Lumo – game review.

An interesting experiment by the former creator of the Crackdown series awakens long-forgotten sentiments. If you grew up in the golden age of computer games, you might like Lumo.

Lumo – game review

Lumo is a game that will be hard to find in the modern world. The creator of the game – Gareth Noyce – has practically attempted to revive the genre that has been extinct for many years. We are talking about isometric skill and logic games. If you remember the very old Head Over Heels by Ocean Software, you will immediately know what we are talking about. However, I am not sure if there is room for this type of games yet.

The past is today

The beginning of this production is not positive. We play the role of a boy who goes to some rally related to old computers, where he is sucked into one of the games. The graphics look tragic at the moment and are associated with cheap pre-rendered 3D adventures from the 90s. Fortunately, things get a little better after that. When we jump into the shoes of a little wizard to explore mysterious dungeons, the less realistic setting makes the reception of this title much easier.

Lumo – game review

In Lumio, we go through successive chambers separated by a short loading screen (why ?!), solve logical puzzles and collect various collectibles. I have to admit that although the first moments with the game were very difficult for me. It does after a dozen or so minutes, sentiment hit me and I remembered playing games belonging to this genre on my first computers when I was a few years old. It quickly turned out that the puzzles are actually quite inventive and Lumio can have fun. However, this does not change the fact that, apart from old players who can reach for this title to move back to childhood, the game is unlikely to find an audience for itself. At least not on the PS4 version.

Isometric secrets

I had a lot of fun exploring the mysterious corridors. The game was throwing new mechanics at me every now and then, so I couldn’t complain about boredom. And I had to step on the panels in the right order, avoid deadly traps, or traverse poisonous water while maneuvering on the ball. These are just examples. It is possible, in the case of this game, to complain about the variety.

Lumo – game review

Contrary to appearances, Lumio is quite long for this type of game and in addition to the adventure mode, it also includes a time trial with a limited number of lives, which is sure to please fans of old classics. Over 400 rooms will provide us with a lot of fun. Collectors will squeeze an additional hour or two from this, because the creators decided to hide several different types of collectibles. Starting with ducks in hard-to-reach places, and ending with the maps waiting at the end of the puzzles.

It is nice that you can choose one of three different types of control. After so many years, it was completely hard for me to move around the top-down grid, so personally I stuck to a more free system. Everyone will find something for himself.

Lumo – game review

These little problems

Unfortunately, there were also quite bothersome problems. First and foremost lies shading and lighting. Why is this important? Well, because it affects the depth of what we see on the screen. When we observe the action from an isometric projection, being unable to rotate the camera except slightly push it to one side, it is very difficult to measure the jump distances with poorly arranged shadows. If you decide to reach for Lumio, then be prepared for a multitude of frustrating deaths. More than once it will seem to you that you should be able to jump over a given gulf, while in the meantime you will literally run out of millimeters.

From time to time I also saw minor graphic errors, for example a shadow that appeared on the floor far below it instead of being displayed on the platform. There are also collision problems. I happened to lock a hero between boxes.

Lumo is a small tribute to real retro players. It is a pity that it is not fully developed. After all, I have to admit that this kind of playing on sentiments drew me into play, and the puzzles themselves are very inventive and interesting. Return to the golden age of computer games? Probably not. Younger players will not find their place here. However, the game will provide an opportunity to go back in time for those who grew up with isometric platformers.

Lumo – game review