Lumini
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Lumini isn’t the longest or most challenging game on the market, but it features relaxing gameplay, charming visuals and a very soothing soundtrack. This flow-based adventure is a joy to play and is accessible enough that anyone can have fun with it. It also features an unlockable “Hard” mode for players that want a challenge instead of a relaxing experience.

Gameplay: Accessible controls and relaxing gameplay make Lumini a real joy to play.

Graphics: The visuals look superb and each area is packed with lots of detail.

Sound: The soothing soundtrack is a great match for the unique gameplay

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Lumini

Developer: Speelbaars | Publisher: Rising Star Games | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Adventure / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

After vanishing without a trace for thousands of years the race of mysterious creatures, known as the Lumini, finally reappear on their homeworld. However, due to the ravishes of time, their planet has become considerably more hostile in their absence. Your mission is to guide the swarm of Lumini safely through the environment while they restore the balance of their world and revive the rest of their race.

Lumini is a relaxing adventure where the emphasis is on exploring and overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of your swarm. Your primary focus is the protection of your swarm as in addition to the hostile creatures inhabiting the world there are also environmental hazards to avoid. Along the way you need to collect the life energy of the planet, which is then used to bring back fallen Lumini at the checkpoints that are dotted about. It is a rather straightforward task, but the game pulls it off so well that it is impossible not to get hooked.

The Lumini, which looks like flying fish-like creatures, come in four different colors, each with their own abilities. You start out with a lone purple Lumini, but after each checkpoint your swarm expands, provided you picked up the life energy en route. The Lumini can perform a stun attack to ward off the critters looking to make a meal out of them, but you can also opt for a more evasive approach. For example, using the temporary speed boost power of the blue Lumini to get the swarm out of harm’s way. On the other hand, red Lumini can actually kill enemies with their shockwave attacks, making them more suited for aggressive players.

Apart from killing or evading enemies while exploring the environments, there are also a couple of puzzles to solve in the game. None of them are particularly taxing though, as they mostly focus on the ability to split up your swarm. Splitting up the swarm allows you to perform tasks, such as activating multiple pressure plates. You can also hold down a button to make both swarms perform the same action which is handy for puzzles that involves spinning separate wheels that open doors. Although your route through the environments are always clear you can also guide your Lumini off the beaten track in order to search for hidden areas. Doing so will often reward you with unlockables, such as character models and concept art.

The game was created using Unity and the artists over at Speelbaars did a great job with the visual style. Everything is colorful and vibrant, which makes the game as fun to watch as it is to play. The way that the Lumini light up their surroundings as they fly past look great and the backgrounds feature a lot of depth. While the game plays out on a 2D plane, the 3D backgrounds make it look like you can reach right into the screen, which is quite a neat effect. There are lots of different environments to explore and as you play your swarm also evolves. We would have liked to see some more enemies in the game, but the ones that are present features some nice designs. Some will chase down and try to eat your Lumini, while others launch deadly projectiles in the direction of your swarm. Lumini that are killed plummets from the sky, which is quite a heartbreaking sight, especially as there is an achievement for not losing a single Lumini.

Playing Lumini is quite a relaxing experience and the game features a suitably soothing soundtrack. Although none of the tunes stand out as catchy, they all match the mood of the game perfectly and serve to draw you further into the experience. The sound effects are also very good, especially the cute chirping sounds made by the Lumini. The game recommends a controller for the best playing experience and we wholeheartedly agree. Controlling your swarm with an analog stick not only feels much more intuitive than the keyboard, due to the flow based movement, but also makes it easier to handle two swarms.

We really enjoyed the great level design and charming visuals of Lumini, but the game is definitely quite short. The first playthrough is also quite easy, so we recommend that players take their time and see out all the hidden areas. Completing the game also unlocks a new “Hard” mode, which provides a much bigger challenges as enemies are not only more numerous, but also more aggressive. Finally, there are some nice Steam achievements to aim for, such as completing the game without beating a single enemy, collecting all the energy, and not losing a single Lumini.

Although it is probably not a game for action junkies, Lumini is a great choice for players in look of a more relaxing experience. It is the type of game where you find yourself making detours or flying in loops just because it feels awesome doing so. The low difficulty curve should ensure that nobody will have any problems completing the game, but give it a try on the “Hard” mode before complaining that it is too easy. Speelbaars has created a fun and good looking game that is accessible to anyone and we highly recommend Lumini to fans of more relaxing experiences. Just be sure to play it with a controller for the best experience.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia 8800 or ATI 2900
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7 or newer
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Quad core or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia 260 series or ATI 5850 or better
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad/Controller Recommended
  • OS: OSX 10
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
  • OS: OSX 10 or newer
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad/Controller Recommended
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
  • Processor: 2.0Ghz Dual Core
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 256 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
  • Processor: 2.0Ghz Quad Core or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad/Controller Recommended

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3 Comments

  1. Catamarasan September 6, 2015
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    Sounds really nice but I wish there was some type of a demo to really get a feel for the game.

  2. JArmeeda September 7, 2015
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    No multi-player or co-op? I’m always looking for games for my kids that they can play together and this would have been great.

  3. foggycreekman September 7, 2015
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    I love exploration games so this one is going on the wishlist for sure.

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