Lunnye Devitsy is an atmospheric exploratory platformer that lacks substance. In attempting to create a feeling of the unknown developer Boss Baddie went too far and ended up with a game that has no direction, and by the end feels just as hollow and pointless as when it begins.
You play as a odd little alien, literally dropped into the world, who's sole goal is to make it back to where it came from. To do this you much explore the lifeless and convoluted structures around you, collecting various objects to use to send yourself home. However this is where the game runs into problems, as environments are designed in such a way as to require copious amounts of tedious backtracking, to say nothing of the plentiful dead-ends and empty caverns that serve no purpose but to confuse and disorient you, as you attempt to traverse them with no guide or means to mark your progress. It's tiresome to say the least, and the game as a whole suffers from what seems a poor means of elongating the still very short experience (I was able to finish it in just under an hour).
I won't deny that the presentation is very artistic and creative, but again the developer got overzealous and failed to realize that less can often equal more. This is most evident in the excessive use of bloom and fog, as well as other needless effects that obscure and distort the image until it is simply painful to look at. Taken by itself I actually found the soundtrack rather lovely, but in this context it feels displaced and sets an oddly sinister tone which clashes with what is otherwise a more curious and relaxing adventure.
Even considering the very low price as half of the Lunar Bundle, I couldn't say that Lunnye Devitsy is something I found to be worthwhile. Nothing fits right together and even after finishing it I would be hard pressed to pick any point that stuck out as memorable or enjoyable to play. Whatever potential I felt was here ended up falling on the wayside, replaced with a shallow journey that feels akin to a tech demo, and in a similar fashion amounts to little more than a mildly interesting experiment.
Posted: November 29th, 2013