Go Stargazing With Opus: The Day We Found Earth

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I do enjoy some good ol’ rest and recuperation when the weekend rolls around, and my go-to games are the ones that allow me to switch off and relax in front of. Opus: The Day We Found Earth [official site] is a game about lighthearted space exploration and stargazing that fits this purview to a T.

A Greenlight graduate and mobile cellular telephone port, Opus: The Day We Found Earth is new to Steam and plants you in the metallic shoes of Emith – a robot who’s in search of planet Earth alongside human spaceship cohabitants Makoto and Lisa. The human race gene pool is knackered, we’re told, therefore tracking down native human beings will effectively set it right, and so begins your journey into the cosmos.

By following coordinates and discovering new stars and planets, you’ll in turn uncover snippets of story and unlock previously powered-down areas of your space vessel, as you get ever-closer to locating Earth.

Opting for story mode lets you play a safer game in that you can’t get lost while roving among the stars, however the game’s normal setting adds a “pinch of challenge” by letting you tour the solar system at will. Doing so against the charming piano melodies and lovely swirling greens and blues and yellows the game boasts – all redone in HD for PC, incidentally – is a really pleasant experience.

Here’s a quick peak at that in motion:

Foreign planets can be analysed and renamed, while descriptions inform you how close to Earth you may or may not be. “The atmosphere is very thick with irregular climate conditions,” one analysis report came back. Sounds remarkably like Glasgow, actually. Temperature minus 21 degrees centigrade? Aye, sounds about right.

Opus: The Day We Found Earth is out now on Steam for Windows and Mac at the discounted launch price of £4.79/7,19€/$7.19.

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8 Comments

  1. naam says:

    “Tour the solar system at will” – as there is only one Sol, that would make finding Earth relatively easy : ). After some puzzlement, I assumed you/they mean touring the galaxy or the other star systems at will?

    Looks lovely anyway.

    • Don Reba says:

      Yeah, I found that perplexing. Earth is not hard to find once you are in the Solar System.

      • Chaoslord AJ says:

        Assuming you know astronavigation and have Star Trek technology.
        Sitting in a shuttlecraft and searching earth with a telescope and a map – good luck.

        • Don Reba says:

          Assuming you know astronavigation and have Star Trek technology.

          I always take that as a given.

  2. Chaoslord AJ says:

    Sounds interesting as a premise for a game and fairly unique too if I’m not mistaken.
    Of course plot-wise there’s Homeworld but you never get lost or have to navigate among the stars in any case.

  3. Frog says:

    Well, I got the game this morning and finished it. It was fun and cost less than a trip to the movie theater. Nice use of color and sound.

    A couple of plot holes I suppose, but that’s ok.

  4. Arielberian says:

    It’s “Emeth” not “Emith”. And it’s an entire galaxy, not the solar system. And Emeth’s floating, so “the metalic shoes” is even more innacurate than it should.

    Mind you, I don’t hate the post. I just want to point out the mistakes I find

    Also, I played the game last night and completed it in two hours. The game is enjoyable, if a little short. Their main emphasis was the story, which they succeed in doing so

    • vahnn says:

      You forgot the periods at the ends of the last two sentences in your last two paragraphs, your use of “they succeeded in doing so” is incorrect. The preceding statement does not supply an action or feat that “they” were trying to accomplish.

      Mind you, I like that you’re correcting factual errors in the article, but I just want to point out the mistakes I find. ;)