Planet Rix-13 review – Empty Achievements

The ID Xbox titles that now take up a large part of the storefront on the Microsoft store are a wide mix of quality, difficulties and more. Some games serve as just a quick boost to your total Gamerscore if that’s what you’re really after. Planet Rix-13 falls into the latter category quite comfortably, with every achievement being unlocked within an hour. That being said, does it offer anything of any discernible quality, or is it just a quick boost and that’s it? Let’s carry on and find out.

What Planet Rix-13 is, is a side-scrolling adventure game set on an alien world, leaving the task of leaving in your capable hands. Solve some puzzles, unravel the short background story and deal with potential hazards that will definitely end your life. It’s not a hard game by any means, and even without a guide can be solved through some simple trial and error, removing a vast bulk of the challenge allowing you to unlock them precious achievements.

It’s Basically Basic.

All in all, the visuals, gameplay, sound effects are pretty basic truth be told. However, when you take into consideration the lack of a budget for most of these Indie titles that get released, you can be a bit more lenient towards them than say, EA, Activision and other big names in the industry who have the manpower, time and ability to make a standout game. Anyway, I like Indie games and the quirky nature that they embody with a throwback to old school graphics that as a young boy I was totally accustomed to and didn’t see any problem with.

Once the game has been completed, there is no actual reason to continue playing anymore, as the game world is so small, and offers up nothing new to urge you to attempt to see more of it. Given that it’s a game to boost your total Gamerscore, and nothing more, it makes perfect sense for developers of these Indies to create games such as this. It’s cheap, quick and easy. Especially with a guide. S

A Short Lived Story…

The story while short and sweet, is actually quite an interesting one to follow, and if there had been a bigger budget to allow for a considerably more fleshed out story, then I imagine we would’ve seen something far more immersive than we currently have. For what Planet Rix is, it’s a decent release and one I enjoyed for that hour.

Graphics: 6
Presentation: 6
Sound: 4
Gameplay: 5

Overall: 5.5/10

To wrap up this short review, Planet Rix-13 will appeal to achievement hunting people primarily, and not many others, unless you’re into quirky little ID Xbox games. I for one enjoy them. They offer you something different from the norm and even if it’s just for a short trip from beginning to end, you won’t find anything that strays near the premise of a Triple-A game. Sadly, there’s very little content on show to raise the roof, and many will forget about this by the time they start playing their next game.

Platform: Xbox One (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Switch and PC
Release Date: 16/01/2019
Price: £4.19 (Microsoft Store)
Developer: 9 Eyes Game Studio
Publisher: Sometimes You
PEGI Rating: 12+


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