- Summary: An atmospheric narrative-platformer about a service robot stranded on a mysterious planet, Planet of the Eyes features a stunning visual mix of puzzle and platforming challenges, an original musical score, and fully voiced audio logs left by another survivor.
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Planet of the Eyes - E3 2015 Trailer
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Sep 12, 2017At the end of the day, Planet of the Eyes’ value depends on the type of gamer you are. If you’re someone with limited spending ability, or someone who values substance, then this may not be the title for you since it’s very short and doesn’t have a lot of replay value. However, if you’re someone who likes to have different experiences within the realm of gaming, or someone who simply likes to support solid and ambitious indie titles, then this is something to definitely look into. After all, there’s a good game here, even if it’s over rather quickly.
Sep 20, 2017Planet of the Eyes makes for a brief but compelling sci-fi puzzle-platformer. Although it's bogged down quite drastically by puzzles that feel too familiar and often too easy, all other aspects of it do well to keep the game worthwhile. Sure it takes only an hour, but in that time it delivers a story well told with great voice acting, spacey music, and an assortment of colors that pop off the screen. It'll be a short stay in space with the unnamed robot hero, but it's an adventure worth experiencing.
Sep 22, 2017This title is pretty and has decent platforming despite not pulling the player in or offering challenging puzzles. Simply put, it does as much right as it does wrong. It’s short, but it doesn’t overstay its welcome due to that. It’s too easy, but it makes for a nice quick completion when you’ve got some extra time. Might not be a bad idea to wait for a sale and complete it in only a little bit more time than it takes to download.
Sep 14, 2017Planet of the Eyes is the typical game that points out good manners but then lets itself be dragged by the ballast of (in this particular case) a ridiculous duration. His resemblance to other classic platform games doesn't give him a special charisma either, although fans of the genre will forgive him.
Sep 13, 2017Planet of the Eyes is a surprisingly short game, clocking in at around an hour and a half. The game just doesn't have the level of polish that allows such a length to be excusable. It's an incredibly simplistic take on gameplay and narrative ideas we've all seen a million times before, never doing anything new or memorable. Even at its best, it amounts to little more than a bland experience, one that will be over quickly and easily forgotten.
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Sep 27, 2017Platforming games have been around for years, with the most easily recognizable series stemming from Nintendo. However, PlaydeadPlatforming games have been around for years, with the most easily recognizable series stemming from Nintendo. However, Playdead revolutionized the puzzle-platformer genre in 2010 with Limbo, and every game that has come out in that play style since has been compared – even their follow up title, Inside. When a genre has been defined by a single game, it’s difficult to compete. Another game must either do something fresh, or clone it in a way that keeps you coming back (see: Gunpoint and its clone Ronin). But if you’re a fan of the type of game, does it really need to be better to be enjoyable?
Planet of the Eyes puts you in the role of a little robot that has crash landed and is out to discover the other survivor whose story and yours unfold through a series of audio logs. These are on little cassette tapes you’ll pick up throughout the game, and while it’s not at all necessary you collect them (I believe only one was out of the way), they add to the purpose and direction of the game.
You’ll be traversing through explosions of color on this alien planet, and if you’re wondering about the title, rest assured you’ll see plenty of eyes (see below for example). The animations are fairly basic, and the climbing one I’d venture to say is stiff at best. Not a game breaker by any means, but when I jump up and cling onto something, I expect some sort of sway in movement, opposed to a static frame of the character holding on. This is the only thing that really stuck out as wrong visually, although nothing was truly awe-inspiring.
As for the gameplay itself, you’ll find you can run, jump, or push/pull in the occasional puzzles you’ll come across. And while you’re pressing all the buttons, you’ll likely learn you can dance too, which holds no real purpose other than an achievement from what I could tell. Perhaps there’s a secret that it opens up if done in the right spots, much like in Playdead’s games after finding all the collectibles.
While I died a fair amount of times in the game (several, if not most of the achievements are tied to specific deaths), it’s usually not due to the game being difficult. While a couple of puzzles require specific timing for an action or death occurs, it’s more likely you’ll misjudge a jump or not quite make the proper landing as you descend a cliff that ends in your demise. The deaths are fairly amusing, and loading back up only takes a second, so you’ll find yourself ready to destroy your little robot again in no time.
The puzzles provided in the game are far from time-consuming. I believe the longest I spent with one was a couple minutes before I realized what I was doing wasn’t working, and went up to where I had been previously to see if I had missed something. Sure enough, it was right in front of me and I had looked at it without knowing I’d need it. The end of the game tests your skill with platforming, which is by no means a challenge, although there is one box puzzle that was easily the most satisfying puzzle in the game as it made me think.
I spent between 60-90 minutes with this title, completing it with little to no issue. This is a game that doesn’t put a lot of focus on the skill, but the enjoyment of the journey itself. The sci-fi story that goes along is a nice, albeit unnecessary addition to the game, as these types of things can propel themselves without exposition. But I will say that it was well voiced.
If you enjoy platformers with minor puzzle solving, Planet of the Eyes may be a worthwhile experience for you. It’s short (which I appreciate since I don’t have much time for games nowadays), never becomes frustrating, and is family friendly. However, it never really goes beyond the level of mediocre in terms of what it accomplishes, and in some cases feels a bit unpolished. Regardless of the genre pulling me in, there are stronger entries you can be playing.… Expand