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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lumen (lumen.) is a puzzle game about manipulating mirrors and lenses to get beams of light to reveal images telling the story of the inventor's life. It's a simple concept, but as the levels get more challenging and more obstacles appear, logic and problem-solving skills quickly become essential. The rewarding puzzles paired with the unique story make for a unique game.

You discover an old attic in the Scottish highlands that belonged to a brilliant inventor named Olivia McLumen, who hid all her secrets in special boxes. These boxes need beams of light to hit specific areas for them to reveal their secrets. You guide the beams by angling mirrors in the boxes to reflect the light beam around, avoiding obstacles, hitting lenses and stars, and revealing the photographs hidden within.

While it's a simple concept, the levels quickly get difficult with the addition of more obstacles, forcing you to think deeply and analytically about the path your beam needs to take. With over 100 levels, there's always a challenge that's suitable for players of all abilities and past gaming experiences.

The result is a tough challenge that lets you take your time to work through the puzzle at hand and features a unique narrative delivery method and an engaging story to tie it all together. Solving a challenging level after deep thought, perseverance, and experimentation is always hugely rewarding.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Lykke Studios (@LykkeStudios)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on the Apple App Store.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some of the levels are very tough and require both patience and good problem-solving skills.

CostsCosts

Lumen usually costs £3.99 to £4.79.
 

Lumen

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Lumen Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
Many of the different in-game objects are a similar colour, making some parts of the game low in contrast, but all the objects have different shapes, making them easily identifiable.

The minimal text in the game is not 1/20th the height of the screen, but is high contrast, being white with a black border.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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