Oscura, the apprentice lighthouse keeper, has destroyed the Aurora Stone, sending shards across the Driftlands and plunging them into darkness and danger. It’s up to Oscura to find the shards of the stone and restore light to the Driftlands before creatures of the dark can destroy it.
User reviews:
Mostly Positive (77 reviews) - 72% of the 77 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 24, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Oscura: Lost Light


About This Game

Oscura, the apprentice lighthouse keeper, has accidentally destroyed the Aurora Stone, sending shards across the Driftlands and plunging them into darkness and danger. It’s now up to Oscura to find the shards of the stone and restore light to the Driftlands before the creatures of the dark can destroy it. Fortunately, the accident has fused Oscura’s hand with glowing fire, enabling him to wield powers altering anything the light touches. Each level challenges your puzzle-solving skills and reactions in this modern adventure built upon the time-honoured mechanics of classic platformers.


Master the Light: Along your dark journey you’ll find four different powers, each designed to help you through the Driftlands. Destruction, Construction, Gravity and Time are yours to command. Master each unique light power in your dark journey through the Driftlands.

Discover the origin of our accidental hero: Oscura wasn’t always the Driftland’s trusty lighthouse keeper. And he didn’t always have his flaming hand. Taking place before the previous Oscura games, Lost Light reveals where our hero’s journey began and the fate of the original light house keeper.

Old school platformer meets new school design: Taking inspiration from classic platformers such as Super Mario Bros, Oscura Lost Light combines these elements with a modern design aesthetic.

Use your wits: The Driftlands aren’t for the feint hearted and Oscura’s not a fighter. You’ll need to out-think and outwit creatures such as the Lost Ones, Shagrims, Bewinged, Grymfus, Cursed Skulls and more. Just as challenging are the puzzles you must solve if you wish to survive.

Confront Evil: Just when you think you’ve succeeded by collecting the shards of the Aurora Stone, you’ll need to face the ultimate challenge and restore the Lost Light … but beware … Mavro the Lord of Shadows awaits. Only by defeating Mavro can you save the Driftlands.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7/8
    • Processor: 1.4GHz or fasterDual Core CPU 2Gz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any from the last 4 years
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac 1.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 supported
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later, or otherwise compatible Linux distribution.
    • Processor: 2GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Mostly Positive (77 reviews)
Review Type

Purchase Type


Display As:

(what is this?)
42 reviews match the filters above ( Positive)
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
If you like platformers like Limbo then you might like this game, this game also even has the dark tone as Limbo. though this one has some colors and the pace here is much faster than Limbo. the game is very short and can be done in 2 hours (even for people who are not good at platformers, this game has check points every few seconds so no worries). the music is nice but repetitive. there are few power-ups like shifting gravity and slow-motion..etc. i encountered bugs here and there and one of them required me to restart the stage (trapped inside a wall).

Overall the game was fun but it lacks personality, feels generic and forgettable as soon as you finish it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
A nice way to use my evening! 8/10
This game never made me mad. I was just easy enough to be a nice way to spend my evening!
I played everything in one go, and after about 2 hours, It was over.
I died a little more than A LOT! But with all the checkpoints, it isn't really that big a problem getting to where you were.

If you love sidescrolling platformers, and just want to spend some time relaxing, this game should be the game for you!

I will Leave you with my Death Compilation:
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Oscura is yet another dime-a-dozen platforming games that try to market themselves as unique at a time when such uniqueness is normal. Every platformer of the past few years has claimed that it either has a unique art style, or a unique play concept. Oscura has neither of these, and neither do any of those other platformers. One of the few redeeming qualities of Oscura is that it is incredibly easy to achieve 100% compeltion on, so if you're big on achievements, this could be something for you. I would strongly advise against paying the full $6.99 for this game, as it won't last you very long (much of the time I spent was just running the game in the background for the trading cards), and as such you should only buy it if it is at an extreme discount or part of a bundle.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Oscura seems like an interesting approach to platform games, the first few levels are enjoyable and you can test the concepts introduced in each level like slowing down time, reversing gravity and so on. Problems begin to arise once that sensation fades away, every level is very similar and the routines are repetitive. The same can be said about level design, it's dull and uninspired, changing the colour of the background every five levels does not make it feel like a whole new experience. Besides, the studio behind the game tries to imitate concepts seen in games like Limbo, Super Meat Boy and other platforming classics. The ending result? Not good.

In addition, the character design is also very poor. Oscura as a character has no soul, we see him die multiple times and I can assure you that you will not feel any empathy towards him. The supposed "story" behind the game is abysmal so if you have read that this game has an interesting story, I am sorry but they are trying to fool you, believe me.

I cannot recommend this game even to platforming fans, the overall sentiment after playing it is very bad.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
This game is a hard but fun platformer with tons of mechanics thrown in to make it original. The theme of dark and creepiness defintly makes it stand out. The game has a pretty good story aswell from what i have played of it so far.

Each level is around 5-10 mins long with some fairly original level designs and as i said new machanics get thrown in all the time so no level is the same.

Character design is really spooky and generally makes you want to run away from the enimies. The character you play as actually looks far more powerless compared to the rest of the characters.

No video setting or audio setting inside the game sadly, you get a launcher that lets you change graphics, resolution and the keyboard buttons. The game is fairly easy to run as it has pretty simple graphics but still it would be nice to have some more graphical options. Also this reminds me the game's characters are in all 3D which looks pretty cool in my opinion!

If you want to watch me play the game and review it please click here! :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015

Oscura Lost Light is a platformer with some platforming puzzle elements
in it. The game runs smooth and solid, and the platforming is intense and keeps
you attention throughout the game. The controls are basic, though I would have
appreciated having the option to rebind the special powers keys, as it would
have made my gameplay more efficient. This did not, however, take away from my
enjoyment of the game.

You play as an apprentice lightkeeper that accidentally plunges the land
into darkness, and are out on a quest to recover the lighshards and bring the
light back. The story is enough to keep you interested, but not so much that
it takes away from the platforming elements. The game has a par time
goal, which
adds to the replayability, though I would have liked to see a leaderboard, as
it would have been beneficial to the competitive aspect of the game.

The platforming is well done and very well fleshed out. The game is
great for moderate to experienced platformers, though it never felt
unfair. There
were some challenging areas and some tricky parts, but the checkpoints are
balanced and set at decent intervals. The game knows that you are going to die,
but it doesn't punish you for it by sending you back large distances. The
mechanics and level design are constantly remixed and consistantly add new
challenges that keep you in the environment.

The atmosphere is beautiful, the platforming is challenging, and I
never felt like the game was wasting my time. I enjoyed playing this game,
and it is an easy recommend.

This is a summary of my review video, which I encourage you to watch
if you are looking for a more in-depth review.

Thanks for your viewership and support; for more videos click here:
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
I am not pretty sure why I bought this anymore, but I decided to write a review for this, never the less. I don´t know what to put in a text, so I'll just make a Pro/Contra-List:


+a lot of levels and "challenges" (items to collect, deads to avoid and stuff)
+VERY cheap Steam trading cards
+Storyline (Yeah, platformer with storyline)
+Cool name


-Full of bugs
-annoying Soundtrack
-tricky jumps to make you rage
-Completely unlogical achievments
-hard to get it 100%

all in all I won´t give it a recommendation, mainly because of those Achievments... Instead of making "Beat all levels" or "Complete level XY in less than x:xx minutes" They made: "Get about 11 Minutes air-time" SERIOUSLY?!? Where is logic?!? You need to "cheat", by going on a jump-pad and than going AFK or so...
Other than that I hate the bugs this game has a lot... For example walking walls up or getting stuck in a rock at the end of the level (happens too often)... That sucks!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2015
This game is awesome! I got it on the Humble Might and Magic Bundle (works out at about $1.25) and for what I've played, it's worth SO much more!

+ Nice, fast story
+ Creative levels
+ Original artistic style
+ Intuitively designed interface

- Changing direction mid-air is in my opinion, slightly too sensitive
- Not the easiest keyboard control scheme by default

I love the game, highly recommended, especially if you can get it on sale. (But support the developers!)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Here are, in my opinion, the scores for this game:
Gameplay ------ 7/10
Story------------ 5/10
Graphics -------- 7/10
Sound/Music----- 7/10
Overall rating ----------- 6.5

Conclusion: A simple,straightforward platformer with nice visuals and sound effects. Not to be compared with Limbo which is much slower and less coloured. But still it's a great game, a bit to easy IMHO, took me 3 hours to beat it, probably due to numerous checkpoints. A must play for those who like puzzle-platformer games.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015

Nice little platform game. Good music, decent controls. Nice use of different abilities. Tough but no stupidly tough just for the case of it (cast of the seven godsends). The level design does start to get very repetitive, as each world looks the exact same with same environment and traps. Also use the exact same powers the entire game, and new mechanics would have been nice. The final boss was a letdown. Also not really much story at all. But its a decent platformer with good puzzles and solid mechanics. Pretty short too.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recently Posted
5.2 hrs
Posted: September 16
This is a fun little puzzle platformer with a good mechanic: You use different colored light for different effects. Green = making platforms appear (in pre-designated places only), blue = slow down time, orange = blow up walls, yellow = reverse gravity. You only have max 2 powers at a time so it's easy to keep track of them and switch between them, which at times you need to do with split-second precision.

The difficulty curve is very fair (until the boss level. More on that later). On earlier levels, the checkpoints are spaced very frequently so you don't have to repeat much until you're used to the mechanics. Later, they get further and further apart until you have to do three or four sequences of puzzles in a row without a checkpoint, which can lead to some frustration after you FINALLY beat a difficult section, only to be killed immediately afterwards because you didn't know what to expect. The boss level takes this idea to THE EXTREME. There are hardly any checkpoints in the final level, meaning you have to do LONG, complicated sections that take pinpoint precision, dying frequently, then when you finally get past that section, something new kills you. There's a counter at the end of levels that tells you how many times you died. I'm not an amamzing platformer, so I was averaging somewhere between 15-30 deaths on any given level. The boss level was in the hundreds. It's grueling, and I decided to look up a walkthrough to see what I was supposed to do in the end, which I hate doing.

I think the game has pretty good replayability, since there is the counter for your number of deaths, there's collectibles to get, and there's a "Best time" to beat.

The art is good; each level is a different background color, with the foreground being silhouetted like Limbo, making a really nice aesthetic. Music is atmospheric and pretty good, though I didn't notice it half the time with all the platforming distracting me.

All but boss level: 9/10.
Boss level: 1/10.
Overall: 8/10. Definitely worth it if you like puzzle platformers like Limbo.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
A nice platformer with character able to manipulate gravity and game world. A bit too short for me, but long enough to show many complicated challenges. Sharp mind and fast reflex is essential in completing this title.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
Pretty mediocre platformer. You constantly get stuck behind the geometry, the physics feels clumsy and you often don't see the danger coming. As a result, you die all the time. There are many checkpoints to compensate for this fake difficulty.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
0.3 hrs
Posted: May 25
This game doesn't really support a gamepad.
My gamepad is a speedlink torid, that supports both XInput & DirectInput - in both modes, only the left and right movement were recognized by the game.

Therefore, I give this game an F.
Like failing to support a controller.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
3.9 hrs
Posted: April 21
Decent attempt at a puzzle platformer. It's not super difficult, when it comes to either puzzling or platforming elements. Liked the light dynamic and how it could be applied in various circumstances. The graphics/music is nothing to write home to but it's a single dev game so I didn't exactly have AAA standards.

The controls are precise but the platform hit boxes are not. Still, it's not too annoying once you get used to it, although it did result in more deaths than needed.

Finished in 3h, relatively short but still entertaining.

Helpful? Yes No Funny
2.6 hrs
Posted: April 17
Nice graphics and style. Interesting puzzle logic. Unfortunately the gameplay is frustrating. There is something overly difficult about the jumping, perhaps you slide off the edges too easily? Difficult gameplay is compensated for by lots of checkpoints, but they often start in frustrating places making you needlessly have to pull leavers over and over as you make each attempt.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Not-So-Serious Sam
8.1 hrs
Posted: February 29
Like many indie platformers, Oscura: Lost Light is constructed around a gameplay gimmick. In this case, it's the ability to collect four gems that each grant your character a different power, such as the ability to walk on the ceiling, break through rock walls, etc. The catch is that you can only hold one gem in hand at a time, and the power it grants only lasts for a few seconds before it has to recharge. So you'll have to carefully time your use of each gem, and moves that require you to combine the powers of two different gems (like breaking a rock wall near the ceiling) will have you working that quick-swap button with precision. Meanwhile the terrain is sprinkled with spikes and lava pits because, well, platformer. There's also the occasional enemy to avoid, and your character has no way of attacking them; this is a jump-and-dodge game through-and-through.

The TL;DR on Oscura is that it's not the most innovative game in the world... but it ain't half-bad, either. The visual design is striking (if derivative), the stages are well-constructed, and the difficulty level is pure Goldilocks: neither a cakewalk nor a ragequit-inducing, Super Meat Boy style wall-puncher. The whole thing lasts about 5-6 hours, which is quite a reasonable length for a $7 game. Most importantly, it's consistently fun to play through. I don't recall ever switching it off in frustration, or leaving it aside for a week after growing bored with it. It's not an essential purchase by any means, but it makes a solid entry into any platforming fan's collection.
Helpful? Yes No Funny