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Planet of the Eyes (Xbox)

Developed by Cococucumber, Planet of the Eyes originally released in 2015 on PC for £6.99 (currently £5.59 until 26th September), it is now available on both PS4 and Xbox for £7.99 (£6.39 for Xbox Live Gold/PS Plus members until 26th September!)

You are all alone having crash landed on a strange planet and your creator has disappeared; thankfully he has left audio logs around for you to try and find out what's going on... You play as a sweet little robot (who has epic dancing skills) as you traverse through beautiful, handcrafted environments.

Planet of the Eyes is a 2D, side-scrolling blend of a physics-based puzzler and a platformer. On first impressions, it reminded me of a more colourful, much simpler version of Limbo.

I am happy to say that throughout my entire experience with the game, I didn't experience a single drop in framerate or any screen tearing! Coupled with looking wonderful, Planet of the Eyes' soundtrack is very moving, sound effects are well detailed from bubbling lava to your footsteps and the voice recordings from the audio logs all add to the whole ambience of the game.

Controls are very simple to pick up and in fact you'll only need 3 buttons (4 if you want to make your robot dance, of course, you will!) and I've had no issues with the responsiveness of the controls which I was fully appreciative of in later stages of the game where the complexity is certainly ramped up!

If you're anything like me, you'll die a lot (and there are plenty of ways to get killed!), be it through mistimed jumps, curiosity or just slow reactions but Planet of the Eyes is actually quite forgiving when you die and you're never sent too far back to try again. The game has automatic checkpoints which really do make life so much easier!

Puzzles, hazards and scary enemies get trickier to work out the further into the game you get which is to be expected but there were a few times where I was scratching my head wondering what I had to do next! It's quite strange, he never says anything but you just can't help but feel for the little robot, perhaps it's his endearing dance moves or maybe after the hundredth time of getting him killed but I grew strangely fond of him.

A feature I thought was a really nice addition (something I don't remember having in other games of a similar type) is that you have the ability to "hang" off the edges of, well, anything you can climb on really. It certainly helps prevent death from falling too far as well as giving you a moment to "hang out" whilst waiting to continue through.

Overall, I've loved playing Planet of the Eyes, I enjoyed the story which was really well narrated but I would have preferred the game to have been longer! It can be completed in around 90 minutes if you're rushing which is a letdown. If I had to give it a score, it's definitely going to be 7/10. For the price, it is definitely worth picking up, especially whilst it's on offer!

Planet of the Eyes has 14 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. I love the achievement list, there are just enough achievements for the considering how short the game is and they are a mostly made up of really imaginative requirements and to top it off, they have been pretty creatively named! None of the achievements can be missed because you can replay levels from the main menu options. Planet of the Eyes is a straightforward, speedy completion! If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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