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Keplerth Impressions

Keplerth crash-lands on your PC with an intriguing premise: survive and thrive on a hostile alien world. Waking up in a hibernation pod, you’re stripped bare, with nothing but your wits and the untamed wilderness surrounding you. This 2D sandbox RPG throws you headfirst into a world brimming with possibilities, but be warned, the journey is as unforgiving as the terrain.

Keplerth’s strength lies in its open-ended gameplay. You carve your own path in this procedurally generated world. Will you become a hardened warrior, venturing into monster-infested dungeons for loot? Perhaps a peaceful farmer, content to cultivate crops and raise adorable pixelated creatures? The beauty lies in the freedom to choose, to build your own homestead or explore the vast, ever-changing landscape.


The crafting system fuels this sense of agency. Gather resources, from wood and stone to rarer minerals, and transform them into tools, weapons, and even furniture for your burgeoning homestead. The process feels satisfyingly iterative, constantly unlocking new creations as you progress.

Keplerth isn’t just a solitary experience. The online multiplayer mode lets you team up with friends to conquer challenges or create a thriving community together. Imagine collaborating to build magnificent structures or venturing into perilous dungeons as a well-oiled unit. The social aspects add another layer of depth, but be aware, the game also allows Player versus Player (PvP) encounters. Be prepared to defend your hard-earned loot from opportunistic space pirates!

The 2D pixel art style might seem deceptively simple at first glance. However, Keplerth’s world is bursting with color and charm. The diverse biomes, from lush forests to scorching deserts, each hold a unique beauty. The game’s soundtrack further complements the atmosphere, with whimsical tunes punctuated by tense moments during encounters with hostile creatures.

Exploration is a constant source of intrigue. Uncover hidden secrets, encounter strange alien lifeforms, and delve into the mysteries of this strange planet. The sense of discovery keeps you hooked, always wondering what lies beyond the next ridge or within the depths of the next cavern.

Keplerth isn’t without its flaws. The learning curve can be brutal, especially in the initial stages. Crafting recipes aren’t always intuitive, and the game doesn’t hold your hand when it comes to survival mechanics. Combat can feel clunky at times, and the repetitive nature of grinding for resources can be a bit tedious. Additionally, some recent reviews on Steam point towards balancing issues, so be prepared for a bit of a challenge.


Keplerth is a game brimming with potential. While it might not be perfect, the core gameplay loop of exploration, crafting, and survival is undeniably engaging. The open-ended nature and the vast, ever-changing world offer something for everyone, whether you crave social interaction or a solitary adventure. If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding experience, Keplerth is a title worth exploring, just be prepared to brave the unforgiving wilderness and carve your own path to success.



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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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