Explore a strange, alien planet and follow the story of two robots - ION and ANI - on their life-defining journey in this unique genre-mix of exploration, puzzle and survival.
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Mixed (29 reviews) - 68% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (146 reviews) - 72% of the 146 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 7, 2017

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July 18

More Bugfixes and Game Recommendation

At first we would like to say hello to the many new explorers joining the Phoning Home community during Summer Sale. Welcome everyone!

Today we've uploaded a new version containing a couple more bugfixes we implemented from player feedback. They are mostly fixes related to the storyline and compass markers. There was also a rare situation that players could end up with not enough Tetrerium at the end of the game, which is now fixed as well.

Furthermore we want to try something new today and start recommending games from other fellow developers. Games that we find fascinating and worthy for recommendation.

One such game is Aporia: Beyond The Valley developed by the talented people at Investigate North.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/573130/Aporia_Beyond_The_Valley/

We particularly love the focus on environmental storytelling, which has been a strong design element in Phoning Home as well. In Aporia there is no dialog or text, everything is told via symbols and by exploring the beautiful environment itself.

Aporia is coming out tomorrow and we suggest to give it a try!

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June 24

NVIDIA Ansel integration - Create your own 360° screenshots

NVIDIA Ansel
Ansel is an awesome tool to create wonderful screenshots. It allows to take full 360° shots. The easiest way to share them is via Facebook or Google Photos.

Check out this example. Click the image to view the full 360 on Google Photos.


But that's not all. You can also take ultra high-res or VR screenshots and position the camera wherever you want. Here's what you have to do:
  • Make sure to install the latest GeForce driver and check here if your GPU is supported: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/ansel/supported-gpus
  • Play Phoning Home and press Alt+F2 (the default Ansel hotkey) during gameplay to open the Ansel interface. The game is now paused.
  • Reposition the camera by using WASD and rotate with the mouse+LMB, change Ansel options as desired, apply any effects you want and click “Snap”.

To adjust Ansel's internal settings, open the following tool:
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Ansel\Tools\NvCameraConfiguration.exe

Show us your creative skills on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/phoninghomegame/


Story Hotfix
We have implemented a fix for a bug which broke the story script when returning to the forest from the desert too early.

As always, thanks everyone for your support.
Have fun!

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Reviews

“Definitely one of the best indie games I ever played.”
90% – TD Game Club

“Phoning Home is indie developer ION LANDS love letter to storytelling and boasts a tale that really is worth telling.”
85% – Keengamer

“I absolutely adored ION and ANI.”
Slickster Magazine

About This Game

You play ION, a young exploration unit on a mission to secure natural resources. When you crash-land on an alien planet your ship is almost completely destroyed. Not only do you have to survive in a strange new world full of dangers, but to have even a hope of escape you must find a way to contact your home planet for help.

With only your ship’s A.I. for company, you set out to explore your new home. On your journey you encounter ANI, a small, stranded service unit who identifies as female. ANI is the first to admit she’s a bit mad, but she is also a valuable resource, and it soon becomes clear that there will be no escape without her.

And so, the two of you begin a journey that neither of you is prepared for, on a planet where even the laws of nature seem not to apply. A journey in which ION and ANI must face the strangest of all possible challenges if they are to have any hope of living to tell their own story.

FEATURES

  • Explore a new frontier. Large open environments with realistic environmental effects – from time-of-day lighting to dappled forests and snow-covered mountains, to volcanoes, canyons, deep oceans and scorching deserts – you must find your way.
  • Experience a story with living (but not breathing) characters, brought to life by voice actors.
  • Survive harsh weather conditions and temperatures – and protect ANI at all costs!
  • An intriguing mix of exploration, logic and action gameplay.
  • Create portals to traverse the landscape.
  • Fight – or find ways to avoid combat.
  • Craft improvements and critical tools from resources found in the environment.
  • Discover the remnants of an alien civilization, decrypt their language and restore their technology.
  • Enjoy a beautiful soundtrack.

Be warned. Phoning Home starts easy, but gets quite challenging in the later stages of the game. Can you leave the planet?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / 7 / 8.1 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 / AMD, 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU, NVIDIA or AMD, 1.5 GB video memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 / AMD FX-8350, 3.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) / AMD R9 290 (4 GB)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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