Story: A small robot finds himself in a strange, unknown place, just outside of a crashed spacecraft. The robot soon discovers an audio tape left behind by its creator, who provides a little information, but not much. This leads the robot to move forward, seek out further data from the creator, and not get demolished in the process. This is the core narrative of Planet of the Eyes, as you are the robot and you need to survive various puzzles and hazards, to uncover more information. As you find more audio tapes, more and more of the story unfolds, so prepare for a brisk, light challenge and some gorgeous visuals in Planet of the Eyes.
Entertainment Value: Planet of the Eyes is a side scrolling puzzle platformer, in the vein of Limbo or similar releases. But it never feels like a retread, thanks in large part to the remarkable visuals involved. The game feels like an old school sci/fi movie, which is a fresh approach and really reels you in. I loved the graphics, as the visuals have a simple, clean presence, but also have so much depth. I know that seems like a contradiction, but it is true in this case. As this is a puzzle platformer, the basic premise is to keep moving to the right and of course, various hazards, traps, and enemies are thrown in your path to make sure that is no simple task. In the case of Planet of the Eyes, you might have to do some trial & error, but the puzzles are mostly light and just require a little spark of creative thought. So if you prefer brutal puzzles and finger warping platforming segments, this isn’t that kind of game. This is more of a chill, laid back game that throws some interesting puzzles at you, but never seems to want to punish you, just make you think a little.
The controls are on point and never a concern, though your jump is very small compared to a lot of games. So it might take you a bit to adjust to how limited your jump is, but otherwise, smooth sailing across the board. The platforming is fun and offers timing challenges, while the puzzles are mostly timer or physics based, with no severe punishments for failure. The game is on the short side, perhaps a couple of hours or so, but it is consistently fun and does offer a little replay value. If you’re an achievement hunter, the game has some little tasks to perform to earn them, such as visiting your crash site or seeking out some out of the way parts of the levels. I don’t often mention achievements or trophies in my reviews, but Planet of the Eyes has a fair, fun to explore list that will delight both casual players and collectors of those digital honors. And believe me, simple, fun achievement lists are a huge draw to numerous players out there. My only knock on the game is the length, but the price is fair and in truth, I’d rather have a short, but great game that one bloated with mediocre elements. In the end, I had fun with Planet of the Eyes and for fans of puzzle platformers and fun achievement lists, it is well recommended.