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Phoning Home

Rating Summary

Based on 14 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

43%

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Based on 14 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCFeb 7, 2017

Developer: ION LANDS

Genre: Adventure

You play ION, a young exploration unit on a mission to secure natural resources. When you crash-land on an alien planet your ship is almost completely destroyed. Not only do you have to survive in a strange new world full of dangers, but to have even a hope of escape you must find a way to contact your home planet for help. With only your ship’s A.I. for company, you set out to explore your new home. On your journey you encounter ANI, a small, stranded service unit who identifies as female. ANI is the first to admit she’s a bit mad, but she is also a valuable resource, and it soon becomes clear that there will be no escape without her. And so, the two of you begin a journey that neither of you is prepared for, on a planet where even the laws of nature seem not to apply. A journey in which ION and ANI must face the strangest of all possible challenges if they are to have any hope of living to tell their own story.
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ION LANDS delivers a game of components that, while sparse on their own, combine to make an enjoyable experience.

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In the end, Phoning Home has some issues to it. and the first couple of hours are the roughest part of the game as far as exploration and pacing goes, but if you take your time with it and progress, the game does get much better.

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Phoning Home is not the same old survivor game, but tries to bring to light some serious theme, thanks to the link between ANI and ION, the two protagonists.

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The smooth textured environments do not make up for the game play issues and infuriating dialogue.

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