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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 PS4/X1 Premier Edition releases have new music, visual upgrades (especially for the terrain), new content through audio and text logs, and Russian audio localization. For PC the Premier Edition was provided as a free update, also replacing the original version.


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Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Screenshot
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Screenshot
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Screenshot
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Lifeless Planet" -- initial PC title

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Hooked Gamers Windows Jun 18, 2014 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr, 2014 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Gamer Windows Jun 13, 2014 60 out of 100 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun 16, 2014 56 out of 100 56 Windows Jun 20, 2014 50 out of 100 50 PlayStation 4 Sep 16, 2016 46 out of 100 46
Mouse n Joypad Windows Jun 15, 2014 43 out of 100 43
GIZORAMA Windows Jun 07, 2014 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 28, 2014 37 out of 100 37
Kill Screen Windows Jun 19, 2014 34 out of 100 34


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