Remember what it means to be a human in this interactive biography of a dead astronaut found in deep space by future intelligences who have no concept of humankind.
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Mostly Positive (49 reviews) - 79% of the 49 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 22, 2015

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Remember what it means to be a human in this interactive biography of a dead astronaut found in deep space by future intelligences who have no concept of humankind.

With technology far beyond human comprehension, the discoverers of the astronaut use lasers to build physical replicas of the astronaut’s long-dead memories in hopes to understand what this strange creature was and why they are floating through space alone.

By controlling dual lasers with both analog sticks, players will:
  • Collect Memory molecules scattered around the mysterious space ship
  • Harmonize the Astronaut’s memories within the Astronaut’s metaphysical plane
  • Warp back to reality through the Astronaut’s subconscious, avoiding mental blocks
  • Energize the dead Astronaut so it can create physical manifestations of its memories
Laserlife is meant to be played in one sitting, so turn down the lights, turn up the volume, and get lost in this existential adventure about what it means to be a human.

*Laserlife requires either an Intel® RealSense™ Camera or a controller in order to play*

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 x64 (Windows 8.1 x64 required for Intel® RealSense™)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 5xxx
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible graphics card (Intel HD 5000, NVIDIA GeForce 400 or Radeon HD 5000)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A controller or Intel® RealSense™ camera (DCM driver version 1.3 or higher) is required to play. Supported controllers: XInput compatible (eg Xbox 360, Xbox One), Dualshock 4
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 x64 (Windows 8.1 x64 required for Intel® RealSense™)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 5xxx
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6xx or Radeon HD 7xxx
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 32 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 5xxx
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000, NVIDIA GeForce 400 or Radeon HD 5000
    • Storage: 4 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: A controller is required to play. Supported controllers: Xbox 360, Dualshock 3 or 4
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 5xxx
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6xx or Radeon HD 7xxx
    • Storage: 32 GB available space
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Mostly Positive (49 reviews)
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SundownKid
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Interesting challenging rhythm game. The music does resemble Rez but the gameplay is a bit more like the arcade game Tempest meets Guitar Hero. You are traveling down a "tube" and have to manipulate lasers via twin sticks to press down on nodes to the beat of the music. To me it isn't quite as engaging as the studio's other game, Tharsis, but it was easily worth the price I paid for it in a bundle. For full price I'd probably be a bit more on the fence. While the game's story is sparse, the visuals are beautiful and elevate the game above the rest.
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Halen5
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Sweet combination of twin stick shooter and rythym game. Really nice looking and good music too. Haven't played much yet but absolutely enjoyed what I have. Plan to play much more, could see plenty of replay value in trying for perfect runs too.
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๖CHESHIRES͡H̶R̴̷O̶OM
1.3 hrs
Posted: July 11
Float through space and recover memories of a lost astronaut via rhythmic vibrations.
Also recommended by Psychonautic Gaming Collective
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♥ Lonely Brat
4.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
I bought this so eat a poop.

A game about memories

With all of the hours I threw down the drain playing games, every once in awhile something sticks out as a truly decent experience. Laserlife is one of those games. As a conceptual piece, it's very interesting - but comes across as a little repetitive at times. Honestly, the replay value is rather high.

Story line

I like that this rhythm game has a storyline, as it's fairly rare and actually refreshing. It may be a rather weak storyline, but it's definitely a storyline. You're collecting memories, and that's pretty much it. I can't tell you more than that, because it would give everything away. Actually, that just gave everything away. Oh well, it doesn't matter. It's not the destination, but the journey that matters in this game.

Gameplay

An alternate name for this game could be, "Hand eye coordination embarrassment simulator!" - it will make you feel so incredibly stupid the first time you play it, but it's not that hard to get your bearings and eventually roll with it.

Soundtrack

Would someone please write a letter to the devs of this game and personally thank them for taking the time to put together a soundtrack that doesn't sound like crappy repetitious techno? Wait, I take that back - just thank them for throwing in crappy repititious techno. Honestly, it's not bad, but it's just the same thing you've heard a lot over the past 3 years in nearly every single game. It keeps things moving, I guess, and for a game that has some amount of rhythm element to it, it fits well. However, it is very typical.

Verdict!

I'm going to recommend this because it's interesting, and also because I would love to see a lot more from this developer. Who knows, maybe I already own a lot more. I haven't paid attention, and it doesn't really matter because I don't pay attention to that thing. This game is good, as a whole. It's more than the sum of its parts. A boring storyline and somewhat boring music come together to make a fun, great sounding game. That's pretty hard to do! Visually, the game is trippy as all heck, and the controls make you feel about as clumsy as you can for awhile. Replay value is very high. Recommended.

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Jedi Master Doge
1.2 hrs
Posted: July 2
Laserlife is a game for people who need a break from everything else, listen to very calming music, and if you just lost that Counter Strike game. It enables the mind to succeed in collecting memories but if you miss one, you do not get upset. This game is a definite buy for anyone but maybe not at the price of 15 dollars. I bought this game during a sale in which it was lowered to 2.54 dollars. It is a great game nonetheless but here are some pros and cons

+Very calming and relaxing gameplay
+Good Music
+Visually amazing

-Short game but still fun
-15 dollars
-You need a controller
Overall the cons arent completely terrible but I do suggest buying it in a sale. If you buy it because of this review please leave a thumbs up. It is a good game! Enjoy
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Sarkoth
7.2 hrs
Posted: June 15
Twin-laser-shooter. Looks good, but very uninspired gameplay. Has been done before, has been done better.
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TheUnbornSilent
1.4 hrs
Posted: June 11
Good game but too short
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jsabsd
1.5 hrs
Posted: April 27
Great visuals. Great idea.

Very unforgiving. Very frustrating. Very un-fun.
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Tim_Shackleford
5.3 hrs
Posted: February 13
While it isnt as good as the BIT.TRIP series, the game itself is pretty decent. The reason I do not recommend this game is because if you dont have this "Intel RealSense" then you have to play with a controller... and you can immediatly feel that this game wasnt designed for a 360 controller. My thumbs hurt after playing for just a couple of minutes. I have seen a demo with the "RealSense" tech, and it looked alot much more fun and easier to control.


TLDR: Even though the game is pretty cool, if you dont have Intel RealSense, then it is a real pain in the ♥♥♥ to play because of the controls.
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Topdown
3.9 hrs
Posted: February 13
Important! Laserlife cannot be played without a controller. Its not that it has bad keyboard compatibility, it has none.
If you don't have a controller, Laserlife is 'Intel RealSense' compatible. See website for more details:http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/realsense-overview.html

Like any game on Steam, Laserlife has its ups and downs. Luckily the ups far outnumber the downs.
Laserlife has a story at its heart, as in the description, it is the story of a dead astronaut from childhood to death. And its a good one.
Telling a story without any words* is always a challenge, relying upon visuals**, sound and imagination. And let me tell you, Laserlife has all of the above. It delivers a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling with brilliant creativity that really does make you stop and think. Take it from me, I'm no sentimentalist.

There are three "Acts"; Childhood, Adulthood and Death.
Each Act has 4 levels, each leading to a different milestone in memory.
Each level in the game is made up of 4 phases and is set up as a kind of twin-stick runner, utilising 2 lasers.
  1. The 'Collection' phase. Using the lasers, collect memory fragments. Numbers increase and decrease through levels, typically 150-200 fragments per run.
  2. The 'Harmonising' phase. This time, the lasers must simply impact the fragments. Unlike the previous phase, lasers cannot move across the middle of the screen
  3. The 'Warp' stage. This is somewhat easier than the last 2 phases but frustrating if it is done incorrectly. It is a tunnel runner, making sure the lasers do not hit the oncoming obstacles. Hitting once will lose whatever chain was amassed the previous phase, repeated hits will result in restarting the 'Harmonising' phase.
  4. The 'Power' phase. This phase lasts only a few seconds and has no lasers. Simply rotate the joysticks at speed.

The environment of the 'Collection' phase is the same over the Act, therefore there are only 3 'Collection' environments in the game.
They are a kind of pseudo-psychadelic representation of that certain stage in life. They are meant to stimulate thought, emotion and - most importantly - your imagination.

The environment of the 'Harmonising' phase is where the story really comes into play. Using the same kind of style as the previous phase, only much clearer, they tell a certain aspect of the story - a significant part in the astronauts' life.

The 'Warp' phase has a tunnel environment, nothing other than that. Various obstacles block your path, easily navigable...mostly.

The 'Power' phase revolves around the captured astronaut as the memory is vigorously extracted.

The music is a fine example of techno done right and complements the gameplay fantastically. It is also really quite helpful with timing.

Overall this is a triumph of modern day storytelling, employing original and highly creative means.

However, I did mention downsides.
The primary downside is that this game is far too short! I completed it within 2 hours and that includes a few repeats. The only way to make it longer is to aim for perfect scores.
I implore the devs to add some more content, another story, anything!

This leads me onto the second point which is that the price tag is, for the gameplay time, pretty excessive. When you play, you can see where the money has gone and I, for one, can understand that but charging £11.00 (~$16.00) for just a few hours isn't something many can commend.
As such, I can't recommend full price for this game, brilliant as it is - buy it on sale.

*The only words in the entire game come from random excerpts of real dialogue between NASA astronauts and ground control (added for effect) and the poignant explanation at the end of a level.

**The visuals are truly great, however if you are playing properly you will only see them in your peripheral vision. I honestly recommend you to start up a Phase 1 or 2 and not play it, instead focus on the exquisite background.
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61 of 73 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
It's a pretty cool game, if you loved games like REZ (I'm a huge fan) on the Sega Dreamcast or PS2 you probably won't be dissappointed with this one.

Nothing much to say except that it's a bit short and a gamepad is STRONGLY recommended.

+ Great visuals
+ Nice music

- Too short unless you aim for perfect scores
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76 of 98 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
IMPORTANT: This game cannot be played without a controller! (no keyboard support)

Laserlife is a music-based game, where you trace through a dead astronauts memories in neon-inspired graphics in outer space. The controls and gameplay are fairly simple, but the game has a nice beat and flow to it. Check out my First Impressions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk7-9WaU24U
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
This little gem caught me off guard.

"Remember what it means to be a human in this interactive biography of a dead astronaut found in deep space by future intelligences who have no concept of humankind."

It's a short game involving exploring and re-piecing memories together of an astronauts life. There's nothing more to the story than that. Where the game thrives is with it's music and game-play. In this title you use both sticks of a controller to handle one of two lasers, and you have to manually go through nodes / pieces of memory molecules to collect them.

It's like Rez and guitar hero had a baby and instead of wanting to shoot things, it just wanted to make music. I was able to play this and numerous people walked by and stopped to just see what was going on, my son even stopped playing with his cars to stare in awe at all the shiny things going on on the screen and numerous times I found myself bobbing along with the music moving up and down and shifting in my seat to match the lasers.

As I mentioned, it is short, I would say hour and a half taking my time to get through all of the levels. That's not to say that there isn't replayablity in the title. Really there are a lot of reasons to play again such as challenges like getting all the memory molecules, beating a friend's score and honestly if you've got 10 minutes to kill you can boot up the game, and run through a level, because you can. I myself already played some of the levels over again. I'm not sure what the plan is for the game, if there will be DLC or add-ons, but I really hope so. In that hour and a half I was sucked into a world and thrown into a journey of a life that wasn't my own, but I was more than interested in.

The game has moments where it is challenging, but it is never impossible, and I for one love a challenge. On top of all that I can't really think of anything bad to say about the game. It's just right.

If someone were to ask me if I would recommend this title, yes. In a heartbeat. It's unique enough to grab me, beautiful enough to hold me and great enough that I'll remember each moment.

Title fully reviewed on PS4, Though I also played some on Steam, there is apparently integration with camera to play ( I assume much like Child of Eden game), however I was not able to get that part working.
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
This game feels like a spiritual successor to Rez on the PS2 which was one of my favorites. Fairly short, but has great replay value. The environments are both bizarre and beautiful. The story is intriguing and told in an interesting manner, and while being simlpe it really drew me in.

As others have said this game requires a controller to play. Specifically an XInput compatible controller.

5/5
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Please beware: This game REQUIRES a controller to be played.
It's not a suggestion, it's a requirement. That's why I'm asking for a refund.
Going to recommend this game, music is beautiful, visuals and concept are very interesting.
IF you have a controller.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
A future intelligence with no concept of what a human being is finds a dead astronaut and proceeds to reconstruct his memories to try and understand what he is and what happened: this translates into a game where you control two beams of light and collect memories accompanied by high tempo music and beautiful sights.
Laserlife is part rhythm game part trippy experience and, while brief, its fun gameplay, great music and dreamlike imagery make it an hidden gem.

PROS:

-good graphics, the various images appearing during levels are nicely done and in sync with the music

-great soundtrack, good sound design

-the gameplay is simple but quite fun and slowly ramps up in speed and difficulty

-tight and responsive controls

-different difficulty levels make the game as relaxing or as challenging as you want

-slowly uncovering memories is nice, while there's no real story discovering the astronaut's life and what happened on his last trip was intriguing

-leaderboards for each game level and difficulty setting for those so inclined

CONS:

-a few sections get a bit too crowded on the background, making memory pieces hard to see

-a slight framerate drop at the end of some levels ( no impact on gameplay, but was a bit annoying)

-short, it'll take you 1,5/2 hours to finish and, unless you want to go for an high score on certain levels, there's no replay value

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=547429090

I really liked Laserlife, the gameplay is fun and keeps you on your toes, the levels sport nice and trippy graphics, the soundtrack alternates between high tempo and slower tracks to mix things up a bit and the various memories were interesting enough to keep going for more.

It's a bit of a shame that it's so short, the 12 levels go by quickly (in fact the devs recommend playing through the game in one sitting) and once you're done there's not much else to do, they'd also have done a bit more with the story rather than just giving us bits and pieces of memories.

All things considered if you're a fan of the genre or just want something different Laserlife is an easy recommendation, just avoid getting it for full price since I feel it's too much for the amount of gameplay you get: thankfully it goes as low as 5$ when on sale.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
Pair of headphones and an Xbox One controller...this purchase was the best decision I have made in WEEKS. The music gave me chills, the visuals are not too distracting while also being quite fun to "kinda" look at while you're playing. This game is my favorite in 2015 so far!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Rez with a fatal flaw: where in Rez, the visualization is what you had to pay attention to and interact with for the game, in this one, you aren't able to look at the nifty visuals because you're too busy playing attention to these separate incoming hedrons, basically the arrows of the dressed up game of DDR you're actually playing, nevermind the impressive (non-interactive) background.

Neither fun enough nor interesting enough as a game for me to recommend.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
I’m stealing someone else's review "this caught me off guard!" in a very big way. Controller is not optional that just fine with me. I absolutely adore music games *not rhythm game specifically* but things like Beat Hazard, Beat Buddy, Kick Beat, Fract OCT, ect this one is very different and add a brand new charm to the idea of music in games it almost feels like a "runner game" I’m not very fall in as i just wanted to see what it was like before going back to the 100 hour commitment i have to Mad Max currently but as soon as i am done with that I’m going to spend some serious time with this gem.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
This game tries to sell you on a premise right out of the gate. I think it does, the stages feel pretty nice, and getting the scores are part of the challenge. I like what i've played, however brief. It is a solid rhythm game that keeps you on the toes as it dances about. I don't know about the length, but the music, the graphics, and the whole approach just nabs you and doesnt let go. If its as short as other reviews say, I can see getting it on sale. But I'd get dlc for this in a heartbeat. Easily worth 5-10 bucks for what you are getting I would think, especially going back for challenges.

So, i hope that this review gives you a glimpse from a music fan. (And to give my hands a break on the constant movement that the stages demand.)
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