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  • Summary: Lume: An illuminating puzzle adventure!

    With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style unlike any other.

    Power to your grandads house has failed. Whats more, hes nowhere to be seen. Immerse yourself in Lumes photoreal world,
    solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout.

    This game forms Part 1 of a larger, ongoing story.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 28, 2011
    83
    It's unclear whether there will be more to Lume later (as the closing credits hint at a continuation of the story and a possible "part two"), but I'll be first in line if there is. This is a very light, charming little game that deserves an hour or two of your time. Just be sure to have a walkthrough ready for when you get to the crazy combination lock puzzle.
  2. May 19, 2012
    75
    Lume is filled with happy colors, cute characters and a few awfully difficult puzzles which will make you want to pull the hair off your head.
  3. May 13, 2011
    70
    A promising start, but one that will sink or swim on the quality of its puzzles. If State Of Play can balance things up there, this quiet optimism could break out into something altogether noisier.
  4. 70
    Small adventure fascinates with artistic visuals and a nice set of not-so-easy puzzles. Its (very) short life span is balanced with its budget price. [July 2011]
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    Lume isn't going to be a game for everyone and will seem downright slow in the eyes of the YouTube generation. Those who can remember how adventure games are supposed to be played will find it to be a rare treat, however.
  6. May 17, 2011
    60
    Lume is a little point & click flash game whose strong suit remains mainly its artistic direction, with its handmade backgrounds, filmed in order to include the characters. This first chapter is rather simple : Lumi doesn't have power any more in his home, you need to restore it. It's really cute, but some puzzle really are too absurd. This results in some issues in terms of balancing. In the end, its also a little expensive.
  7. Jul 23, 2011
    60
    Gorgeous. [Issue#111, p.117]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Jan 11, 2013
    10
    This is an enjoyable indie game experience. Nice puzzles and cute graphics. Atmosphere is charming and cool. Very short but i doesn't mind. Im buying part 2 fo sure. I am rating 10/10 as a protest to the overall low user score, this game is much better! Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    8
    Well you play a child who helps her granddad lighting up his house...sounds crazy! But it is so overwhelming! The graphics are filmed upon real made models out of paper, the sounds are awesome and the story lovely. And hey...the game is short, but on the developers homepage you see lots of content for the successor. I'm looking forward to it! Expand
  3. May 13, 2011
    7
    The visual design of Lume is endearing, hand made paper sets and miniature lights (along with the bobbling vertical pony-tailed protagonist) charmed me from the first click. Unfortunately the charming aesthetics of the game are hampered by Flash, the chosen method of production. The soundtrack is soothing, however it can become slightly repetitive by the end of the game. But these are both minor criticisms, and in my opinion Lume looks great.

    Lume is filled with puzzles and its difficulty ranks higher than the average modern day adventure game. This has sparked some reviewers to criticize the game as abstract or unintuitive. Personally, I felt that the puzzles were quite logical. They encourage the gamer to be attentive to minor clues and to use their own thinking power to find the ultimate solution. This might be off-putting to someone whose only experience with adventure games are the fantastic but easily solved creations from TellTale games, but to someone who likes puzzles and likes games, Lume is a welcome change of pace.

    My main criticism of Lume is that it is very short. Although it has a fairly low price tag and it is only the first episode in a potential series of games, I couldn't help feeling disappointed when it was over in just a little more than an hour.

    Bottom line: Great look. Good game for puzzle-lovers. Very short but also fairly inexpensive.
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  4. Mar 12, 2012
    4
    Lume is a puzzle game with a very cool art style. The game's structure is simple: solve puzzles to find the components you need to power the house. The game's art is beautiful, and the sets were clearly filmed with an actual camera. The music also fits well with the game.

    The compliments end there, however. The puzzles are arcane, with no help. I solved the easier puzzles, but others give you frustratingly little info. One required interaction with an object I thought I'd interacted with already. Another assumes that turning around changes which direction "northwest" is, which is simply wrong. I got frustrated with those puzzles before finishing them.

    Lume is incredibly short. There are about 6 puzzles, then the game ends. If you look up the answers, or even hints, expect to finish the game in under an hour.

    If you like the art style, then maybe you can find more value in Lume than I did. If not, even if you like puzzle games, you should skip this one.
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  5. Apr 13, 2013
    3
    The game has 6 different puzzles and 3 different rooms (I am not talking about levels), and maybe around 20 different spots you can click. You can speedrun the game in 3 minutes if you know solution to puzzles.

    Anyway why did I gave this game 3 10? Because the game is extremely short, and only reason why it lasts longer is because few of the puzzles are too hard. Controls and movement is also clunky and slow.

    I could say "nice little game", if the length was 10x what it is now
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  6. May 14, 2011
    3
    Fail game, i buy it thinking it was going to be something "new", but only has puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles. Recommended for people with patience and too much time to spend. I think Machinarium is muuuuuch better ! Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2012
    0
    A rip-off. No way this is worth £4.99. I finished it in 45 minutes. If the devs decide to release the second part as a free update then they may redeem themselves, but as it stands this needs to come down in price pronto. Expand

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