Greetings gamers! With big games like the Destiny Beta and The Last of Us Remastered flooding the news cycle, I wanted to take a break from all of the hype and play something very simple and very clean. I am pleased to report that I have found the perfect game to sit back and enjoy, and it’s called Lovely Planet.
QuickTequila, a studio that currently has no other major titles out, developed Lovely Planet and it was released via Steam on July 31st. The game was published by a small indie game developer by the name of tinyBuild. Founded by Alex Nichiporchik and Tom Brien in 2011, tinyBuild has grown significantly since, and is on it’s way to becoming an indie giant.
My first impression of Lovely Planet was that it is an easygoing pixel shooter with platforming elements, which is part of the truth, but it has much more style than I original gave it credit for. The game features a simple aesthetic and a fantastic soundtrack by Calum Bowen– the combination of which reminds me of the first time I played Katamari Damacy. One of my favorite things about this game is that there isn’t much to say. It is a first person shooter that incorporates platforming, dodging, trick shots, and sometimes-treacherous obstacles as you make you way through the levels. It has a very straightforward level design that teaches you to play and progressively gets more difficult.
I’m not that best at platformers or first person shooters, but I find that even the most difficult parts of the game are passable once you learn them and take your time. Speaking of time, each level is timed and compared to the current world record. Racing against others’ best times, or even your own previous time is a fun challenge. The music is also a driving force for wanting to continue playing when the going gets tough. The soundtrack is available for free here, and if you have six dollars to spare you should definitely pick up Lovely Planet—it will quickly become a fun addiction, and a nice break from the darker, more story driven mainstream games out there. Check out one of MaxLeve’l’s own, Julian Harris, playing Lovely planet here.