Lume PC

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4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30

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  1. 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 bothThe 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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  2. May 16, 2012
    5
    Completed after a meager couple hours of gameplay, Lume plays as a point-and-click puzzle/adventure game, suitable for children. The puzzles are along the lines of basic tile-sliding problems etc. with spots of story-driven objects to click on to read about. While weak in the gameplay area, Lume is appealing with its charming and unique artistic graphics - the 3D-styled area transitionsCompleted after a meager couple hours of gameplay, Lume plays as a point-and-click puzzle/adventure game, suitable for children. The puzzles are along the lines of basic tile-sliding problems etc. with spots of story-driven objects to click on to read about. While weak in the gameplay area, Lume is appealing with its charming and unique artistic graphics - the 3D-styled area transitions are a wonder to behold! Lume is interesting to try when included in a bundle, but the incredibly short gameplay length makes for a mostly forgettable experience. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2013
    6
    Lume is a cute little puzzle game with sets built entirely out of cardboard and paper. The sets and music are probably the best part of the game though. The few puzzles range from easy enough for a 3 year old to seemingly impossible to figure out the correct way. Thankfully all of the puzzles can be figured out by trial and error if need be. There were also a few cases where i knew whatLume is a cute little puzzle game with sets built entirely out of cardboard and paper. The sets and music are probably the best part of the game though. The few puzzles range from easy enough for a 3 year old to seemingly impossible to figure out the correct way. Thankfully all of the puzzles can be figured out by trial and error if need be. There were also a few cases where i knew what needed to be done, but wasn't clicking the exact right spot. The game only lasts an hour so it's definitley something you don't want to buy until it's on sale. That being said, the dollar or 2 that i paid was worth seeing a world made out of paper, even if that world only had a few scenes. Expand
  4. Jan 12, 2014
    6
    A beautiful art design to what is other wise a borg standard point and click that is extremely short. Supposedly the devs where working on adding more to the game, but seeing as the last update on the devs page is from 14 months ago, and instead of having the update be about Lume the title they put on the update was Lume 2 which makes it sound like updating the game has been long sinceA beautiful art design to what is other wise a borg standard point and click that is extremely short. Supposedly the devs where working on adding more to the game, but seeing as the last update on the devs page is from 14 months ago, and instead of having the update be about Lume the title they put on the update was Lume 2 which makes it sound like updating the game has been long since abandoned.

    All in all its worth playing through if you pick it up either on a massive sale or in a Humblebundle, but at a $7 price tag for a very saturated genre with less then an hour of gameplay (can take as short as 10ish minutes if you know all the puzzles, but for your average point and clicker first play through might take between 35-60 minutes depending on how long you get stuck on a puzzle. At the time of this post the game is currently 70% off on Steam for $2.10, which yeah you could pick it up at that price and feel like it was worth it, but at $7 it leaves you feeling a little bit lacking with so many other good point and clicks that have more plot to them and more then just 2 scenes the entire game that take a lot longer to get through.

    All in all its a great pick up for a good sale, but I would avoid it at full price even if full price is merely the cost of a single fast food lunch, just on the bases that you can get a much deeper, much longer experience in many other games in the genre for a similar price point, for example the entire Broken Sword trilogy will only cost you $3 more at a total of $10, and just the first 2 of the 3 games you get there will take you between 13-16 hours just doing the main story and not any of the extras... yes time played per dollar != a value comparison because 20 hours of boring game play for $20 is of lower value then 5 hours of extremely enjoyable game play for $20, but still if you enjoy what few puzzles there are in Lume you will enjoy puzzles in most other point and click games, so will probably find the Broken Sword trilogy more bang for your buck even if they don't look as pretty.

    Again its not a bad game, its just extremely short leaving you feeling like you paid $7 for a demo and never really got a game for your money. Which is exactly how I would describe Lume, a $7 demo for a game that could have been turned into something wonderful if more areas and puzzles where added into a full game.
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Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 30, 2011
    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]