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

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    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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
A great game. Period. The ending is anticlimactic. But the lead up to that point is great. The feeling of mystery and a spice of horror.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I'm not sure why so many people are recommending this game. Here's what I found:

1. Poor graphics. It's odd to see so many people praising the visuals in this game, since...well, they just kind of suck. We're talking about low-poly terrain with ugly textures. And since the world is a barren wasteland, there's not a lot of interesting detail, either--which would be fine if the wasteland itself were pretty, but like I said, low-poly terrain and ugly textures.

2. Frustratingly bad controls. Somehow the character manages to move too fast for precision and too slow for transversing the game's ridiculously huge distances. Strafing is awkward since the character seems to try to both strafe and turn at the same time, resulting in really awkward mouse-and-keyboard combination movement. It also makes precision movement very difficult in areas where you have to, for example, land on or move around on a tiny platform.

3. Dumb puzzles. The first one is made artificially difficult by the terrible controls, but it essentially involves moving a single boulder to a single place. The second one is of the "find a needle in a haystack" variety, where you're given half of a code for very little effort and then have to do the 3d equivalent of a pixel hunt to find the other half. It also makes no real logical sense that the code is split into two pieces in the first place. Maybe the puzzles get more interesting later, but I'm not willing to keep dealing with the terrible controls and ugly graphics long enough to find out.

4. Pretty much no music. This is especially important since so much of the game is just wandering from place to place. Dear Esther and Everyone's Gone to the Rapture, for example, had very appropriate atmospheric music (also much better visuals).

5. An interesting story concept and mystery that would be intriguing if it weren't for all the aforementioned flaws. That's the only thing I could see that this game has to offer.

I honestly feel ripped off, and I got this game for ten bucks.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Lifeless planet is less an exploration game than a casual platformer with great art design und a mediocre story. The time I spent with it, I had fun.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Hardly any game
tons of walking
lame ending
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Two thirds of the game in and so far so good. It can be played at the highest settings on an intel hd 5500 (8gb dual channel ram, up to 4gb shared video ram) and at the second highest settings on a single 4gb ram stick

8/10 would propel off a cliff again
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Every aspect of this "game" was terrible.
Graphics, story, gameplay, voice acting, script, music, controls, interface - 0/10

This was just aweful.
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392 of 445 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 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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241 of 290 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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384 of 508 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
>> can somebody tell me why I can't make paragraphs(?) for every point (pro/con)<<


EARLY ACCESS REVIEW:

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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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101 of 112 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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Cthulhumon
8.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
I'd like to recommend this. I'm a fan of weird science fiction, even weirder stuff than this.
I just can't. As the story progresses, less and less of it makes any cohesive sense.
I don't mind the graphics aren't that great, or that the platforming and puzzles become more and more abitrary (and less linked with the story) as the game goes along. Hell I'll even put up with the disorientating scene changes that don't explain why you are suddenly in a different place than you were before.
But the story is just bad, and in a game like this the story is everything.

SPOLIER ALERT
The main character is meant to have turmoil over his comatose wife, which is never fully realised. You never really quite feel for him or her. It feels like padding because it also has no bearing in the story.
The alien technology would never have been made by the aliens. They are so tall they could have stepped over every wall and would have needed to crawl to fit through their own doors.
The didn't seem to need the portals either, at least not on the scale they had built. They were mean to be a single intelligence as an ecosystem, and were relient on this specific planet. Why would they try and travel at all. Even if they would, why would they need large circluar portals. They would still need to stoop to fit through.
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RabidKode
13.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Very refreshing to play such an odd game. Suspense dies off fast, then it becomes follow the green glowing road. I spent too much time looking for what wasn't there, but I did enjoy it.
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Hawk
4.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
Interesting game, but finished the entire game in 4 hours, nice puzzles.
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Unfabulous Baby Bear
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
i don't know what i was expecting, but what a fun little romp!
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Darmok
14.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
Fun exploration game. I felt like an astronaut. Very relaxing at times. I recommend!
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4.1 hrs
Posted: September 13
DISCLAIMER: This is a full review, and NOT a first impressions review like all my other reviews, if you want a better full review, then please read better reviews then mine

Lifeless Planet is an adventure game developed by Stage 2 Studios, published by Lace Games and digitally distributed by KISS Ltd. This game has gotten a lot of mixed reception with gamers and reviewers alike

Lifeless Planet is an adventure, walking simulator which offers exploration on an unknown lifeless planet. Although nothing of the story is going to be mentioned in this review, the location of the whole game takes place on a... you guessed it, lifeless planet. You basically keep walking avoiding dangers, reading journals and listening to audio files

It can get boring and yes the length of the game was fine for me and for what it was going for (I finished it in over four hours and in two whole sittings) if it had just gone over the amount of time I played it, I would have gotten bored easily, and the asking price is a bit too steep, however, Lifeless Planet's story and atmosphere are nailed perfectly in the game

The story is well written and the planet that you traverse on is beautiful. Although this game was developed on the Unity engine, you can tell that the developers used the engine to their advantage and created a believable, beautiful, lifeless world. Even though some texture work (especially when looking up close) is a bit poor and the animations especially in the main character are pretty poor. The game's atmoshpere is hit perfectly in the head. The skyboxes and music especially make the game more believable

The voice acting (in which only one is spoken in English, the rest are in Russian), it was pretty good for an indie budget game

I can understand the mixed responses from gamers and reviewers about Lifeless Planet and to me personally I really enjoyed playing through Lifleless Planet. True, the length of the game is long for what it is offering which is walking and walking and walking, however, it was interesting exploring the lifeless planet that was once inhabited by a civilization and what happened after

Lifeless Planet will and has mixed reception but if you are reading this review, then you are dying to know my recommendation. Lifeless Planet is a game everyone should try and play and finish in one/two whole sitting/s, it is truly an indie gem which has been buried with other 'better' games, however, for the retail price it is offering, I would not recommend it at its full price and rather wait for a price drop or a sale

Lifeless Planet is an interesting, well made story with a few hiccups here and there but this is a true indie gem which has been burrowed away by other supposed 'better' games. Lifeless Planet will always be a favourite of mine

RECOMMENDED :)
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Jat
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
Beautiful game!
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