramatically due to a leak. After running to an oxygen tank, you will be able to fill up (and magically fix the leak) and be left with an autonomy of approx 8 hours.

Shortly after that you will find your way to the Russian town where, among other things, you'll find another oxygen tank. Remember where it is, because you are likely going to use it more than once, as oxygen will run out within minutes and you'll have to track your steps back to it quite often until you unlock the next zone - which is where the incoherence is: for most of the game your oxygen will last you days, with the exception of a few areas. You can argue that, as the game has cutscenes, our little astronaut will have filled up in the lapse of time we weren't in control of him for - but there are plenty of areas you'll be roaming for a relatively long time without a worry.
This may sound like a really minor thing to complain about, but it's one of many the immersion suffers from.

Another aspect that feels often unnatural is that of puzzles: more times than not, the puzzles will feel completely irrelevant - you can safely pick up the green stones with your hands, but you NEED the robotic arm to place them in a slot roughly at the same height as your head, triggering a mini game. When you feel you might actually have found a use for the arm it won't be available for use, as it's only triggered when close to an object it is designed to interact with.

The puzzles overall are never overly challenging, with the game mainly focusing on jumping, and simply feel out of place - situations that require you to interact with objects to actually clear a path are scarce, and when you do come up with a clever idea, the game just won't cooperate with you.

As for the story, it was one of the aspects that kept me playing the game for most of it's (short) length - it starts with an intriguing premise but loses it's strength in the later chapters.

The game's strength is mostly, if not completely, in its haunting sound effects and soundtrack, which alone manage to give the experience an incredible depth, but strip those from the game and there won't be much else left to shine (mission objects aside).

Overall, I'd still recommend this if you can overlook it's flaws - the story is not the worst I've played and is not without surprises, and the sound department tries hard to make up for most of what the game lacks in mechanics.

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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
With this game being one of the so-called "walking simulators" with very simple and straightforward puzzles which include placing object A in slot B, pushing buttons in specific order and jumping puzzles, it is the story, themes and setting that is making this game shine.
Without giving too much of the plot away, I will describe first half an hour of the game, which will make it easier to talk about the themes that the story explores later on. You're playing one of the Astronauts sent to a distant planet that is thought to be filled with various kinds of life. With the journey taking more than a dozen years to reach it's destination, even though the spaceship is travelling twice the speed of light, the crew is put into a cryosleep. On reaching the planet something goes terribly wrong and a landing pod with all of the crew still asleep is crashed into the planet's surface. Some time after the crash landing, the protagonist regains consciousness only to find out that all of the crew is gone, landing pod is damaged beyond repair, his space suit is leaking oxygen and the planet itself turns out to be the wasteland with no signs of life. However after spotting and following the footprints in the sand you discover a derelict Soviet Union outpost, and this is where the protagonist starts to question if their mission was a hoax.
With the game starting out as a more straightforward sci-fi thriller, especially after encountering a strange woman who can walk the surface of the planet without the need for a special suit with the supply of oxygen, even with the influences of the early science fiction films of the first half of the last century (particularly Aelita and Woman in the Moon) it is very interesting to watch how the game expands it's story into a more intelligent and thoughtful themes. If you're familiar with the works of the great Stanislaw Lem, particularly the ones that explore attempts at communicating with an alien intelligence (see: "Solaris", "The Invincible" and "Fiasco") you will know what I mean. Having said that, I also have to say that as other great pieces of art Lifeless Planet is using those influences to tell it's own story. With the main themes of game being the ones of ecology and how species interact with the biosphere; Fermi paradox and the concept of otherness; and of course the story of the main protagonist, which ties it all together through his own personal loss in the past that he overcomes by finding out the story of that mysterious woman and the chain of events that led the planet to a state in which you found it.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Socialism was built, settled in it people.
Lifeless planet, a lone astronaut trying to survive long-lost traces of colonization still the Soviet Union, a lot of abandoned houses, elektrostrantsii, and traces of life, skeletons, and left numerous records, and skeletons in the closet of the hero ...
Last survivor ... But no, I can not speak, you ought to find out who she is.
Themselves to plunge into the world of "lifeless" of the planet, to open its secrets, learn the truth about what happened to her, enjoy the excellent soundtrack, and appreciate all the strangeness and syurpizy that await us on this planet ...
Planet of victorious socialism.
10 out of 10 caps


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24 of 46 people (52%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
I had pretty high hopes for this game but it's turned out to be really lifeless. It's poorly made platformer/running through a corridors simulator with poor controls and boring environments. You run through a corridor then some poorly made jumping section begins, you fall off again and again because of awful controls. Checkpoint system is broken, you lose collectibles after loading checkpoint and often it loads too far and you must complete some stupid jumping section again. I don't even know if i will manage to finish this game and that's a really rare case for me.
I thought it's some exploration game with beautiful environments and some story, maybe a bit similar to the Journey on PS3, but this is nothing like that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I really liked this game, but it sure is a marathon (except without running). Overall the atmosphere created is tremendous and I would completely advise a friend to buy, especially for the reasonable price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I'm Rather Enjoying this game. so far as a reviewer and a youtuber. it's a different type of game i wouldnt usually play but i am enjoying it non the less. theres variances where it feels like a horror game, or a survival. and sometimes a Puzzle game all rolled into a atmospheric enviroment and music. on a planet far from home with a limited oxygen supply.

i do reccommend people to play this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Personal Rating: 8/10

An atmospheric game heavily based on exploration, Lifeless Planet felt more like reading a book or watching a film rather than playing a game. The minimal puzzles aid in creating some appropriate confusion for the player while they uncover the secrets of the planet and the astronaut's own story. While some of the controls are a bit on the rusty side and there are some improvements that could be made, the game remains sound.

The impressive soundtrack sells some of the primary moments of the game and can leave you either longing to be back home on Earth or wanting to explore. Sometimes the expansive maps can leave you feeling overwhelmed. This can be a good thing for some scenes but also runs the risk of tiring you out just by thinking of all the exploring to be done.

Lifeless Planet won't have you solving difficult puzzles or shooting down evil aliens. Rather, it will provide you with a story you can immerse yourself into and experience more than anything else.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
very hard to define this game. overall the graphics are rather boring, the action is very repetitive.... you basically just walk/jump around through several different landscapes.... however, I really enjoyed every minute of it. I have to admit that the game is rather short, and I think it should not be longer....
the story is rather intriguing. the atmosphere is really, well ... atmospheric! somehow there is a constant dread, and the story is so well told, -although there is not much story really to it - that I really wanted to know what is going on....
Overall a very unique game.....
Pick it up when it's on sale, the length does not justify this price... the game, however, is definitely a worthwhile experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I do really recommend this game for anyone liking scienfiction stories like Lem or Asimov used to tell them.
The graphic's may be a bit stall at first and the jump and run gameplay may sometime look a bit boring but you
will soon forget these while you are following your character deep into the story line and loosing yourself in the
beatiful mars images.

I do seriously recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I had high hopes for this game because of what it was compared to, Gone Home and Dear Esther, but it was really underwhelming. The “gameplay” consisted of simple puzzles and jumping awkwardly with a jetpack. I really wish they just forgoed gameplay instead of trying to shoehorn in bad puzzles. But my least favorite part of the game was how lifeless all the environments were. I mean it’s called Lifeless Planet but come on, make it somewhat interesting. The environments were so bare they felt more like rooms to hold ♥♥♥♥♥♥ puzzles than places to explore. And each level felt like the last just with a different color filter. I also felt like the story was poorly tied together. I got the gist of it but it felt like the narration was so few and far between it left the story feeling segmented and fractured, in a bad way, despite the fact that I played it all in one sitting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from the astronaut, Lifeless Planet offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.
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