This one’s been a long time coming – and not just because the isometric indie platformer apes the style of classic 80s gaming. After knocking back the original April release date, we now know when Lumo will be hitting all platforms.
Uncover secrets in a retro-styled adventure, when Lumo is released on May 24th. And why should you care? Well…
If you haven’t heard about it, Lumo is one of those gloriously, deceptively simple games about discovery. You know the deal here – exploring a ton of rooms (over 400, as it goes), completing mini-games, indulging in wild and adventurous escapism, and uncover literally probably a million secrets.
It’s a game that wears its influences on its sleeve. It’s a nostalgia trip. The official website is pretty upfront about that, encouraging gamers to ‘witness the rebirth of a genre.’ If you played games back in the 80s and early 90s, you’ll swear you’ve travelled back in time (In a DeLorean, natch) since Lumo is one beautifully realised love letter to vintage gaming and a long-forgotten isometric adventures of yore. And hell, even if you didn’t play back then, you’ll still dig on the nods, winks and references littered throughout the game.
One of the biggest gripes with a lot of indie games today from the general gaming population is that they’re just knock-offs of games from the golden age of gaming. You know, pixel-block platformers. We don’t really agree with that – it’s a bit too simple, and the argument’s more nuanced, but we did think about those complaints when we first heard about the project.
But this is a game from pun-meister general and Triple Eh? Ltd developer Gareth Noyce. Trust us, you’ve probably played one of his games before. He used to be a Triple-A title man, with games like Fable 2, Crackdown and Project Gotham Racing 3. Those are safe and tender hands in which to snuggle and hunker down with Lumo.
The game’s released on Playstation 4, PC, Mac and Linux on May 24th. Playstation Vita and Xbox One owners, sorry, you’ll have to wait until June. But whatever platform you’re on, we all get to throw a sickie and play Lumo.