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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"Every tone it attempts is struck with confidence and talent, from creeping horror to outright terror to reflective serenity"
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July 29

Premier Edition Released for PC/Mac!

The Premier Edition of the atmospheric sci-fi adventure Lifeless Planet is now available on PC and Mac. This remastered edition brings new content and improved graphics to the desktop versions of the game.

The Premier Edition (v 1.5) is a free update to existing owners of Lifeless Planet through Steam (Humble and other platforms coming ~24hrs). Simply update the game through the Steam Client to play the new version.

The Premier Edition includes new original music from acclaimed Lifeless Planet composer Rich Douglass. In addition, there's also a number of visual upgrades throughout, most notably the addition of normal-mapped terrains. The game also contains previously unreleased content in the form of new audio and text logs. The Premier Edition includes additional new Russian language voice acting, adding further richness to the already immersive experience.

Among other bug-fixes and updates, these Steam achievements have been modified to ensure requirements for earning them are more clear:

Survivalist
Survive the game without dying. ("On first playthrough" dropped)

Rock Hound
Collect 10 science samples.

Geologist
Collect 15 science samples.

Planetary Historian
Read 20 documents.

Rocketeer
Finish the game in under 4 hours. ("On first playthrough" dropped)

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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
95 of 114 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Bottom LIne:
Would I recommend it?
No.
At least, not at this price. It isn't worth $19.99
I wouldn't pay more that $5 for it


Abstract:
The best way to describe why this game doesn't work would be to call it a "sightseeing" game. Large enviroments provide beautiful vistas, but traversing them, slowly, without any purpose other than to get from A to B makes poor gameplay.

Synopsis:

Lifeless Planet's striking visuals, score, and intruiging plot are frustrated by ineffective controls, puzzles of arbitrary difficult, and at times, a lack of any direction whatsoever. Problems that wouldn't be terrible on their own, or in an actual exploration game.

Unfortunetly, this game isn't an exploration game. In fact, it isn't anything it wants to be. The player onto the rails with lethal force. It wants to be story driven, but the story is could fit on a single page of paper. It wants to be a mystery, but the biggest mystery, (that of why the planet is lifeless, and where the Russian town came from,) are both answered early on. It doesn't want to be a platformer, but at times, that is the central feature.

Ultimately, once the player gets the hang of the controls, the story, and the repetative puzzles, the game simply seems ot drag on toward its conclusion... forever. This is the major weakness of this game: Length. There are other problems to be sure, bad controls, unforgiving puzzles and challenges. But the length its most agregious offence. There is less story here than Portal, but the game takes about twice as long to complete. Even at only 6 hours it's too long. If the enviroments had been shrunk to a less scenic size, the gameplay might have been rewarding.

Instead, The controls are unforgiving. Walking around feels more like drving a small vehicle. At least onc death was caused by an inability of the main character to turn around in place. Nailing jumps can be difficult when distances become difficult to gauge.

Conclusion:

The story is, surprisingly compelling, if lacking in depth. The puzzles simple. The controls are frustrating in that they seem more often like death is caused by the game being unforgiving than player error.
Its best comparison would be a classic Sci-Fi short story. Like an episode of the Twilight Zone. If the game had fit into a 1-hour television block, it would have been great.
On the other hand, strictly speaking, I'm not disapointed I played it. I like those old episodes of the Twilight Zone.
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45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
I wanted to like this...it just did too many things wrong.

Lots of REALLY empty areas and dead ends (that make most of the exploration feel unrewarding,), outdated graphics, awkward transitions between levels, a few really tedious areas/puzzles, too many times that invisible walls prevented alternative solutions, not enough pay off for completing the long journey. Also, several times I had to reload the game because a critical item became literally impossible to get.

Sometimes the atmosphere and pacing was good. Music and voice acting is decent. That's about it.

Overall, too ambitious.

If you love "walking simulators," go ahead. Otherwise move along.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
This is not an "Open World" game as it might seem in the video, it's a linear platformer. All you have to do is follow the guidelines "green puke" and solve a "very" few puzzles. villain and minions are non existant. The idea is great, but the gameplay killed it.

If you find the 6 hours I spent worth the $10 for you, then go for it. I personally played it because I was bored.
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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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30 of 53 people (57%) 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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