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With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style unlike any other.
Release Date: May 9, 2011
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$5.99

Reviews

"Undoubtedly one of the most unique-looking games around."
– Eurogamer

"The best of point and click gaming... amazing visual presentation."
– Jay is Games

"Wow! The effect is breathtaking."
– Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Charming to the extreme."
– Games ™

"A rare treat."
– Bit-Gamer

About the Game

Lume: An illuminating puzzle adventure!

With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style unlike any other.

Power to your grandad’s house has failed. What’s more, he’s nowhere to be seen. Immerse yourself in Lume’s photoreal world, solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout.

This game forms Part 1 of a larger, ongoing story.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 MB available hard drive space
    • Video Card: 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 MB available hard drive space
    • Video Card: 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics:
    • Hard Drive: 35MB
    • Important: Requires Librarys: apt-get install ia32-libs
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
307 products in account
3 reviews
0.8 hrs on record
This is a charming game, however there are a few issues that are a bit breaking and after seeing that it costs 6.99€ just makes me say DO NOT BUY IT. If you do find it in a bundle however (like I did) sure, get it.

Now it's time for an explanation. The game is cute and your character actually walks around "real" objects, as in, the scenes were filmed with a real camera and then blended into the game.

It's a point and click puzzle game and it isn't an easy one either. Which, again, in itself is fine.

The puzzles are usually either a bit easy to solve or at least to figure out what to do, but there's 1 of them that is really quite horribly difficult to even make sense out of it.

SPOILER about that "tip" for that puzzle, it's a page of a book with the "ONE" in "GRAMAPHONE" underlined, and a #9 on the corner of the page... what this supposedly means is, there's 9 numbers you need (for a locker with 3 digits, therefore 3 sets) and it starts with ONE, then you have to read the text and find either the actuall number like "fig. 2" being the "2" the second number you need, and then "three"... then there's a year, 1887, the "1" is the last number of the second set of numbers and "887" the last one.
The problem with this is, the game gives you NO CLUE what this book is related to or even what to look for, your character only says "A book grandpa's been reading, he wrote something on it" and that's it, you really need a guide or an epiphany to figure it out.

Lastly, and this is what made me say NO about buying this for 6,99€ is that the game... only lasted me a few minutes, seriously, there are like 5 different screens (not counting small camera transitions) and only a dozen of puzzles or so, it's a cute short "story" but it's not even an apetizer, sure, in the end it says "end of lume part 1", but it's a part where you pay 6,99€ to get.


TL;DR

- One of the puzzles is nearly impossible to solve on your own, and crucial to finish the game;
- Even if you get stuck a lot, you can beat the game in only a few minutes, not even 1 hour.


Would I recommend playing this game? Sure, it is a bit fun at most and challenging, you will probably need a guide for 1 or 2 puzzles though and it's an interesting new concept.

Would I recommend buying this game? No, unless you're either filthy rich, or get it with a bundle, seriously.


In terms of the overall game and enjoyability I give it a... maybe 8/10 (without my puzzle issue).
In terms of the price/quality ratio I give it a 1/10 just because it's visually pleasing and new.

Thanks for reading this (if anyone ever does).
Posted: January 17th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
112 products in account
17 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
It pains me to say it, but as charming as Lume is, it doesn’t offer much else to back it up.

Looking back, it probably didn’t help that I played it just after Machinarium, For one, apart from one particularly obscure solution, Lume’s puzzles are rather simple.

But I think what really ruins it is how short it is. I finished it in an hour, and that’s because I played around a bit. I can certainly tolerate short games, but Lume doesn’t really have much going for it to compensate being so short. Even weirder is that it’s supposed to be episode 1 of a series, which not only was never released, but makes you wonder why they chose to make it episodic in the first place.

Now, the game has pretty visuals, really pretty indeed, and if you want to see that yourself, wait for a sale. But really, if you’re just looking for an adventure game to play, pick another one, Lume is light on content and will probably disappoint you.
Posted: February 9th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
421 products in account
12 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
Short and sweet. The handmade 'graphics' are beautiful. The puzzles feel fresh. Only significant critique is that it is too short.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
191 products in account
24 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
This was WAY too short. I felt ripped off.
Posted: March 14th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26 products in account
2 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
Too short to absolutely love. Looks more like a teaser than a game. Good as a present though :)
P.S. Come on guys, make this cardboard world alive!
Posted: March 25th, 2014
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