Planet of the Eyes is a 2D puzzle platformer developed and published by the fine folks at Cococucumber. It tells the story of a nameless service robot as it traverses a mysterious planet looking for his shipwrecked crew. Upon landing on the surface, you discover the crew is missing and the space shuttle is in a state of total destruction. You discover an audio log of one of the crew members that explains that he is making an expedition to find other crew members or call for help. You decide to follow his instructions and start the same journey as the mysterious man on the audio tape. This takes you on an epic voyage throughout the planet, encountering brain-teasing puzzles and bizarre aliens with only one goal in mind, to impede you.
The visual aesthetics and soundtrack are hands down the best part of this title. The beautifully handcrafted terrains had an amazing color contrast that was composed of various pinks, purples, and other colors that are just not seen much in gaming today. They provided a spooky vibe of being isolated on a strange planet where something could be out to get you around every corner. This vibe was amplified during the rare occasion that you would run into another lifeform. These creepy looking aliens were so grotesque that they could send chills down your spine, but the color scheme made them look so amazing. Going along with the visuals, the soundtrack and dialogue are stellar. They pair together so well and they make the game such an immersive experience. I usually don’t feel immersed in side-scrolling titles as the angle gives a “through the looking-glass” kind of feeling. The ambient music intensified the spooky vibe previously mentioned and the overall dialogue was fantastic. I found myself standing still just to listen to the grizzled voice of the man on the other end of the audio logs and that’s what I would recommend. Don’t just carry on with the platforming or the latest puzzle you got to because you could miss something out of this amazing story of a man’s survival throughout a planet he doesn’t know what to do in.
In the end, Planet of the Eyes was an amazing puzzle platformer that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story and some fun. It is priced at $10 USD, which you might think is a bit much for an hour or two of gameplay, but I don’t believe it to be the case. Do yourself a favor and pick this game up, you won’t regret it.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 9.5/10
+Amazing Color Contrast
-Kept Me Want a Bit More