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  • Summary: PLANET ALPHA, a beautiful alien world filled with mystery and danger. Pursued by relentless enemies, you must harness the power of night and day as you struggle to survive.

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Planet Alpha - Unlock the Mysteries PS4 Trailer | E3 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 7, 2018
    90
    Should you be in the market for a puzzling platformer then you’ll struggle to find one any more delightful than Planet Alpha. The odd mechanical issue aside, it comes across as a stunning journey that will draw you in from the start and very rarely ever lets go, especially once you really get to grips with how the brilliant solar cycle mechanics work.
  2. Sep 4, 2018
    85
    If you like games like Limbo or Inside, don’t miss this one out. Beautiful, fun and very enjoyable.
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    85
    Ambiguity is not for everyone, nor is the simple pleasure of walking through a gorgeous sci-fi vista. Replace a few words here and there and that statement that could apply to just about any genre, or style of game. Planet Alpha may not quite have the mechanics to match the sheer variety and wonder of its beauty, but close-enough means that it’s one of the most surprising and wonderful slices of sci-fi we’ve seen this year.
  4. Sep 4, 2018
    75
    Planet Alpha puts us in a journey through a gorgeous and artistically superb alien world; it lacks in complexity and challenge, but if you love great aesthetics in games, it's definitely a must buy.
  5. Sep 7, 2018
    75
    Planet Alpha is a nice little platformer, well-paced and full of poetry. There are some glitches though, and all these colours are sometimes overloading the screen, thus the action can be chaotic at times.
  6. Sep 26, 2018
    70
    The repetitiveness of the obstacles, the cheap deaths, the annoyance of later platforming sequences set in low gravity, frequent trial and error, and the time it takes to pass through elongated hallways that connect puzzle rooms and platform set pieces all contribute to making the whole thing a bit too tedious and empty for my liking. Now that I think about it, if Planet Alpha were an animated short, I think I’d like it a lot more because the visual storytelling is far more interesting than anything else.
  7. Sep 4, 2018
    30
    Planet Alpha's gameplay is terrible, the whole thing goes on far too long, and it's a hodgepodge of haphazard mechanics and encounters to the point where it's impossible to tell what the game was supposed to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 22, 2020
    8
    The good:
    Simple gameplay game. Easy achievements. Intriguing story. Challenging platform player. The enemies IA is challenging (some one).
    The good:
    Simple gameplay game. Easy achievements. Intriguing story. Challenging platform player. The enemies IA is challenging (some one). Replayable for achievements and artifacts only and get the real ending

    The bad:
    Very short. The little man is useless and has no charisma. Cryptic overdrive. If it does not hook you, you may abandon it. After finishing it complete and finding the convo artifacts there is nothing else.

    The Meh!:
    This game has many cryptic themes and clues that could generate many topics of debate that on the internet and the forums generates a “trailer of a girl playing the guitar or a tattoo”. The feeling of sadness and desolation that abounds in the game overwhelms you. There is an enemy that will stalk you and will make your life miserable in the game and when you dispatch it you feel a great relief ... but it always comes back
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  2. Sep 12, 2018
    8
    The presentation side of the game is simply stunning and without a doubt both the visuals and sound design have had lots of love and effortThe presentation side of the game is simply stunning and without a doubt both the visuals and sound design have had lots of love and effort placed into them. I loved the puzzles because they are both clever and rewarding to complete and the amount of variety present in them makes each puzzle feel fresh and interesting. There are an array of different mechanics in the game and each mechanic feels important and impacts the overall gameplay. Some may not like the idea of no combat I actually found it to be a good idea because it allowed me to tackle the game at my own pace. Technically the game is absolutely perfect and I didn’t come across any problems at all, which is great. Unfortunately there is nothing much in terms of a story and I think a little bit of a tale would’ve given the game even more charm. The game is a little on the short side, but this isn’t really a gripe because I do think you still get good value for your money I just wanted more because it’s brilliant. Does Planet Alpha do enough to get a recommendation from me? Planet Alpha offers an experience that stays with you long after completion and that’s actually pretty impressive considering it doesn’t have any story to speak off. Instead what it does have is puzzles and beauty dotted throughout and at times you will definitely be shocked by just how good the game looks. Without a doubt both the visuals and sound design give the game a lot of charm and it makes carrying on really easy even if you fail multiple times, and yes I did fail multiple times. That being said I didn’t get frustrated at all during my time with the game and instead I became more determined to complete the puzzle I got stuck on because the puzzles are that cleverly designed that I couldn’t wait to see the next one. At the end of the day if you’re a fan of a sci-fi setting and puzzles that really test you and provide you with a lot of rewarding moments then you owe yourself to get this because Planet Alpha has been done extremely well in all areas. Expand
  3. BWT
    Jul 2, 2021
    8
    Very enjoyable and relaxing game. Makes player think but not too much.
    Game is not about combat, it's mostly exploration, stealth and puzzles.
    Very enjoyable and relaxing game. Makes player think but not too much.
    Game is not about combat, it's mostly exploration, stealth and puzzles. Graphics are memorable but I would love to see some friendly npc.
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  4. Jul 5, 2021
    8
    Good platform game, nice graphics and good new ideas. That is what we need, indie games which bring innovations. Good puzzles, not too difficult.
  5. Sep 20, 2018
    6
    The first three quarters of Planet Alpha is breathtakingly beautiful. Visually, it's everything No Man's Sky wishes it was. The gameplay worksThe first three quarters of Planet Alpha is breathtakingly beautiful. Visually, it's everything No Man's Sky wishes it was. The gameplay works fine but there's not much of a challenge here. I wouldn't call the tasks puzzles so much as scenes - you just get through them. Towards the end of the game, it becomes graphically repetitious, then bland, then basic and the final task is fairly mundane but it does lead into a little twist and then the game ends. It's not very long and it's not very challenging either from a puzzle or a platform perspective but, wow, does it look good. Expand