Lifeless Planet

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Lifeless Planet is a game where the player controls an astronaut who signed up to a one-way mission to explore an inhabitable planet far away. After travelling for fifteen years, he crashes/lands and discovers it is a barren wasteland instead of the lush scenery that was promised. His crew is gone and they seemed to have moved on before him in the exploration. There is no time to waste, as an oxygen leak presses him to move fast. He discovers traces left behind by his crew and then finds out the planet may not be uninhabited at all; there is life and he quickly discovers an abandoned town of Russian origin.

The character can be moved around freely in a large and seemingly boundless environment. There is however a linear path to follow. The game is divided in about 20 areas, each with their own type of scenery set on the surface and underground, with both natural and artificial environments. Next to moving around, the astronaut is able to jump and can use a quick burst of his jet pack for a short moment. After locating additional jet pack fuel and adjusting to the low-gravity environment, multiple bursts in succession are possible to travel farther. Later on the discovery of a mobile robotic arm introduces a way to handle objects that cannot be touched directly or cannot be handled with his suit. The focus is almost entirely on exploring and a lot of distance needs to be covered on foot. It also contains some minor puzzles based around platforming and finding ways to progress through the environment. Interaction with the environment is for instance provided by the ability to push objects. The astronaut's thoughts can be read in a log through his Holo Tab.

The later Xbox One release has new music, visual upgrades (especially for the terrain), new content through audio and text logs, and Russian audio localization.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition" -- Xbox One title

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Den of Geek (US) Windows Jun 12, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Windows Jul 12, 2014 15 out of 20 75
Hooked Gamers Windows Jun 18, 2014 7 out of 10 70
PC Gamer Windows Jun 13, 2014 60 out of 100 60
Only Single Player Windows Jun 15, 2014 6 out of 10 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun 16, 2014 56 out of 100 56 Windows Jun 20, 2014 50 out of 100 50
Mouse n Joypad Windows Jun 15, 2014 43 out of 100 43
GIZORAMA Windows Jun 07, 2014 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Kill Screen Windows Jun 19, 2014 34 out of 100 34


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