A First Person Shooter Gun Ballet set in a cutesy abstract world. Jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty semi-automatic!
User reviews: Very Positive (604 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 31, 2014

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"A great, merciless speedrunning platformer and twitch shooter with a mediocre presentation."
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August 21

Update 1.3 is Live!

We've patched up the leaderboards and added a simple custom-controls configuration that allows rebindable keys!

Here's a full changelog for version 1.3

  • Leaderboards now display the 100% accuracy star with record times

  • Rebindable controls for keyboard and mouse

  • Leaderboards made visible on the Level Select and Ready screens

  • Music volume slider in Options Menu

  • Some more levels balanced in World 2

Old leaderboard entries will not display the 100% accuracy star. If the record is broken again with 100% accuracy, it will update accordingly.

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August 6

Leaderboards and OST DLC live



Good news everyone!

Leaderboards are live

Leaderboards are now live in the game, so you can compare your times with friends, and check the world record. This is a good opportunity to showoff your world records, with proof!



The OST by Calum Bowen is live as DLC

Calum Bowen's fantastic OST for Lovely Planet is now live as DLC. Support Calum by purchasing it!

PAX Prime

The game will be showcased in the tinyBuild booth at PAX Prime. Come by, say hi :)

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Reviews & Coverage

Reviews

"A great, merciless speedrunning platformer and twitch shooter..." - 82/100 - PC Gamer

"One of the fastest and most death-ridden shooters in years" - 4.5/5 - Gizorama

"Nothing short of a gem among video games" - 4/5 - Twinlife

"Lovely Planet is Pure Fun" - 4/5 - Two Dash Stash

"Fantastic presentation. Solid, entertaining gameplay." - 8/10 - Games In Asia

Coverage

"The Trippiest FPS You'll See Today" - Kotaku

"...is a happy, colourful game about shooting things" - PC Gamer

"Lovely Planet is the speed shooter of my dreams" - Kill Screen

"Here's a first-person shooter with a difference" - Polygon

"First Person, Cuter: Lovely Planet" - Rock Paper Shotgun

"Lovely Planet Is The Cutest Shooter I've Seen" - Indie Statik

About This Game

With boots of speed on your feet, an infinite supply of bullets for your semi-automatic and the ability to jump over twice your own height, you're well equipped to go up against any enemy on your quest to reach Lovely Planet! Balance between jumping around dodging bullets and taking aim for a better shot at your enemies, don't waste time camping at cover spots and waiting for enemies to pop out - artfully evade the onslaught of bullets and defeat all baddies that stand in your way!

  • The most authentic First Person Shooter experience, a game of jumping and shooting
  • Hundred levels to master, five worlds to discover, one faraway destination
  • Learn and practice each level to earn stars and set world records
  • Search for multiple secrets hidden deep within each world
  • Precise Gun Ballet at a flawless 60 frames per second! (conditions apply)
  • A story so abstract, it's not told at all - you won't know what hit you
  • Original Soundtrack by Calum Bowen

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB, Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse Recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz Dual Core, Intel Based
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB, Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse Recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB, Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse Recommended
Helpful customer reviews
332 of 371 people (89%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
The world is kind of a heavy place lately, and it's become hard to escape and find that moment of peace we all could really use. Everywhere we look for entertainment or relaxation reminds us of the discord and disorder seen more and more through images of violence and confrontation. Where do you turn when you want to get away from the realities of the world we're being reminded of every day?

Of course everyone enjoys the challenge and hyperactive action of first person shooters but as some of us grow older we tire of their melodramatic, heavy handed, and needlessly intense nature. Could it be possible to have that same action in a more refined, artistic, and abstract style? Lovely Planet is exactly the kind of shooter to bring us this sort of peace so needed in an entertainment industry fueled by glorified aggression.

Like a series of condensed blasts of Unreal Tournament's frantic chaos rolled up into a Katamari Damacy world of simple origami aesthetics and uplifting pop-folk melody, this is definitely a game for the open minded.

Lovely Planet has a very esoteric and eastern feel to it with it's outgoing style and upbeat pop melodies composed by multi-talented musician Calum Bowen, giving me nuances of saturday mornings as a youth watching Japanese children's programming on old VHS my Grandparents would tape and mail. While this is obviously a very personal feeling of nostalgia, there's a different form of it each player will end up discovering in their own way and tied somehow to their own past. If that reminiscent feeling isn't there for the player initially, it will be a new memory engraved into their mind in the same way our favorite things as a child stick with us.

Despite the heavy Japanese overtones from the bits of stylized text and the simplicity of it's cute and attractive design, the game was actually created by Delhi based QUICKTEQUILA and the bridging between cultures by this up-and-coming developer gives the surreal nature of it's atmosphere a touch of authenticity.

Beginning your journey into this Lovely Planet is almost overwhelming, assaulted with bright and stupefyingly cheerful audiovisuals. You're presented to an abstract world of random and seemingly unrelated trinkets and collage of colorful shapes, sitting somewhere between the mysterious indie charm of Proteus and the otherworldly grandiose of Katamari Damacy.

Although the attractive and charming visuals may ease you into a false sense of ease and comfort, the game is no pushover. It features a very progressive learning curve that keeps you on your toes and constantly alert. The stages require finesse as you dance around a well choreographed ballet of bullets.

The first world titled simply 'City' gets you into the motions with some short and mostly linear pathways sprinkled with some adorable visual design through bright colors, odd decorations, and an onslaught of peculiar words and phrases in Japanese strewn about. Beating this first handful of levels is a lightning quick affair where each attempt will be over before you even realize it, leaving you craving the next hit of fast paced shooting and jumping action.

This pace quickly changes as you enter the second world and on as the levels begin to twist and turn into more complex patterns. Different enemies and obstacles appear forcing you to think quicker before every jump or turn of a corner, and new increasingly peculiar tasks become prevalent from protecting your distressed looking blue companions to shooting down cartoonish apples before they plummet to the ground. The obstacle-course like stages just get harder and harder, you'll begin retrying more and more, and you'll slowly become consumed in the competitive spirit of the World Records shown at the end of each stage.

Lovely Planet will cause you to wear out your restart key as you mash it mercilessly to conquer that one seemingly simple stage and in good time. You'll eventually beat these difficult and meticulously planned later levels and instantly get a feeling of satisfaction, which quickly turns into the crush of defeat as you're shown a world record only to realize you are still seconds from being the best.

Lovely Planet is a game with roots in culture, art, and the essence of what 'fun' used to stand for. It proves that art games don't need to all have the same boring or pretentious gameplay, and can be just as engaging and fun as anything else out there.
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173 of 191 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Let me paint you a picture. I'm sitting in my living room playing “Lovely Planet” for review purposes and junk. It's pretty adorable; that's my first impression. I'm running around a world that could easily be confused with “Katamari Damacy,” shooting little red squares and pins, rushing to reach the pink and purple flagpole that signifies the end of each short burst of a level. With every victory I'm shown my time, accuracy, and the stars I've earned. I finish each level in a few seconds... at first.

As I progress this cute little game takes a sinister turn. Suddenly I have to deal with innocent geometric dudes I can't shoot, platforms that disappear should I linger a moment too long, and giant apples I have to shoot before they hit the ground - all while bouncing and dodging (and screaming curse words so vile and bizarre that they haven't been conjured up, not in this plane of existence, anyway. Only in “Lovely Planet”).

Remember that level in “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare?” I think it was called “Mile High Club” or something punny. Yeah, this whole damn game is that level. There are no screw ups, no second chances. I've never clutched a controller so tightly, a fact made all the more disturbing because I'm playing a game with a color scheme straight out of the Teletubby-verse.

Those with weak constitutions should avoid this title as the catchy music and rainbow explosion background will literally drive you to slavering madness as it mocks you; taunts you. You'll replay any given level a dozen times, each death increasingly unfair to you. Your shouts of disbelief will slowly transform into maniacal, sobbing laughter as you come to realize you're the devil and sinner in this Kafkaesque Hell of your own making. And finally, with victory nearly in your desperate, grasping reach, your sweat-slicked hands will betray you and you'll fall to your death.

And then you'll click retry. "Lovely Planet" is endearing, unapologetic in its challenge, and fun to play. This game has heart and charm usually absent in your standard 'tough as nails' fare, and it is a refreshing change of pace. For twitch gameplay enthusiasts and fans of the wonderfully weird, I can't recommend "Lovely Planet" enough.
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180 of 247 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Katamari, Serious Sam and Super Meat Boy had a wild all night threesome and this game is the result. It's amazing.
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66 of 78 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
It doesnt even matter that the game is really cute and has some great music from calum bowen, the game itself is very solid. You can jump extremely high, you run very fast, and every shot has to be calculated. The game comes down to, shoot every red thing then touch the exit. The developer does a really good job of working with these simple rules into making a really fun game. Later on you can encounter apples, which have to be shot before they fall to the ground, enemies that can shoot at you as well as some other things I won't spoil.

The gun works in an interesting way, theres no crosshair on screen but I do not think it would make sense for there to be one, the gun is effected by the players momentum and you do not exactly shoot straight, but one you get the hang of it you feel really cool after you complete a level.

Also, the soundtrack is really good, the songs match the areas well and get stuck in your head easily. I'd reccomend checking out Calum Bowens bandcamp to give it a listen
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159 of 244 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
If video games could be ice cream, this game would be it.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
An absolutely sick, unforgiving, bloodthirsty game.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game combines the speedrunning of Super Meat Boy, the jumpy shooty springy parts of Serious Sam, the difficulty of both, and the aesthetics of Katamari. Don't let the cuteness fool you. This game is tough.

Also, soundtrack is amazing.

10/10
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Quakeamari Damacy
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game is lovely.

Except now I hate apples.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Didn't expect this title to be one of the best single player FPS experiences I've had in the last 6~ years but there you go. Fun, easy to get into, difficult to master with an impressive flow to it and difficulty ramping up at just about the right rate through the game. The soundtrack is absolutely lovely. The mood of the game feels similar to that of the Katamari games. I wish I could think of more to say but you will just have to experience this game yourself to truly appreciate it.

I would say this game is worth the price but I feel like this game was worth more than the price tag. Enjoy.

//edit
To the negative review that said there was very little to no way to alter your route in the levels:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAs_ySooSdo
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66 of 107 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Better than Call of Battlefield: Modern Ops 64
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
DO NOT GO TO WORLD 5

I REPEAT, DO NOT GO TO WORLD 5!!
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Quake with colors.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This is the review of someone who worked on the game for 5 months, so obviously it's subjective, but this is my experience

I first played Lovely Planet back in February when it was still in development. I immediately "got" the game. It was going for this super surreal speedrunner game in the form of an FPS. It was both calming and infuriating. It was great.

We teamed up with the developer and spent the next 4-5 months finishing the game into what you see today. I really like the way it turned out. Hope you do as well.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
+ Colorful presentation
+ Instantly restart levels, no loading
+ Leaderboards make you want to keep improving your scores
+ Easter eggs
+ Huge amount of levels

- People with terrible memory might not get very far (or have to retry more times than they should)
- Unclear what enemies do the very first time you encounter them, or when/what you have to shoot

[Rating: 80/100]
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I am a really big fan of twitch shooters and other skill based fps.
But this game just dropped the ball somewhere...

I enjoyed the silly music and lovely surreal design of the world.
But the world never changes... It really gets repetetive after a while
because you have the same goal over and over again.

Then when the apple mechanic gets introduced, it must be the
end for every single casual player. Let me explain: There are red
apples scattered throughout your path, those apples will launch
into the air and drop back to the ground. If you do not shoot it
before it touches the ground, it will restart the level.

This may sound ok-ish but the developer used this as his main
design gimmick. You have to do 180° trickshots midair hitting
apples in a flying arc WITHOUT A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ CROSSHAIR.

Conclusion: This is a game for hardcore speedrunning fans in
the fps genre, while looking like a smartphone game... If you are
looking for casual fun do not buy this.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Trial and Error: The Game. Starts off pretty fun with nice visuals and a fantastic soundtrack, but it gets real hard real quick. If you're a fan of games like Super Meat Boy where you die over and over again, then this is right up your alley. The controls are butter smooth and shooting isn't all that bad, though the lack of crosshair really hurts the game overall.

Full video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOMLaSZy_6A
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Its as challenging as operating a Zamboni, as rewarding as watching an M. Night Shyamalan film, as gory as The Muppets Take Manhattan. Lovely Planet is an odyssey of love, gratuitous violence, and adventure. Witness the star crossed lovers painful separation! Gasp in shock as our hero blasts through enemies! The new york times bestselling novel is finally coming to the big screen!
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Having played the game up until the first level of the second world, here's what I have to say:

I have no idea what the story is,
I have no idea why I'm doing what I'm doing,
I have no idea what anything is,

but I like it.

Nothing seems apparent in the beginning, however, slowly but surely, you get a good feel for what's going on. The gameplay is solid - one part FPS, one part platforming. Both parts perform well, and while there are enemies hiding around every corner, somehow you feel like it's your fault if you die. Even though you may not see an enemy at first, you will see one of their bullets whizzing by your head, and that usually gives you enough time to react. My only gripe here is the cherry bomb - once it hits the ground, you have to restart the level, and it's a bit jarring at first because you have to experience it a couple of times to understand what happened and why.

As for level design, well... it all seems really repetetive. That's really all I have to say that's negatie, though. You play one short level after another, and there after you beat a level, it gives you your time and a 'record' time for you to beat. After enemies are introduced, it's your job to exterminate them. Miss one, and you have to start the level over. Concept is really simple. Difficulty curve is slow, if not spot on - new mechanics and enemies are gradually introduced to you so you have time to get used to what's happening.

Graphics-wise, everything is simple and polygonal, however, that just helps to boost the aesthetics. The environment is colorful and cheery, with bright pastel-like colors. The music is a nice touch as well - not fast, but still cheery and upbeat, fitting in quite nicely with the environment.

So should you get this game?

If you're into FPS games like CoD and Battlefield and such, no, this game is probably not for you - you will not be offered a high-octane competetive FPS, as that is not what this game is about.

However, if you want to relax and have some fun without the competition and fast paced gameplay, go for it. You'll have a lot of fun with this game - it's very easy to pick up and play.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Quake + Katamari Damacy = PERFECTION
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