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This free virtual pet lets you make a planet horny with cosmic rays

(Image credit: Blendo Games)

In The Fantastic Four, cosmic rays granted the titular quartet with incredible powers; in PlanetFriend they make everyone extremely horny. The universe really is remarkable. 

Blendo Games' Brendon Chung and Riot's Laura Michet put together this free virtual pet over the course of a couple of months, using the quarantine to build a cute little world for us to play with. All I've achieved with all this extra time is a new moustache, so I'm impressed. 

PlanetFriend puts you in the role of an all-powerful cosmic god, capable of intervening in a planet's development by shooting it with rays that, as well as increasing horniness, can inspire the growth of industry or give the whole world back to nature, with animals rising up to reclaim their kingdom. Alternatively you can just leave it alone, allowing everything to develop organically. 

There's not a whole lot to it, but I've still found myself hypnotised by the reactive little simulation. After the people on my world managed to fight off the animals and build a large industrialised society with arcologies and satellites everywhere, they eventually turned their weapons on each other, turning everything a bit post-apocalyptic. I take no responsibility. 

Despite the terrible fate of my world, I've found it very soothing having it just running away in the background. Choroplethora's chill beats make sure things never get too bleak, even when they're accompanied by the sounds of screaming and death rays. 

You can grab PlanetFriend from Itch for free now. 

Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.