Stranded after his ship is destroyed in deep space, Harrison, a lowly maintenance worker and our hero, must struggle to find his way home... LOST ORBIT centers around the exploration of space. Players take control of a lone astronaut (Harrison) who sets off on a dangerous journey to rejoin his civilization, armed with only an improvised...
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Release Date: May 12, 2015

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“All in all, Lost Orbit is a winner.”
8/10 – Destructoid

“Lost Orbit could quite possibly be contender for indie game of the year.”
9/10 – Punk and Lizard

“If you like dodge ‘em ups then this is one of the best available&quot”
9/10 – The Sixth Axis

About This Game

Stranded after his ship is destroyed in deep space, Harrison, a lowly maintenance worker and our hero, must struggle to find his way home...

LOST ORBIT centers around the exploration of space. Players take control of a lone astronaut (Harrison) who sets off on a dangerous journey to rejoin his civilization, armed with only an improvised set of equipment and a relentless spirit. Without the help of his ship, Harrison will need to use the gravitational forces of planets to navigate and propel himself through space.

Set in a world rich with comedy and tragedy, LOST ORBIT is a game filled with risk, loneliness, wonder, and death.


Features:
  • Explore 40 levels set across 4 unique solar systems on your perilous journey home.
  • Each level features a detailed ranking system and time trial mode.
  • Choose and upgrade your set of abilities to customize Harrison as you see fit through a light RPG system.
  • Boost, swim, bounce, leap and teleport your way through a myriad of obstacles.
  • Simple and intuitive controls make the game easy to pick up, yet surprisingly deep.
  • Balanced between tense technical moments and cathartic graceful flight, LOST ORBIT is a game that is instantly immersive and satisfying to play.
  • Die alone in space; where no one will know of your struggle.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 Series
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 4 Series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core I7 Series
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 5+ Series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1300 MB available space
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The_Cpt_FROGGY
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
LOST ORBIT:
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Being a maintenance worker in deep space can be very challenging! The perfect case scenario is our hero, “Harrison.” His job is to go from one communication relay to another in deep space and patch them up. Everything was going as planned, working on the relay, until a big bang occurred and destroyed his vessel. Stranded in deep space, equipped with his suit and jetpack, he has to make his way back home.

LOST ORBIT is a fast-paced action game set in deep space where you play “Harrison” and need to find his way back home through 40 levels in 4 Solar systems. In each level, you will have to collect all Obtainiums (pink crystals) and make it to the end of the level as fast as you can with no deaths in order to be awarded platinum badges and you will received additional Obtainiums by doing so.

You will be able to use the collected Obtainiums to upgrade your equipment such as: Mega boost – which combine booster fuel, recharge and speed – Defensive: ability to reverse your thrusters and get additional bombs – Utilities: Barrel roll and magnetise (drag the Obtainium crystals towards you from a distance).

The gameplay is absolutely brilliant; fast, fluid, with a large number of close encounters with asteroids, from which you will come out . . . . let’s say . . . dead! I really enjoy the one where the impact is so strong that Harrison’s skeleton ends up flying all alone in deep space. However, if you use all the tricks - barrel roll, mega boost or the bomb at the right moment - you might well finish the level without dying! However, if you are as good as I am, you will be very grateful that each level has several checkpoints. If you die, you will start from the last saving point. Also, you will be able to use orbital boosts, pulsars, ramps and more to reach the end of the level rapidly or die once more!

Plenty of replay ability in this game especially if you want to achieve the platinum badge; it is hard to achieve, to be honest.

The controls are very responsive and I would strongly recommend playing with a gamepad. Great graphics, splendid soundtrack and the story is very well narrated.

Positives:
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- Great graphics
- Splendid gameplay and good replay ability
- Controls are good and very responsive
- Good soundtrack and great narration
- Challenging
- Achievements and trading cards

Negatives:
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- Hard to get platinum badges

LOST ORBIT is marvellously executed. Just splendid! Come on Ladies and Gents, jump into orbit and help our friend Harrison!

9/10

Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!

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AndreTheSolo
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Don't get it for mac!!! Seems kindda fun though
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NotJustHim
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Well, sorry for spoiling, but I beat the game in 4 hours. I gotta say though, the experience was worth it. This game tells a really cool story and has really polished gameplay. It is also somewhat challenging and not just, faceroll boring.

TL DR: Totally worth a buy.
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Reboot Rick
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
A cute and rarther enjoyable game if you are ever looking for just a fun and not to long single player game this is it!
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Sinclair
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
This game is a masterpiece. From the encapselating story to the beautifully deep space environments. You feel for Harrison as you navigate through the universe. Throughout the game they hit you with a wonderful story told by someone following you, which adds so much to the games feel. If you have a few hours to kill pick this up and you wont stop smiling! Happy Orbiting!
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[HoG]❤dedu❤
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
noe off the best games i have playd !!
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Quick Angry Bunny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Really enjoying this game. It's fast paced but at the same time very relaxing. The narrative is simple but engaging. It's a really cool game I saw on PAX Prime, after 5 minutes of gameplay, I knew this game was awesome!

Just one small request to the devs: after completing a level, just go to the next one right away, don't return the player to the level selection screen.
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Dayton Does ¯\_( ͡°Ꮂ ͡°)_/¯
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
Lost Orbit is a relatively casual speedrunner about boosting through space and beating your best time. The top-down 2D nature of the game strips down a lot of the depth (literally, hurrhurr) but the story, about a lone astronaut named Harrison struggling to make his way back home, was riveting enough to pull me through the occasional bout with monotony. Mechanics take far too long to be introduced but the writing and dialogue helped me to stick around for whatever was next. Will Lost Orbit accelerate to the top of your Steam Library? Or is it just space-junk? Let’s take a look.

Goals are a clearly defined part of any speedrunning game, and this game does fine with laying out what is required for each medal. This should mean a fantastic replayability score, but the bottom is completely dropped out due there being no incentive to try for platinum across the board. If your ego requires that you do so then feel free, but with no global scoreboard you are literally the only one who will know about your mastery. Some levels are fun enough to try and replay, but others (usually the 6th stage of each world) are literally nothing but exposition and backstory.

Character development is high in this game, and that’s a good thing because new obstacles and enemies take entirely too long to be introduced. For the first 30 minutes of the game I was circling around planets wondering if they were the only mechanic the game had to offer. Luckily that was not the case, and eventually I saw my first pulsar. I found myself absolutely flabbergasted. “They waited this long?? Wow.” So, pulsars will give you a boost and fling you in a given direction, which looks fantastic until you realize that you just auto-piloted through an entire section of the level.

Overall, Lost Orbit was an enjoyable experience that I don’t see myself revisiting anytime soon. The story could work as a movie, so it seems a shame to frustrate the watcher by wrapping it inside a game that doesn’t develop quick enough. My patience was certainly tested with this one, but I am glad I got to experience Harrison’s journey. Once the mechanics are in place, the game becomes a rip-roaring space romp, but getting there will test your patience. A fine release, but hopefully the next title from the folks over at PixelNauts will have the screws tightened juuust a bit more.

Gameplay:

Controls- 8/10
Fun Factor- 6/10
Difficulty- 4/10
Replayability- 2/10
Innovation- 8/10

Aesthetic:

Graphics- 8/10
Music- 6/10
Sound FX- 7/10
Story/Lore- 9/10
Level Design- 7/10

Final Score: 65/100 for innovation, controls, and atmosphere.
Summary: Exceedingly laid-back space speedrunner with superb writing and story.
Verdict: Speedrunners may not find the fix they crave. Story-lovers however, will indulge in the writing.

Full text/photo review: http://www.indiegamebundles.com/review-lost-orbit/
Musical reviewsical breakdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLu1zsA__lI
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FulminicTux
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
Game is unplayable on Ubuntu 15.04 with triple head monitor setup (3 vertical monitors 1200x1920 each).
The menu is stretched like a horizontal ♥♥♥♥ and nearly unusable. The game starts but graphics are mostly placed outside of view port. Seems as if this game has never been tested at 3600x1920 resolution. Unfortunately it cannot be switched to windowed mode or to lower its resolution,

Before LO, I played train valley demo which looks and runs just great on triple head setup.
Did anybody test LO on 4k monitors?

Please fix this issue so that I can write a positive feedback.
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Comrade Potato
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Super fun pick-up-and play type game. Really easy to get into, but the challenge and progression make you stay for more. Very polished, fun, and well-designed game. Would recommend to any gamer.
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59 of 69 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2015
LOST ORBIT is a fast-paced space action game developed by PixelNAUTS. In LOST ORBIT you play as Harrison, a maintenance worker who has become stranded in a distant solar system after his ship and is now trying to find his way back to his home planet. As you travel through the four solar systems the game has to offer you'll dodge asteroids, travel through wormholes, collect obtanium crystals and much more.

+Great graphics
+An engaging story which is fed to you by the narrator over the course of the game
+Outstanding narration
+Simple and responsive controls (I played with a 360 controller)
+Quite a few different upgrades to buy with your obtanium, all of these introduce new mechanics and then build upon them
+Forty levels across four solar systems, each solar system being very different to the last
+Quite a lot of replay value if you're the kind of person who wants to get a gold medal on every level
+Good balance of open spaces and 'not so open' spaces
+Reasonably frequent checkpoints
+It's set in space, who doesn't love space?
+Fantastic sound track

+/-What medal you get depends on three factors: Time, Amount of obtanium collected and Number of Deaths. I found the Time limits for the medals to be a little too strict, especially if you have to restart a checkpoint, but others might like the added challenge

-I felt the ending was a bit abrupt
-In most levels I experienced the mouse cursor flickering on the screen which was not only very distracting but it also seemed to decrease performance
-Playing LOST ORBIT can get a tad bit frustrating if you get to a section of the game where you keep dying over and over again without being able to progress

Verdict:
8

A great fast-paced space action game with great graphics, an engaging story, a fantastic narrator and simple, responsive controls. If you're looking for a fast-paced game or you just love space then I suggest you pick this one up.

***This review was written using a key provided by the Developer for review purposes***

El K.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
If I ever end up lost in space I hope to have as much fun as Harrison does on his journey through deep space. This game is absolutely stunning. Fast paced, beautiful art style, intricate level design, and top notch audio. Seriously, in space no one can hear you scream, but you can definitely hear all of the sweet beats this game has. Altogether, this game is a great deal of fun. Anyone who is looking for a few hours of quality entertainment at an affordable price should definitely check out LOST ORBIT.

PS: Best Skeleton Flight Simulator
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
I've played this game from start to finish about 3 times and and loved every minute of it. Its incredibly addicting and has a just one more try vibe that hooks you really quick. Before you know it you'll be learning new tricks, optimizing your routes, upgrading your character in hopes of hitting the fastest time on the leader boards.

I should also mention the game has a great humble story line that is backed by some great music that really sells the space vibe.

If you like fast paced games that are hard to put down this one is for you.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2015
I played this game at PAX East this past April and enjoyed it so I ended up following through and purchasing the game. I absolutely love it. I find everything about it great:

-Going at high speeds through pulsars and gas giants and gaining even more speed
-Dodging obstacles left and right and zipping through debris
-The unique mechanic of being able to go from one side of the screen to the other
-The variety in solar systems (Thier colors, debris, and art style)
-Beautiful art style that is almost like a cartoon but is really quite amazing
-The music in this game is absolutely amazing and fits it so well

One thing that I'm really enjoying about this game is the humble story line. I find myself happy whenever a segment of narration is about to occur, not only because the voice acting is phenomenal, but because the story is emotional and interesting and I find myself wanted to know what Atley has to say about Harrison and his humanly ways.

I think that one of the reasons I was compelled to purchase the game was because I am very into anything astronomy. I think that this game stimulated that passion in a Sci-Fi sort of way. It isn't realistic game and it obviously isn't meant to be but that is what makes it so enjoyable.

I highly reccomend this game to just about everyone, especially if you enjoy fast paced Dodge' Em Up games although I'm not a huge Dodge Em' Up guy but I think this game is spectacular.

There is one and only one negative thing I have to say about this game, and that is the shortness. but other than that its amazing

Once again I recommend this game to anyone, Its reasonably priced and is so much fun. Thanks for reading guys!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
LOST ORBIT:
~~~~~~~~~~

Being a maintenance worker in deep space can be very challenging! The perfect case scenario is our hero, “Harrison.” His job is to go from one communication relay to another in deep space and patch them up. Everything was going as planned, working on the relay, until a big bang occurred and destroyed his vessel. Stranded in deep space, equipped with his suit and jetpack, he has to make his way back home.

LOST ORBIT is a fast-paced action game set in deep space where you play “Harrison” and need to find his way back home through 40 levels in 4 Solar systems. In each level, you will have to collect all Obtainiums (pink crystals) and make it to the end of the level as fast as you can with no deaths in order to be awarded platinum badges and you will received additional Obtainiums by doing so.

You will be able to use the collected Obtainiums to upgrade your equipment such as: Mega boost – which combine booster fuel, recharge and speed – Defensive: ability to reverse your thrusters and get additional bombs – Utilities: Barrel roll and magnetise (drag the Obtainium crystals towards you from a distance).

The gameplay is absolutely brilliant; fast, fluid, with a large number of close encounters with asteroids, from which you will come out . . . . let’s say . . . dead! I really enjoy the one where the impact is so strong that Harrison’s skeleton ends up flying all alone in deep space. However, if you use all the tricks - barrel roll, mega boost or the bomb at the right moment - you might well finish the level without dying! However, if you are as good as I am, you will be very grateful that each level has several checkpoints. If you die, you will start from the last saving point. Also, you will be able to use orbital boosts, pulsars, ramps and more to reach the end of the level rapidly or die once more!

Plenty of replay ability in this game especially if you want to achieve the platinum badge; it is hard to achieve, to be honest.

The controls are very responsive and I would strongly recommend playing with a gamepad. Great graphics, splendid soundtrack and the story is very well narrated.

Positives:
~~~~~~~

- Great graphics
- Splendid gameplay and good replay ability
- Controls are good and very responsive
- Good soundtrack and great narration
- Challenging
- Achievements and trading cards

Negatives:
~~~~~~~~

- Hard to get platinum badges

LOST ORBIT is marvellously executed. Just splendid! Come on Ladies and Gents, jump into orbit and help our friend Harrison!

9/10

Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
Really fun game with a great "as hard as you want it to be" design. You can slowly float through and just avoid obstacles fairly easily and as you get comfortable and learn the levels you can speed it up, try and grab powerups, etc. When I get on a good run I definitely get a strong Sonic vibe, which is a good thing.

I particularly love how you can almost feel the level designers trying to kill you in certain portions of the game. Clearly the level design has been polished over many iterations and it definitely makes me want to practice certain levels and segments to compete for high scores!

Also wanted to note that I love the music - great variety of styles but all feels very fitting to the associated levels in the game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
I wasn't expecting much of Lost Orbit to be honest... I bought thinking it could be fun for a little while...
And indeed, the game is fun, you fly, you die... you try to speed through debris, you die, you race, you die...
Well, you die quite a lot in this game !

But outside of the gameplay, it's not what really caught me in the game, what caught me was the story of an unlikely friendship between man and machine !
The story is told from the eyes of the machine yet you control the man who never say a single word by himself but you kind of grow fond of the probe following you and telling the story.
It's the only thing that made me finish the game so damn fast ! I always wanted to know what the little probe would tell about our journey together and our growing friendship... I got really attached to the probe and I was sad the game ended... I wish the probe would talk more than it does already because I felt the level was empty when there weren't any speech.

The voice actor is quite amazing, he does a really good job and this is what gave the game it's beauty and the will to go on to the very end.

In all, this is a pretty little gem for just 10euros (or your regional equivalent), gameplay is fast yet relaxing, there isn't too much content (story and time trials), the great music goes from calm and relaxing to a more upbeat rythm and the story is really well made yet not too consistent.

There is really nothing to be upset about this game, it delivers right what it promise and probably a little bit more than expected.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Super fun pick-up-and play type game. Really easy to get into, but the challenge and progression make you stay for more. Very polished, fun, and well-designed game. Would recommend to any gamer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
Lost Orbit's a fun, twitchy dodge-em-up that sees a lone astronaut and his robot sidekick hurtling through space in search of a way home. Or maybe just in search of a way to not die every 15 seconds. Trust me, that'll be happening a lot. And whilst it may not sound like an attractive prospect, every time it happened I found myself immediately mashing the retry button without even a care - it's that sort of die-horribly/get-back-up-again gameplay loop that Super Meat Boy perfected.

It feels like a lot of love and care was poured into this game. The visuals and music are top-notch and the controls feel like they've been tuned to perfection. I do wish it was longer, or had something to keep me revisiting it beyond just honing my times, and that's my only real quibble. If the preview videos leave you thinking that it might be something you'll enjoy, the chances are high that you will.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
This game is a masterpiece. From the encapselating story to the beautifully deep space environments. You feel for Harrison as you navigate through the universe. Throughout the game they hit you with a wonderful story told by someone following you, which adds so much to the games feel. If you have a few hours to kill pick this up and you wont stop smiling! Happy Orbiting!
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