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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Mostly Positive (174) - 71% of the 174 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 7, 2017

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October 27

Happy Halloween!

ION is a young exploration unit on a mission to secure resources for his home planet when a strange gravitational anomaly forces his ship to make an emergency landing on an alien planet.

The planet looks peaceful on the outside, but he is soon going to learn that in this place nothing is what it seems. Like these "moving" rocks...


We wish you all a great Halloween weekend!

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September 15

Version 1.3

Hello Explorers,

In this update we bring a redesign of the desert environment as well as more changes implemented from player feedback. Thanks for all your friendly suggestions and your criticism. It is always appreciated. Phoning Home is a challenging experience, where the right path forward is not always obvious. The changes in this update mainly improve the flow of the game. You can find the full change list below.

There is one thing we would like to ask you today. If you enjoyed Phoning Home, we'd love it if you let us and others know by writing a review. Because we implemented a lot of improvements since the release, we would also like to ask those who had issues with the game before to re-evaluate and update their review. That would really help us to better know your experiences and continue development. Thank you!

There are still a few changes in the pipeline. To name one, we are working on adding new languages. In this forum thread you can let us know which ones you'd like to see supported.

Full Change List:
  • Improved the autosave functionality to avoid saving right after loading a game or multiple saves right after each other.
  • Added terrain borders to avoid falling over the edge of the world.
  • Added an automatic move feature. Hit 'R' on the keyboard or 'Left Shoulder' on the controller to toggle it. Auto-Move is also disabled when hitting the backward move button or loading a savegame.
  • Increased the default inventory capacity from 7 to 10 per item and from 10 to 20 after building the memory upgrade.
  • Added more autosave triggers in the desert.
  • Edited the desert terrain providing clearer guidance how to reach the southern radio tower.
  • Added more visual cues in the desert to indicate potential paths to follow. Plus, it looks a lot more exciting wandering around the mountains and sand dunes. There are also a couple more shortcuts via portals.
  • Portals that can be found on the planet are now marked on your compass including the distance.
  • Tweaked the positions of several task markers.
  • Added further improvements to the way ANI's following speed is calculated depending on her distance. She will now be able to catch up more quickly when she has to take one of her little detours to reach ION.
  • Added visual improvements to the lava borders on the forest areas to make them stand out and avoid getting lost unnecessarily.
  • Since some players missed the pipe after ION's crash landing, that was made more visible. Also added an icon to the pickup UI.

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“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.


  • 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

    • 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
    • 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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