Planet Alcatraz is a 3D role playing game with isometric projection. The player travels through the game world and fights against enemies in the real-time mode.Several genres are mixed in this game but despite that fact it isn't stuck between them and appears to be a classical RPG that is based on a specially developed system.
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Release Date: Oct 9, 2009

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Planet Alcatraz is a 3D role playing game with isometric projection. The player travels through the game world and fights against enemies in the real-time mode. In a general sense Planet Alcatraz can be portrayed as a non-linear adventure with lots of shooting. Several genres are mixed in this game but despite that fact it isn't stuck between them and appears to be a classical RPG that is based on a specially developed system.


The action takes place on prison planet Alcatraz. Its inhabitants are inveterate criminals that were banished there for the life term for their terrible crimes. The main objective of the game is to control a sabotage group that consists of the only one person in the beginning and enlarges through the game. The player has to use all sorts of resources and means to accomplish the mission.

Key features:

  • Absolutely unique universe
  • Creation of the main character allows changing basic characteristics and appearance including facial animation based on LifeMode technology
  • Tense atmosphere determined by deep immersion to planet's criminal world
  • Comprehensive dialogue system allowing the player to choose the way of behaving and communication on his own
  • More than 100 kinds of cold steel and firearms
  • More than 200 characters involved in dialogues
  • More than 80 original monsters, including flying and poisonous
  • Fights and adventures with different behavioral and battle options
  • Original sounds and music

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 3 GHz or AMD Athlon 1,4GHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 6600/ATI Radeon X800, 128 MB
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9-compatible sound card
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Mostly Positive (160 reviews)
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sanja_n
0.2 hrs
Posted: June 19
Russian Fallout!
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Zeeaire
21.1 hrs
Posted: April 28
In general:
This game has nice ideas and nice death moments, which can easily triggered by chosing wrong dialogue option.
Some are hilarious, some are simply annoying.

Fighting:
The guards will sometimes attack you even if you've put away your weapon (just happened to me, and I noticed it when I had already saved my game...) and they're so tough you probably won't beat them.
Well, when it comes to fighting the whole fighting system is a huge mess it feels so clunky it ruined the gaming experience for me.
It feels like you want to hit a fruit fly, you'll hit with a chance of say...10% maybe. And there aren't enough interesting drops (see items) to motivate you, and no motivating quests...
It often is the basic thing : Kill x monsters and return, bring me this and that...

Items:
There are lots of clothes to find but they don't have any interesting stats only amour and an attitude rating which I've never experienced influencing anything, they just look different.
And there isn't much of an interesting weapon choice, neither.
I found ranged weapons to be even more useless than melee weapons at least most of them.

Characters:
They all seem very dump, dialogues are a bit funny and often pointless. You'll sometimes have different group members, but they have nearly no personality and they react not too intelligent.
There are a lot of unimportant nameless people running around always doing the same thing (dancing, cleaning)

Graphics:
Is o.k. but won't keep you exploring, small square-like maps which are all very similar to each other.

---> I wouldn't recommend the game, but for that low price, or better, on sale, you can try it, there are some funny sequences in it, but the gameplay is very annoying ( I often found me rather forcing me to play it any further than actually wanting it)
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Scolo
0.2 hrs
Posted: April 14
3.3 gb cancer
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efexdeje
0.8 hrs
Posted: February 12
WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥ AM I DOING WITH THIS GAME
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Samsa
0.3 hrs
Posted: January 6
Terrible.
Seems good on the surface, but when you design a game, make sure the first few minutes are easly survivable untill the player get's the hang of it.
Voice acting is utter rubbish.
Movement is like playing a cripple. (So is combat)
It's mimicing Fallouts SPECIAL and skil system (which isn't a bad thing).

Sorry, maybe there's a decent/okay game past the first few hours, but that's time wasted and better put into other games. (Like your/my money)

I'll get a refund on this.
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Profit-Prophet
25.5 hrs
Posted: January 1
It's the 26th century. You're an imperial soldier sent as an undercover convict to a penal colony on Planet Alzatraz with a mission to sabotage a spacecraft the convicts are building to escape the planet. The landing pod crashes, you are separated from your teammates, get captured and thrown in a labor camp. Because of your excellent build and opportunistic tendencies, you quickly rise through the ranks and become the go-to person for many Planet Alcatraz inhabitants, who have 25 hours' worth of quests for you.

The RPG-style 3rd person game lets you build your skills, as well as those of the members from your old squad which you pick up along the way. Overall, the game offers 2 major mission campaigns with dozens of places to investigate and clear out, and a final push through 3 extremely difficult areas to reach a shuttle and escape Planet Alcatraz. At one point, you're required to find item F for person E who has unfinished business with person D who first wants person C dead, but they turn out to be dead, and the trail is found with person B last seen at location A but it turns out he's actually held captive at location Z... this is just an example.

Pros - Immersive storyline and missions which get you really enthused to level up in the right skills. Fair hit system, smooth gameplay (although the animations are quite wooden), generous XP and money rewards for quests.

Cons - The storyline is pretty linear. It gives you the illusion that you can play both sides, but in the end you're left with no choice with regards to your loyalty. The developers could have spent more time developing alternative endings. Graphics aren't the best since the game came out in 2009. There isn't really a big variety of weapons, most are absolutely worthless and there's only 2-3 ones worthwhile keeping. Not many places to go for XP. Enemies can be permanently elimiated, so once you clear out an area it stays clear after re-loading the area.
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Achpoures
0.2 hrs
Posted: December 29, 2015
Wut?
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SenorGast
3.7 hrs
Posted: December 25, 2015
Fallout-like from Russia.
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Paxton Fettel MK3
127.0 hrs
Posted: December 18, 2015
WARNING
Game is NOT politically correct. That's because it was made in eastern europe, where PC is not as stronk as western one.

I come to the prison planet
Fight with homemade armament
Heal my wounds with potatoes and carrots
Listen to terrible jokes (about sex and else)
Kick a lot of butts
I can rule the planet with my dropshipped power armor and laster rifles.
And all I got is Private rank

Of cource the game have problems,

Melee combat is wonky and have wooden animations. Just like Skyrim.
Skyrim sold in 15+mln copies, so why this game doesn't? No big publisher behind?

PS. I write my review during my 2nd playthrough. Can't believe I do this. But there is so much to milk out...
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stoic
2.3 hrs
Posted: December 17, 2015
l always find the russian rpg's creative. they have always new ideas about the classic genres. For this rpg: its a nice game with a lots of fun. no mages no spell casting, it has a different tough world. if you get bored of high fantasy spell casting rpg games give it a try. I think Price is really cheap for a game like this.
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55 of 69 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
Well, english localization actually not very good, but I played it in Russian and this game is quite solid. Graphics is slightly outdated, game mechanics somewhat cranky, but - RPG system is nice, story is excellent, quests are very fun, lots of weapons and skills, large game world (prison planet). 8/10 for Russian version and it seems 6/10 or 7/10 for English version.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
107.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Planet Alcatraz is a decent RPG with a Fallout vibe. The combat system is more in line with the Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale games i.e. Combat is in real time but you can pause the action with the space bar to issue commands.

As other reviewers have stated the English translation and voice acting are terrible but can often be (unintentionally) amusing. However bad the translation is it does not prevent you from following the plot or understanding what to do next.

The minimum spec graphics card for this game is nVIDIA GeForce 6600/ATI Radeon X800, 128 MB. I have an nVIDIA 8800 GT 512MB and it was working overtime running this game with the default settings. I recommend changing all graphic settings to Low. I honestly couldn't see much difference after I did.

Don't go the desktop when the game is running. When you try to go back to the game it often slows to a crawl and you have to shutdown the game through task manager.

The game is pretty unforgiving early on so I can offer the following tips to prevent you having to restart like I did.
* Put all your skill points into melee combat so you can actually hit the enemy
* Wait until you have earned two perk points then select the Botanist perk (Botanist gives you extra skill points when you level up).
* Don't complete side quests until you have recruited all of your comrades (the last one being Demon).

I've played through the entire game and didn't encounter any major bugs.

Hope this helps.
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39 of 53 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
I kind of like it!

The voice acting in the earlier parts might turn you off, but the gameplay has a bit of depth to it.

The main problem is in the localization. Somewhere in-between the Russian version to the English version, the intended gritty setting got lost. However the much lesser English version is now hilariously funny due to the lacking voice work.
It's like watching one of those B-movies and having a "good time" by making fun of it, but along the way you find a thing or two you enjoy.

So if you'd like a laugh, and if you can stand some localization hickups then I'm sure you'll have a mildly good time with it .
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
127.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
WARNING
Game is NOT politically correct. That's because it was made in eastern europe, where PC is not as stronk as western one.

I come to the prison planet
Fight with homemade armament
Heal my wounds with potatoes and carrots
Listen to terrible jokes (about sex and else)
Kick a lot of butts
I can rule the planet with my dropshipped power armor and laster rifles.
And all I got is Private rank

Of cource the game have problems,

Melee combat is wonky and have wooden animations. Just like Skyrim.
Skyrim sold in 15+mln copies, so why this game doesn't? No big publisher behind?

PS. I write my review during my 2nd playthrough. Can't believe I do this. But there is so much to milk out...
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
If you like party-based isometric RPGs, this is not the best one in terms of story but the gameplay is pretty good, and if you get a deal on it then it may surprise you with how fun it can be.

+Combat is fun and a mix of real-time and tactics, very similar to Fallout 1-2 or Baldur's Gate style.
+Good number of skills and abilities to develop as you level to tailor to your playstyle
+Huge variety of weapons from brooms and shovels to pistols, sawed-off shotguns, and hi-tech blasters.

-Terrible voice acting. Really, probably the worst you have heard. Doesn't even match the poorly localized subtitles.
-Very little in the way of customizing your main character initially outside of some basic stats.
-Graphics are not a strong point and even though high resolutions are supported, zoom still feels limited
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
After the character creation, which is basically exactly the same as Fallout's, I, Boar, survived a crash landing on Planet Alcatraz. When I regained my consciousness, two men with meat cleavers stood in front of me. Disco music started playing and I killed my first opponent by kicking him in the balls. The next guy took a few punches into his faces, but I won. I took their clothes off and put on a poncho. Suddenly, a man without pants crawled towards me and told me to finish him off. With the words "You like that, scumbag?" he received a kick into his head. Then, I took out my recently acquired meat cleaver and started hitting him, but I kept missing. Finally, he was dead. I proceeded my journey and suddenly there were another two men who wanted to see me dead. They were strong, but luckily I could eat three potatoes just before I died and so I beat them. I carried on and reached a village. The guard in front of the gates shouted "My spear overcomes yours!" and he threw his spear at me. It pierced me but it didn't stop me, and so we ran at each other and with a single hit in the head he went down. Afterwards, I entered the village and I stood in front of three men with assault rifles and shotguns. Even my potatoes couldn't save me this time.

So far, I had a lot of fun. The game mechanics are alright, the dialogues are cheesy and sometimes you just can't avoid laughing. However, it's laggy. Every second the game freezes for a few frames which is very annoying.
But still, Planet Alcatraz is definitely worth a try.

Update:
Rule #1 in Russian games: Somewhere, sometime, you are going to find a bottle of vodka. Now I understand why there are so many potatoes in this game.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
l always find the russian rpg's creative. they have always new ideas about the classic genres. For this rpg: its a nice game with a lots of fun. no mages no spell casting, it has a different tough world. if you get bored of high fantasy spell casting rpg games give it a try. I think Price is really cheap for a game like this.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
This game feels like Riddick and Fallout had a baby. A russian baby that couldn't talk but otherwise had the best attributes of both. The gameplay is basically Fallout with RTWP combat, and the story (if you can deciper it) works pretty well (good justification for why gear would ramp up the way it does, and a lot of scrounging).

The game is surprisingly fun as long as you can ignore the voiceovers and can translate some of the translations. Don't necessarily expect a huge number of non-combat solution to problems (you will be fighting a lot) but there appears to be a large number of alternative resolutions to quests (i.e. who you side with). The writing/translation is dubious but the actual plot is pretty entertaining.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
It's the 26th century. You're an imperial soldier sent as an undercover convict to a penal colony on Planet Alzatraz with a mission to sabotage a spacecraft the convicts are building to escape the planet. The landing pod crashes, you are separated from your teammates, get captured and thrown in a labor camp. Because of your excellent build and opportunistic tendencies, you quickly rise through the ranks and become the go-to person for many Planet Alcatraz inhabitants, who have 25 hours' worth of quests for you.

The RPG-style 3rd person game lets you build your skills, as well as those of the members from your old squad which you pick up along the way. Overall, the game offers 2 major mission campaigns with dozens of places to investigate and clear out, and a final push through 3 extremely difficult areas to reach a shuttle and escape Planet Alcatraz. At one point, you're required to find item F for person E who has unfinished business with person D who first wants person C dead, but they turn out to be dead, and the trail is found with person B last seen at location A but it turns out he's actually held captive at location Z... this is just an example.

Pros - Immersive storyline and missions which get you really enthused to level up in the right skills. Fair hit system, smooth gameplay (although the animations are quite wooden), generous XP and money rewards for quests.

Cons - The storyline is pretty linear. It gives you the illusion that you can play both sides, but in the end you're left with no choice with regards to your loyalty. The developers could have spent more time developing alternative endings. Graphics aren't the best since the game came out in 2009. There isn't really a big variety of weapons, most are absolutely worthless and there's only 2-3 ones worthwhile keeping. Not many places to go for XP. Enemies can be permanently elimiated, so once you clear out an area it stays clear after re-loading the area.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
This game has amazing combat system that mix of RTS and RPG. Other stuffs like story, musics, graphic are moderate. If it is going on sale, you should try it.
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