Lume’s cardboard cutout world will enchant and delight you, albeit for a relatively short time
Lume HD For iPhone : Lume is a frustrating game. Not because it’s particularly difficult. In fact, the puzzles contained in this point-and-click adventure are mostly at the casual end of the spectrum. The reason it’s frustrating is because it’s very, very short – even by mobile gaming standards.
The basic structure of the game is simple, but the premise is intriguing: after suffering a power shortage, little Lumi arrives at his grandfather’s house to find everything switched off, and his grandfather missing. The challenge is to try to restore power to the house by exploring the various rooms and surroundings, and solving the puzzles. As is usual in this type of game, puzzles come in a variety of forms. At a simple level, you have to pair up objects with their solutions: for example, a locked fuse box requires the finding of a key, while a useful bicycle wheel can only be removed once you’ve located a spanner. Then there are classic physical puzzles, including rotating tiles in order to reassemble a circuit board. And finally, there are logic puzzles, where you are given various visual clues or symbolic codes and have to figure out the combination for a lock. Although they are pleasantly diverting, most of the puzzles will prove no match for seasoned garners. Well, we say most – one puzzle is particularly nettlesome; the solution being so opaque you’ll end up scouring the web for help, which is slightly frustrating.
The pleasure in playing Lume HD is the unique way in which the whole world is constructed. The environments are made from paper and cardboard – physically modelled in pre-production, only to then be filmed for the backdrops. The interactive elements and animations overlaid on the scenery give the game a unique look. The way the camera pans across the model of the house as Lumi travels from one location to the next is delightful.
If you believe in the importance of a thriving independent games sector, it’s essential that you buy games like Lume, to support the sort of coders who are willing to do things a little differently.