So, this week I’ve been playing a game called Planet Rix-13, brought to us by publishers 9 Eyes Game studio. The main basis for this game is that you are playing as a space explorer engaged in searching for planets that are potentially suitable for life. It is a 2D based game with very little control work so in that sense it’s easy to remember what buttons do what.
What’s strange about the planet we have had to make an emergency landing on is that after you start scanning the area it becomes apparent you are the not first person on this planet. You are left with one big puzzle to work through, what caused this accident how on earth are you to find your way off of this deranged and dark planet.
My first initial thoughts with this game are that’s there so much more potential to it then currently exists with it. It’s a good base for a story line but there’s very little explanation to anything, which for me, having a gripping, entertaining storyline is a must, and this game seems to be a bit off the mark with it here. Like I previously said, it has got the potential for it to be a fantastic storyline but it just needed a bit more time I feel.
It’s very difficult to know what you’re actually doing and where to go as you seem to find some information on a new location but when you get there it’s virtually impossible to know what your meant to do in this room. Also, some games keep a journal of important passwords, information and locations that may be of interest. With this game it’s very much you have to remember off of your own back things that may link to a different location or even dates and which room controlled something on the map.
Control wise like I said it’s easy as there are very few to remember, the key thing is remembering to follow your previous steps and like Hansel and Gretel taught us, always follow the breadcrumbs with this game, as crazy as you think you maybe, it could be in the right direction.
Visually the game does look pretty cool for a 2D game and the way the levels move around is pretty smooth and not at all buggy which is what I half expected it to be like. The colour scheme is very much what I’d expect with a creepy endangered planet.
If you’re after a mind-boggling game with a key difference to most puzzle games then this is right up your street. Not only available on PlayStation but can be purchased on steam as well.
Planet Rix- 13
Visually stunning gameplay that sets the mood and the scene on this creepy endangered planet, however the complex gameplay dampens the mood.
- Good start to a storyline for the game
- Easy controls and good soundtrack to the game
- Smooth gameplay and not at all buggy
- No narrativity to the game and very self-dependent
- Somewhat long winded to get anything done
- Can get very frustrating and a lot of self-composure needed