Saturday, November 23, 2013

PC Spotlight #52: Luminesca

Title: Luminesca
Developer: Matt Glanville
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: $9.99 (on sale for $4.99)
Games have explored the skies and beyond. the flickering corridors of futuristic abodes and the candlelit halls of medieval castles. But few have let us explore below and experience the dark depths of the ocean. Even in Bioshock you were isolated from the aquatic world outside, but Luminesca lets you discover the mysteries and secrets beneath the sea.
Across two Chapters, you play a Lum, a small creature exploring the caverns and caves and the shadowy mechanical ruins below the surface. You're equipped with a spotlight to illuminate the sunless world around you, activate switches, and you won't be alone, as fellow Lums and other weird denizens of the depths roam the environment. Luminesca isn't the hardest game; sure you'll be solving physics-based puzzles, avoiding crushers and other hazards, and unlocking new areas, but I never felt in danger. The game's greatest strength is the ambiance, the Limbo-esque atmosphere of darkened structures to discover, the dark world lit by the unusual creatures around you. The world of Luminesca is a joy to explore and discover.
Luminesca is currently consists of two Chapters, the second being more challenging and puzzle-focused, with more to come. You can purchase the game from the developer's site, Desura, and other sites. Luminesca was recently Greenlit.

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