Planetoid Pioneers gets a simpler, cheaper edition

Planetoid Pioneers

If you were balking at the £30/$40 price tag for the Early Access physics-based building game Planetoid Pioneers [official site] then balk no more. Previously you could only buy a Contributor Edition of the game that gave you developers’ tools to craft some of the game’s world, but now you can buy a ‘Game-Only Edition’ that unsurprisingly, includes only the base game – or part of it, anyway.

The new £7 edition will eventually be upgraded to have the editors when the game leaves early access. But if, for now, you and your mates simply want to hop in, solve 2D physics-based puzzles, and make robots fall over comically, this has you covered. There’s lots of crafting of contraptions, vehicles and weapons, if that’s your thing.

Graham tried Planetoid Pioneers in 2015, describing it as “Spore meets Garry’s Mod In 2D“. He only really got to play around with the expansive tools that make the game, which you can still get hold off in the Contributor Edition. Every planet on the game is hand-crafted by either the developers or curated from a mountain of community-made levels. The Game-Only Edition can play with things made in the Contributor Edition.

Here’s the trailer accompanying the new edition, which is all very tongue-in-cheek:

I like the look at it. I love destructible environments, me, and the objects in Planetoid Pioneers break up into lots of small pieces. The early Steam reviews seem positive, for what it’s worth.£6.99/9,99€/$9.99,

If you buy the Game-Only edition you’ll also unlock the editing tools after the game leaves early access. It’s £6.99/9,99€/$9.99 on Steam.


  1. Ksempac says:

    Their previous game (Cortex Command) was in “Early Access” for years (or at least, the equivalent of it at the time) and, as far as I could tell, at one point they just gave up on it, pushed the ugly mess as-is and declared it “v1.0, job done”.

    So I would personally need very convincing arguments to even think about getting this before a proper release and reviews…

    • 13tales says:

      It does look like they’ve learned some lessons. Cortex Command was at its best as a toybox and as a modding canvas. It looks like they’re aiming to sell to modders and tinkerers first, and only to players now that there’s something polished to play with.
      There are arguably some ethical issues around expecting modders to round out your game for you, but at least they’ve been up front about it. I haven’t looked, but I hope they’re planning to pay or remunerate “contributors” somehow.

    • Kemuel says:

      I had some great fun with Cortex Command, but yeah, when I heard they were releasing another game along the same lines I couldn’t help but feel extremely cynical. I forget how much I paid for CC, but it was something like £25, and whilst the long-awaited campaign did get added in the end, it was too little too late to ever inspire me to go back and play through it. Hopefully this works out better, but I shan’t be buying into Early Access.

    • Data says:

      Hi guys, the developer lead here \o

      It seems you have missed that as recently as last winter, we released the latest in a series of pretty substantial updates to Cortex Command – spanning four years after our ill-fated “1.0” launch. (watch the first video on CC’s steam page for the back story of that).

      I learned a lot from that game, being my very first I ever started (back in high school), and having worked on it on and off for over a decade before our 1.0 launch in ’12. One of the biggest differences between then and now is that there is a team behind Planetoid Pioneers from the beginning, comprised of people much better than I at what they do on the project.

      So, to those who felt like Cortex Command didn’t live up to its potential: I hope you give us a second chance with Planetoid Pioneers. Things are a lot different.. among them: i’m 35, not 15 years old, leading a team of folks who have an idea of what they’re doing this time around :]

      Looking forward to seeing some of you on the PP forums!
      – Dan ‘Data’ Tabar

  2. stringerdell says:

    Much more like it. I enjoyed cortex command but 30 quid for another early access game from the same guy seemed really steep. Less than a tenner is a great price.