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  • Summary: Phoning Home is an open-world game of exploration and survival set on a strange, alien planet. It tells the story of two robots – ION and ANI – and their life-defining journey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 80
    While there are dozens of Sci-Fi Survival games to choose from, ION LANDS has blended a remarkable combination of elements to create a saga that stands out from the crowd.
  2. Feb 6, 2017
    80
    Phoning Home is not the same old survivor game, but tries to bring to light some serious theme, thanks to the link between ANI and ION, the two protagonists.
  3. 76
    Phoning Home tries very hard to blend the survival genre with a narrative experience. In doing so, it manages to give the player a real reason to keep going on in his adventure but, at the same time, some gameplay dynamics are a little bit flawed. Anyway, there's some real magic in the connection between the two main characters, Ion and Ani, and that's something.
  4. Feb 6, 2017
    60
    Phoning Home isn't a bad game, but its gameplay doesn't shine as much as its graphics.
  5. Feb 21, 2017
    60
    Phoning Home is a good survival game and you will find impossible to not develop an empathy with ION and ANI, the two main characters. Anyway the gameplay is slow and a lot of bugs make it far from being perfect. If you want to enjoy the game you have to accept its flaws and embrace the moral dilemmas that you will face during the adventure.
  6. Feb 10, 2017
    55
    A combination of exploration and survival game with crafting elements. The story follows a robot’s crash landing on an unknown planet and his attempt to make contact with his native world. The title offers captivating visuals with vast environments. Unfortunately the game mechanics are too clunky, the narrative is almost empty and shallow and the game has severe pacing issues, becoming a tedious and repetitive experience in the end.
  7. Feb 24, 2017
    25
    The smooth textured environments do not make up for the game play issues and infuriating dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 2, 2019
    10
    I loved playing Phoning Home. The story really pulls you in. The environment is beautiful. Controls are easy to learn and master. I wouldI loved playing Phoning Home. The story really pulls you in. The environment is beautiful. Controls are easy to learn and master. I would love to see a sequel. Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2017
    10
    I dedicated myself to playing it full. The story is very pretty, it catches you. The music accompanies the scenes well, the gameplay is not soI dedicated myself to playing it full. The story is very pretty, it catches you. The music accompanies the scenes well, the gameplay is not so polished but that gives realism to the game. Great adventure and exploration game, it is difficult to find games with this level of difficulty. It's a challenge, and that's good, it's many hours of play. The end touched me with both ends. Expand