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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LOLZ
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The game was beautiful to the eyes and also had a nice story. The only difficult part was the "Inferno" level, in which I didn´t know where to go sometimes. The game had no bugs.
Better than watching it on YouTube.
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Videogamevegas
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I was expecting Lifeless Planet to be so much more than it is. Having said that, it's still very beautiful and enjoyable. Where the game lacks is in its mysterious story it's trying to tell. It just isn't very interesting and makes discovery rather boring and tedious. Still, I recommend this game since the price I paid for it as part of a bundle was cheap enough that I got my money's worth.
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Rhodri
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Atmospheric and visually striking. Worth playing through. The game can be completed relatively quickly but the story and the ambience created in the game make it seem like you've spent a lot longer than you have.
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Alisae
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
7/10
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ithidis
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Unpolished and no real atmosphere. Gameplay is clunky and feels like an afterthought. The story is lackluster. The game is very liniar.

I wouldn't get it for a buck.
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RainhamWolf
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Having just completed Lifeless Planet, I can confirm that it is a wonderful and rewarding experience.

Your astronaut crash-lands on what has been promised as a paradise planet, full of lush plant life to sustain you and your crew - but upon landing you quickly realise that what you were told and what you have landed on are very different indeed.

Having been promised a new world full of opportunity, you find yourself in a desolate wasteland - and you find out that you weren't the first to arrive here.
Walking through the abandoned town, you are left wondering what happened here, where is everybody, and why is this world now seeminlgy dead?

From working out where you'll refil your oxygen, to how will you get over that hugs chasm and explain what on Earth is that strange green stuff is you'll find this game immersive, beautifully desgined, and fun - highly recommended!
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kez.mat
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Loved this game, so beautiful and very interesting story.
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SAMGOODINGS
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
THIS GAME IS BAD DO NOT GET IT LAGS CRASHES AND IT JUST BORING DONT BYE
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tony_cannoli
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
More like a movie that you play but has a very fun and interesting story
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Vault101Dude
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
I liked the story enough to keep playing but the gameplay wasn't engaging enough for my taste. Really felt like going for a 4 hour walk. Felt like an unfinished game. There are hints of things the developers wanted to include.
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Brohannes Jahms
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
1/10, misleading name.

But seriously, this game is gorgeous. Check out my screenshots if you're unconvinced by the trailer. The soundtrack is stellar, the graphics are superb, and the story is intriguing and has a decent arc (which these days is a real gem). It initially annoyed me that I couldn't sprint and could only walk, but by the end I had seen the light. It's not a particularly long game, so don't be shy about taking your time. You're on another planet!!! The detail that went into the different regions just blew my mind. This is not just walking around Mars and saying "Oh hey yet another rock sample," this is a brand new world with so much to see and explore and so many ways to die horribly and it's rife with mystery that unfolds throughout the story.

My one major complaint was that for the amount of platforming the player has to do, the controls were too loose and the landing zone was often unclear. I appreciate and accept that the landing zone needs to be as unclear as it is to keep up with the aesthetic, but the number of times I caught the very edge and either got stuck and had to restart from the last checkpoint or simply bounced off and fell to my death...that got frustrating at times. I wouldn't call this a buggy game at all, but I think I found every single crevice to get stuck in irreparably. Perhaps it will be fixed in an update, or maybe I'll learn to suck it up and get over it. Regardless, if you find th some trouble, know you are not alone, and perservere.

Also, I loved the touch of putting in day/night cycles. This is not a horror game; but if you generally avoid the horror genre, play the nocturnal bits during actual daytime, not at 1am. I hope this helps.

In short: gorgeous, engaging, some minor issues but what game doesn't? Actual score: 9.25/10
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other_flash
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Great game, loved it.
Music was wonderful, really felt like it belonged and set the tone.

Short game, don't remember how much I paid for it, but it was easily worth it.
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furbian
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Lot of long walks, but stick with it, it's great.
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swan_electro
( 26.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
This is not for the hard core action gamer, to be sure.
It is, however, freaking gorgeous. a lot of time is spent in journey from one plot point to another, but if you can temporarily let go of your achievement oriented paradigm, and enjoy the view on the way, there's plenty to drink in.
I just got it today (Jim Sterling sent me) and haven't finished it yet.
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Dear Devs of Lifeless planet,
Sound track please! I love the Tangerine Dream / Crystal Method feel of the music. It's just so damn, short! the music fades out right when I'm starting to really feel the groove. I'd love to have a key to press to let my little astronaut sway along with me.
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1demetri
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
I loved it.
It was really tough in some places, as youve got to grind out the exploring to find the right path. But the world is fantastic. Super detailed views and amazing height scares on some of the trails. Being able to stop and do a surround view of yourself halfway across a narrow bridge at sunset... Wow ! Clouds and terrain are textured phenominally.
On the learning curve, it does take a little bit to get used to the camera rotation as you are exploring.

Would buy again.
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Papallion
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
All in all I enjoyed Lifeless Planet, and I do recommend people play it. It's pretty good, but not great. It's otherworldly and the puzzles are good without being too obscure, though there was one puzzle the made me look up the answer. I also thought the story pacing was pretty off, and it seemed to come from nowhere.

The game did a good job of making me feel alone and unsure. The controls are spot on and the graphic do their job well. The green is especially striking on the barren rock, and the weird plants are pretty creepy and neat. I enjoyed my time with it and would recommend it, so long as you understand the story pacing is wonky. I went in after reading a review it was a slow game, and that helped my enjoyment of it greatly. Seven stolen cheese wheels out of ten.
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Bodomi
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
It's very odd and unusual for me to not recommend an Exploration Walking Simulator. I usually love all kinds of them.

This one couldn't keep me, only reason I kept playing this game is due to the fact that I don't like reviewing games that I haven't finished.

Nothing was really happening and the movement/controls was horrible, really jittery and I constantly got stuck in the envoirment, fell off of things and I also fell through the world multiple times.
This game is unfinished. To many bugs including random instadeaths, unreasonable invincible walls, and holes in the world that killed me multiple times. And the movement system in general, as I said, is horrible.

The game is to linear. Yes, I know this is a walking simulator but it wasn't like they usually are. There was a lack of a beautiful world to look at, lack of any atmosphere really except for triggered sound events and lack of any character. Making the walking through the designated path extremely boring, Dear Esther for example kept me invested. It didn't bore me to death like this one did. Dear Esther told an interesting story and had a beautiful world that kept my screenshot finger ready, this one did not.

The character you play has horrible voice acting, no personality whatsoever.

I wanted to enjoy the story but I couldn't due to all the other bad factors but the storyline wasn't to bad.
This, in my opinion, is far from an adventure game, it's the exact opposite. You can't explore what you want or go where you want like 99% of good exploration walking simulators let you do. You can only follow 1 path, you can only mindlessly walk along the dotted path while pressing W and jumping every once in a while and it gets to boring as I explained earlier.

And the graphics, I'm sorry but I can't let this go, this is, graphically, the ugliest walking simulator I've ever played. It looks like it was made in 2003, but no it was developed in 2014 and it has absolutelly horendus graphics, destroying yet another VERY important factor in walking simulators, it needs to have a beautiful world.

The price point is extremely high for this low content, horrible, unfinished game. 17$ is unacceptable, it's worth more like 2-3$.

I also feel like this game was dragged out to long, the story was more than finished before the actual game ended but it kept getting dragged out through filler content. This game is to long in context of the story.

I don't understand how this could also be called a puzzle game, there is no puzzles in this game, I'm sorry but if you call that hook stuff puzzles then there is something wrong with you.

Do not buy this game, trust me, I've played my fair share of walking simulators and all kinds of games that are always reffered to as "not really a game".
This game doesn't hold up. It's horrible and I don't understand how it has so many positive reviews.

Great concept for a game, couldn't be more horribly executed.

1/10.
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Bassem
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Mysterious, creeping, and much more substantial than you expect

It's not a walking simulator. In terms of gameplay, this is very decidedly a third person platformer. You'll be hopping from surface to surface, sometimes making mistakes, sometimes dying. You will jetpack. You'll roll rocks. You'll use a hydraulic manipulation arm. You'll solve some simple puzzles. And yes, you'll walk and look and listen, so it has a bit of the "walking simulator" in it, but it's very much a game with game mechanics.

The Steam description for the game already tells some details from the story so I won't worry about spoiling: you're an astronaut exploring a lifeless planet, yet finding remnants of a Soviet base, and then a figure in the distance who might be friend or foe.

The game's backstory is told in bits and pieces, as you travel through setpieces on this foreboding planet. There are themes of fear, sadness, hubris, and exploitation.

It's a lower budget game, evident from the models, the terrain, the quality of the cutscenes and animations. And I think they did an excellent job working within these constraints. Even with these limits, the game manages to be engrossing, even creepy at times.

What I enjoyed
  • While it's mostly forbidding Mars-like terrain, there's a wide variety of locations.
  • The music and voice acting, top notch. The music is especially marvellous: brooding, melancholy violins and cellos, and the occasional sci-fi synth, do much to set the mood. The voices, while few in numbers, are just as engaging. The voice journals left behind (yes yes, that tired narrative device; personally I never really minded it) are in Russian and help immerse you more into what happened to the colonists that left them.
  • A few simple mechanics add some flavour to the otherwise simplistic platforming gameplay. Most of all I like the extended jetpacking that lets you cross wide chasms.
  • It's linear from start to finish, but there are a few collectibles to find if you wander off the beaten path.
What I didn't like
  • A couple of spots have fiddly platforming. Very few though.
  • One area of the game, towards the end, is rather tedious. Not only are you walking up thin walkways and jumping from one to the other, you're doing it in the dark. Thankfully, it ends before dragging on too long.
  • Some strange lack of transitions between scenes. I get the feeling there were some cutscenes that never got made, or simply that the developers had no idea how to link the two areas. Can be abrupt and jarring. I wonder if they were going for a "jump cut" feel like in films.

I can say I loved this game. If you want a semi-casual single player platforming linear experience, with a simple but engaging story, I say go for it.
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[OoH] kieranvi
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
like the game but it controls are so bad the cam never stops moveing on its own and this is very bad in this kind of game even when u turn off the ato cam it still moves about on it own..and the avatar seems to be really stive and slow to move where your trying to go.. died so mey times over the bad controls.. and this does not do much to make you want to play.. as dieing over bad controls and a moveing cam that does not stop even when you turn if off.. like the story so far but dont think ill play the rest for a wile as its really ♥♥♥♥ed me off over the coninted kill me.. needs a good mod to fix all this :)
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Brolaf
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Very relaxing walking simulator, with a nice, little story and beautiful scenes of a foreign planet.
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Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Mysterious, creeping, and much more substantial than you expect

It's not a walking simulator. In terms of gameplay, this is very decidedly a third person platformer. You'll be hopping from surface to surface, sometimes making mistakes, sometimes dying. You will jetpack. You'll roll rocks. You'll use a hydraulic manipulation arm. You'll solve some simple puzzles. And yes, you'll walk and look and listen, so it has a bit of the "walking simulator" in it, but it's very much a game with game mechanics.

The Steam description for the game already tells some details from the story so I won't worry about spoiling: you're an astronaut exploring a lifeless planet, yet finding remnants of a Soviet base, and then a figure in the distance who might be friend or foe.

The game's backstory is told in bits and pieces, as you travel through setpieces on this foreboding planet. There are themes of fear, sadness, hubris, and exploitation.

It's a lower budget game, evident from the models, the terrain, the quality of the cutscenes and animations. And I think they did an excellent job working within these constraints. Even with these limits, the game manages to be engrossing, even creepy at times.

What I enjoyed
  • While it's mostly forbidding Mars-like terrain, there's a wide variety of locations.
  • The music and voice acting, top notch. The music is especially marvellous: brooding, melancholy violins and cellos, and the occasional sci-fi synth, do much to set the mood. The voices, while few in numbers, are just as engaging. The voice journals left behind (yes yes, that tired narrative device; personally I never really minded it) are in Russian and help immerse you more into what happened to the colonists that left them.
  • A few simple mechanics add some flavour to the otherwise simplistic platforming gameplay. Most of all I like the extended jetpacking that lets you cross wide chasms.
  • It's linear from start to finish, but there are a few collectibles to find if you wander off the beaten path.
What I didn't like
  • A couple of spots have fiddly platforming. Very few though.
  • One area of the game, towards the end, is rather tedious. Not only are you walking up thin walkways and jumping from one to the other, you're doing it in the dark. Thankfully, it ends before dragging on too long.
  • Some strange lack of transitions between scenes. I get the feeling there were some cutscenes that never got made, or simply that the developers had no idea how to link the two areas. Can be abrupt and jarring. I wonder if they were going for a "jump cut" feel like in films.

I can say I loved this game. If you want a semi-casual single player platforming linear experience, with a simple but engaging story, I say go for it.
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Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
It's very odd and unusual for me to not recommend an Exploration Walking Simulator. I usually love all kinds of them.

This one couldn't keep me, only reason I kept playing this game is due to the fact that I don't like reviewing games that I haven't finished.

Nothing was really happening and the movement/controls was horrible, really jittery and I constantly got stuck in the envoirment, fell off of things and I also fell through the world multiple times.
This game is unfinished. To many bugs including random instadeaths, unreasonable invincible walls, and holes in the world that killed me multiple times. And the movement system in general, as I said, is horrible.

The game is to linear. Yes, I know this is a walking simulator but it wasn't like they usually are. There was a lack of a beautiful world to look at, lack of any atmosphere really except for triggered sound events and lack of any character. Making the walking through the designated path extremely boring, Dear Esther for example kept me invested. It didn't bore me to death like this one did. Dear Esther told an interesting story and had a beautiful world that kept my screenshot finger ready, this one did not.

The character you play has horrible voice acting, no personality whatsoever.

I wanted to enjoy the story but I couldn't due to all the other bad factors but the storyline wasn't to bad.
This, in my opinion, is far from an adventure game, it's the exact opposite. You can't explore what you want or go where you want like 99% of good exploration walking simulators let you do. You can only follow 1 path, you can only mindlessly walk along the dotted path while pressing W and jumping every once in a while and it gets to boring as I explained earlier.

And the graphics, I'm sorry but I can't let this go, this is, graphically, the ugliest walking simulator I've ever played. It looks like it was made in 2003, but no it was developed in 2014 and it has absolutelly horendus graphics, destroying yet another VERY important factor in walking simulators, it needs to have a beautiful world.

The price point is extremely high for this low content, horrible, unfinished game. 17$ is unacceptable, it's worth more like 2-3$.

I also feel like this game was dragged out to long, the story was more than finished before the actual game ended but it kept getting dragged out through filler content. This game is to long in context of the story.

I don't understand how this could also be called a puzzle game, there is no puzzles in this game, I'm sorry but if you call that hook stuff puzzles then there is something wrong with you.

Do not buy this game, trust me, I've played my fair share of walking simulators and all kinds of games that are always reffered to as "not really a game".
This game doesn't hold up. It's horrible and I don't understand how it has so many positive reviews.

Great concept for a game, couldn't be more horribly executed.

1/10.
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Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
One of the tags on the store page for Lifeless Planet is "Walking Simulator". Now I don't enjoy walking simulators and I'm unsure if this is one or not. It does involve quite a bit of walking, but also a generous amount of jumping, jet-packing and puzzle-solving. I'd say it is as much a 3D platformer as a walking simulator.

https://youtu.be/35jBWITXsWA

I found the jet-packing segments to be the most fun. Our hero doesn't always have access to the full abilities of his jet-pack due to a lack of fuel. The fuel is storyboarded to run out at certain sections of the game, it's not some resource that you can carefully manage to make other parts of the game easier. It's designed so you can jump higher and further on the platform-type parts of the game and afterwards it becomes depleted.

The puzzle difficulty isn't too perplexing. The couple of puzzles that had me stuck meant that I just needed to explore the area a bit further until I found an item or a switch that created part of the solution.

Due to the game not having a great difficulty level it's a fairly relaxing affair, I found myself playing the game last thing at night to unwind a little. There's a great atmosphere in the game backed up with some really nice ambient sound effects that demand the volume be dialled up a notch or two.

The graphics are pretty nice looking with the exception that a lot of the textures for the surroundings are fairly low-res. This becomes apparent when the camera is close up to them, from afar the world looks quite impressive. The hero is really nicely detailed, especially the reflection from the visor on his space helmet.

It took me about seven hours to complete the game at a leisurely pace. I found myself picking it up and playing it for about an hour at a time. The game holds a couple of achievements that increase the replayabity somewhat. One is to complete the game under four hours and the other is to complete the game without dying. I'll probably attempt these soon. I'm not sure how I will fair!
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Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
I didn't think too much of this game at first. It seemed too empty, the jumping was too wooden, and the flashlight was frustrating to use. Yet as the game progressed, it drew me in more and more. By the end, I was loving it. Some wonderful environs to explore and a compelling story. Just stick with it.
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Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Some things can be done better but I have genuinely enjoyed the whole game as an exploratory experience. The game generates great views of the planet landschafts, which change from chapter to chapter not allowing your get bored. I can agree with other reviewers that puzzles are rather simplistic and not much of a challenge, but that's not the point really. One thing was actually bugging me through the most of the game - rewards for exploration. The game start off with a promise that exploring every corner and small hidden pathways would bring a reward in a form of found samples or artifacts with a small explanation or story behind. This puts you in a mood of explorer initially, but the game subsequently fails to deliver on this promise. After 3rd chapter I believe, I couldn't find a single sample, note or artifact anywhere no matter how hard I was looking around, I was finding perfect places to hide such things with zero result. This really puts you off and exploring becomes a joke. Add to this a completely linear gameplay and you'll understand why there are no many bad reviews. There are invisible walls around areas and in some cases camera would just stop following you so you can not go further. Really? Isn't it so impossible hard to put some "natural" walls or cliffs or something that prevent me from going further instead invisible walls that I really hate in games.

In any case, this game could be absolutely awesome if there would be more freedom, more exploration, more elaborate storyline, more "unknown" (even not related to the main story line, man we are on alien planet!) to explore and study. Something like a soil scanner would cool to have to investigate surrounding areas in search for clues. Nevertheless I really enjoyed this game with all its drawbacks, so thumbs up! Hope the next game from this studio will deliver a deeper experience, lots of promise here!
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Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
Meant to give Lifeless Planet a go since a long time. Started yesterday at last and finished just now.

Let me preface by saying I like exploration and slowly uncovering stories through (audio-)logs. If done right it truly can make for great and immersive experiences.
Lifeless Planet is only about that. Without spoiling too much, you are an astronaut on a mission to travel to a distant planet and promptly have a crash-landing. From there you start exploring a barren and alien world which from the get-go grabs your attention with alien structures and mysterious occurrences.

The story I liked a lot. The one-man team has obviously interest in sci-fi. The pacing is fine but more on the slow-side. You have to bring some patience and be in the mood to walk. But I would not say this is a "boring walking simulator". Platforming with your jetpack and light puzzle solving are plenty. There is no shooting but that is just perfect for this game.

Given it is a small developer don't go in expecting high-poly models, high-res textures and whatnot. It might deter superficial players at first but I adjusted to it just fine after a couple minutes. One thing which I usually never give too much mind in games struck to me throughout the whole game though. Music, or better lack of therein. Big patches have no background music which made me much more uneasy than I expected. There are some short tunes at certain events here and there but they only emphasize the parts without it that much more. Music is much more important to the overall experience than one might imagine.

I don't want to spoil much, so I'll stop here. It has a great story and atmosphere and I was always interested in unraveling more about the world. Loved the ending. Recommend heartily.
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Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Lifeless Planet is the sort of game that is the reason why I don't start writing recommendations for games until I've completed them. If I had written my review after only playing the first hour of the game it would've certainly been a positive, but after playing the rest I just can't bring myself to do it.

Before I get into why this is the case, I feel it's important to actually tell what the gameplay is like, because the store page doesn't really do it justice. It sort of vaguely makes it out to be an adventure or exploration game, but what Lifeless Planet really is is a fairly linear platformer. That isn't inherently a bad thing, and at the beginning of the game it works fine, only occasionally marred by poorly placed jumps where you have to choose between jumping without using the jetboost and not jumping far enough or jumping with the jetboost and soaring past the platform because of the awkward placement in relation to the planet's gravity. But later on in the game they seem to decide that exploring a Mars-like planet with desolated Soviet architecture with audiologs explaining the history isn't interesting enough, and so for about the last 1/3 of the game it spirals into a nightmare of pitch black darkness where you just fumble around until something impales you and you start over turned around facing the wrong direction at the checkpoint to make you even more lost, or randomly guessing which direction you can move in that won't instantly incinerate you. There's a very good reason why these levels are only shown once in the store page's screenshots.

The story suffers the same fate, unfortunately. What begins as an interesting story of a doomed planet and a failed Soviet experiment suddenly devolves into a mess of nothing, with ideas like the protagonist's wife or a woman potentially being the planet's cure being tossed around and randomly introduced at moments that seem important enough that you think they might actually drive the plot along only to be immediately forgotten about a few seconds later. It feels like they had a bundle of ideas for stories from multiple people on the development team but none of them could decide which to include, so it just starts five stories and doesn't adequately end any of them.

Ultimately, it's just hard to recommend this game. Even though it's only six hours on Earth, on the Lifeless Planet it feels like at least double that because of how tedious the platforming gets in the darker levels. The graphics have improved enough in the Premier Edition that the game looks nice when you can actually see it, but there are still some noticeably bad models even in extremely prominent places like the model of Aelita, the only other character in the game. The game occasionally toys with the idea of being a survival game, with multiple points in the game featuring the player running low on oxygen at scripted points and having to traverse to an oxygen refill station, but it never really does anything with it. The whole game left me feeling like I would've been having a lot more fun if they had just dropped me off back at the opening Soviet station and let me explore and try to find a way to survive on the planet while exploring and reading the backstory logs, instead of actually slogging through the mess of a campaign that's there instead. You could maybe have a good time just replaying the first few hours over and over and restarting when you reach the first night segment, but otherwise Lifeless Planet is just a hollow disappointment.
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Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Very fun, adventurous! Great levels! Needs little fixing some areas like: Save points at times leave you in odd respawn areas. Also if you click new game by mistake entire play will be lost. Wish it had true saves by user and to spawn exactly at that save point. Also wish it had saved thumbnail images of game play as you progress along so you could go back to any save if you want to explore or show someone. Other than that, play was great and I do hope there is a part 2 in the works! A+ on the game.
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Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Exciting, interesting , a little scary , good graphics, atmospheric and suitable ambient music. Certainly a game that should be tested.
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Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Actually pretty rad

Its a super simple concept, like, you're a little dude in a barren wasteland and to progress you just have to get from A to B, but holy hell is getting from A to B a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ plight and a half. What looks to be an easy jump between rocks turns into half a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ hour of WHERE THE HELL AM I HOW DID I GET HERE AND HOW THE SH*T DO I GET DOWN. I have to admit, there were a few times I had to consult a walk through, but thats probably entirely because Im just dumb.

The important thing is, I love this game. Its challenging, its weird, its curious, and everything is in ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ russian, so for me, an english speaker, it added to the sense of alienation first created by being and alien on some god forsaken planet. You'll just be plodding along like "yeah okay, I see where Im going this is pretty straight forward" and then BAM DEATH. Like what??? Then you realise "oooooh yeah that was my bad I wasnt paying attention because death is literally everywhere and i got complacent because it looks like a cake walk when in actual fact IM DEAD AGAIN." But you get right tf back up and soilder on because more than anything, you do NOT want this game to beat you.

Not the mention, the achievments are hilarious and I love them and im so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ frustrated and i love it.

I highly recommend this game. Please play it. Please play it forever and cry with me.
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Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
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 loved... 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!

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.

+ It's very sad story but beautiful game.
+ At the end of the story is perfect song by music Rich Douglas

- Nothing

MY VIDEO THANKS FOR WATCHING ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChLN5hxZSV0
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Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
A very good adventure game with a good story.
It is not beautiful but it's not a problem.
I recommand it if you like plateform and adventure game !
It is not scary by the way.
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Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
(Full disclosure, haven't completed this game, but have spent about 3 hours playing) I have no idea how to feel about this game. On the one hand, the story is interesting and pulls me forward. However, at no point in a well designed game should I be asking myself "is that how I was supposed to get here?" And more importantly, I should not be CONSTANTLY asking myself that question. And I am. The controls are gluey and frequently result in falling off ledges and platforms that you need to be following. And you will be doing A LOT of platforming, making the sticky controls unforgivable. But I still want to know what happens next. I want to know the story of this far-away planet. So I'm torn. If you like a good story, then play this game. If you hate platforming, and especially hate trying to do it when your little astronaut will likely fall off the other end or overshoot the platform with no way to control the fall, stay far the ♥♥♥♥ away from this game.
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Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Lifeless Planet is a nice, little puzzle-exploration game.

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a distant planet, you awake alone and try to find your crew and quickly start realizing, that this planet isn't what you thought it would be.
Promised to contain life or at least good living conditions, you find yourself in a desert-like wasteland and soon discover, that you weren't the first to be on this planet.

The game is mostly about exploring the different locations, some platform jumping, solving some rather easy puzzles and collect log-entries, which will unveil the story to you.

The mysterious atmosphere of the planet is pretty well done and the story itself is presented in a way, which kept me interested and wanting to know what was going on.

Be aware that the game itself is rather slow and pretty linear, although the areas are sometimes quite big (but mostly empty).
The last third of the game feels a bit stretched and although you had some highlights, it could have been a bit shorter at the end, which would also be another point to watch out for: the game itself is rather short.

If you like slower paced exploration games, mysterious sci-fi/fantasy stories then this might be a nice little game for you.
Personally i would wait for a sale to buy.
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Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Lifeless Planet is a puzzle-platformer that is intent on setting you on a journey through a vast, unexplored planet that was once a lush paradise. Your objective, as a lone surviving astronaut that spent 15 years journeying to the now desolate heavenly body, is to discover what caused the mass extinction of life. You will discover this information not only through story progression, but also through collecting and reading documents along the way.

The game itself uses the Unity engine, so it should be unsurprising when I say that Lifeless Planet suffers from random frame drops in random areas. Aside from this minor technical issue, the only other complaint about the performance of the game is the loose controls when using the jet pack while jumping. You can overshoot or undershoot your target very easily, and trying to turn around when you overshoot your mark is nearly impossible. Sometimes the jumps are committed to the direction that you initially jump in, and other times they are not; it's a very touch-and-go mechanic that causes some platforming sections to be frustrating.

The story line itself is decent, although it's not entirely what I personally expected when I researched the store page and trailers. Given that the name of the game is indeed Lifeless Planet, it's a surprise when you find out that you are not exactly alone. I find that this detracts from the mystery and eeriness of the game itself. Being alone on a foreign planet that is completely devoid of life is a frightening thought, but without the additional party that you encounter on the adventure, the ending would not be possible.

When it comes to the musical score, Lifeless Planet does well. There are a large variety of tracks and subtle ambiances that play during well timed moments, either spiking the fear and anxiety of the player, or soothing them on their long odyssey. However, I did find that the music does abruptly end at some points, and I am unsure if this is due to an in-game trigger when hitting certain areas or just a typical Unity malfunction.

Lifeless Planet can be easily beaten in under four hours, even during the first play through. The puzzles are easy, it's rare that you will not know where to go next, and there is little replayability aside from achievement collecting. That being said, I find the asking price of $21.99 CAD to be very steep for this title that most people will only play through once. On sale, or in a bundle, I can recommend Lifeless Planet. It's a decent little game with an alright story line, just don't go in expecting too much. The hype that surrounded this game when it was first released was over the top.

Rating: 3.5/5.0 - Average, can take it or leave it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Do recommend with all ny heart, but to those, who enjoy listening to long monologues and explore an empty world only full of memories and diaries. Even though the story is not quite smooth and there is too much empty space to overcome while exploring, game is still beautiful as well as it's story.
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Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
I thought the concept was interesting and the game looked good, but it could have been much more than it is.

This feels more like a follow-the-dotted-line story than an adventure game, though I thought it did a good job at the 'atmospheric' portion of things. The landscapes, 'biomes' and views were pretty cool. Story was linear and hand-holdy but interesting enough (along with the scenery) for a play through. There's also little to gain from checking corners, occasionally there's an optional point of interest that doesn't add a whole lot to the story (geology anyone?).

What few puzzles exist are rather basic.

Often transitions between 'levels' are disjointed. You walk to the entrance of a new area, then you get loaded into a completely different part of the planet, in no way resembling where you were or what you were looking at. No explanation for travel given.

Some tension moments are very forced and silly. Filling up on air ("You're set for 8 hours!") and again running out 5 minutes after is not nail-biting tension, it's annoying. Note that you will only run out of air with an air tank in clear view, I guess this was an 'immersive' way of telling you to walk straight forward.

Certain questions are never answered, and I think the answers might have been more interesting than the intended story.

Not enough game here for full price, maybe pick it up on sale. I got it at 50% off and not sure it was worth it. Prepare to jump. A lot. So much jumping...

I noticed some comments about the controls being problematic. Just FYI, I used a 360 controller and never had a complaint.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Well what can i say this is a realy wonderful game sure the game appears a bit primative but it is well worth the ride I would highly highly recommind this It is well woth a place in anyones library.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
A lot of life for a lifeless planet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
it isn't that game that you say WOW WHAT A MASTERPIECE, you are more like a witness of how this planet came to existance and how it colapser, also how it reemerged.

the exploration is rough, i got stuck like 100 times and also died figuring ot how to get trough since it does not have hints, wich is nice after all...

the gameplay is short, to complete the game story i taked like 5 hours but the overworld design is amazing, taked like 30 screenshots...

5/7 would see my crew die again :'v
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