A long-forgotten species, a hostile planet and a journey of discovery! Welcome to the world of Lumini – split and reform your swarm, evolve and discover new abilities to bring the Lumini back to their former glory...
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Very Positive (55 reviews) - 94% of the 55 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 3, 2015

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Reviews

“If you are in the mood for something restful, I’d say it’s well worth dipping a toe in the water.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Lumini is a beautiful, relaxing and captivating experience… even if you think it’s not for you, I urge you to grab a gamepad and spend some time with it”
9/10 – Entertainment Focus

“The type of game where you find yourself making detours or flying in loops just because it feels awesome doing so”
9/10 – Gameramble

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About This Game

A long-forgotten species, a hostile planet and a journey of discovery – welcome to the world of Lumini...

Having vanished without trace for thousands of years, an innocent race of creatures known as the Lumini have returned to their home world. Sadly, time has not been kind and the balance of the planet has shifted, turning the once gentle environment into a hostile landscape. Only the Lumini themselves can restore balance and help revive their long-dormant race, before adapting to preserve the future for generations to come.

Explore the Lumini home world in this relaxing flow-style adventure, overcoming obstacles and keeping your swarm safe while collecting the planet’s energy to bring back your fallen comrades. Split and reform your swarm, evolve and discover new abilities to bring the Lumini back to their former glory...

  • Go With The Flow – Designed to be one of the most relaxing games ever made, with laid-back gameplay and a soothing soundtrack.
  • Better Together – Collect energy and use it grow your Lumini swarm, then split into two swarms to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles in your way.
  • Natural Selection – The bigger your swarm gets, the more your Lumini evolve and gain more abilities; sonar, boosting, defensive moves and more.
  • Illumination – A Special Edition bundle comes with the entire Lumini soundtrack and a extensive art book showing off the wonderful visual charm of the Lumini world.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800 or ATI 2900
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Quad core or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 260 series or ATI 5850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad/Controller Recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad/Controller Recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Quad Core or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad/Controller Recommended
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Overall:
Very Positive (55 reviews)
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manycupsoftea
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fantastic game. Really short, but it reminded me of Journey- incredible music score, colorful and unique environments, and more of a wandering exploration experience than a puzzler or platformer. If you like titles like Journey, Nihilumbra, or Ori and the Blind Forest, pick this game up for sure. Just the awesome music alone has me considering picking up the DLC audio tracks.

It was legitimately saddening when I first started the game and accidentally killed one of my Lumini by running into some spikes. They're adorable, and make the saddest squeaking noises when they die :c I also wish the achievement "Leave No Lumini Behind" would either be taken out or shortened to just making it to right before the ending, because dodging the rockslides at the end even with 11 lumini (more or less the smallest possible number you can reach the ending with) is impossible. I know having unattainable achievements in games isn't something new or uncommon, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating to know you'll never, ever get that last achievement and 100% the game.

Either way, Lumini is a great experience. Definitely get it on sale, if nothing else.
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B3NB4IL
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
There’s a lot of games on the current gaming market where action, explosions, and thought provoking politics are the norm in mainstream game titles. You just can’t get away from it. However, there’s still some developers out there that like to break away from the fire, and keep the gentle, innocent, and enchanting world of games alive.

Lumini is certainly one of those type of games that took me by surprise, because the screenshots certainly didn’t do it any justice; I’m sure the screenshots I’ve captured here won’t particularly grasp you, although there’s no doubting that they look rather pretty. You need to actually try Lumini first hand to really gage how immersed you can become in this pleasant game.

Your character, or rather, characters, are what look like little fireflies that fly amongst the world. They bare the illuminating similarities to fireflies, but are far more alien looking in terms of features. In fact, these creatures, the Lumini, actually used to once inhabit the planet you’re introduced too, but they vanished, and since then time has changed their homeland. They come back to find a series of harsh, new species now running the caves, the waters, and the air. It’s up to them to restore their homeland back to how it was.

Read the rest of the review: http://bigbossbattle.com/lumini/
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Maensaldyr
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Lumini is a very lovely game, it feels great to play and though graphics aren't out of this world, it's really aesthetically pleasing. If you're looking for a game in which you can relax and discover a world and it's story, this is just for you.
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salar2fazel
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
i think ive found a new generation of videogames and they are stranglly helpful and cool . Dont give me wrong nothing like black ops 3 and starcraft and company of heroes make you forget about your all problems and they are killing fun ,but when you leave the game you are at firs place where you were starting the game and proboly more stressed . now thanks to games like lumini you can have fun and youll get relax and a sharper open mind so sit back relax and have some lumini
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kessiR
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Lumini is a very underrated game. At first I was sceptical of it, seeing how it seems to resemble a platformer, a genre I don't really warm up to. However, Lumini pleasantly surprised me. I really love the game, the aesthetics, the atmosphere and the art. The music was soothing, and the Lumini really grow on you. I found myself multiple times deeply saddened whenever I lost one of my flock.
From the atmosphere it reminds me a lot of Journey, with a deep focus on the heroes journey that reflects in the colors and style, the music and the general tone of each level. A lot of the narrative is entirely done through the artistic aspects of the game, many things I did not pick up on until I read the artbook, but much of it was not necessary to understand the general story told in this game.
Overall, I can really recommend this game. Especially if you're as much an aesthetics junkie as I am.
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Lumi
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
There isn't much to say about this game.
Not because it's bad in some way, but because it is very simple.
And within this simplicity lies the games strength.

You control a swarm of flying fish-like things, which are super cute and are available in 3 different colors.
Each of them has a different abillity which you can use to guide the swarm through the game.

You'll fly around a lot of beatyful designed environments.
You'll listen to a playful and calming soundtrack.
And you'll face some mean creatures that want to eat your Luminis.... but that doesn't interrupt the flow of the game.

It's a nice experience for one evening. I can only and totally recommend it to everyone who likes games likes Flowers

A huge thumbs-up from my side. The developers did a great job in creating this game.
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Warwick J.
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
AINSLIE’S LITTLE PEARLS

It’s fair to say that at times I can be quite the “girly girl”, I like cute, sweet and beautiful thing’s and these are what Lumini bring’s to the gamers table. You play a small winged creature, somewhat like a dragonfly, the Lumini, whose world is a an array of caverns filled with beautiful and sometimes deadly crystals. You fly along gathering pretty flowers and further friends to fly with. There are segments of Runes or ancient symbology covered gates that must be activated in sequence to activate the opening of the gate. It was during these times that my lack of gaming prowess became evident. I struggled in using multiple thumbsticks simultaneously to control both main Lumini in order to activate a gate. Even though I hit these small road blocks this game has you feeling hurt if one of your small fliers is injured/killed and exhilarating joy as you tumble and spin though the underground wonderland. Let alone the glee that comes from the cute joyous sounds the little creatures in your control make as they gather a flower or fly past illuminating crystals.

If you are looking for a game to make you smile, but keeps you on point with technical maneuvers of the controller then this is the game for you. For any gaming newbies out there I say give it a go, the cuteness factor is worth it alone.

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Rye Roen
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Presentation

Lumini’s presentation is its trump card. It’s a game made in Unity so of course it’s beautiful, but it has a lot more to it than the typical “beautiful engine look” that can, and has, gotten tiresome as more Unity games have been released. You go to a lot of different environments in this game and it tends to be the reveal of each new area that has that emotional pull for me. They even ripped off Jurassic Park a little bit. The environments are extremely pretty, but on their own they wouldn’t be that impressive; it’s the timing. The music comes in at just the right moments, and the level design is timed with it so that when you pass certain triggers in the level the music does what it needs to. In other words the music is dynamic, and I have to say it’s maybe the best element of this game. But we’re not going to leave presentation without taking a look at another aspect of design that the developers seemed to neglect. Graphic design. All throughout the game whenever text appeared, or when I collected a purple gem, I have to be honest, I cringed. The font is not good, and the collectable overlay is straight out of Crash Bandicoot from 15 years ago. It might seem like a nitpick, but it really cheapened the whole experience and clashed with the otherwise beautiful game.

Mechanics

Unfortunately the weakest element of the game is the gameplay, which’ll be a dealbreaker for a lot of people and I don’t blame them for that. We’ll start with the negative and end on the positive. In this game you are controlling a school of flying.. fish dragonfly things called Lumini. Your health is represented by the number of them you have with you, and if you lose them all you go back to the previous checkpoint. The three colours each have unique abilities and you can switch between them; blue being speedy, red being aggressive, and yellow being… the gem collector. Yellow was really the third wheel throughout this game; it didn’t really have much of a place and I never used it. It does become slightly more useful towards the end when you are collecting gems from inside venus fly traps, and I think you could argue that getting lots of gems is important because that’s how you get more Lumini, but that idea is undermined by the fact the game is quite easy. There’s nothing wrong with that and there is a hard mode that you unlock after beating the game that I never tried, but honestly I think the biggest misstep with the difficulty is making it so that you have to beat the game to unlock hard mode. Assuming hard mode is hard, the difficulty wouldn’t have been an issue at all if I could have played it from the start. The game is already short, and it’s padded out with these unbelievably tedious and easy puzzles that just don’t belong in this game. They stagnate the pace and aren’t satisfying to complete; yet they come up again and again and they always have the same solutions. All that said, I actually did find it satisfying to switch between the red and blue schools of Lumini to create a synergy and fight enemies in relatively tense action sequences. I felt powerful when I did it right, and it kept the battles fast paced and exciting.

Story

The story is simple and things become clearer as you play. It’s not really a story that can be explained in words without using information from outside the game itself. The environment around you tells the story conceptually, with a few dramatic twists in tone throughout that keep it interesting. It has a satisfying but typical conclusion, and the world remains magical throughout the experience. There’s not much else to say about it, it’s really something you have to play and discover for yourself.

Verdict

I think this game, that I completed in 90 minutes, is worth around 5-7 dollars. Right now, it’s priced at 13 dollars on Steam. I think Lumini is great if you want to scratch that goosebump itch, and if that’s you I’m talking about, my recommendation is putting it in your Steam wishlist and waiting for a sale when it gets closer to that 5-7 dollar mark.
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SSpectre
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
Directing the swarm is the primary task at hand; their predators are rarely a threat, collectible energy spheres (which are used to create new Lumini) are mostly sitting around in plain sight, and the puzzles are about as puzzling as turning a door knob and pulling.

Full review:
http://www.cubed3.com/review/2353/1/lumini-pc.html
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logout
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
As my 5 years old son says: this game is beautiful. Of course, it's a bit hard for him to play on the keyboard so I'm kinda forced to play for him :)

The game is wonderfull indy game - challenging, beautiful and the atmosphere is great. The music is mesmerizing and really help immersion. Graphics are on par with the recent indy games I played (and this one was made by students) though they lack a bit of details on big screens.

I hope I'll be able to test the game on a gamepad as it seems it's far easer to use with this device.

Anyway, it's great and I don't regret the money I spent on it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Lumini is a very lovely game, it feels great to play and though graphics aren't out of this world, it's really aesthetically pleasing. If you're looking for a game in which you can relax and discover a world and it's story, this is just for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
There’s a lot of games on the current gaming market where action, explosions, and thought provoking politics are the norm in mainstream game titles. You just can’t get away from it. However, there’s still some developers out there that like to break away from the fire, and keep the gentle, innocent, and enchanting world of games alive.

Lumini is certainly one of those type of games that took me by surprise, because the screenshots certainly didn’t do it any justice; I’m sure the screenshots I’ve captured here won’t particularly grasp you, although there’s no doubting that they look rather pretty. You need to actually try Lumini first hand to really gage how immersed you can become in this pleasant game.

Your character, or rather, characters, are what look like little fireflies that fly amongst the world. They bare the illuminating similarities to fireflies, but are far more alien looking in terms of features. In fact, these creatures, the Lumini, actually used to once inhabit the planet you’re introduced too, but they vanished, and since then time has changed their homeland. They come back to find a series of harsh, new species now running the caves, the waters, and the air. It’s up to them to restore their homeland back to how it was.

Read the rest of the review: http://bigbossbattle.com/lumini/
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
I can't believe how Relaxing, Elegant, Graceful, and colourful this game really is. I really dont know how to discribe this game and put into words for you. But I am just really enjoying it so far, the music is pieceful, Elegent and beautiful. The Lumini are very cute, until I loose 1 to a beast then I feel a bit moved and want to cry. The sounds they make are just ever so cute and adorable. Look I am just enjoying this game, and have no regrets buying the Deluxe Edition, I feel I have earnt it.


http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=511970031


This game certainly is not like Hero of Many, it has its own unique style and it plays really well with the Xbox Controller. I am really enjoying this game so much more than when I played "Hero of Many", but again they are very differant games, and this game Lumini is so much more prettier as well.

( So please as people have done, dont compare "Hero of Many" and " Lumini" as they are both unique and differant ).

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=511970145

I can only say that I am very impressed with this game so far, from what I have seen and played of the game so far.

If your a fan of cuteness, elegences, pretty and relaxing games with pieceful and graceful music, then this game is a great addition to your library. All I can say is the store page and youtube footage shares a much better picture than I can share.

Bottom line is Im really loving this game, it has plenty of pretty and cuteness in it, and this I really enjoy greatly in a game :)

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=511994671

Great job making this game.

Developers : Speelbaars
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Lumini is a extremely relaxing experience that sees you controlling a flock of birds through beautiful scenery.

The difference with this game as oppose to others is that you control a whole flock of birds instead of just a single one. This I was expected would be difficult. But the developers have managed to nail the controls of movement perfectly. Monouvering the birds is simple and fluid and I never had a single problem. Each bird follows in a kind of trail.

The game uses a unique control method to make some puzzles. You are able to split your group into 2 different smaller groups. These are used to press buttons in different parts of the level. Some buttons have to be hold down both at the same time to open a door which is why 2 groups are needed. You can also control fans by spinning around them. Controlling the fans was sometimes a bit fiddly to do unfortunately. I really wish they had used this unique system to make some more intricate puzzles because the ones they used in lumini were extremely basic.

Lumini doesn't really have a goal as such. All you are really doing is exploring. The world that you are exploring is truly beautiful. The graphics style lumini uses isn't disimilar to the likes of trine 1 and 2. It's like a 3D environment but you only control in 2D. It's called 2.5D. The world is full of colour and depth. There is a lot of variety with environments such as caves, outdoors, trees and rain. This was such a pleasant experience just being able to explore the beautifully crafted world.

Interactivity with the environment is also something that the game uses a lot. When flying their are crystals in the background that light up, vegitation that sways, leaves that fall off the tree and loads more. It really does help to make the game actually seem real. There are always things happening in the background as well such as exploring animals or trees swaying.

Within your swarm you have 5 different types of birds. Each of them has a different ability. These include abilities like bomb, speed boost and electricity. Although in my playthrough I only used the speed boost and bomb ability to take out enemies. The others I felt were fairly useless. But this does create an element of strategy. You need to try can keep at least 1 of each of the types of birds alive within your swarm so you can use the abilities.

Throughout exploring you will find certain collectables and other pickups. The most important pickups would be energy and health. Energy is used to get more birds at each checkpoint. The more energy you have, the more birds you can get. The health just keeps your birds alive. Other collectables can also be found around the world. They don't actually seem to have a use though. The game doesn't explain what the other collectables are for so I have no idea. I found one that wasn't activtaed so I couldn't pick it up. But I had no idea how to activate it.

In the basis of the game there is prety much no challenge. You may loose some of your birds, but it is nearly impossible to loose all of them to a point of dieing out. I have no idea what happens in this situation becaue I didn't manage to loose them all. But if you do want a challenge there are some very difficult achievements. These include things like keeping all of the birds alive, not killing any enemy and getting all energy. You also unlock a hard mode after your first playthrough. They will add a tonne of time to the playthrough if you tried to get them all.

Overall the experience was extremly enjoyable and relaxing. It was a welcome break from some other hardcore games. Although if you are a strictly hardcore gamer this game is definitely not for you. The game unfortunately did only take me 1.5 hours to complete though. It isn't a very long length. So some people may consider £7.99 to be a slightly steep price for the amount of content. But I would personally recommend it at that price due to the perfect world you will get to explore. You really won't find the same experience anywhere else.

TheIronicGamers rating system
  • Don't ever buy this game.
  • Maybe consider it on a sale.
  • An average game.
  • A good game that should definitely be considered.
  • A must play!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free review key by the developer to make this review.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Lumini is a beautiful, simple and relaxing game to play.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orXnWzm7xbM
The creatures you play as are cute little creatures that light up the place as you traverse caves.
Your main goal in the game is to make it to the next checkpoint, collecting little orbs of light along the way. Once you reach the checkpoint, you add more Lumini to your pack. They will replace the ones lost due to enemies attacking you.

Different coloured Lumini have different abilities. Allowing you to play in a more offensive way, killing all enemies you see, or evading them with speed boosts.

There are quite a few hidden areas in the game, which gives you a purpose to explore the caves apart from just enjoying the beautiful scenery.

The music is quite beutiful, and helps immerse you in the world.

It's a great game overall, check it out!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 3, 2015
Played the first hour of the game, very nice looking, great atmosphere but damn its hard to say something else about it since its just so god damn serene.
You play as a swarm of little insect creatures, explore an alien world (lots of crystal-caves so far at the begining) and just fly into the unknown. Combat and puzzles are very basic, mostly just to break up the gameplay a bit.
If you just want to chill and relex it's perfect. Also very kid friendly, could give this to a little child with no second thought. Controls are easy enough that the very young and the very old could have their first gaming experience with it.
But it needs a controller. While you can play it with mouse and keyboard, the first screen tells you to use a controller instead.
I'm not sure it has any replay value, there are some hidden collectibles if you are into achivments but thats about it.
Overall i would recomend it.

If you want to see/hear more, i made a short preview video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U6JUyMQhfc
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
This game really is something to see, It's incredibly relaxing. From the soothing music to the spectacular visuals. That however is not to say the game will put you to sleep. The game mechanics are very engaging, you won't want to put the game down.

We over at Couplecade made a first impressions video if you're still on the fence about buying this game. We really hope you do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD5wDI-Tbks
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
I'm a bad mother. My purple lumini all died *weeps in corner*

~By far the most beautiful explore games out there. Captivating backrounds and music. There are some very intense and challenging moments but achievable so it's not too easy. Using a controller is convenient at times where you need to turn the stone wheels but I was still able to play just fine with a keyboard.
The cute little sounds they make are just.. so.. *sniffles* cute!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
At first you get a little bit confused about what is happening. But after a while you get enthralled by the beauty of the game and the story that is being told by the visuals, sound and music. This game is truly an artpiece of gaming and I would recommend this game to everyone who wants to play an art game with a great story which is told in such a wonderfull and abstract way!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Lumini is a very underrated game. At first I was sceptical of it, seeing how it seems to resemble a platformer, a genre I don't really warm up to. However, Lumini pleasantly surprised me. I really love the game, the aesthetics, the atmosphere and the art. The music was soothing, and the Lumini really grow on you. I found myself multiple times deeply saddened whenever I lost one of my flock.
From the atmosphere it reminds me a lot of Journey, with a deep focus on the heroes journey that reflects in the colors and style, the music and the general tone of each level. A lot of the narrative is entirely done through the artistic aspects of the game, many things I did not pick up on until I read the artbook, but much of it was not necessary to understand the general story told in this game.
Overall, I can really recommend this game. Especially if you're as much an aesthetics junkie as I am.
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