Planet of the Eyes is a new indie platform game from small game studio Cococucumber. The player takes on the role of a small robot, who has crashed on the unknown planet. He has to get past many obstacles and puzzles in order to progress and learn more about this mysterious place.
As you explore the planet, you stumble upon a great variety of different physics-based puzzles. Some are easy to solve, some hard to figure out, but all are very smartly put together.
The player will even face few enemies from time to time, but since there is no direct combat, you need to find different ways to get around or eliminate them. This is nice to see in an industry often too focused on combat, and provides an opportunity for some good puzzles. Story nuggets about your character and the world can be discovered by picking up audio logs. There are around 10, which player can find progressing through game, which are all very well written and voice acted. The story they slowly reveal is quite deep, and it makes more and more sense over time.
The game’s world is constantly changing. From lava level, to underwater level, desert, forest, etc. Every level comes with unique puzzle styles and enemy types. The player is discovering something new all the time, which makes playing the game even more exciting. There lack of loading screens between levels is nice and provides a sense of continuity, with the game slowly changing as the player progresses.
Planet of the Eyes is visually very beautiful and clean. They used a slightly cartoony, and very colorful art style. The background music is some of the best I’ve heard in a very long time. It’s the kind of music which goes perfectly with whole style of the game and it adds to game’s atmosphere.
Players can expect between an hour and an hour and a half of gameplay. One could argue about this not being enough gameplay for a $9.99 game, although after completing the game in an hour and ten minutes, I felt like I’d experienced enough in that time to be okay with game being so short.
Overall, I really enjoyed playing the game, and would easily recommend it to anyone who is looking for relaxing and yet challenging experience. Beautiful graphics, amazing music, interesting world and well designed levels.