lume
Metacritic (PC): 69/100
Metacritic (iOS): 68/100
Release: May 2011
Reviewed on: iOS

Lume

Site Score
7.0
Good: Unique setting – Beautifully presented game world – Great puzzle presentation
Bad: Gameplay falls short of being engaging
User Score
7.8
(11 votes)
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Lume is an interesting take on the puzzle adventure genre and is set in a strange cardboard filled world that stands out like nothing before it. If you are up for a unique experience that you can enjoy on either your computer or handheld device then read on to discover what this paper world has in store.

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The story of Lume is simple enough but the setting is unlike anything that has been done before. In the game players will find themselves at their grandad’s house, except that the power has recently gone out and requires players to go on an adventure to restore power. Players must guide Lume (a young girl) around the game world of quirky visuals and impressive camera panning effects.

These effects and quirky visual style come down to the fact that the game takes place within a model house and what you are seeing in the game was actually first created in the real world and then filmed.

On top of your power predicament players find that their grandad has also mysteriously vanished which is an additional task for the player to solve. On this journey players will get to explore a peculiar world made entirely out of paper and cardboard as they complete some truly perplexing puzzles.

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Gameplay definitely offers some unique puzzles to solve which while important in a puzzle game is also somewhat of a downfall in Lume due to the sheer obscurity of some puzzles. While some gamers will thrive on the exploration and discovery of this obscurity it will leave most simply a little frustrated.

Be warned that Lume definitely isn’t a game for the casual puzzle gamer, it’s a game that needs some serious brain power to solve puzzles (and even then that sometimes doesn’t help).

Summary:

  • Help Lume put the lights back on and find her grandad.
  • About as unique as it gets.
  • Adventure in a real modelled game world that was then filmed.
  • Plenty of unique and obscure puzzles.
  • A tough difficulty bar provides a real challenge.

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Lume, 7.8 out of 10 based on 11 ratings

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