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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (70 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9-compatible sound card
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
107.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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 often 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Dialogue was written by Russian 4th-graders and voice acted by their dads after several rounds of Vodka shots. 2002 called and wants its graphics back. 1997 called and is demanding their animations back. Soundtrack is stripped from 1987 pornos. Best $2 I've spent all year. 10/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Look like rough prisoner type. Character's name is Boar. Speaks in fruity Englishman's voice. "Oh, what a beautiful planet." Immediately assaulted by local homosexual tribe. After kicking their feet once each, they're defeated. Picks up their knives and find Amamba awkwardly crawling towards you. Says he came on the same ship and for you to put him out of his misery as his legs are broken. Boar kicks him in the face shouting: "Die, scum!" Afterwards take on an entire village by yourself. Easy win, thanks to being able to stop time and eat a ridiculous amount of magic body healing potatoes. Inventory is full of guns with no ammo and assorted knives.

Best first ten minutes I've ever played in a game. 11/10. If you have $5 to spare and a sense of humor, would recommend.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Started the game as a prisoner. Found a cleaver. Found potatoes.

Killed locals with my cleaver while eating potatoes.

10/10 would cleaver potato kill locals again.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Some of the game play, like the comabt anmations seem broken, and the main characters's voice sounds more like well eductted white-collar crook rather than his blue-collar aperance might suggest and whoever wrote the dialoge was either really bad at writng or really good, but spread it so thick that it sound really dumb. Makes it hard to take the game so seriously, while not complety spoiling it.

Soory if my reveiw is harsh for person who didn't sovery far in this.

I may write something more complimentry after a few more plays.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
great game, reminds me of the original fallouts, extremly addicting and fun
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67 of 86 people (78%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
This game is basically my new Fallout 2, it is so damn great. It even starts like Fallout 2, with a LOT of frustration due to the lack of character power and understanding of the game mechanics in the beginning. This game is absolutely badass, the voice acting is so bad it's good, the character animations are quite funny at times, and some of the poorly translated stuff people say is absolutely ridiculous. The soundtrack is also awesome, I never expected some sort of dance music on a brutal prison planet, but it is damn good. The developers deserve more money, I want more games by them.
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
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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36 of 47 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
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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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Apart from the terrible translation which the people responsible for should be sacked this is a very good game
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
it's a sunny afternoon in kiev. you're talking a brisk walk after getting lunch, and suddenly you step on a fargus-published copy of the one and only Санитары подземелий, produced by GOBLIN... you look at it with interest and take it home. after you install it, your graphics card suddenly takes upon a life of its own and nearly kills itself from overheating because the devs of this game forgot to put in actual functioning vsync. you grumble in defeat and pick up a copy of some random stalker total conversion you picked up for 10 roubles and install that instead to drown your sorrows.

seriously, force vsync on this before you play it lmao
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23 of 47 people (49%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I can compare this game with only "Mass Effect" 1/2/3 because the dynamic of events remotely similar to the story Shepard.

The perfect game to play with the whole family ...
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
This game is complete crap I played 5 minutes of this ♥♥♥♥ game and it was awful. The controls are crap. The GUI is just clunky and no one should ever buy this.
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7 of 20 people (35%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The game begins with a huge rocket dropping a big load on the face of a dirty ♥♥♥♥♥ planet. *fap* *fap* *fap*

10/10 for huge rockets with big loads.
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11 of 29 people (38%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I really wanted to try that game out. Unfortunately it was impossible as in game font is unreadable, running win7 with up to date graphic card driver on old pc.
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
It's not only about the voice acting. I actually changed to Russian and it's a lot better, but the game is not smooth at all and the animations aren't really great ..And it even doesn't let you crouch or change your movement style, that sucks for this kind of tactic game..
I finished Marauder and my expectations was big for this game but.. well, if you can overpass this tiny annoying problems that I think it's important, according to the people who finish the game, you have a cool game.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Good start but ... no patches nothing... waste money
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