Niche Spotlight – Planet Alpha: Gorgeous “Retro Sci-fi” 2.5D Platformer

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In today’s Niche Spotlight I’d like to talk about Planet Alpha, a recently launched, gorgeous, new 2.5D platformer from developer Planet Alpha ApS and indie publisher Team17.

In Planet Alpha, you play as an injured and helpless intergalactic explorer that has found himself marooned on a bizarre and dangerous alien world. Featured above, you can view a trailer to give you a better idea of how the game looks and plays.

Throughout the game, you’ll be pursued by both the unknown aliens responsible for your ship’s destruction, and the carnivorous flora and fauna that call the planet home. Your only chance of survival is the ability to manipulate the planet’s day and night cycle to overcome the obstacles and puzzles in your way.

Planet Alpha also represents a very special milestone for publisher Team17: Their 100th game release. To celebrate, Team17 is giving away a free copy of Worms: Armageddon when you buy Planet Alpha on Steam during its launch week. You can also find Planet Alpha on PS4, Switch, and Xbox One for $19.99.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

PLANET ALPHA, a beautiful alien world filled with mystery and danger. Pursued by relentless enemies, you must harness the power of night and day as you struggle to survive.

Key Features:

  • Marooned on an Alien World…
    You have awoken on a strange alien world. Injured, alone and stranded you venture across this foreign land, navigating beautiful and varied terrain as you try to stay alive.
  • Power Over Night and Day
    The world of PLANET ALPHA is affected by the solar cycle, and as you progress you’ll discover a unique gift – you can manipulate the time of day and use it to your advantage.
  • Unlock the Mysteries of PLANET ALPHA
    Explore a unique world and piece together your story. What will you discover on PLANET ALPHA?

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.