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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Release Date: Feb 7, 2017

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May 22

Final Polish

We're in the middle of spring, so it's time to clean your vehicle to take it for a ride through the beautiful scenery.

Be like ION. Explore!

There were some remaining bugs and annoyances that we wanted to take a bit longer to get right. ION's movement for example has always been a bit tricky, especially when moving and thrusting at the same time when facing obstacles. It has always been very physically correct, but it required a bit of discipline to stop hitting that forward move key when you try to thrust up a rock or some other obstacles. Well, the new movement mechanics do that for you now.
We also had to find a solution to avoid running into rocks, which was kind of an engine problem. That should be fixed now.

Some of our most loyal fans found two major issues in the story and dialog logic, for which we are happy to provide a fix today. Thanks again for your help in reporting these issues and your continued support.

Further Changes:

  • Disabled hiding ION if the camera gets too close. This was originally implemented to avoid seeing only part of ION, but many reported it rather adding to the confusion than reducing it.
  • Fixed a few typos in tooltips and library texts.
  • Increased initial push of thruster.
  • Made a couple of environment changes in the forest and the desert.
  • Reduced the time of night.

What would you like us to work on next?
Your suggestions are welcome. Please let us know in the comments!

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May 15


In this update we bring you a complete revision of heat damage. This has been a popular feedback topic from the very beginning and we believe to have found a good solution making heat damage both believable and avoidable.

There is now a heat meter above your stats. Whenever you enter an area that would be harmful, the heat meter warns you audio-visually. Once the heat reaches the maximum, you will begin to take real damage. Before that you might take 1% or less damage.
Usually there is an area at the core of heat sources which is very damaging and an area around the fire causing less damage. The same applies to lava streams. You will be able to avoid the dangerous areas better now.

Furthermore, we added more resources (Ferron and Thuranon) to craft powerups in the starting area and fixed a rare bug that could cause you to fall through the ground upon loading a savegame. This could happen when you were near a lava stream before loading the savegame.

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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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