Lumo is an visually stunning isometric arcade adventure game, that allows you to put on your robe and wizard hat, and wander through a series of fantastic environments. On your journey you will encounter traps, puzzles and more than a few delicious Easter Eggs, particularly if you are a fan of the old school platforming genre.
The gameplay is what you’d expect from a puzzle platformer, structured to allow even the novice to quickly pick up the gameplay and overcome the early obstacles. One of the key design elements that stands out right away is that this is essentially a “one button” game. You won’t be picking up a bunch of power ups or new abilities, but you will be exposed to a number of enjoyable mechanics that you will put to clever use in order to progress through the rooms, find secrets and complete your objectives.
Simplicity gives way in short order to increasingly more difficult scenarios and puzzles, and you’ll need to develop some skills to keep up with the challenges. Lumo offers two game modes, the very forgiving Adventure mode which features unlimited lives and ability to save, and the suitably hardcore Old School mode, which will test your abilities and heavily punish mistakes via limited lives and no save feature.
In short, this indie is a beautiful take on a genre that doesn’t get much love these days. It easily evokes a sense of wonder, and kindles an adventurous spirit. The art and environments are beautiful, and really make you want to see what the next room holds. Music and sound are very much on point, although if you are as clumsy as I am, you may grow to resent the sound of your own death!
Lumo is an excellent adventure platformer that is ideal for folks young and old seeking a bit of fun, without needing to invest a ton of time and energy into a deep story or complex mechanics. I would especially recommend Lumo for parents and educators that want to expose children to games that will test skills and mental acuity, without being bogged down in hyper violence or mature themes.