Relive your journey to Lovely Planet in this brand new adventure packed with impossible tests of skill and patience. Craft intricate combos to unfold the complex puzzle of flying projectiles and moving targets into a graceful sequence of well timed shots and jumps.
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2016

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July 15

Lovely Planet Arcade launching on July 22nd



2014’s critical-hit Lovely Planet had us flying through the skies, carelessly spraying bullets in the clouds. It’s time now to hand in your jump boots because we’re going back to the shooting range for some old-school action in Lovely Planet Arcade! Buckle up for close quarter combat through tight corners sprinkled with trigger-happy baddies eager to send you back to the starting line!

Welcome to Lovely Planet Arcade, coming July 22nd!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_6EleWKUlg

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“Lovely Planet Arcade is a fast, challenging deconstruction of old school FPS design”
84/100 – PCGamer

“Lovely Planet Arcade surprisingly scratched a Dark Souls itch for me”
IndieHangover

About This Game

Relive your journey to Lovely Planet in this brand new adventure packed with impossible tests of skill and patience. Craft intricate combos to unfold the complex puzzle of flying projectiles and moving targets into a graceful sequence of well timed shots and jumps. Enjoy shooting baddies, jumping over obstacles and teleporting around bullets while trading with milliseconds.

  • The original First Person Shooter experience, a game of jumping and shooting
  • Test your skills with a hundred plus levels to solve over four unique worlds
  • Push yourself further with unlockable modifiers, play any level in Mirror or Fast mode
  • Collect evidence and uncover the mysteries of the Arcade
  • Original soundtrack by Calum Bowen

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, 7,8 or 10
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB, Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 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: 1 GB, Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 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: 1 GB, Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse Recommended
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TheNobitsuraKage
10.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
The original IMO was a masterpiece but i went in to this intending to judge it as it's own game the first 3 acts are fun but far too easy and short then act 4 introduces enemies that give you a grey screen when you kill them until you shoot another enemy and friendlys the shoot at you that can't be parried this doesn't give a fun challenge it just makes the game irritating and imo unplayable very disapointed.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 22
GO PLAY LOVELY PLANET 1 and avoid this game like the plague it's like the devolper forgot what made first game good.

I absolutely loved lovely planet, it was one of my favorite games of last year and I was very much looking forward to the sequel however this game feels like a step back in every sense.
-Gameplay far less fluid and fast compared to previous game espcially the jumpings
-Locking camera to horizontal plane not only reduces skill required but also just feels awkward and clumsy much like the jumping
-Shotgun instead of projectile shot reduces skill in aiming and waiting to reload is annoying
-Level design is based around memoriseing locations of enemys and following the path rather than open free flowing levels of lovely planet 1
-Lack of veritcal motion and aiming really takes away from what made first game fun.
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Lone Wanderer
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
It's fun
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Hattori
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
Reading the other reviews here, you would get the sense that this is overall a disappointing sequel to Lovely Planet(a game that you should definitely play).

But that really isnt the case here, because this is a spiritual sequel, and not a direct one.
You see, Lovely Planet was a game about jumping momentum and preciseness, and it gave alot of freedom to the player to figure out the fastest route to the goal, being a favourite among speedrunners.
Lovely Planet Arcade isnt that game.

Where Lovely Planet takes inspiration from arena shooters like Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament, Lovely Planet Arcade gets its inspiration from Doom and arcade on-rail shooters.
Like Doom, you cannot move on the y-axis, making it so you can only move your gun left and right. This completely changes the way the game is meant to be played versus Lovely Planet.

And I can see why people would be mad about this change, since they will not find the player freedom they had in Lovely Planet. But that's really their own fauly, since this isnt being sold a sequel at all.

Like those old arcade on rail shooters, the fun of the game is figuring out where every enemy will pop up, knowing where to point right away, because otherwise you will get shot and have to start the level again.
Levels are very short, A la Super Meat Boy, so the trial and error nature of the game is completely acceptable.

If you enjoy mastering and acing games, shaving off mili seconds of your high score, and twitch shooters where you cant miss a single shot, then this game is for you.
If that isnt your cup of tea, then you shoul try something else. This game has no pretenses about what it is. There is no story or main goal, outside of completing the sequence of levels with all of the stars which you get by completing in the fastest time possible, and it contains a deceptively charming artstyle and soundtrack that masks a very punishing and challenging game.

But dont let that dissuade you from playing it, it never gets frustrating to the point of giving up.
Levels are almost like puzzles, where you need to figure out your sequence of movements, and once you figure that out the level turns into a cake walk.

Once you finish all of the levels you unlock two new modes: a mirror mode, which just mirrors the levels to give you a sense that you are playing new stuff, and the fast mode, which makes the game twice and fast and its a really fun experience to try the first few levels with.

As for downsides, if you arent very interested in 100% the game, the game is over very fast, lasting about 3 hours top.
Also, the last act of the game presents a new mechanic where certain enemies makes the screen go black until you hit another enemy. This can get very frustrating, because it makes you guess where stuff is while blind, and thats never fun.

Overall, I'd say buy it. It really depends on what kind of player you are, but I think there is enough here for everyone.
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Medico di Biscotti
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
To address some of the other reviews.
No, it's not the same as the previous Lovely Planet. The "Arcade" in the title imples that it's something different. And that's not a bad thing. The original Lovely Planet was great! Fantastic! This Lovely Planet is just a little different, but still great.

There's no vertical aim, meaning you only control which horizontal direction you're aiming in. That's one of the biggest changes and it's something that takes a few minutes to get used to.

There's less emphasis on exploration and mapping out your own path through the level to try and be just a little bit faster. There is of course a fastest path through the course, but there's less freedom to make up your own. The speed-running in this installment is more based on skill rather than ingenuity, although it does take some ingenuity to find the quickest, most efficient path though the level. But once you find that, your speed is mostly dependent on how skillfully you can navigate the level and shoot the baddies. I think more so than the original, this game has more puzzle elements to the level design, but don't get me wrong, it's still balls-to-the-wall difficult to execute in the harder levels.

A few cons.
There is currently no level editor. It really seems like a game that would lend itself well to that, so it's a shame that it's not there. The built-in levels are great and all, but replaying the same levels to try and set a new PB can get repetitive.

There are no leaderboards. This one really bugs me. I'd love to see how my times are compared to other people's instead of just trying to beat my own all the time. While the original Lovely Planet had leaderboards, I'm pretty sure the top times were broken or full of people glitching the game is various ways, so that might be why there are no leaderboards this time around. Because he couldn't differentiate cheaters. Who knows. It's just a guess.


TL;DR It's a great game. No vertical aim takes some getting used to. More puzzle-based in the level design but still very mechanically difficult to pull off in the fastest way possible. If you don't care too much about beating your own times, then you might only get a few hours of entertainment of it, but it's not an expensive game. Sadly no leaderboards or level editor :(
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decimatormars
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 13
TL;DR: Just play the original game again. This is not a sequel, it's just a bad spinoff.

The original was a million times better. This game is VERY different, don't buy it if you're wanting something like the original. Yes, you have to kill all the opponents and reach the end, but other than it's graphical style, that is where the similaritly ends. This is pretty much a spin off, and fails to be as good as the original. The original was speedrun friendly, but the new one, you do everything as fast as possible and hope you get to the end fast enough, there is no multiple paths or routes or new ways to try things, it's just do this one thing, and do it fast. This one relies more on memory than skill as well. The original game was so uniuqe, but this game is so limited.

Not worth the same price as the original.

On it's own, it's a pretty decent game, but when I can get a MUCH better game at the exact same price, with the same graphical style and objective, it's just... sad.

I loved to original so much, I bought this immediately. I feel bad for everyone who did the same.
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JaguarUSF
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 4
Product received for free
The game’s levels are divided up into four acts, which gradually introduce more complex enemy types. Levels cannot be skipped if they prove to be too difficult, and the game also lacks a level editor. Like the original first-person shooters, Lovely Planet Arcade does not have any vertical aiming, instead relying on precision timing and aiming to dispatch enemies quickly and efficiently. Most levels have a designed solution regarding whom to engage and in which order, so a majority of the game is learning what that order is. Different enemy types may come with special abilities (like pausing time or warping location) that must be used to advance to the next level. Lovely Planet Arcade is a generally effective, straightforward, and difficult skill-based retro shooter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA2TH9ipOo8
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Communist "Joseph Ballin" Layton
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 3
Lovely Planet was a game that took me by complete surprise, because it seemed like it was just any old indie game and I mainly bought it for the cute art style. It ended up being one of the hardest FPSs I've played, and over the dozen or so hours it took me to get all the stars in it my shooter skills as a whole improved a lot in terms of accuracy and reaction time. It's the kind of game where even when it's so hard you think you'll never finish a level, you can't drop it because it's so happy and cute and there's just something about how energetic the game is with how fast you move and how high you jump that goes really well with the extremely good soundtrack.

Lovely Planet Arcade is the sequel, and it tries things a bit differently. It goes oldschool with the aiming, removing the Y axis so you can only look left and right. The player moves much slower, and can only jump about half a foot into the air, making it useless except for specific parts where you need to jump. The levels are designed to accomodate this, and instead of having any complex platforming or extreme air jumps the levels are generally small flat planes with fences or houses used to break them up. You also have a new gun, a shotgun that fires in a straight line ahead of you, so you're no longer challenged with the task of guessing where your shots would land from the previously angled wand thing from Lovely Planet. Because of all this, the game is a lot less punishing in terms of mouse skill, but also less fun in my opinion. The accuracy star has been removed, and now the only thing that matters for getting 3 stars is your completion time. Most of the challenge now comes from replaying the levels over and over until you learn the placement of the enemies, which now have special qualities like some that teleport you to them and some that freeze time for a moment, making the levels more like puzzles than shooting galleries. And there's nothing wrong with that, it's still a fun game and if the original game didn't exist I'd probably be giving this one a more positive review, but when you make a game as overall great as Lovely Planet it's hard not to compare the sequel to it, and frankly this game is worse in every way I can think of. Which again isn't to say that it's bad, but if you're debating between this or Lovely Planet I'd say go with the first game for sure. If you're returning and just really want some more of this style of game, this isn't a terrible purchase for its price, but just know what you're getting.
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Mrvmister man69
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
Its a fun game but i do not think its worth 5.99
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SortOfDan
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 27
Absolutely love it! Downloaded it last night and currently going threough Act 2. A fun game that you can jump in and play for a few minutes... or can spend hours perfecting the route to take and sequence to take down enemies to get a three star rating.
Simple arcade shooting on the surface, really interesting puzzle game if you want it to be!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5OnrAwlTB4
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
To address some of the other reviews.
No, it's not the same as the previous Lovely Planet. The "Arcade" in the title imples that it's something different. And that's not a bad thing. The original Lovely Planet was great! Fantastic! This Lovely Planet is just a little different, but still great.

There's no vertical aim, meaning you only control which horizontal direction you're aiming in. That's one of the biggest changes and it's something that takes a few minutes to get used to.

There's less emphasis on exploration and mapping out your own path through the level to try and be just a little bit faster. There is of course a fastest path through the course, but there's less freedom to make up your own. The speed-running in this installment is more based on skill rather than ingenuity, although it does take some ingenuity to find the quickest, most efficient path though the level. But once you find that, your speed is mostly dependent on how skillfully you can navigate the level and shoot the baddies. I think more so than the original, this game has more puzzle elements to the level design, but don't get me wrong, it's still balls-to-the-wall difficult to execute in the harder levels.

A few cons.
There is currently no level editor. It really seems like a game that would lend itself well to that, so it's a shame that it's not there. The built-in levels are great and all, but replaying the same levels to try and set a new PB can get repetitive.

There are no leaderboards. This one really bugs me. I'd love to see how my times are compared to other people's instead of just trying to beat my own all the time. While the original Lovely Planet had leaderboards, I'm pretty sure the top times were broken or full of people glitching the game is various ways, so that might be why there are no leaderboards this time around. Because he couldn't differentiate cheaters. Who knows. It's just a guess.


TL;DR It's a great game. No vertical aim takes some getting used to. More puzzle-based in the level design but still very mechanically difficult to pull off in the fastest way possible. If you don't care too much about beating your own times, then you might only get a few hours of entertainment of it, but it's not an expensive game. Sadly no leaderboards or level editor :(
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Lovely Planet was a game that took me by complete surprise, because it seemed like it was just any old indie game and I mainly bought it for the cute art style. It ended up being one of the hardest FPSs I've played, and over the dozen or so hours it took me to get all the stars in it my shooter skills as a whole improved a lot in terms of accuracy and reaction time. It's the kind of game where even when it's so hard you think you'll never finish a level, you can't drop it because it's so happy and cute and there's just something about how energetic the game is with how fast you move and how high you jump that goes really well with the extremely good soundtrack.

Lovely Planet Arcade is the sequel, and it tries things a bit differently. It goes oldschool with the aiming, removing the Y axis so you can only look left and right. The player moves much slower, and can only jump about half a foot into the air, making it useless except for specific parts where you need to jump. The levels are designed to accomodate this, and instead of having any complex platforming or extreme air jumps the levels are generally small flat planes with fences or houses used to break them up. You also have a new gun, a shotgun that fires in a straight line ahead of you, so you're no longer challenged with the task of guessing where your shots would land from the previously angled wand thing from Lovely Planet. Because of all this, the game is a lot less punishing in terms of mouse skill, but also less fun in my opinion. The accuracy star has been removed, and now the only thing that matters for getting 3 stars is your completion time. Most of the challenge now comes from replaying the levels over and over until you learn the placement of the enemies, which now have special qualities like some that teleport you to them and some that freeze time for a moment, making the levels more like puzzles than shooting galleries. And there's nothing wrong with that, it's still a fun game and if the original game didn't exist I'd probably be giving this one a more positive review, but when you make a game as overall great as Lovely Planet it's hard not to compare the sequel to it, and frankly this game is worse in every way I can think of. Which again isn't to say that it's bad, but if you're debating between this or Lovely Planet I'd say go with the first game for sure. If you're returning and just really want some more of this style of game, this isn't a terrible purchase for its price, but just know what you're getting.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Product received for free
The game’s levels are divided up into four acts, which gradually introduce more complex enemy types. Levels cannot be skipped if they prove to be too difficult, and the game also lacks a level editor. Like the original first-person shooters, Lovely Planet Arcade does not have any vertical aiming, instead relying on precision timing and aiming to dispatch enemies quickly and efficiently. Most levels have a designed solution regarding whom to engage and in which order, so a majority of the game is learning what that order is. Different enemy types may come with special abilities (like pausing time or warping location) that must be used to advance to the next level. Lovely Planet Arcade is a generally effective, straightforward, and difficult skill-based retro shooter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA2TH9ipOo8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Reading the other reviews here, you would get the sense that this is overall a disappointing sequel to Lovely Planet(a game that you should definitely play).

But that really isnt the case here, because this is a spiritual sequel, and not a direct one.
You see, Lovely Planet was a game about jumping momentum and preciseness, and it gave alot of freedom to the player to figure out the fastest route to the goal, being a favourite among speedrunners.
Lovely Planet Arcade isnt that game.

Where Lovely Planet takes inspiration from arena shooters like Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament, Lovely Planet Arcade gets its inspiration from Doom and arcade on-rail shooters.
Like Doom, you cannot move on the y-axis, making it so you can only move your gun left and right. This completely changes the way the game is meant to be played versus Lovely Planet.

And I can see why people would be mad about this change, since they will not find the player freedom they had in Lovely Planet. But that's really their own fauly, since this isnt being sold a sequel at all.

Like those old arcade on rail shooters, the fun of the game is figuring out where every enemy will pop up, knowing where to point right away, because otherwise you will get shot and have to start the level again.
Levels are very short, A la Super Meat Boy, so the trial and error nature of the game is completely acceptable.

If you enjoy mastering and acing games, shaving off mili seconds of your high score, and twitch shooters where you cant miss a single shot, then this game is for you.
If that isnt your cup of tea, then you shoul try something else. This game has no pretenses about what it is. There is no story or main goal, outside of completing the sequence of levels with all of the stars which you get by completing in the fastest time possible, and it contains a deceptively charming artstyle and soundtrack that masks a very punishing and challenging game.

But dont let that dissuade you from playing it, it never gets frustrating to the point of giving up.
Levels are almost like puzzles, where you need to figure out your sequence of movements, and once you figure that out the level turns into a cake walk.

Once you finish all of the levels you unlock two new modes: a mirror mode, which just mirrors the levels to give you a sense that you are playing new stuff, and the fast mode, which makes the game twice and fast and its a really fun experience to try the first few levels with.

As for downsides, if you arent very interested in 100% the game, the game is over very fast, lasting about 3 hours top.
Also, the last act of the game presents a new mechanic where certain enemies makes the screen go black until you hit another enemy. This can get very frustrating, because it makes you guess where stuff is while blind, and thats never fun.

Overall, I'd say buy it. It really depends on what kind of player you are, but I think there is enough here for everyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
GO PLAY LOVELY PLANET 1 and avoid this game like the plague it's like the devolper forgot what made first game good.

I absolutely loved lovely planet, it was one of my favorite games of last year and I was very much looking forward to the sequel however this game feels like a step back in every sense.
-Gameplay far less fluid and fast compared to previous game espcially the jumpings
-Locking camera to horizontal plane not only reduces skill required but also just feels awkward and clumsy much like the jumping
-Shotgun instead of projectile shot reduces skill in aiming and waiting to reload is annoying
-Level design is based around memoriseing locations of enemys and following the path rather than open free flowing levels of lovely planet 1
-Lack of veritcal motion and aiming really takes away from what made first game fun.
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52 of 72 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
As a huge fan of the original Lovely Planet, it's with a heavy heart that I have to write a negative review for its succesor. I've played Lovely Planet for 250+ hours, and I held WR runs in many categories, so I feel that I'm obligated to do this.

This game is not for speedrunners. That's all there is to it. No chance of sequence breaks, no vertical aim, no glitches to shoot through walls. Honestly, there's nearly no freedom of movement. The ability to choose how to route your levels was what made the original so great. Jumping in this game is next to useless as far as routing goes. The levels railroad you to take the intended route.

As a casual game, I'm sure this is jolly good fun, but as someone who was expecting a true sequel, I'm left with a bitter taste in my mouth. I'm soory, but I just can't enjoy this game.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I played the original Lovely Planet for over 100 hours, and this game feels inferior in every way. First note that this game, like the original does not have a crosshair. Additionally, this game has no y-axis aiming.

The game is split into about 100 levels in 4 acts. The goal of each level is generally to kill all enemies, collect any coins and reach the goal pillar. The game feels very limited in terms of movement and aiming, compared to the original, which let you traverse long, uneven levels and shoot high up enemies at a distance. Instead you're left repetitively shooting enemies on your level, only so far away from you. You can no longer shoot without lag, as your gun now has a reload animation, which slows the game down significantly. The fun, unobtrusive soundtrack of Lovely Planet is hard to live up to, and this soundtrack does not. The music is average, and I found act 3's song so repetitive and annoying that I had to turn off music audio.

But enough comparing the games. I think that even by itself, Lovely Planet Arcade is a bad game. Removing y-axis aiming might not bother some, but every level in the game is a flat, square space. The only things differentiating levels are the enemy and wall placements. The walls and rocks which act as obstacles are plain, and the single environment is uninteresting. Jumping exists in the game, but it only serves as a mechanic to kill certain kinds of enemies and avoid spikes on the ground. You cannot jump over other obstacles to find different routes. There isno depth to the movement whatsoever.

You'll come across several enemy types. Some are bland, like the enemies with shields, which can only be killed while jumping. Others slow/stop time and teleport you to their location. These make for some interesting strats, but quickly get repetitive, and slow the game down. Then there are the invisible enemies, which kill you instantly - the only way to beat these levels is by trial and error, until you figure out where they are. There are even enemies which blind you when you kill them, until you kill another enemy or pick up a coin. The effect is a jarring grey screen, which usually results in a clumsy level completion. Levels are linear in design, from movement down to shot order. There's not a lot of freedom to differ from the intended strategy.

The game does come with some modifiers to the levels; mirror mode will let you play mirrored versions of every level and fast mode will make the game feel a lot less sluggish. You can also earn stars based on how quickly you complete levels, so there's some replay value there.

Honestly this game feels more like a puzzle game to me. A puzzle game where you don't see the whole puzzle. You'll have to play levels multiple times to figure out the linear solution.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Lovely Planet with a shotgun. That's all you need to know! If you've played the original Lovely Planet and enjoyed it there is no doubt in my mind this game will rekindle those sweet, sweet feelings. Whilst its a different movement system we're all familiar with from the original, this game stands on its own for enjoyment and the difficulty from the get-go.
Buy it. Buy it now.
10/10 - This is a biased review, I've waited so long for this moment ;_;
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Totally don't understand the negative reviews. Fans of the original Lovely Planet ought to enjoy this game. It plays like doom with no vertical aim, you don't go flying like you did in the original but it still manages to keep the pace fast. The style and music is pretty much the same, basically feels like you're playing Katamari but you're wasting everyone with a shotgun. 8/10 will be playing a lot of this game.
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