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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19

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  1. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    Amazing illustration style, a bit like Shaun Tan's artwork. Very enjoyable, not-too-hard puzzles, ambient music, overall great family game.
  2. Feb 17, 2020
    8
    “Luna the Shadow Dust”

    Reviewed By: Mouseboy Platforms: PC, macOS, Linux (Steam) Developer: Lantern Studio Publishers: Application Systems Heidelberg, Coconut Island Games Release Date: Feb 13, 2020 Price: $19.99 US (Steam) Players: 1 Genre: Point-and-click Adventure Game reviewed on PC (Steam). Luna the Shadow Dust is the kind of game that you have no idea why you’re
    “Luna the Shadow Dust”

    Reviewed By: Mouseboy
    Platforms: PC, macOS, Linux (Steam)
    Developer: Lantern Studio
    Publishers: Application Systems Heidelberg, Coconut Island Games
    Release Date: Feb 13, 2020
    Price: $19.99 US (Steam)
    Players: 1
    Genre: Point-and-click Adventure

    Game reviewed on PC (Steam).

    Luna the Shadow Dust is the kind of game that you have no idea why you’re playing, but you enjoy it every step of the way. A classic point and click adventure, with minimalist design, lacking any narrative, voiceover or dialogue, Luna still manages to get its point across with great animation and superb game development.

    Created by a Chinese team from Shanghai, this game exudes the love of its designers, from hand-painted incredibly detailed backgrounds, to instantly loveable characters to the thought-provoking puzzles in every level. While similar in game design to classics like Botanicula and Machinarium, it’s clearly visually inspired in part by Miyazaki films and the Little Prince and the combination goes well together with the overall art style and direction.

    The music is phenomenal, orchestral and rich, and the sound design is clean, with just the right amount of sound effects (and good use of audio positioning). It’s the kind of game you just want to leave running in the background for the soundtrack alone.

    The game itself follows a boy named Üri and the strange cat-like creature he rescues, Layh, as he climbs a tower full of mysteries. Each room of the tower has different challenges, puzzles that often involve interactions between light and shadow or pattern matching using the environment. Clues to solve the puzzle are often hidden in the background, though sometimes they are too obscure to be very useful.

    There are 24 easy-to-medium difficulty achievements on Steam for those achievement hunters out there, and the game as a whole can be finished in 4-6 hours (with another hour for completionist achievement hunting). Although the game lacks native game controller support, as a point and click game, all that is really needed is a functioning mouse. The settings menu is remarkably simple as a result of this choice.

    Although the game seems short it has a variety of interesting puzzles and a beautiful story told through animated cutscenes.

    Pros: Amazing hand-painted backgrounds, but still low-impact graphics, could play on a computer built out of canvas. Diverse variety of puzzles. Beautiful cutscenes.
    Cons: Some puzzles lack the clues necessary to proceed without random clicking. Occasional mild bugs. Puzzles often require overly-repetitive actions.

    Overall: 8 of 10
    A beautiful work of art to point and click through.
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  3. Feb 13, 2020
    10
    LUNA The Shadow Dust is one of the very best indie game I have ever played. Charming art style, beautiful music and great story.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 21, 2020
    80
    LUNA’s design creates the feeling that we are watching a lovely European animation of a simple yet affectionate fairy tale. The slightly easy riddles keep the momentum forward in order to experience it as a one-shot 3-4 hours gaming session.
  2. Feb 19, 2020
    70
    LUNA: The Shadow Dust is an audio-visual delight, with charming hand-drawn animation accompanied by a stellar soundtrack, though its gameplay isn’t very inventive and is ultimately more a case of style over substance.
  3. Feb 19, 2020
    70
    There’s no question that LUNA: The Shadow Dust has been a passion project for Lantern Studio. The care and attention that’s gone into even the smallest details is plain and clear to see. While its puzzles can be quite obtuse at times, any video game enthusiast will be happy to turn a blind eye to experience what this game has to offer. It isn’t perfect, and it isn’t for everyone, but it’s a true accomplishment – of that I have no doubt.