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  • Summary: As a contemporary take on the long-lost isometric platform genre, Lumo can be enjoyed by anyone looking for an absorbing, challenging and rewarding adventure. But for those who lived through the golden age of videogames – the 80s and early 90s – or know about the games and culture from thatAs a contemporary take on the long-lost isometric platform genre, Lumo can be enjoyed by anyone looking for an absorbing, challenging and rewarding adventure. But for those who lived through the golden age of videogames – the 80s and early 90s – or know about the games and culture from that time, layer upon layer of nods, winks and touches to those times help build upon the experience. [Playstation.com] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Aug 1, 2016
    83
    It's not a complex formula — cute characters + logical puzzles + intuitive controls (provided you pick the right ones) — but, as Lumo shows, it is a winning one.
  2. 80
    Might not be perfect, but in resurrecting a very specific sort of puzzle adventure that the industry has seemingly forgotten, Gareth Noyce’s heartfelt love-letter to the past succeeds in weaving a yarn which manages to feel both fresh and compelling at the same time. This is the isometric platform puzzler you never knew you wanted.
  3. Jun 3, 2016
    80
    Honestly, if you are a new gamer on the scene and just want to play a puzzle game, you can find so many better ones just through a Google search. But if you are a gamer, looking for a short but wild trip down memory lane, sprinkled with British pop culture history and references to some absolute classics, this game is worth a purchase.
  4. May 26, 2016
    75
    Lumo is a delightful if sometimes frustrating little puzzle platformer.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Jul 24, 2016
    70
    Surely anyone with a taste for adventure will appreciate the ingenuity and character of such an intricate and secret-stuffed world. [Aug 2016, p.120]
  6. May 24, 2016
    70
    Although it brings back some of the elements that made isometric adventures so popular in the 80s, Lumo fails to deliver a solid experience due its bugs and an irregular pacing.
  7. May 24, 2016
    60
    Lumo is full of well thought out puzzles, but it lacks certain gameplay touches that could have pushed it into being a great game. My main gripe is that the jumping feels awkward and, coupled with perspective issues, means you can fail a simple puzzle dozens of times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Dec 14, 2016
    8
    Made by the developers behind the wonderful "Oddworld" remake, Lumo is a simple yet fun puzzle platformer that appeals to all ages. I foundMade by the developers behind the wonderful "Oddworld" remake, Lumo is a simple yet fun puzzle platformer that appeals to all ages. I found some minor frustration in the controls, but the overall charm and level design more than made up for it. If you're a wistful gamer who grew up on simpler games, or a new gamer looking for a fun, simple challenge, it's not a bad way to spend 20 bucks. Make sure to adjust the control scheme to one that works best for you. And explore, there's secrets everywhere. Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2017
    8
    I highly enjoyed Lumo to be quite honest. Ok, the controls aren't the best, but, they are no where near how bad people are making out them toI highly enjoyed Lumo to be quite honest. Ok, the controls aren't the best, but, they are no where near how bad people are making out them to be. The main story is around 3 to 4 hours (or 100 hours depending on how many times you die). I did a full walkthrough/playthrough if you'd like to have a look >>> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLddV430oRXwXoELouXxgfizZi_zr7W8GU Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2017
    7
    Lumo was a fun, rewarding experience sprinkled with some problems. I HIGHLY recommend switching the control scheme to the middle (+) option,Lumo was a fun, rewarding experience sprinkled with some problems. I HIGHLY recommend switching the control scheme to the middle (+) option, as I believe they've shot themselves in the foot with their default option. Any complaints about controls can be easily fixed by simply switching this option.

    Being an isometric platforming puzzle game a lot of complaints are on the camera, which are warranted and WILL give you frustration as its sometimes hard to read where objects are in relation to yourself (depth perception). I feel like you won't be on any single puzzle long enough to frustrate you into quitting the game or "throwing your controller". They had a great idea using the L1 and R1 buttons to slightly move the camera and even quickly pressing R1 and L1 can give you a "3D" feel. Only problem is that you can't use it in most rooms, especially later into the game.

    This game deserves better than a 5.9, it's a fun game with rewarding puzzles and for 20-30 dollars is a great pickup to beat in a weekend. The story is stupid.
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  4. Jul 25, 2017
    5
    No, you cannot excuse the game for trying to be retro. Bad game design is bad - even it it old.

    The game could have been a lot better with
    No, you cannot excuse the game for trying to be retro. Bad game design is bad - even it it old.

    The game could have been a lot better with some small improvements. It has some cool core ideas that are ruined by the world's worst control scheme. You will die hundreds of times through no fault of your own, simply because the game hates fairness. Oftentimes, you don't even see where you're going, or you can't discern depth of jumps because of the skewed perspective. And naturally the game relies ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY on precision jumping - which the controls make nigh impossible.

    As someone who has no nostalgia for those particular games that Lumo was inspired by (apparently 1980s ZX Spectrum games in particular), I feel that the game, despite some cool ideas, is a failure.
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  5. Nov 12, 2018
    5
    Lumo is a 3D isometric puzzle platformer in which the player must navigate a series of interconnected rooms containing all manner ofLumo is a 3D isometric puzzle platformer in which the player must navigate a series of interconnected rooms containing all manner of obstacles.

    Having been a gamer since the late 80’s I do have a great deal of nostalgia for this lost genre having spent many hours as a kid playing games like Head Over Heels on my Amstrad. As a result I enjoyed the open hour or two despite the awkward controls, and even more awkward camera angles, that made judging jumps tricky. Unfortunately as the game progresses however it tasks the player with increasingly difficult platforming and, when you die dozens of times simply because the isometric view makes it impossible to tell where a platform or obstacle is, it all becomes too frustrating to want to continue playing.

    With just a few tweaks this could have been really good but in the end it’s a bit of missed opportunity...
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  6. May 27, 2016
    4
    For the first half it's a very simple and largely linear game that anyone can pick up - a few control issues aside it's a very gentleFor the first half it's a very simple and largely linear game that anyone can pick up - a few control issues aside it's a very gentle throwback with no puzzles or anything. Then it adds some of the worst old-school ice physics I've ever seen in a game and all my goodwill goes out the window. There's quite a lot going for it, and I'd give it 8/10 in other circumstances, but since the price is twice as high as I would have liked - and the ice is just so bad - that it gets a 4. For what it's worth I used to love Head over Heels. Wait for a sale. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2020
    0
    This game is broken on so many levels im suprised this garbage even made it as a release. How can anybody be postive about this game exceptThis game is broken on so many levels im suprised this garbage even made it as a release. How can anybody be postive about this game except for the mini games (who are not that special and are stolen from other games) Broken jumps. Broken bubbels where you fall trough. Broken duckies that even with a perfect jump break. Or you just fall for no reason to your death. GARBAGE a waste of time pure trash. Dont even try this horrible game. The creators should be hanged for treason. Expand

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