Planet Explorers (Pathea Games)

Facebook
Like Pathea Games on Facebook

Twitter 
Follow Pathea Games on Twitter

Website
Check out the official
Pathea Games Website

Discussion
Give the developers feedback on the Steam Discussion Page

Purchase
Buy your Early Access copy on the Steam Store page 

It is not every day that an Early Access title comes along packing so many features that there is barely enough space to mention, let alone describe, everything in a short preview. Planet Explorers is exactly such a game and to say that we were impressed with what it has to offer would be an understatement.

The developers describe the game as an open world sandbox adventure RPG which is pretty accurate. The single player portion of the game is split into three types, Story Mode, Adventure Mode and Build Mode, each of which can suck you in for hours. In story mode, you play as a survivor of an Earth colony ship that crashes on a planet in the Epsilon Indi system. The other survivors are scattered across the alien planet and you have to explore, gather resources, fight hostile creatures and craft tools while uncovering the story. Despite the fact that the game is still in Early Access, the story mode alone already stretches across twenty odd hours.

Adventure Mode places you on a procedural map generated from a seed and tasks you with surviving the environment. You can do random missions, explore and fight bosses without the story holding you back. Build Mode, on the other hand has no enemies, but gives you infinite resources with which to build whatever you like. Considering the in-depth Creations Editor featured in the game the possibilities for crafting items are near endless.

Planet Explorers use an OpenCL calculated voxel system, which not only looks stunning, but allows you to craft all manner of items. The landscapes look beautiful and Pathea Games clearly spent a lot of time on crafting unique alien creatures as well. Currently there is about 70 different creatures roaming the landscape, ranging from the tiny to the enormous, and more than 30 are still planned. The currency used in the game is meat so be prepared to do your fair share of critter killing if you plan on becoming wealthy.

One of the many highlights of the game is the Creations Editor which allows you to craft anything from swords and guns to full blown vehicles. It looks a little daunting at first, but with some practice you can create some really awesome stuff. We will save an in-depth look at the Creations Editor for a full review, but suffice to say it is very impressive and very addictive. It is easy to just go crazy with the Build Mode and come up with all kinds of designs.

Planet Explorers is a huge game with many possibilities and even this Early Access version is a joy to play. The developers have some very exciting things planned, such as finishing the story (yes the story mode will have an end) adding a story editor, implementing a pet system and even adding missions to the moons! More objects are also planned for the Creation Editor and we are salivating over the prospect of creating boats, mechs and armor.

There is no doubt that Planet Explorers is an ambitious title, but from what we have experienced so far it looks like Pathea Games knows what they are doing. Main updates are spaced about a month apart due to the nature of the game, but comes with a lot of new content. If you are looking for an Early Access title that will more than likely keep you hooked until the full release and far beyond then try out Planet Explorers. A rather generous demo is available from the official website which will give you a good taste of what the game has to offer.

Related posts

Carmageddon: Reincarnation (Stainless Games Ltd)

Carmageddon: Reincarnation (Stainless Games Ltd)

Believe it or not, the original Carmageddon was released more than 18 years ago already! However, it only took me a few minutes after booting up Reincarnation to realize that Stainless Games Ltd has nailed the feel of the game. Anyone who can remember gleefully plowing through throngs of pedestrians while smashing rival racers to bits will find that Carmageddon: Reincarnation offers the same level of vehicular carnage.

Drifter (Celsius Game Studios)

Drifter (Celsius Game Studios)

While I never got into Elite, I spent countless hours playing Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters. As much as I enjoyed the open world aspect of those games, the combat was really a pain, not to mention the bugs. There have been other titles, such as Privateer and Freelancer, but Drifter reminds me the most of those Frontier titles.

Fancy Skulls (Tequibo)

Fancy Skulls (Tequibo)

Seeing how modern shooter are either heavily scripted or skewed towards multi-player gaming, it is refreshing to find something like Fancy Skulls. This Unity powered first person shooter throws you into a world with procedurally generated levels and surreal enemies plus the threat of permanent death hanging over your character. It makes for a challenging experience, but one that changes each time you play, so you will find yourself coming back for more.

Leap of Fate (Clever Plays)

Leap of Fate (Clever Plays)

Leap of Faith, the debut release of indie studio clever-plays, certainly isn’t lacking in ambition. With influences that range from The Binding of Isaac and League of Legends to Diablo, it is a game that aims to offer replayability, precise controls and feel-good combat. These are lofty goals, but despite the fact that the game is still in Early Access, it already looks like the developers will be able to deliver on these promises.

Soul Axiom (Wales Interactive)

Soul Axiom (Wales Interactive)

With Master Reboot already under their belt Wales Interactive knows a thing or two about first person science fiction adventures. They also have a penchant for the mysterious as demonstrated by their latest title, Soul Axiom. The game appears to be a spiritual successor to Master Reboot as it also explores the theme of souls uploaded to a massive server where memories are stored for all eternity. This time though the server is called Elysia and you have to figure out the identity of your character and what their story is.

Dungeon of the Endless  (Amplitude Studios)

Dungeon of the Endless (Amplitude Studios)

Dungeon of the Endless opens with two random heroes exiting the wreckage of their crashed escape pod and finding themselves deep within an alien dungeon. Each hero has different stats and some favor melee weapons while others wield guns. Your basic goal is to carry the crystal from the escape pod to the exit of the dungeon to complete each level. Unfortunately there are plenty of dark rooms with closed doors standing between your heroes and the exit.

Leave a comment

fourteen + five =