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Video GameLucky Luna Review
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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lucky Luna is a running and jumping game without the jumping. You swipe the screen to dodge obstacles and use the environment to get around. As you explore the world you uncover secrets about the past like hidden temples, dungeons, and ancient mysteries. It's a familiar format made new by the unique way you move around and engage with the equally novel folklore-inspired narrative and puzzles.

You play Luna, a masked young girl who sets out on an adventure to uncover the secrets of her past. You explore different environments, going from dungeon to temple to open nature, avoiding traps and uncovering secrets. It's based on an ancient Japanese Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a coming-of-age story written in the late 9th or early 10th century.

As you can't jump, movement is reduced to walking or dashing in the direction you swipe on the screen. Levels start simple and involve dodging spikes that appear out of the ground by observing their patterns, but gradually get harder, requiring you to use different environmental features to succeed - like riding on the back of an enormous dragonfly or using water spouts to reach higher areas. Each section introduces new mechanics, then builds on them and makes you use them in conjunction with previously learned techniques.

The result is a game that challenges the typical norms of the platforming genres, inviting you to play in an alternative way that offers a unique movement challenge that requires practice and experimentation to master.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/09/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Traversal

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Builtby Snowman (@BuiltbySnowman)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 5 hours to complete. There are plenty of secrets to uncover by backtracking and exploring, so the time to beat can vary.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple controls and lack of a jump ability means that there is no requirement to jump the right distance or perform complex manoeuvres in the air, with the challenge instead coming from timing your actions to avoid traps that appear and disappear.

CostsCosts

Lucky Luna

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
You need a Netflix Subscription to play this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Lucky Luna Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
You swipe the screen to move Luna, with a longer swipe corresponding to a dash. Sometimes, you need to repeat this action multiple times rapidly for example when you need to quickly change direction. You can mirror the controls so you can swipe the other way to Luna's movement, and can adjust Luna's speed. In addition, some areas have obstacles that appear and disappear on a timed basis, meaning you need to cross certain areas in the time they aren't there.

The game automatically saves at the end of each level.

There is some very slight text narration, and all text here and in menus is high contrast and fairly large, but not 1/20th of the height of the screen. The game is generally fairly high contrast, but some objects can blend together.

Because it's played on a 2D plane with very little backtracking, finding the path forward is never a problem.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Stereotype-Free Woman: The game's protagonist is a woman who doesn't conform to common gender stereotypes. Leading the narrative and not conforming to common objectification.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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