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Wage Intergalactic Warfare in Planets Under Attack, Out Today on PSN

Alexey Chestnykh's Avatar + Posted by Alexey Chestnykh on Nov 13, 2012 // Creative Director, Targem Games

People often want to know where the ideas for a game come from. Let me tell you how Planets Under Attack, the latest from Targem Games, was invented and what it turned out to be.

It all started with this hand-drawn picture of an enormous gun, covering half of the planet.

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Some sketches that followed were incredibly helpful when it came down to choosing the setting, since they had been done in this nice cartoonish style.

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We decided to create a world that would be like a cross-section of sci-fi, with humans, robots, aliens and all that. Then we crafted an entertaining story that played up the usual sci-fi clichés. But more than anything, we wanted the game to be fun.

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The end result is a game called Planets Under Attack – a concise and dynamic strategy game. It’s easy to play, but hard to master. The game’s trailer distinctly defines all these features.

Let’s talk a little bit about the races presented in the game. First, we have Humans – their goal is to profit at all costs. Playing for this race means managing the huge cash flow.

Next up, we have Robots – they protect the environment and safeguard the legacy of their creators.

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Finally there’s the Swarm – they are mindless space explorers that infect entire planetary systems and breed at a very alarming speed.

Planets Under Attack on PSN

We are quite content with what the game turned out be at the end of the day. The light-hearted façade conceals a rather deep game, with a long campaign, various bosses, wonderful characters, and lots and lots of technologies and additional levels to unlock. The game supports multiplayer modes, with up to four players on one console.

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To top it all off, there are all sorts of nice things, such as global statistics and full support of stereoscopic 3D, with layered interface and objects passing the camera — it’s a real knockout! We highly recommend playing the game like this. There are leaderboards, where you can compete for the first place in different modes, and even bring your country to the top of the lists.

We may have raised the bar too high in the hard mode. We are told that completing the entire game on hard mode is not a trivial task by any means. Let’s see how you handle it!

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23 Comments   9 Replies

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+ Hogwild333 on November 13th, 2012 at 9:18 am said:

This game looks interesting. Will a demo be available? Is the multi-player competitive or co-operative?


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 13th, 2012 at 12:00 pm said:

    Yes, it’s a trial+unlock release.
    MP is competitive, but you may play in teams against other players. Like 2 vs. 2. On the same console or via PSN.


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+ Trek1701a on November 13th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

Turn based or real time?


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+ Major_Hoare on November 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

I’m left scratching my head on this title. Hope you guys have prepared a demo ’cause based upon the info you’ve provided this game appears to be insipid. Please prove me wrong.


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm said:

    Yes, the demo is available. Try it by all means )


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+ Santa_Owning on November 13th, 2012 at 9:44 am said:

This looks really awesome. Any plans on making a vita version? Looks like it would fit in perfect with the vita.


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 13th, 2012 at 12:06 pm said:

    There are plans for Vita, but not in the next few months.


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+ TRIX_BOL on November 13th, 2012 at 9:50 am said:

Some PlayStation players want to Edit/Change their nicknames while keeping their trophies & Download List intact. ex: iOS allow consumers to change public gaming Nickname in the ‘Game Center App’. Come on Sony Network Entertainment, ya’ll can allow us to change ID at least for once.


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+ Ryumoau on November 13th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

how much is it?


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 13th, 2012 at 12:03 pm said:

    Price is $14.99


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+ Ryumoau on November 13th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

@5 should have choose wisely the first time.


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+ jvddavid1991 on November 13th, 2012 at 10:04 am said:

BTW your PS plus for vita is amazing! I LOVE PLAYSTATION!
YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!


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+ TRIX_BOL on November 13th, 2012 at 10:06 am said:

@Ryumoau I’m not sure if you were a teenager and owned a PS3 by 2007, but Choosing properly was the last thing it would pass through your mind back when the PS3 was just 1 year.


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+ PainOfSarrow on November 13th, 2012 at 10:33 am said:

may we have a price please ? im kind of interested. this gives me a vibe of one of my fav psn games comet crash . would be helpful on price point.


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+ Kithkarnon on November 13th, 2012 at 10:36 am said:

This would be perfect for the Vita, played many a game like this on my Transformer Prime and this time is game is very well suited for both touch control and portable play. It is unfortunate that it is for PS3, I would buy it in a heartbeat for my Vita.


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+ Ryumoau on November 13th, 2012 at 10:51 am said:

@11 yeah it is weird that its not on Vita.


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+ lisatsunami on November 13th, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

@5, Trix, very good come back. I agree that Sony should allow this, for a small fee, but putting it here, in a third party post, is not the best idea.

Add it to the cavalcade of complaints in the store update post later or the Vita Plus post, or both.


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+ Antifafs on November 13th, 2012 at 11:39 am said:

mmm looks like Mushroom Wars, no ?


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm said:

    Yes, it’s not unlike Mushroom Wars (or you might say Galcon or Eufloria). With campaign levels being somewhat puzzle-like, where you must find the right strategy to win. There are skirmish levels and multiplayer where the participants start in equal conditions and only player skill define who wins.

    Try the demo and see for yourself.


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+ Tchanku on November 13th, 2012 at 12:08 pm said:

Looks like Eufloria to me. will there be a demo?


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+ mcbuttz78 on November 13th, 2012 at 12:27 pm said:

so you can play this offline with up to 4 people splir screen.? You also have online mulitplayer.??. Is this your 1st game on psn?

I like the concept . I love tatical games. Im going to give it a try becuase its a party game .. hoiliday is actaully family party gaming season.

I have question about the music. ? Who’s behind it.

Mcbuttz78
vp- ps n legoniaree group


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 13th, 2012 at 7:47 pm said:

    Yes, you can play online and offline up to 4 players and also you can play in teams. There are maps for 2, 3 and 4 players.
    This is our second game that we self-publish on PSN. Previous one is Armageddon Riders – racing with zombies. It may seem like a sudden transition from racing to strategy. But as game developer, we create games for more than 9 years already and we have RTS and Chess games in portfolio.

    By the way Armageddon Riders has Spit-Screen co-op for 2 payers so it is also fun for partying.

    As for the music, it is an original soundtrack written here in Russia and one track in Germany.


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+ Tchanku on November 13th, 2012 at 12:54 pm said:

Sweet, looking forward to trying it.


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+ mcbuttz78 on November 13th, 2012 at 9:16 pm said:

thanks.. for the feed back. you guys are vert good job with what your doing for psn . Very impressive. Using so many features of depth .

IM picking up a copy before the week is out. Hope to see you gys around more often than not

Mcbuttz78
vp- psn legioniaree group


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    + Alexey Chestnykh on November 14th, 2012 at 2:41 am said:

    Thank you for your support. It means a lot to us.


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+ avdavidw on November 14th, 2012 at 8:18 am said:

I really enjoyed the demo. I will probably wait for a Vita version since there are no games like it on the Vita. Announce Cross-Buy and I’ll pick it up now. :)


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+ plaztiksyke on November 14th, 2012 at 3:36 pm said:

same here. announce cross-buy and I’ll pick it up right now.

on a side note, I’d rather have 1080p native rendering and HD audio than have the same CPU/memory resources spent on 3D.


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+ bombbreath on November 15th, 2012 at 6:07 am said:

Really, Original idea? Original Art concept? War Planets ring a bell? or does ripping off something and giveing it a tweek make it original? War Planets Toys is the complete concept of this game. Just tell the truth. IT is what it is.
go to warplanets.com to see for yourselfs. thank you.
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+ A-JumpingJack on November 15th, 2012 at 3:04 pm said:

Why does my PS3 say Planets Under Attack is out on PS Vita?


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+ bombbreath on November 16th, 2012 at 6:31 am said:

My comment needs clarifying Trendmasters.com/warplanets is where planets attacks idea came from, Shadowraiders cartoon/ War Planets Toys is where idea came from.
Thank you. Your Customer ambassador to the Playstation Network On line id bombbreath Sony make.belive


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