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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Quelqui
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This game felt like it had a lot of potential with its premis but I'd describe it as subpar for what it could have been. The entire game felt somewhat incomplete. The graphics felt incomplete and muddy. The story wasn't terribly dynamic. The voice acting was awkward and either a) underused or b) somewhat reduntant to the written pieces. The controls were functional but not good. A very unpolished game.

Honestly, there are so many atmospheric games along this genre, just play one of those. This one has a cool premis and great music but that's it. You can find that elsewhere and more.
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Sir Dancealot
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Great idea for a game and a good storyline, dark and a bit scary at times!
Well made 3rd person puzzle game looks good graphically too.
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CheesyMcCheese
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
A beautiful game if you have the patience for it. I loved the story and was enchanted by the planet and it's mysteries. It is primarily a walking simulator so if that's your thing you'll love it. Otherwise it might not be your cup of tea.
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Fu Manchu
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
dont listen to the morons that cant play a platform game properly, then blames the controls. This game is nice and meaningful. buy it.
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mott259
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Great little game. About 8 hrs to play, good story, easy to play. Great game for a weekend.
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everest.piek
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
lovely...sure are there points where you have look for ways to get on...but the whole texturework, the story and effects are making up for that a dozen times. would i have to rate it, i would give it 10 out of 10 points with no hesitation whatsoever.
:)
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Galadriel
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Don't waste your time with this game.

Game itself is totally linear.
You will walk, run, jump for hours. It gets boring after first hour or two.
Camera controls are primitive.
Story is boring, and although unclear it is not mystique and intriguing.
From scientific point of view, game story is complete nonsense (for example primitive creatures with no arms create complex machines and portals).

Game interface is primitive: there are no inputs/controls options you can customize. If you have joystick attached to your PC, it will interfere with mechanical arm controls.

My overall impression is that game designers actually created vast levels in Unity. You simply run through levels following the story invented along the way.
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FireGodz
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Great Ending
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N2TheFire
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Picked up this game tonight on sale for just under $7. I played for 5 hours and completed it. I couldn't put it down! If I had to sum this up in one sentence: A jumping puzzle, platformer with minor puzzles to solve along the way and a fairly interesting story. The music accompanied the atmosphere perfectly, graphics aren't all that fancy but get the job done. Would love to see this game redone with better graphics and visuals! My only complaint is the controls can be hard to handle in certain situations (when you jump, you keep moving forward until you hit something; which means you need to plan each jump carefully). But there were only a few jumps where I needed more than one more try to make, and it never took me more than 3 tries. (hint: Sometimes there is an easier path to take).

The story is rather strange. But, considering you're on another planet I guess anything is possible. But it was interesting enough to compell me to want more. There were 2 maybe 3 areas where I wasn't sure where to go and it took me a bit of running around to figure it out. (hint: In the volcanic area, look in every direction and make sure you've gone down every path... you'll get out eventually).

All in all, this game was well worth the sale price I paid (probably not so much the regular price due to only being 5 hours (for me anyway) to complete. But definitely glad I bought it. Replay value is probably nil since once you've completed it and know the story, it won't interest you to go through it again - not immediately anyway.

I'd give this 4 out of 5 stars. Grab it now if it's still on sale. It's worth the few bucks to kill 5 hours. :)
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$ρid€Я
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Forever Alone Simulator!
10/10
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7 of 7 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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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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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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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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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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
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Forever Alone Simulator!
10/10
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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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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
A beautiful game if you have the patience for it. I loved the story and was enchanted by the planet and it's mysteries. It is primarily a walking simulator so if that's your thing you'll love it. Otherwise it might not be your cup of tea.
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