Lumo [Game Review]

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Title: Lumo
Developer: Triple Eh? and Spiral House
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category: 
Adventure, Platformer
Release Date: 
November 20, 2017
How we got the game: 
I got a physical copy as a gift

 

 

 

When I first heard of Lumo, I thought it looked so cool. I was excited for another puzzle game and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

gameplay

Lumo is a short and sweet game. You play as a little wizard guy going room to room figuring out puzzles, collecting items, or sometimes just running through the room to get to the next.

You run with the analog stick and jump with A. Halfway through the game, you get a light staff and press B to illuminate the room. Lighting up the room allows you to see hidden platforms. You can also push certain boxes though you just need to walk into them.

There was no camera control and no depth-perception. Each room is set up in a similar way to Captain Toad except you can’t move the camera around to look at different angles. You only get the one angle and if you’re behind something – good luck. You have to make that jump blind. I got stuck quite a bit because I wasn’t able to get a better look at what I was trying to do.

The puzzles aren’t too complicated either. There were only two that tripped me up, but for the most part, the puzzles were easy or they were just time-based. The time-based ones were annoying because it went so slow and waiting was just annoying. And if you messed up, you respawned by the door and had to start all over again.

There are two modes of the game, I chose the adventure mode where it saved automatically when entering a new room and you have unlimited lives. I died a lot, so that was very helpful.

There are collectibles in the game such as rubber ducks, which were nearly impossible to get, cassette tapes, coins, and one other thing that I never found out what it was. I barely collected any of them. There was no point to collecting any of them and, as far as I know, you don’t get anything for collecting them. It didn’t add much to the game at all.

graphics-music

I enjoyed the graphics of this game. The 3D picture looked good and the different designs on each floor (dungeon-like, ice, etc.). In the beginning, you get to choose whether you’re a boy or a girl. The gender honestly doesn’t matter as you can’t tell while the blue chose your robe color.

The music was calming and soothing. While I liked it, I’ll admit it got a little old. The music was more or less the same throughout the entire game. The game is short, but I still would have liked a little variety.

The special effects were pretty good. I found the noise of my character running as well as the illumination sounds to be pleasing.
storyI have no idea what the story is, to be honest. I started off as a girl in an arcade. I couldn’t interact with anything or anyone other than a broken computer. The computer sucked me in, I went through the various puzzles, met some ghosts, defeated them, collected all four chips, then got out of the game. Then my character ran off and the credits rolled.

So, long story short, I guess I was trying to get myself out of the game. I don’t know how collecting the chips fixed it though and I don’t know why it was broken in the first place or why I was even sucked in.

The ghosts? No clue. Halfway through the game, I ran into a ghost. He split into four mini ghosts and then at some points I “battled” them in a Pac-Man style giant maze room. That was the end of the ghosts, but they were never explained why they were there or what they were doing.

My guess is maybe the ghosts resembled a “virus” in the computer, but it’s not clear at all.

replay-value

I don’t think I’ll be picking up this game again. The puzzles were so easy and the camera were awful. It wasn’t a bad a game, but with barely any story, I wasn’t as into it as I had hoped.

Lumo gets…
2 out of 5 lives.

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Nintendo’s Online Service [Gaming News]

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Nintendo recently announced more information on their online service that will be available in September, which… honestly, isn’t too far away at this point. (Seriously, where is this year going?) It detailed the pricing, what exactly we’ll get with it, and the news that the virtual console is not coming to the Switch anytime soon.

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Nintendo revealed a little more details about the service. First, is online gameplay. This is something we already have with certain games such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, come September, when the online services are released, we’ll no longer be able to play online unless we become a member. I mean, it’s $20 a year, so I’m certainly not complaining about that.

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The price isn’t too bad, no. Twenty dollars is for the individual membership, while around thirty-five dollars is a family membership. I imagine the family membership will include all accounts on a Switch while the individual membership will be per account. Either way, the price isn’t bad at all, but it will be odd to lose the freedom of playing online after being so used to it being free at this point.

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It is weird. This isn’t something I ever imagined Nintendo doing, especially since the console itself as well as the games are so expensive. People are still going to buy it though, of course. They’ll also be releasing 20 NES games at launch of the service with more games to be added “regularly.” I’m not sure how often “regularly” is going to be, but I think it’s pretty cool they’re doing that anyway. At the same time, I wonder if they’ll release SNES games, Nintendo64 games, and so on… in which case, that’s kind of like the virtual console and also… maybe no Nintendo64 classic mini?

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I’m curious if the 20 NES games at launch will be switched out with the games that will be added “regularly,” or if they’ll be there for good. In which case, yes, that could be why the virtual console isn’t being planned at this point and time. It does seem cheap for the old games, if that’s what is going to happen, especially with the new cloud back-up that will be available with the service. Would you think a virtual console with the old games may be more profitable than the twenty to thirty-five dollar subscription service?

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Well, I also heard as a rumor that it’s just a trial for the games. The $20 a year is like renting the games and then after a certain amount of time, Nintendo will take the games away and you’ll have to buy them if you want to keep them. I’m not sure if that’s true or not.

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I think I vaguely remember that, and it may be what I mean when I was wondering if they’ll “switch” old games out every once in a while. What you just said would make more sense for Nintendo in a business sense, and may be the replacement for the virtual console. Not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand, if we’re just “renting” an old game for a while, we won’t have to pay any extra to try it out, so I suppose that’s a nice perk with the paid subscription. I believe what I really want out of this subscription is to eventually have an actual chat system rather than a smartphone app.

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Yeah… I’m not too keen on having the app either. I barely have any storage left on my phone to begin with and I don’t want the battery to be wasted so quick. I mean, maybe it’ll be pretty cool once we try it, but for now, I’d rather have headsets or Discord.

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I remember Discord was interested in being the main chat service for Nintendo, but as far as I know, nothing is going on between the two companies. Perhaps one day Nintendo will have a better option than the smartphone app, especially to go with the online service that people are going to pay for. I think they’ll eventually need to have a better chat service. I suppose we’ll see, but for now, I’m interested in seeing how well the online service as it is will work.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo 64 Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I don’t know why, but I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane lately. Here are my favorite games from the Nintendo 64.

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Pokemon Stadium 2

I loved both games, but the second always stuck out in my head the most. I think it was because the Johto Pokemon were involved so there was more variety and I enjoyed the mini-games more. This is a game I would love to play again soon.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

While I’ve never played this game myself, I loved watching Kris play when we were kids (and even now). It’s one of the best Zelda games. The dungeons, the music, and even the graphics are all memorable.

Mario Party 2

It’s an old-school Mario Party and it’s the best one. End of story.

Super Mario 64

This is my favorite Mario game ever. The level designs and variety were wonderful, despite me not being very good at the game. I still loved it and the music is catchy and gets stuck in my head all day.

Paper Mario

If you know me, you know if this is my all-time favorite game ever. It’s just fabulous.

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