Posted: January 17, 2014
This is a charming game, however there are a few issues that are a bit breaking and after seeing that it costs 6.99€ just makes me say DO NOT BUY IT. If you do find it in a bundle however (like I did) sure, get it.
Now it's time for an explanation. The game is cute and your character actually walks around "real" objects, as in, the scenes were filmed with a real camera and then blended into the game.
It's a point and click puzzle game and it isn't an easy one either. Which, again, in itself is fine.
The puzzles are usually either a bit easy to solve or at least to figure out what to do, but there's 1 of them that is really quite horribly difficult to even make sense out of it.
SPOILER about that "tip" for that puzzle, it's a page of a book with the "ONE" in "GRAMAPHONE" underlined, and a #9 on the corner of the page... what this supposedly means is, there's 9 numbers you need (for a locker with 3 digits, therefore 3 sets) and it starts with ONE, then you have to read the text and find either the actuall number like "fig. 2" being the "2" the second number you need, and then "three"... then there's a year, 1887, the "1" is the last number of the second set of numbers and "887" the last one.
The problem with this is, the game gives you NO CLUE what this book is related to or even what to look for, your character only says "A book grandpa's been reading, he wrote something on it" and that's it, you really need a guide or an epiphany to figure it out.
Lastly, and this is what made me say NO about buying this for 6,99€ is that the game... only lasted me a few minutes, seriously, there are like 5 different screens (not counting small camera transitions) and only a dozen of puzzles or so, it's a cute short "story" but it's not even an apetizer, sure, in the end it says "end of lume part 1", but it's a part where you pay 6,99€ to get.
- One of the puzzles is nearly impossible to solve on your own, and crucial to finish the game;
- Even if you get stuck a lot, you can beat the game in only a few minutes, not even 1 hour.
Would I recommend playing this game? Sure, it is a bit fun at most and challenging, you will probably need a guide for 1 or 2 puzzles though and it's an interesting new concept.
Would I recommend buying this game? No, unless you're either filthy rich, or get it with a bundle, seriously.
In terms of the overall game and enjoyability I give it a... maybe 8/10 (without my puzzle issue).
In terms of the price/quality ratio I give it a 1/10 just because it's visually pleasing and new.
Thanks for reading this (if anyone ever does).