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  • Summary: This is a story of light - of Gleam, in a world of glass stained in darkness.

    Welcome to Gleamlight – a 2D action game that will take you through an adventure traversing a beautiful, transient world. Immerse yourself amid the beautiful stained glass artistry as you navigate without the
    This is a story of light - of Gleam, in a world of glass stained in darkness.

    Welcome to Gleamlight – a 2D action game that will take you through an adventure traversing a beautiful, transient world.

    Immerse yourself amid the beautiful stained glass artistry as you navigate without the reliance of any standard game UI, while tracing the world’s mysterious unspoken story.
    What will you, as Gleam, sense and feel through your travels across this beautiful, yet fearsome world of glass?

    ◆A World Made of Glass
    The world beautifully unfurls before you with lush trees, boulders of all sizes, and various paraphernalia, all in the form and shape of glass. Prepare to explore this fantastical world where light warms the glass and darkness stains it with bitter cold.

    ◆A Game Without UI
    The game has been designed to immerse players into the world and story without being obstructed by any standard game UI, allowing players to organically enjoy the action and tension of defeating enemies and traversing the world.

    ◆An Unspoken Story
    The story behind what happened in this world, and what is to come is up to you as the player. Discover and piece together the story through your adventure, and save this beautiful, transient world of glass.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Sep 14, 2020
    65
    While Gleamlight is beautiful visually to behold some of the developer's design decisions make the game frustrating to play at times. The game isn't exceedingly hard but there are times, due to its dark presentation, you're not sure which way to go. The design leaves too much to trial and error. The decision to use a "keep it clean" design for the user interface sometimes takes it a step too far. With this being said, the game does offer some fun for the better first half of the game, after that it grows a bit stale.
  2. Sep 8, 2020
    50
    Gleamlight is a simple 2D platformer with a pretty premise but not a lot of substance to back it up.
  3. 50
    Gleamlight is a mixed bag. There are enjoyable aspects here. Unfortunately, there are larger and more numerous negatives. At the end of my playtime I was left wishing the positive aspects were in a better game. Taking everything into account, I would skip Gleamlight.
  4. Sep 3, 2020
    40
    Gleamlight tries to mix-up a formula that we've seen before, and falls some way of short. Despite some interesting features, it's biggest problem is that it's not fun to play.
  5. Sep 7, 2020
    20
    Gleamlight is worse than the majority of bad games. With most poor-quality titles, the rot is obvious from the word go. Here, the game doesn't show its true colours until you realise it's over. Surely, you'll think, it's going to pick up? It generally looks nice, after all. It was featured in at least one Indie World presentation, which is usually a mark of at least some quality. But no. It's atrocious. It's boring to traverse, feels bad to play, has an insultingly low amount of content and has nothing to recommend it. Hollow Knight is actually cheaper, and there are plenty of lower-tier Switch platformers more deserving of your time than this. FoxyLand. Goblin Sword. Polyroll. Get those three for the same price as Gleamlight, maybe less. They're not even that good, but they're ten times the game Gleamlight is. Oh! And the music's discordant clanging rubbish, too. We hope it gets a physical release so we can throw it in a bin.
  6. Sep 23, 2020
    20
    Hollow Knight this is not. With a flawed control system, dreadful music, and painfully unfair platforming, this is a game you will want to end as quickly as possible. Thankfully it is over in about an hour.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 7 out of 8
  1. Aug 25, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really love this game. Indiee games have come so far. I enjoy it more than some AAA games out there , but that's my personal opinion! Great game. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2020
    3
    The game play is so short that makes all other good points worthless. To sum up, I think I totally waste my money buying this game.
  3. Sep 11, 2020
    2
    Gleamlight isn't great. And at $20, it's a highway robbery. Better action platformers and indie games are the same price or cheaper. I can'tGleamlight isn't great. And at $20, it's a highway robbery. Better action platformers and indie games are the same price or cheaper. I can't even recommend it as a holdover for Silksong because it plays nothing like Hollow Knight. But this isn't just an inditement of its price. Even at $5 it would still be bad. It has cute ideas such as its health system and stained-glass art style, but based on how they were implemented into this game, you'd think they were evolutionary dead-ends. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2020
    1
    Don't waste your money. I honestly bought this game because of all the "hollow knight ripoff" stuff and figured it would be fun. While theDon't waste your money. I honestly bought this game because of all the "hollow knight ripoff" stuff and figured it would be fun. While the graphics are beautiful, gleamlight is SUPER boring. Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2020
    0
    This game is horrible!!!! Terrible! Disgraceful! Putrid! Pathetic! An absolute waste of life to play! A ripoff! A shameless cash grab! GameThis game is horrible!!!! Terrible! Disgraceful! Putrid! Pathetic! An absolute waste of life to play! A ripoff! A shameless cash grab! Game lasts less than an hour. Rushed out the door! Laggy! Enemies are dumb as a rock! Fall into spikes you cant see cause the game is so dark, etc etc blah blah blah, I would rather play a video game of stick figures drawn on toilet paper than play this game again. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Firstly, both visually and mechanically the game is a pretty blatant rip-off of Hollow Knight. This would be ok if the developers had tried to make something out of it.

    However, Gleamlight is one of the laziest efforts I have ever seen by a dev team. The game is over in literally an hour. Well, at least that is where the level and game design stops. After defeating the last of three bosses, there are no new levels, nothing left to unlock... nothing.

    The remainder of the game consists of running back and forth through the same level with increasingly difficult enemies. There are some slight variations on where the buttons that open the doors are located, but that's it.

    As if that wasn't enough, the 1 hour of fresh gameplay that Gleamlight delivers is nothing else but mediocre. The movement is decent, with a dash and double-jump that can be combined in interesting ways. However, it becomes apparent very quickly that the most effective way to down enemies and bosses is simply to button mash.

    All in all, it is an extremely disappointing title. It definitely had potential, thanks to the thievery of the Hollow Knight model. But after running through the same thing 3 times, I gave up and started googling how to get a refund from the Nintendo Store.

    Do not waste your money on this. Just wait for Hollowknight Silksong
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  7. Sep 2, 2020
    0
    Gleamlight looks stunning via the videos but the game play lacks heavily .

    Character is slow and unresponsive,slashing of sword is heavy.
    Gleamlight looks stunning via the videos but the game play lacks heavily .

    Character is slow and unresponsive,slashing of sword is heavy.
    Game is missing that oomph, the need to go on and finish it.

    Game play is boring and story is null.

    Would not recommend to buy.

    Wish i was able to get a refund.
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