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Lovely Planet

tinyBuild, QUICKTEQUILA
Jul 31, 2014 - Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Xbox Series X/S
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OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

33%

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Critic Reviews for Lovely Planet

A great, merciless speedrunning platformer and twitch shooter with a mediocre presentation.

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Lovely Planet is deceptively hard and surprisingly time-consuming, but its reliance on simplicity may divide opinion.

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Lovely Planet is a throwback to the 80s/90s when games were a test of skill, patience, and determination. That being said, its bare bones design and technical and design hiccups make it all the more frustrating. If you're in search of a game to play "pass the controller" with in a group of shooter-loving friends, Lovely Planet may be worth checking out, but is otherwise easily worth a pass.

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While the graphics and enemies are less than desirable, the music releases an inner childlike sense of happiness that keeps you coming back for more punishment.

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Lovely Planet is certainly one of the least conventional titles to don the mechanics of a first person shooter. Its simple and clean visuals go completely against the genre's standards whereas the quick and easy way to bring the player to the game shrugs off any concerns about plot or narrative. A game made for quick, intense gaming sessions that can get too saturating if played with a different mindset.

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It can be really frustrating, but if anyone tried to take it away you'd beat them to a convulsing pulp.

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A difficult game that is best played in short, frustrating, happy bursts.

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Lovely Planet may look cutesy, but its streamlined shooting is built for dedicated speedrunners (you can even watch a speedrun of it via Games Done Quick). Players who live for training, repetition, memory and self-achievement will find a quite solid and refreshingly different-looking shooter here, even if it's not completely perfect. With no story or bonuses or really any other elements to speak of, however, the widespread appeal feels limited. Definitely try the demo first if you can.

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