When talking about Lume it’s impossible not to bring up its length, so I might as well start with that. Lume is very short, especially considering its price. It took me an hour to complete, and that’s including stopping to admire the visuals, and I honestly can’t see it taking much longer than that. You might draw it out to 90 minutes, but that’s about it.
But if you look beyond that you’ll find an absolutely charming and adorable game. There, I said it. I’m supposed to be cynical goddamit, but here I am calling a game ‘adorable’. But it is, it absolutely ♥♥♥♥ing is. It’s made out of cardboard for god’s sake. CARDBOARD!
Yes, this game didn’t take very long to win me over. Look at it though, it’s gorgeous. Sure, there isn’t much to see, but what you do see is incredible. I still can’t get over the fact the game’s made out of cardboard. Man, this game made me grin like a ♥♥♥♥ing child, and I hate it for it.
It is a puzzle game, though the puzzles are rather generic and simple. Still, some fun brainteasers, but I feel resentful towards them because they aren’t made out of cardboard. In fact there isn’t much that is made of cardboard because the area is very small and can be explored in a few minutes, meaning you backtrack a lot and most of the length is spent solving puzzles.
The fact that you don’t get much of the game’s best feature in a very short game is a bit of a problem, so it’s hard to recommend at full price. I got it in a bundle which was perfect, but for a considerable discount I’d say it’s worth experiencing. Then again, I’m all set for getting the sequel Lumino City (get it?), discounted or not, so maybe the price isn’t so bad after all...
It’s made of cardboard though, and that’s got to count for something, right? Besides, this game will charm the pants off even the most cynical of people, even if it’s only for an hour.