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Together with two other astronauts, we are supposed to explore an alien planet that was classified as Earth-like. However, everything goes wrong right from the start. The landing capsule crashes, we wake up all alone in the desert next to the destroyed landing capsule, the rest of the crew has disappeared. So we go in search of our people and follo...

Lifeless Planet Premier Edition

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jun 10, 2021

Together with two other astronauts, we are supposed to explore an alien planet that was classified as Earth-like. However, everything goes wrong right from the start. The landing capsule crashes, we wake up all alone in the desert next to the destroyed landing capsule, the rest of the crew has disappeared. So we go in search of our people and follow their tracks through the wasteland... until we suddenly come across telegraph poles and an abandoned Russian city. On a planet that no human should have set foot on before!

Although Lifeless Planet offers a rather limited gaming experience - the environment is quite barren, the possibilities of our nameless astronaut are very limited and the plot is completely linear - the game has one great strength: the story. It always remains exciting, new clues usually lead to new questions and I could hardly wait for the next developments.

We get the answers to our questions on the one hand from Russian logs that we find from time to time, but also through the events that happen right before our eyes. Short video sequences are also used, which gave me goosebumps, especially in the latter course.

The background music also fits well, and there are also a few minor moments of terror. In any case, Lifeless Planet doesn't skimp on drama (in a positive sense).

There is no open world, the astronaut has no inventory, there is no interface (is also nice for once - no superfluous indicators), no map, no life indicator, no waypoints ("go there, collect this"). The game world is linear, there is only one path we can follow. Sometimes, however, we have to search for it a bit or uncover it first with explosives we find on the spot or using various mechanisms.

We move through different "levels" in the course of the approximately four or five hours of gameplay that Lifeless Planet offers. The game saves itself at various save points - if we die, we are reset to the last point. You don't lose much time in the process. The "levels", or rather "journey sections", are kept simple, but do offer variation.

Indie games bring their own and new ideas, not the flat-rolled gameplay from umpteen sequels of big game franchises. Take a look at an unknown game - Epic Games makes it easy with their free games anyway.

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