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One-Hour: Lifeless Planet

Synopsis: Lifeless Planet is a third-person story-driven space exploration game, on a seemlingly Lifeless Planet. (Spoiler alert; if you saw my in-game screenshot you’ll realize that’s not entirely accurate). There’s some puzzle solving elements, most of which aren’t too bad to sort out. I did find myself consulting a guide one or two times (I’m old, it’s allowed); and when I saw the solution I realized the solution was far simpler than I was struggling with.

Don’t get me wrong – I like Lifeless Planet, I just don’t love Lifeless Planet. It’s also very much a “it’s not you, it’s me” situation; I can appreciate the hard work and effort that went into it, I just couldn’t hang on long enough to really fall in love with it. I actually put a few hours in, and then just threw in the towel. The plot was engaging, but not advancing fast enough for my liking. Coupled with a few clunky gameplay elements and it just wasn’t enough to hang on. I hate being critical of a game that’s clearly taken a lot of effort from an indie developer; as I know I couldn’t do any better. It’s possible I may revisit it at some point, but for now it’s been uninstalled.

What I like: Interesting storyline, reminds me of science fiction novels I read as a teenager. And as an adult. I may be reading one right now.

What I don’t like: Clunky controls, weird scaling on 3D elements (sometimes your character is huge compared buildings/etc, sometimes he’s tiny against elements that really shouldn’t be that big). Plotline, while interesting, didn’t keep me enthralled long enough to look past the quirks.

Would I buy it again?: Probably not

Game Details:

Game TypeExploration, Puzzle Solving, 3D
PublisherStage 2 Studios
Year Released2014 (Original), 2018 (Premiere Edition)
Tested PlatformPC
Author: Greg

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