Planet Explorers Articles RSS Feed | Planet Explorers RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Getting Started in Planet Explorers -- A Beginner's Guide Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:23:17 -0500 Autumn Fish

Planet Explorers plays more like a typical MMO than the plethora of sandbox titles we've grown accustomed to in recent years. Even sandbox veterans are in for a learning curve so daunting you might wonder if it's even worth your time. Though once you're used to the alternative systems, you'll find they have a certain ease and convenience that's thoroughly unmatched by its brick-by-brick cousins.

So how do you get into such a perplexing game? By following this beginner's guide, that's how. (That's why you're here, isn't it?) We spent hours poking around Maria to bring you these essential tips and tricks for getting started in Planet Explorers.

However, if you don't learn anything new in this beginner's guide, we invite you to share your own tips and tricks for getting started in the comments section down below. Together we can create the most comprehensive new-player resource that Planet Explorers has ever known.

Planet Explorers - How to Get Started

Getting Started in Planet Explorers Beginner's Guide

Gather Your Bearings

When you start a new game, take the time to gather your bearings. First, inspect your inventory. Click through the various tabs and hotkey useful items like commonly-used equipment, food and health recovery packs. If you have any scripts, use them to acquire their crafting recipes.

Check around your immediate area for NPCs with quests. Purple markers are main quests and blue markers are side quests. You can receive useful new items and scripts by completing quests.

Many NPCs even have shops. For every item an NPC carries in their shop, they also carry a script. This is a great way to quickly fill out your available crafting recipes. Once you feel sufficiently prepared, feel free to head out and explore everything the planet has to offer.

Don't Spam the Attack Button

This tip is relatively minor, but don't underestimate its importance. Whatever you do, don't spam the attack button. In general, this is good advice for any button in any game. Whenever you button mash, you make more mistakes, wear down (and potentially break) buttons and slowly develop a mean case of arthritis. However, there's a more specific reason why we included this tip.

When you bite the dust in Planet Explorers, the revival menu pops up immediately. Best of all, the mouse pointer reappears over the "Cancel" button, which revives you -- but all the way back at your spawn location. By spamming the attack button (read: spamming left-click) in combat, you seal your own fate before even realizing that you've died. Just don't do it.

Just don't do it.

Do Identify Creatures Through the Minimap

From the start, you'll receive quests to chase away or kill specific creatures. However, without species names over their heads, it can be difficult to figure out what your target is.

The only way to identify creatures in Planet Explorers is by hovering your mouse pointer over their yellow dot on the minimap. Knowing about this trick is the difference between a world of frustration and a smooth gameplay experience. Unfortunately, I've yet to see the game try to explain this feature, so we're left to the good graces of other players or sheer, dumb luck to figure this one out. But hey, now you know.

Getting Started in Planet Explorers Beginner's Guide animal monster names

Gather a Little of Everything

This advice comes up often for other survival sandbox games and things are no different here. You can't find a better tip for learning a new game in the genre. When you gather a little bit of everything you come across, you naturally learn where to find the resources needed for crafting. It's just another step in becoming more familiar with the game.

Scan for Mineral Resources

Some resources may be more difficult to find than others. Particularly speaking, you'll have to mine under the planet's surface in order to find things like copper, tin and iron.

Luckily, your cellular device comes equipped with a scanner that's useful for finding the mineral materials you're searching for. Each scannable resource may even be toggled on or off for scans if you're looking for something more specific.

Explore Build Mode

You know how every survival sandbox game ever has a brick-by-brick style of building? Yeah, well, don't expect to find that here. In Planet Explorers, you have to open up Build Mode before you can even start on that dream house you're planning on making.

In Build Mode, you can open up a menu to customize whatever you're placing down. You can change the resource, texture and even shape of your building materials here. The toolbar lets you edit how the building tool behaves.

If you like, you may even detach from your character when in build mode for better maneuverability. It's almost like building in a simulation game and allows for a fair bit of customization compared to other games that use direct materials for building like Terraria or Minecraft. Take the time to explore your options in Build Mode and I promise you'll get a lot out of it.

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Pretend You're Playing an MMO

If you're familiar with traditional MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) like World of Warcraft, then you'll find Planet Explorers to be a pretty familiar experience.

While grinding through hunting and gathering quests, you can safely expect to find a steady power creep of equipment and scripts as completion rewards. Everything from the inventory menu to the gathering system screams MMO.

You may as well think of it as one -- without the whole MMO part, of course. It helps when you accept the game for what it is rather than struggle against it.


Those are all the tricks we have for you in this beginner's guide. If you have any sweet tips that we missed for getting started in Planet Explorers, remember to drop them off down below.

Note: If you're reading this around the time of publish, we are still working on guides for Planet Explorers. Do you have any specific ideas or requests you'd like to see done? We'd love to hear them. Sound off in the comments section below.

What Exactly is Planet Explorers, and is it Worth a Sandbox Fan's Time? Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:26:28 -0500 Damien Smith

Indie developer Pathea Games have released their sandbox title Planet Explorers on Steam. With elements from games like Minecraft and Terraria such as crafting and building, Planet Explorers leaves fans wondering whether the $24.99 title is worth their time? Let's take a look...

What is Planet Explorers about?

It is the year 2287. One of Earth's first colony ships is sent out to Planet Maria in the Epsilon Indi Star System. Upon arriving and starting its landing sequence, something massive appears in front of the ship. The crew lose control and the ship crash lands.

Some of the colonists survived using lifeboats. However, it isn't long before they realize the planet's harsh and unforgiving land is filled with creatures ready to outlast the visitors from Earth. The survivors must explore the planet, gather resources, build structures and defenses, craft items and equipment and ultimately build a new home. You are one of the surviving colonists.

Something for everyone

There are three different game modes available to play in Planet Explorers' single player. The first is Story Mode. The developers refer to this mode as the main meat and bones of the game. It is described as an action adventure-rpg-somewhat-4X segment.

You can interact with NPCs, embark on missions, building a colony, farming, training, diplomacy and a storyline that you can choose to either follow or ignore. It contains a 17x8km map with unique characters, landscapes, biomes, locations and over 140 types of potential enemies.

While the game does include combat, fighting is optional. You can still complete the story mode by simply building, farming and so on. It also features co-op with other players.

The second mode is adventure mode. In this mode, players will be placed into a 40x40km procedurally generated map. They will be able to complete random missions, defeat bosses, dive through dungeons and explore different landscapes. This mode also features survival and versus.

The third and final mode is build mode. In this mode, there are no enemies and an infinite amount of materials. The map is the same size as found in adventure mode. Here players will be able to build anything that they want, including everything in the creations editor.

With three different modes of play, there is something for everyone. For those looking for a story, you have the story mode. For those who love to simply explore and seek adventure, you have adventure mode. If you are looking to just simply build and create, then there is build mode. Planet Explorers has it all.

What about multiplayer? 

For those who are more interested in the multiplayer aspect of the game, there is plenty on offer for you too. First up is co-op. Co-op allows players to play together in any of the three modes available in single player. The co-op plays as purely an open-world sandbox.

There is also a versus mode available for the more competitive players. In versus mode, two teams of 16 players will go against each other. The winning team is determined by reaching a certain score that is calculated through the team's kills, built objects, resources mined and so on.

Whether it is playing with some friends as a team or battling it out against another team of 16 players, Planet Explorers multiplayer has you covered.

What are the games features?

Planet Explorers offers a large list of features including:

  • 30+ hours of storyline
  • Co-op storyline
  • 140+ types of enemies
  • 40+ unique mainline NPCs
  • Creation Editor to create vehicles, weapons, objects, boats, armor, and more
  • Day/night cycle with realistic moon cycles
  • Weather system
  • 15+ types of different minerals
  • 200+ unique items
  • Resource scanner
  • Real-time AI pathfinding
  • Multiplayer CO-OP
  • Multiplayer VS
  • Real-time water physics
  • Multiple boss types
  • Story Editor
  • AI robot follower
  • Negotiation with aliens
  • War with aliens

The features for the game showcase that the core gameplay isn't that different from what you would find in other similar titles. But it also has enough features of its own to separate it and give it its own unique identity as oppose to being nothing more than a mere clone.

Is it worth a sandbox fan's time?

Planet Explorers core gameplay of exploring, gathering resources and building may be very similar to many other popular titles like Minecraft and Terraria. But judging by its features alone, Pathea Games really have attempted to make Planet Explorers as different as possible. It has everything to cater for whatever a fan of the genre would be looking for.

It has an adventure, plenty of items, construction and crafting and a lengthy story. Most of all it can all be played both in single-player or multiplayer. If you love games like Minecraft or Terraria then you would most likely enjoy the gameplay twist that Planet Explorers has on offer.

Planet Explorers is available to buy on Steam for $24.99.

Top Sellers on Steam - July 20 through 26 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:48:47 -0400 Mary Yeager


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Despite having a rocky start with their launch in April, TESO is still seeing great sales numbers and finishes up the list of top 10 sellers on Steam for the week ending July 26th. The Elder Scrolls Online brings the world of Tamriel for players to enjoy cooperative play while journeying the worlds we know from The Elder Scrolls single-player series.


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Get your survival horror fix with this game as a lone survivor of a jet crash. Face off against a society of cannibalistic mutants that want to have you for supper. Build and survive in this open-world horror simulator.


Released: May 30 ,2014


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Released: This was a weekend deal on Steam slated to end Monday morning at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST.


#6: Planet Explorers -


This open-world RPG is one of the few titles currently released by indie developer Pathea Games. The game utilizes a voxel system to change their world. This is also an Early Access Game on Steam that could include game-play issues.


Released as Early Access: March 11, 2014


Official Release Date: Unknown


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This is not an official game release, yet it still finds its way onto the top sellers list on Steam. DayZ is still in Early Access Alpha. These purchases are designed to assist developers and could contain game-breaking issues.


Released as Early Access: December 16, 2013


Official Release Date: Unknown


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Released: June 4, 2013


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Planet Explorers Review Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:57:32 -0400 MandieM

Planet Explorers a0.5 Adventure Trailer

It's not all building and action in Planet Explorers; there's plenty of adventure to be had, too. I am including the adventure trailer because I feel as if it's really something that's illustrated better in video than it is in images. 


The adventure, I'll admit, I haven't gotten that far in. Because of the scope of the game, it progresses slowly. It's a little like other RPG MMO games in that regard, but that's also why I enjoy it. I don't want to do everything at once in this game; I want to take my time, meander around, explore that tree, dig a hole here, and generally be a real planet explorer.


See, this is where Planet Explorers gets a little bit special. The game allows you to build basically anything from scratch if you have the materials, much like Minecraft, but with better graphics. People have built a variety of cool tools, vehicles, and weapons--even the vehicle with stairs from Arrested Development.

Planet Explorers Alpha 0.72 Action Trailer

I'm bringing in the Pathea-issued action trailer for this one, and you'll see why when you watch it. This game has plenty of excitement to be had. While you won't see action like this right off the bat in the game, all of the items, characters, and even animals you see can be encountered as you continue on. It's also possible to build most of what you see by hand. 




Everything starts off pretty simple, but I was impressed with the level of detail put into the environment. Unfortunately, this probably means that some people will have trouble with their graphics processor and this game. With an Nvidia GT 610, I experienced lag even on medium; dropping to simple worked, but also drastically changes the experience.Most of the environmental bonuses like the grass and lighting disappear.


It'd probably be best to have a fairly good card for this game when possible. Much like other MMOs, it is possible to run it on a lesser card, but with how much you lose and the type of game it is, it may be just too excessive a loss.


Planet Explorers is Pathea's new answer to...well, to everything, basically. This excellent new game brings together sprinkles of many different genres, providing an experience that most, if not all, gamers will enjoy. The game has elements of an RPG, a Sim, an FPS, and even an MMO, which at first can be a little overwhelming.


In fact, the only downside I was able to point out with the game, which is still in Alpha, is that it's a bit difficult to learn to navigate. Hopefully, this won't be its downfall; the game has a bit of a steep learning curve for those who haven't played it.

Planet Explorers Introduction Media - In Early Access Now! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:17:07 -0400 MandieM


That concludes our tour of Planet Explorers. As far as I'm concerned, this game hasn't gotten nearly enough recognition. If you'd like to pre-order it, you can do so from Steam . It's $2 cheaper on Panthea, but some people may prefer having it within their Steam game folder. 


Personally, I chose Steam because it will be easier to get updates. A demo is available if you aren't sure about pre-ordering, but keep in mind that there are likely to still be bugs as it isn't yet out of alpha.


So what do you think? Does the game interest you? Will you be joining me in exploration?




Hey...psst. If you notice images without credits in this slideshow, it means that they came from


According to Pathea, the water's still being worked on. I personally think it looks pretty decent already.


Man, I leave millions of miles away, eventually crash-land on some mysterious planet where I have the ability to craft anything--and I still can't escape damned spiders. They've clearly stepped up their creep game here, too.


This picture is self-explanatory, but for the sake of being descriptive, missiles, and giant alien creatures; be still, my heart.


People literally create almost anything in the game. Including this real race track, upon which you can zoom around against your friends or just for fun.


Although it hasn't been fully exploited yet, underwater areas are also scheduled for development. 


Get away from it all for a bit; climb some mountains and watch the sun rise or set.


It's not all cliffs and meadows and forest. Planet Explorers does also have (player or development built) cities sprinkled without it. Not satisfied with the cities they have? That's the beauty of the game. Simply make your own city however you'd like it.


Scary monsters driving you crazy? Jet pack on out of there quickly.


You can even head under to go spelunking. There's stuff to be found and adventures to be had!


Just as there is in Minecraft, there's caves and holes in Planet Explorers.


General male character creation. So the character creation itself isn't exactly sensational, but it's enough for me. It really doesn't look all that bad either, when you consider the scope of the entire game and how much hyper-realistic graphics creation would have stuck out like a sore thumb.




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General female character creation, and...




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This is just a secondary shot of the dinosaur so that you can see the sheer size of them compared to your character. 




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From here, I'm going to deliver a number of screenshots I've found in various places online. Each of these does an awesome job of identifying how extensively creative this game is.


Here we have...well, I think we have a dinosaur!




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Planet Explorers Creation Showcase #1

This video comes straight from Pathea. It's entire purpose is to show you all of the crazy stuff you can build. You'll notice a vehicle from the television show Arrested Development, one from Jurassic Park, a giant sword, a giant beer mug--just a really awesome assortment of stuff. I see huge potential in this game for just about every kind of gamer because of its flexibility. You can be killy-stabby, you can role-play, you can quest, you can build, heck it's even a simulation of sorts. 

Planet Explorers, Alpha Let's Play, Episode 14 (Vehicle Crafting Guide/Tutorial)

Gone are the days when you need to grind the same dungeons 1000 times just to get that great mechanical mount. Instead, Planet Explorers lets you build the vehicle itself.

Planet Explorers, Alpha Let's Play, Episode 10 (Gun Crafting Guide/Tutorial)

Earlier I mentioned that you can craft your own items. That includes guns, cars, houses--you name it. So that you can get a good, close look at how the crafting works, I'm including a number of videos that act as a guide to the crafting process. Note that all of these are somewhat long, because the crafting process itself is long. Feel free to skip around. 


You'll notice that almost all crafting occurs on a grid. While this does take you out of the game's environment, it allows for finer tuning and more flexible building.

Let's Play Planet Explorers (#1) - BUILDING OUR BASE :D

But that's totally not where the fun ends. In the interest of simplicity, I'm sharing Tunglekrok YouTube video with you. I feel like it does a good job, with commentary, of showing how starting the game feels. It illustrates both character creation and actual crafting and building.


Just like in Minecraft, the game will see you making a shelter for the nighttime. And there is an endless amount of items that you can craft. This also shows the start of questing within the game.


Note that he has a number of glitches in the game; keep in mind that it is still being developed, and the sheer size of the world may pose those kinds of issues for some time yet. Worth it.


That's what's beautiful about Planet Explorers. There's the potential to go just about anywhere with it. Note that this video is a bit long, but it's worth it. 


Tunglekrok's occasional Bruce from Family Guy accent is also slightly to moderately hilarious. Check out more of his videos here.

Pathea's Official Action Trailer

This is the action trailer--here's where things get crazy intense. To be honest, when I saw the adventure side of the game in the first trailer, I thought that was all there was to the game. And I was entirely fine with it! That in and of itself is pretty amazing...but then you have hand gliding, cliff jumping, bazooka-wielding, and a bevvy of other death-defying actions. Squee--my excitement level is suddenly "over 9000." So that's got to be it, right? I mean, that's a pretty mutli-layered game....

Alpha Adventure Trailer

It may be the musical effect, but this just got me so completely excited. I can't wait to run on mountains, chase dinosaurs, and fight giant monsters! It's incredibly epic feeling. And what blows me away the most is that it's still technically in alpha. I really feel this sense of wonder with this game...there's incredible potential here IF it doesn't go the way of most sandbox, open-world games (i.e. a cluster of chaos). This is the adventure trailer. A second action trailer is available at the next slide.


Planet Explorers was just approved by Steam, and it's now downloadable and purchasable. The game is currently in early access, and it is still working through a number of bugs, but what's available within it right now is absolutely stunning.


Planet Explorers is a sandbox RPG, shooter, crafting, simulation, and just-about-everything-else-ish game of massive proportions. As the name suggests, your goal is to explore a planet. Here's how the developing company, Pathea, describes it:


Planet Explorers is an open world voxel based sandbox adventure rpg game set on a distant planet. The game uses a new OpenCL system based on the Unity 3D engine to allow players to change the terrain in anyway, create new objects in any form, and do it anywhere.


They had me at sandbox adventure rpg game. But there's literally no end to what you can do in this game, thanks to the ability to craft pretty much any item.


I live for games that let me stretch my creative juices while still keeping me challenged, so it certainly sounds like Planet Explorers is going to fill both of those requirements.

I am getting this game in the next day or two, so I wanted to open up a dialogue with a look at the media available for the game so far. Once the game is in my possession, I'll be adding more information in the form of new articles. A guide, maybe, in-game screenshots of the Alpha to Beta addition updates, etc. For anyone who loves adventure on the high...uh, planets, you really should check this game out. Although the price point is $24.99 as of 3/12/2014, it certainly looks to be worth it. 


Alright, let's go. First the trailer.