Planet RIX-13 Xbox One Review
As the New Year begins to settle and the yearly game drought begins I find myself in the possession of Planet RIX-13 from 9 Eyes Game Studio who have started 2019 with their first published game. So with that in mind I jumped into my first review of 2019. In Planet RIX-13 you take control of a nameless astronaut/explorer who along with his team have been sent into space to find a suitable planet that can sustain life. As we all know in these circumstances things never go to plan and you soon find yourself stranded and alone because the rest of your team have perished.
Escaping from this new planet quickly becomes your number one priority and along the way you’ll uncover the planets secrets. Along the way you’ll travel the length and breadth of the planet which thankfully is done via a map which automatically transports you to any of the games locations instantly. You will need to search these locations and discover hidden locations so you can pick them clean for clues and items you can use to escape the planet.
All this is done in a fairly straightforward manner and nothing here will tax your brain to much apart from one puzzle towards the end of the game. There is no shooting involved at any stage so it’s purely a cerebral experience but you do get to use a bomb at one point. You’ll move from one location to the next taking whatever you can find with you so you can solve a puzzle or mechanical breakdown somewhere else. That’s about as taxing as Planet RIX-13 gets.
Whenever you move by an object, console or machine that can be interacted with a white halo surrounds it so you know it’s something important. It holds your hand a little to much for my liking and I would have appreciated the option to turn that off in the settings. That said it’s still an intriguing story that plays out well I just wish it would have taken a few chances with it’s story rather stick to something tried and tested.
I’m a sucker for any game that reminds me of my childhood and graphically Planet RIX-13 ticks all the boxes. Looking like something I’d have played on my Commodore 64 or Master System. This game won’t win any beauty contests but it does enough to distinguish one location from the next. There is no background music which helps to draw you into the games atmosphere even more.
Planet RIX-13 is a Sci Fi adventure game that squeezes as much out of its sole survivor storyline as it can but it still left me feeling that more could have been added. It’s a really short game that once completed, it took me just over an hour can easily be beaten in half that time if you want the alternative ending once you know what to do. As a quick filler game to pass some time it ticks the right boxes but its ti shirt and far to easy to recommend to anyone looking for a real challenge.
Developer: 9 Eyes Game Studio
Publisher: Sometimes You
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Planet RIX-13 review code supplied by Sometimes You.