Phoning Home issues: Game crashes, broken achievements, and more

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Phoning Home is an open-world exploration and survival game set on a strange, alien planet. The game follows the journey of two robots – ION and ANI — as they work towards a common goal. As a player, you’ll control ION, an exploration unit on a mission to secure natural resources after your ship crash-lands on an alien planet, forcing you to survive in a strange world full of dangers.

With only your ship’s A.I. for company, you set out to explore your new home. In order to escape, you need to find a way to contact your home planet. Phoning Home is an interesting, fun and challenging game that will also play with your nerves from time to time. The title is affected by three annoying issues that limit the gaming experience.

Phoning Home reported bugs

Thruster achievement is broken

Thruster achievements don’t display accurate information, listing less thruster progress than actually achieved by players. ION Lands is investigating this issue and will patch it with the next update.

All thruster achievements say “1/whatever” …since I’m at the desert I’m sure you’ll believe I’ve thrusted many more times than that!

Motion blur/bloom

Phoning Home doesn’t offer any option to disable motion blur, but this could change in the future. As far as motion bloom is concerned, this is not just a simple glow but rather it plays an important role in defining the look of the game.

Not to be rude but even slight motion blur can make players like myself very sick, this is a little game breaking for me personally.

Phoning Home crashes at startup

For some players, the game crashes at the loading screen after a minute in the game. Usually, no error messages appear on the screen. Other players report that after five minutes, the monitor goes to sleep, but the sound of whatever is happening in the game is repeated over and over until they perform a hard reset.

Hello, i have almost the same issue, the game crashes after 1 minute in game… And no errors messages… i have this problem only with that game…

If you’re planning to buy Phoning Home, don’t forget to check the game’s system requirements first.

Phoning Home minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP / 7 / 8.1 / 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD, 2.5 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader Model 3, 2 GB video memory
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

Phoning Home recommended system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 / AMD FX-8350, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) / AMD R9 290 (4 GB)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

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