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Lumote is a uniquely animated puzzle game that is gripping from start to finish. You play as an adorable luminescent creature that hops around and possesses other living creatures to complete the puzzle. I was given a review code for Lumote, but all of the following opinions are purely my own.
One of the coolest things about this game was the fact that you can see the entire world from the first level. Your goal as the little green blob is to purify the world around you. So any red areas you see in the world are areas that you have not touched yet; once you’ve completed a level, it turns blue. It’s cool to look around you and see how much of the world is red and how much of it is blue.
Unique Animation Style
This world was designed so well and with a unique luminescent animation style. When you move around, there’s a green dot on the ground that shows you exactly where you’re going to land. This helps you navigate the levels, especially later on in the game when you start moving around while attached to other living beings.
Also, the sounds that the Lumote makes are so cute; he almost kind of chirps and coos when you move him around. And if you leave him waiting in one spot for too long, he’ll start humming like he’s waiting for you to move him.
So, as I briefly explained before, the goal of each puzzle is to transform it from a red area to a blue area. In order to do this, you have to move around the pieces available to you in that level. In the beginning, as you’re learning how to best navigate the world, the puzzles are a bit easier. But as you go on, the puzzles get harder. There were times that I stared at my screen for a good 20-30 minutes before I finally realized the solution to the puzzle. I like that all of the puzzles have an element of difficulty to them, some more than others, because it makes the game longer and exercises your brain more.
When you haven’t finished a level yet, you’ll see a flower that looks like this:
And after you’ve completed the level, the flower will open up and turn blue, allowing you to go on to the next level.
I also wanted to point out that the puzzles vary quite a big too. It’s not always the same components in each level, and that was something I really enjoyed. It was fun to learn how to solve puzzles one way for the first quarter of the game, and then learn something different for the next quarter.
And the variations between each level always surprised me in a good way. The way you control each component is always the same (the little Lumote attaches himself to the component to make it move). But the way you used the components changed and made the game much more interesting.
In the beginning, you have to move around these living cell things and direct them to their proper connection in order to complete the level.
As soon as you connect the piece to the “roots” beside it, it makes the whole puzzle change from red to blue. You’ve purified one small piece of the massive world.
In addition to these living cell things, there are other creatures that resemble jellyfish, there are lasers that you can move around, and so much more. The variations make sure the game never gets old.
The Story is Subtle, But Fulfilling
There is a story to this game, but it’s super subtle. There is no story that shows up as text on your screen or voice actors narrating the story to you. Instead, you’re on a long quest to purify the world around you. It’s your end goal to locate and overthrow the Mastermote at the end of the game.
Like I said, it’s not an overly compelling story, but it’s a good story to keep you motivated all the way to the end of the game. Personally, I couldn’t wait to see what the world would look like once it was all blue and what the Mastermote looked like. Overall, I would highly recommend this game if you’re into puzzle games or if you’re just looking for something unique and fun to play during quarantine. It took me about 8 hours to complete the game (and I got stuck on a few levels), so it’s definitely not a huge time investment.
Right now through July 9th, you can get Lumote on Steam for 25% off (from $19.99 down to $14.99).
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Sarah Chaney is a freelance video game writer for hire. When she’s not writing about video games, you can usually find her working on her fantasy novel, baking something delicious, or, of course, playing video games.