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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Mostly Positive (42 reviews) - 73% of the 42 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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)
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
An amazing, surreal and breathtaking game. As an avid Sci-Fi fan, this game ticks all the boxes for me!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Title says enough about the game itself
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6.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
I have mixed feelings about this game. The idea itself is brilliant, but the plot is all over the place. It's like they couldn't figure out which way they wanted the game to go and so they just mixed up a lot, which is a huge shame.
The puzzle's are fine, but this game is super glitchy, and often the way to go around is all messed up and you end up wasting time trying to figure out exactly where to go.
I think this game is what you make it to be. If you can see the story it's actually kinda good, but sadly it just doesn't shine through. I truly wish they'd take this game up and make a complete remake of it.
With all that being said, I will still recommend it, BUT only if it's on sale and you don't have any better way to spend your money.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
Lifeless Planet is unfortunately a game thay lived up to its title. Lifeless. Dull. Uninteresting. Which is quite a shame, as it looked very promising all the way up to the second fourth of the story. After that, the puzzles start to feel repetitive, the platforming gets mind numbing, and the story falls on its face. Honestly, the story was the most damning part. Specifically, it tripped on its boring plot twist and landed on its face in an anticlimactic ending that felt unfulfilling. If I can give this game points, the story up until the plot twist/villain reveal was amazing. They knew how to set up everything. Which is exactly why the mediocreness the rest of the game displayed makes this game feel unfulfilling. It created a mysterious and scary atmosphere splendidly. It felt open when it needed to and claustrophobic at the right moments. But then it feels like they tacked on everything afterwards almost like an afterthought. It also doesn't really have any replayability for such a short game. I finished the story in 6 hours! This game wasn't awful, but it was very unsatisfying.
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 17
Story and setting, interesting. The look, decent. The controls, ehhhh. The price, no chance (8.99 at a stretch).

If you want to complete the achievements then you'll have to play through the game at least twice, as there are two sets of opposites (complete in less than four hours, spend over ten; die every way possible, don't die at all). Controls aren't great and tends to be pretty frustrating, especially when many of the puzzles require precision movements. This is the killer for me. I've spent far too long trying to climb as the game demands, and failing, because the movements and the controls just freaking suck. Gonna have to rage-quit here.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
♥♥♥♥, ♥♥♥♥ and more ♥♥♥♥. Disregard the videos, pictures, and description, as well as any other interest you may have in this game. There's no story. All you do is follow a poorly put together Russian plant woman, and get stabbed in the ♥♥♥ by the occasional plant. Was highly disappointed. Do not buy this game. Do not buy this game. Do not buy this game...
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Britt P
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 13
More of a playable story rather than an indepth game, but the storyline was great and I continued on to try and figure out what the heck was going on! I finished in about 6hrs, but you could either shorten or expand based on how much you want to explore. Beautiful music :) The controls are a bit funny sometimes, but I found myself laughing every time I died in some stupid way, so all in all, a very good time!
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6.4 hrs
Posted: August 13
Quite a journey,very nice and beautiful calming music.


(0-4 Don't bother @ all)
(5-7 The Average)
(8-10 One of the best)
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3.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
For the first time in my life a girl and a tree scared me

10/10 Would get scared by a tree again
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6.7 hrs
Posted: August 12

I have just played through the entire game.

All that I can say is that this game is utterly amazing.

I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes the story of things.

To the creators, I want more :D
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
I wasn't impressed, and I'm glad I bought the game on sale. It is not worth the $20 price tag.

It's a paltry 4 hours to complete the main story, if that. It certainly doesn't merit a second playthrough to get all of the achievements. The story itself is trite, boring, and predictable.

The trailer implies it is an exploration heavy game, and while the world is technically open, there isn't a lot to see. In reality, it's extremely linear, with little to no point to deviating from the path that's obviously laid before you. There are minerals to find and story background, but neither are interesting enough to bother with.

The graphics are jarringly bad. Somewhere in the era of Dreamcast/original Playstation. This creates two issues. One, it made platforming difficult in some areas, as it was difficult to see where I was supposed to go or what exactly I should be trying to land on. Two, in an exploration, ambience heavy game the graphics were a huge roadblock to immersion.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
For the first time in my life a girl and a tree scared me

10/10 Would get scared by a tree again
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378 of 430 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I wish I could recommend this game, since it does have a certain beauty. But in the end too many negative bits sucked the fun out of it for me. It just felt tedious towards the end. Here is what is good and bad.

The good:
  • Beautiful Landscapes: You basically “run” (more on that later) through a series of truly well-drawn landscapes. The graphic textures are not always the greatest, but overall you get some stunning visuals. Especially the vertical elements can be quite remarkable.
  • Atmospheric Sound/Music: Minimalistic, but appropriately used. Simply good.

The not-so good:
  • So… much… walking… : Unfortunately your movement speed is not very high. Which means that you transverse above mentioned landscapes step by step by step for what simply feels way too long. It certainly contributes to the atmosphere of solitude/lifelessness (because very little is happening while you walk). Just, that is not a very neat atmosphere to build up. The whole thing is compounded by the fact that:
  • The story does not move forward: Most of the time you are running somewhere you are doing so without much motivation, but simply because you are following the only viable way through this world. Not everything has to be open world, but at least give me a reason why I should now be traversing the lava level. God, I felt with my character when he character said “I demand answers! Now!” some hours in. Neither of us would get any for many more hours.
  • Unmotivated Discontinuity: Sometimes a new level begins without any discernible transitions from the last. Example: Last minute it was daylight and you were standing on a cliff. Next second you are in a canyon and its night. Eh, what?
  • Puzzles are way too easy: Most of the game you are following a giant “follow me” trail of glowing green, the only challenge being to keep your motivation for these long minutes. Puzzles are sparse (which in itself is a bit of a problem for a puzzle platformer), and never pose the slightest challenge. Like one-moveable-object-besides-one-landmark-easy: move object to landmark, done. When you get stuck, this it is very likely because you overlooked a required booster pack that is hidden a few hundred meters back. And who explores slightly off track at this walking speed?
  • Abilities are arbitrarily removed: At some points you get a cool booster pack. Not only does it allow you to solve some platform puzzles, it also allows you to move quicker (yay!). Now you can spend an hour flying around with this thing in one level without a problem. But as soon as you cross a line the game declares it has run out of fuel (regardless of how long you have been using it). This is feels completely arbitrary. Similarly, sometimes the plot will decide you need more oxygen, regardless of when you refilled last or what you have been doing in the meantime.

Overall, a tedious experience with some visisal perks. Did not go into the story becuase it might be subjective, but personally I am not blown away.
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233 of 281 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
Lifeless Planet is a game well worth playing, surely one of the best Indie games I have played this year. It had a successful Kickstarter and passed through Greenlight to go to Early Access and to be released as completed game.

Its made by Stage 2 Studios which consists mainly of David Board, and the game is the outcome of years of passionate hard work, while it utilized all the stages an Indie project can pass through, till its released on Steam.

This game is a unique work of art that inspires and entertains with its beautiful visuals and its story, unlike anything you can find in big budget titles. Words hardly can express the accomplishments this game reached. Its a Sci-Fi Story Adventure comparable to the books of Isaac Asimov or Games like The Dig.

The atmosphere is carrying this game. It makes you feel lost, helpless and afraid, even sad and isolated, but then again it evokes curiosity, hope and amazement. It has very little action but a lot of exploring and platforming and a bit of quite easy puzzling. Its pretty linear, but that's to be expected from a game that tries to tell a story I guess. There could be a bit more to do in some parts of the game.

I will not reveal anything of the story, its yours to discover for yourself, because that's what the game is about. But I can assure you that it is very much worth it, if you have an open mind and search for something meaningful that you can enjoy without feeling pressured. It will take you around 5 hours for a playthrough. This is not a game for the impatient or simpleminded tough, those players will get bored or fail to grasp the storyline.

If there's one thought that I had while playing it, it was that the more you think you know about the world and the universe, the more you discover what you actually don’t know. The Storyline and ending is partly open to interpretation. Its not very strictly explained, which gives room for your own imagination. A freedom very few games ever trust the player with, and therefore it has to be complimented on such bravery.

The technical aspects of the game are robust for such a small team, reasonable performance, hardly any bugs, no crashes for me. I had to restart a level because something to advance the story didn't trigger first time, but that wasn't really a problem. Controls where fine for me with KB & Mouse, jumping around with the jetpack is a lot of fun. Gamepads are supported.

The graphical style is fitting for the game, although the way its done, also means that its looking pretty simple at times. Its definitely not a Crysis, but the aesthetics and level design make up a lot for it and make the game nonetheless a pleasure to explore and screenshot. It also has nice particle effects like dust, and the levels have a great variety of environments.

The musical score and sound is very good also, it really works well in combination with the storyline to emphasize important moments and add tension to the game. The voice acting is great, there are native Russian speakers who did the voiceovers and this makes this aspect really shine.

In conclusion I can say this game is well worth its price. The game has to be played and developers like these have to be supported. Buy and play this game, so we hopefully see more of this studio!
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382 of 506 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
>> can somebody tell me why I can't make paragraphs(?) for every point (pro/con)<<



Wow! The atmosphere in this game is simply amazing. I have to say this is one of the most atmospheric games I've ever played.

You feel pretty helpless all by yourself on this vast abandoned planet as you slowly uncover the story of this planet and it's inhabitants.

The music and voice acting is really good, nothing to complain here!

There are still some things annoying me. For example:

I've got some FPS-drops sometimes and i run a GTX 680 and a i5 3570k + 12gb RAM... But the FPS drops won't make it unplayable but still it's a little bit annoying.

All in all this game is worth it's money (12.99€ for me [that was early access now it's 19.99€). I don't know how long it will take until you'll finish the game but for now it looks like you will spend a couple of hours with the game :) (Now I know :D it took me around 5 hours I think) ___________________________________________________________________________________ EDIT AFTER FINISHING THE WHOLE GAME: ___________________________________________________________________________________ After finishing the game my opinion about this game did not change :) I will add some pro's and con's about this game: PRO: - breathtaking atmosphere (in my opinion) - really interesting story which makes you wanna play more and more :) (finished the game in one day because i couldn't stop playing) - easy controls (it's a simple jump n' run) - pretty graphics (not the best but they're okay) - many different terrains/locations (desert/ice/vulcanic/etc...) - AWESOME music, this is a huge plus - good voice acting - huge areas which have a beautiful view CON: - the gameplay itself can be a little bit boring, the puzzles aren't that hard and the rest is simple jump n' run gameplay - it's rather short (finished it in one day in ~5h) - the graphics are okay but some textures are really "wishy-washy" :) - a few times i did not know what i need to do, so i needed to check out some youtube videos (but that could also be my own stupidity) - not very good optimized i had some fps drops while playing (~15FPS) even though i have pretty good specs But still I can recommend this game A LOT. Especially because of the awesome music, the great atmosphere and the really thrilling story which won't let you stop playing the game :)
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98 of 109 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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248 of 338 people (73%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 6, 2014
What an interesting game tbh. My quick 10 minuite game turned into nearly Two hours,
I could not tear myself off the keyboard or walk away to even make the coffee.
no spoilers here , great music and voices. No sign of a bug yet played on the pc.
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143 of 185 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
Bottom LIne:
Would I recommend it?
At least, not at this price. It isn't worth $19.99
I wouldn't pay more that $5 for it

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.


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.


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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