Glare is an action platformer with beautifully realized 3D environments. Summoned from starlight to defeat the infectious creatures called the Ramora, you play as the Shiner, a being of pure light given shape by an ancient suit of armor.
User reviews: Very Positive (54 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 10, 2013
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Reviews

“Glare is downright phenomenal.”
85 – GameDynamo

“Feels like a mix of Super Mario Galaxy and Donkey Kong Country Returns. High praise, but well deserved.”
4/5 – TwoDashStash

“The game is a true work of art, you can tell that the games designers spent a lot of time paying attention to detail”
9.5/10 – DigiSpun

About This Game

Glare is an action platformer with beautifully realized 3D environments. Summoned from starlight to defeat the infectious creatures called the Ramora, you play as the Shiner, a being of pure light given shape by an ancient suit of armor. Equipped with nothing but the power of your Glare and Gauntlet you must progress through fantastic alien worlds, tackling satisfying platforming challenges and engaging in fast-paced combat. Glare is a game about discovery, new powers and challenges await you on every world.

Key Features


  • Visually stunning 3D environments enhance the 2D platforming experience.
  • Unique Glare ability repels enemies, reflects projectiles and activates Shiner technology.
  • Circular worlds show increasing curvature as you approach each planet’s core.
  • Gain new abilities on each world
  • Dynamic sound system matches music to your game experience seamlessly.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual-core or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Dedicated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or newer
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual-core or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Dedicated
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu LTS 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual-core or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Dedicated
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Really nice and beautiful platformer. If you like games with modern graphics and oldschool platform mechanics, you can´t go wrong getting this one! Good music, too!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
When I began playing Glare, my initial impression was of a competent and polished platformer that, while pleasant, was unremarkable. However, the more I played, the more my expectations were defied—not suddenly, all at once, but gradually as the game continued to add new moves to my repertoire and gently ramped up the complexity of the challenges to which I needed to apply them. In the end, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this game.

The action here is kinetic as you fly down ziplines and hurl yourself between floating launchers while avoiding brambles, spikes, and lava. You regularly stop to fight off enemies, but later in the game you often have to deal with them on the move or while in a precarious position, like in the middle of a delicate wall cling maneuver. You come to navigate obstacles while moving with great speed, intuiting what you need to do next on the fly. It feels good.

The stages do not simply progress from side to side but lead you in all directions through intricately crafted, occasionally clever level design, facilitated by a camera that pans and angles around the pretty 2.5D environment with careful scripting. Although your path sometimes loops back across itself pleasingly after you gain a new ability, this is a thoroughly linear game, not a Metroid descendant.

Every time I expected Glare to do something lazy, it surprised me and did something fun instead. After passing a few rock barriers that were colored differently from the ones that I could break with my bomb attack, I was prepared to find a simple upgrade to that move; instead, an effect was added to my slide, which meant that I had to find the right way to use terrain if I wanted to smash through those rocks. Then I found situations in which I was required to chain my slide to break multiple barriers, and soon I was burning through sloped corridors filled with ineffectual enemies that were there just so that I could enjoy tearing through them with this screw attack analogue. Instead of just giving me the key to this lock, the game added a wrinkle that affected everything.

That's what it's like. It does the fun thing. Glare is not some amazing, must-play game, but it also never meant to be; it just wants to be a good platformer. And it really is.



(Note: Steam failed to record my play time. I completed Glare in one sitting over the course of about 2 1/2 hours, so disregard the stated play time.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Really well put together platformer. Beautiful environments, fun mechanics and good pacing. Overall recommended. Controller support does seem a bit iffy, but keyboard/mouse works great as well.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Short, but very neat platformer that gets progressively more complex as you glide through the beautiful levels. This game is an experience.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
I finally started playing a little bit of this tonight. Just beat the second boss. So far this is literallly the most perfect platformer I have ever played. The music is beautiful and soothing and keeps me relaxed through the challenging parts even though I have gotten frustrated a couple times at myself sucking.

I'll have more impressions to share about it in the future I'm sure.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Very simple and fun. Graphics are nice. However, I'm not sure what the hell the story was about.
Got it for free from IGN, so I'm happy with it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
RECOMMENDED.
Beautiful graphics, smooth action.
Very original platformer.
Harder to play with keyboard and mouse but, still good enough.
To don't go frustrated, use a keypad.
For in-between times.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
Good game, it have interesting story, good soundtrack and cute hero with weapon and light glare. Game look like develop with Unreal Engine, It's side scrolling platformer in 3D. You can find in game cute enemies and good looking background. Definitely like this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Fantastic and challenging. Very worth it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
I still enjoyed Glare despite that fact that it does nothing new. 7.8/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Great game if you love simple platformers
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
fun platformer
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
old school nes metriod meets sonic. must play
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
Way more fiddly than I expected. But pretty. And fun.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Average platformer with weird (but still interesting) environment.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Zen. Very zen.

It's kinda sonicish towards the end - lotsa gota go fast stuff, though much easier, with some minor progression (has upgrades, tho they are all simple and unmissable).

Well worth the 0$ I paid for it (thx IGN Prime)

Not sure if it's worth 10 bucks though, given it's litterally about 1 to 1.5 hours long. Maybe 2-3 if your bad at platformers, or possibly under 45min if your very good at them. Definetely worth say 5 tho if its on sale or something, as its a fun hours distraction.

Does have some replay value with some achievements and collectables, but none were very compelling to me, so the 1hr (+30ish min idle time) I gave the game is all its gonna get.
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2013
Very good platform game! Pretty world,nice graphics,kinda addictive.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Great game, highly recommended!
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6 of 21 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
The game is advertised as having "Full controller support" yet only the buttons on my Logitech F710 work in the game. The analog sticks and D-pad do not work, meaning I can't even move the character. Sad, because the game looks great and I bought it in hopes I'd get to play. This was in December 2013. I've tried playing several times since then, and the game is still broken. If you're the kind of gamer who can play sidescrollers on a keyboard, go for it - don't let this review hold you back. But as a gamer who prefers to sit on the couch with a gamepad, I buy many games that are advertised as having support for controllers. It really sucks when they don't actually have the support they claim to.
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9 of 36 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Personally, I found this game quite boring, its like playing Rayman without being able to punch stuff, you just stare a light at things, you have to be quick with the mouse and not get angry when you land in thorns. Out of 10, I have this game a 3.
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