Percentile Rank

Planet Alpha is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 51 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 51 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 4, 2018

At its close, Planet Alpha returns to its beginning, delivering a context not apparent at the outset, and in its imperfect ending delivers you back to the journey you thought finished. It is only when the circle is broken, raising new questions about what transpired, that it truly ends. It is a hostile world, this Planet Alpha, as deadly as it beautiful. It’s almost a shame to leave it.

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GameOctane
B
B
Sep 4, 2018

Planet Alpha is a beautiful visual experience. It conveys its story slowly and without dialogue, creating an experience that replicates what it would be like to crash land on an alien world. Gameplay mechanics work, but may not be as precise as you need in some situations. Overall, it's an experience that I would recommend, especially if you want a challenging platformer.

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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Oct 4, 2018

This is a beautiful game. The bright hues make this platformer stand out well. The mystic dinosaur creatures and the lively green life sources give you a vision of a beautiful land that is inhabited by an alien life source. In my mind the possibilities seemed endless. Imagine seeing this type of platformer back in the day, what would the evolution of VG'S be today? The Devs at Planet Alpha ApS did a great job and are highly commendable for making such an impressionable game.

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Nintendojo
B+
B+
Oct 25, 2018

Planet Alpha is a truly special title. It's gorgeous to look at, the puzzles are clever, and the challenges will give gamers a strong sense of reward. While the lack of direction and visibility difficulties will grate on the nerves of some gamers, it's a truly an impressive experience on Switch.

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Scored Reviews

Xbox Sector
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2018

Planet Alpha is one of my favorite platform experiences in the last decade, I've throuroughly enjoyed every minute oif the six hour campaign and can happily recommend this to anyone who's even partly interested in a platform, stealth, puzzle title.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
PlayStation LifeStyle

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

As I mentioned above, I've not been this impressed with a game within these genres since The Witness, and prior to that, I think of Blow's other game, Braid. For me, those two games are the pinnacle of puzzle games, but Planet Alpha announces what it wants to do, and does it, so it's difficult for me to fault it. Slip away into the world of Planet Alpha for a while, filled with puzzles and color. It's a real charmer.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 5, 2018

It's impossible to not be caught up in Planet Alpha's charms. The product of one man and a small indie team from Denmark, it's a game that runs remarkably smoothly considering the detail of its environments and the vibrancy of its art style. The platforming won't blow you away - especially if you've become trained in the twitch arts of Hollow Knight and the like - but with some brilliant puzzles, a rewarding balance between endangered stealth and peaceful exploration and some of the most intense set-pieces we've ever played on Switch, Freedom Planet has secured a place as one of 2018's most important indie releases.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

A beautiful, mystifying adventure, Planet Alpha does a massive amount with very little.

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SA Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2018

Planet Alpha takes you on a trip to an alien world that oozes with atmosphere and scale. The platforming and puzzles will keep you on your toes from beginning to end in an indie game that is as beautiful as most AAA titles.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 5, 2018

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AusGamers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

Planet Alpha may not quite have the mechanics to match the sheer variety and wonder of its beauty, but close-enough means that it's one of the most surprising and wonderful slices of sci-fi we've seen this year.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Lucas Miller
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2018

PLANET ALPHA is an action-adventure platformer you need to play. There is never a dull moment as you run and jump to escape, evade, and avoid enemies, traps, and environmental disasters. PLANET ALPHA is a serious contender in the platforming genre and perhaps raises it to a new standard of excellence.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Sep 14, 2018

Planet Alpha is a colorful, charming and relaxing puzzle/platformer adventure that feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch. Playing for short burst or diving in for an hour or more at a time, as you explore each area at your own pace, or trying to stay undetected so that you don't alert any hostiles near you. It's got some clever puzzles to solve, a great look and a relaxing soundtrack. What's not to like?

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2019

Simply put, it's colourful and spectacular, well worth the play-time.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

Ultimately, Planet Alpha is a visual feast, featuring a fantastical sci-fi world and backed by a hauntingly atmospheric musical score. While it's an old tale that treads over familiar ground, there's plenty of new tricks to make it a rewarding playthrough.

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PlayStation Galaxy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

All in all, for what the game is supposed to be, it does it really well. Yes, there are some minor inconveniences but that’s all they were, minor. It’s just a shame that it’s one of the shorter ones out there, but it was still a pretty good time—aside from the end, let’s leave it at that. So if you want, give Planet Alpha a go. It’s definitely worth it in terms of how it looks and it can get pretty fun.

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GamePitt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with PLANET ALPHA. The vibrancy within the art style and level of the detail, not only in the background environments but the foreground too, makes for a very gorgeous experience. Over the course of my 5-hour playthrough, I didn’t necessarily see anything new or inventive within its platforming elements but the manipulation of time felt fresh and worked incredibly well as a puzzle mechanic. It’s a remarkable little game with a story that has a very satisfying sense of mystery and discovery even if the ending was a little predictable.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2018

Stealth segments do drag down the experience somewhat but are the exception not the rule in otherwise compelling gameplay. From a technical standpoint, the Switch may not be the best way to play, but the core experience shines through. Planet Alpha was the refreshing breath of air that I never realized the genre needed.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

A beautiful experience. Planet Alpha looks like the game that, if Gaudi was alive today, he could have designed. Platforms, stealth and puzzles based on the day-night cycle.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

It doesn't have the best platforming you've ever experienced. Nor does it have the best puzzles. But what's perfectly adequate, when coupled with those visuals, ends up being something quite special.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

Planet Alpha is a gorgeous trek through an alien world and the strange timey wimey things that afflict it. While the pacing can occasionally feel a little bit off, the slower moments do allow you time to take everything in. The puzzles are the only real challenge throughout and most aren't so obtuse that they become frustrating so it works well. If you are after a striking world to get lost in then maybe this is the one for you.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 3, 2018

Planet Alpha creates an amazing atmosphere thanks to its visual and audio design.

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Generación Xbox
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

A wonderful aesthetics, a comfortable gameplay for everyone, an uncomplicated theme and ingenious puzzles that make use of the graphic engine itself and the stage to solve them.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

Overall Planet Alpha is an interesting adventure that takes you across (and under) a visually diverse and interesting planet. It can be hard to appreciate as you dash by it, sometimes while being fired at, but it's obvious a lot of care was put into making this feel like a real place complete with ecosystems and a variety of life forms both benign and aggressive. While it isn't a terribly long experience I'd say it stays just ahead of the curve for exhausting its ideas completely, making it a generally well-paced and simply different experience.

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Windows Central
Sep 11, 2018

If you're looking for a (mostly) peaceful gameplay experience that relaxes you and immerses you into an artificial world, Planet Alpha is definitely for you. The game's length is short, and people that want an action experience will get none of it with Planet Alpha. But aside from that, it's a game that you shouldn't pass up.

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PSX Brasil
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 10, 2018

Planet Alpha is an interesting game. Its gameplay is extremely simple whereas its graphics presentation is excellent. Although it does not bring an appealing story to the player, it is the group of elements which makes you want to travel to the planet and visit it.

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The Games Machine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2018

Planeth Alpha is a sci-fi adventure really excellent in the artistic design, like a true moving fresco, but not as effective in everything related to gameplay, with obvious puzzles and imperfect stealth mechanics.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 6, 2018

Even with some technical issues, Planet Alpha is a very fun game to play. Don't expect another Limbo or Inside, but the environments design alone can justify buying it.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

A well-crafted title that mixes elements from platform, stealth and puzzle games. Some sequences linger a bit much on a trial & error system, but the overall experience is very pleasant.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 23, 2018

Planet Alpha will grab the player's attention with its visually stunning environment, variety of backdrops and marvelous fauna. While the game's lifespan is rather short and the difficulty level could be more challenging, Planet Alpha has an accessible gameplay that all audiences can enjoy and is undoubtedly one of the best puzzle games of the year.

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GearNuke
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

Planet Alpha tickles our imagination with its tremendous beautiful visuals but fails to meet the same quality for its gameplay. It is a trippy otherworldly experience with some faults that prevent it from standing next to the other industry greats like INSIDE and Limbo.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2018

Planet Alpha is a gorgeous thing to look at and it starts well, but its second half struggles with its level design and can become frustrating as a result.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

Planet Alpha's glorious vistas are worth seeing, even though its mechanics aren't particularly unique.

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Oyungezer Online
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

A nice game that feels like an appetizer. You'll probably say 'if only' when you beat the game.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Charming colorful adventure of the lost astronaut which can manipulate the time of day is a good choice for undemanding players.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

While it never emotionally enticed me quite as much as games like Journey or Embers of Mirrim did, I still found Planet Alpha’s Pandora-inspired world a mesmerising and interesting place to explore.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

Planet Alpha is an enjoyable sci-fi indie, one that is undeniably stunning and engaging thanks to a unique day-night dynamic and interesting puzzles. Its major downfall is the glaring predictability of the story, but most players will be over the moon with what this game has to offer.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2018

Planet Alpha has the artistic mime of creators who have been macerating an idea for some time. They have not known how to take out all the points that allowed their potential, but nevertheless they propose a very interesting audiovisual experience that the palate of science fiction lovers will appreciate. .

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Sick Critic
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

It's Captain Planet meets Inside. You can't go wrong with a combination like that, surely.

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PS4Blog.net
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 25, 2018

PLANET ALPHA is a gorgeous planet exploration game featuring a neat time manipulation mechanic that not everyone is going to enjoy. The game's presentation is top-notch, and the platforming and puzzle elements are fun, but the stealth sections are what might keep some from fully enjoying it.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

If PLANET ALPHA is not as good and powerful as Limbo or Inside, it is indeed a gorgeous game with some clever ideas. Without a word, it invites you to a Sci-Fi trip, with some great narration and mechanics, that you should not refuse.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 27, 2018

Whilst an enjoyable and undoubtedly beautiful game, Planet Alpha never quite makes the leap into classic territory. There is an admirable sense of vision here and the commitment to a non-verbal narrative is striking, but Planet Alpha remains a functional game under the gorgeous aesthetic. The fusions of cinematic platformer and endless runner often feel at odds with one another as the game pushes you forward when you most want to stand back and enjoy the view. Life here comes at you fast; blink and you'll be vaporised or crushed by a mile high leviathan.

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Areajugones
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2018

Planet Alpha is a game with great ideas and a not-so-good execution. Its puzzles are too simple and its platforming zones are almost inexistent, giving as result a mediocre gameplay. However, the incredible artistic level and good storeytelling can keep the experience afloat

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Slant Magazine
Sep 4, 2018

The universe of this game is one that could have benefited from a sense of atmosphere that's rooted in the past.

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ZTGD
5.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

5.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2018

This game isn't bad, it's annoying. With moments of really solid gameplay peeking through maybe pick this one up on sale but otherwise there are better games doing similar things out there.

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PC Gamer
53 / 100
53 / 100
Sep 4, 2018

Despite an attractive veneer, Planet Alpha offers rote and shallow platforming. Try Playdead's Inside instead.

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Screen Rant
Sep 13, 2018

Planet Alpha's arresting visuals aren't enough to distract from its disappointing, familiar gameplay and a meditative narrative that never takes off.

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Fintendo
Sep 10, 2018

"Graphics are two steps ahead of everything else."

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
Sep 6, 2018

Staggeringly beautiful at times, with some wonderfully imaginative art design, but this sci-fi oddity is a lot more entertaining to watch than it is to play.

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Impulsegamer
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Sep 9, 2018

Planet Alpha is a 2D platformer with great looks and not-so-great gameplay

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TrueAchievements
Sep 3, 2018

Don't be fooled by the pretty visuals: Planet Alpha's gameplay is terrible, the whole thing goes on far too long, and it's a hodgepodge of haphazard mechanics and encounters to the point where it's impossible to tell what the game was supposed to be.

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