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Extrasolar is a game developed by Lazy 8 Studios and relased in 2014. The player controls a rover on the planet Epsilon Prime to discover alien life...and a Dark Secret.

This video game provides examples of:

  • Artistic License: Averted as much as possible.
    "We hate seeing bad science in movies and games. A lot of the team is pretty passionate about science, so we wanted to keep as much in the realm of scientific plausibility as possible."
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  • Expospeak Gag: There is an achievement for travelling as far as light does in 1 microsecond, i.e. 300m.
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  • Gameplay and Story Integration: You are encouraged to share the photos you take to facebook, Google Plus or twitter...unless the share buttons have been replaced with the word CLASSIFIED.
  • Hackette: kryptex81, who also happens to be the daughter of one of the XRI employees who had a mysterious death.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The sound from the obelisks, and the even more unsettling sound from the central monument once you play all the sounds of the surrounding obelisks to it.
  • Interface Spoiler: During one of your first missions, there is a generic looking blue rod thing in the photo which could plausibly be some sort of alien plant. Moving closer would allow you to see faint markings on it - but when you tag it and identify it, the "Unidentified Artifact" picture in the "Discoveries" page shows it in its full front view, making it very clear that it is an alien object, despite the XRI telling you it is a part of the landing pod. The fact that kryptex81 requests you to take a closer look make it even more jarring.
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  • Mysterious Employer: "kryptex81", also known as "k".
  • Red Pill, Blue Pill: The game starts with the official rejection of your application, and a message window pops up and offers to a backdoor account to investigate further...
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: Dr. Turing.
  • Schmuck Bait: How could you resist driving into the deep sand they told you not to go into? You actually get an upgraded rover for it after your old one got stuck.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: It's an odd feeling, carefully tagging a photo with plants you've already seen and studiously ignoring the towers with glowing alien writing looming in the background.
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