It's impossible to talk about this game and not compare it with Gathering Sky
, especially after having recently played the latter
. So let the comparison begin:
· In both games you are in control of a whole group of animals: a flock of birds in GS
, and a flock/school of fishbirds (or birdfish) called lumini
in the homonymous game. They move in an elegant and harmonious way, and their control feels very responsive.
· While the art styles in both games are radically different (2D hand painted in GS
, and 3D rendered in Lumini
) they are quite beautiful and detailed. If anything, the cavern sections in Lumini
can become a little monotonous and dull, but sooner or later the environment changes into something far more interesting and visually appealing.
· Both games provide a mostly relaxing gameplay, but while in Gathering Sky
this is almost the sole purpose of the game, Lumini
offers many more mechanics and things to do: for instance there are different classes of lumini, each one with a distinctive colour and special power. There are also enemies, but they won't really pose a serious threat to the player, especially after the red lumini are unlocked and it becomes possible to strike back. I personally found spikes to be far more dangerous, as I'd normally go speeding around with the blue lumini's power and sometimes that would end up with my poor creatures hitting a spikewall headfirst. Finally, there are some puzzles here and there. They are almost insultingly easy to solve, but they involve a neat mechanic: splitting up the lumini in two groups, each one to be controlled with a different thumbstick. Some of these puzzles require to fly in circles around a wheel with both groups
in order to open a door, and if you're as badly coordinated as I am, you're gonna have a bad time in those. :P
· The story here is barebones at best, but that's already more than in GS
, where it was almost non-existant. Something about the lumini having been missing (extinct?) for a long time, and having to re-gain its planet/land after being revived. It's all supposed to be told by some paintings in rocks you find during the game, but I personally didn't care much about them. I felt the game could be equally enjoyed for its gameplay alone...
· ...and for its music! Though not outstanding and spot on as the one in Gathering Sky
, I quite liked the soundtrack in Lumini
. Pity it's tied to Steam
To summarize, Lumini
is a short and relaxed action game, with good enough graphics and sound, and a couple of easy puzzles mixed in. Particularly recommended if you enjoyed Gathering Sky
but wished it had more actual gameplay. Plus, it's still 75% on the Humble Store
if anyone's interested. My list of finished games in 2016