Lumo - Switch

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Lumo (Switch)
Also for: PS4, PSVita
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Puzzle
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Triple Eh? Soft. Co.: Triple Eh?
Publishers: Rising Star (GB)
Released: 24 Nov 2017 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Features: Handheld Mode, Tabletop Mode, TV Mode

Summary

Visually Knight Lore was a revelation, and a whole slew of me-too titles appeared, remaining a prominent genre throughout the '80s, only to fade into oblivion as technology progressed to the point where the simple puzzle platforming action of Knight Lore gave way to hack'n slash RPG epics such as Diablo. Lumo, though is a return to that 3D isometric puzzle platformer style inspired by those old games.

In Lumo the player takes on the role of a wizard who has somehow managed to get lost in his own castle, which is a bit careless. To overcome this he must jump, swing, run and dodge the myriad traps and pitfalls that riddle his vast home (for some inexplicable reason). It must be torture for him to get to the kitchen to make a cup of tea!

Lumo is a beguiling game, and there are loads of hidden elements scattered across it that unless the player is very observant they might completely miss. For example, there's the crate lying in a puddle of acid that seems to lead to nowhere. After jumping on it and jumping again into the wall a new area that contains an audio cassette shows up and the player is 'treated' to the wails and screeches of an old 8 bit computer loading sound, which is a nod to the origins of Lumo.

While Lumo might have retro origins, however, it's been created using the Unity engine and as such won't look at all out of place in your current-gen games collection.

News & Editorial

Lumo Preview

23 Feb 2016