It is surprisingly rare to find a game as strikingly unique and beautiful as Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles developed by Luminawesome Games and Wired Productions. Released on May 1st 2022, this game is hot off the presses and well worth it for $19.99 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Playstaion and PC.
When I tell you that I was absolutely blown away at the unadulterated attractiveness of this game, the bright colors and beautiful fluid progression of the levels is as if TRON had a baby with one of the slimes from Slime Rancher. And while the mental image of that might be enough for you to second guess if this is something you want to get into, I am here to tell you that aesthetics alone should be enough for you to at least give this game it’s shot.
There is no load screen, you’re dropped right into the first level playing as Lumote, the squishiest bioluminescent creature as you jump, squash, and take full control of the 3D puzzle levels set before you. Your goal is to take control over this little world and overthrow what is known as the Master Mote. The developers did an amazing job making sure that you learn as you play, without giving you too much information and help that it becomes too easy.
The levels are challenging and interesting and every few levels there is a new mechanic added in order to keep your mind working. It may seem overwhelming at first, but the controls are very easy, you use the left stick to rotate your viewpoint, the right stick to move our friend Lumote around and then A, B are all you need. With that in mind, the mechanics of the game are incredibly easy to learn and master.
In order to make it through the next check point you must complete the level, this seems self-explanatory until you get further in, and you have the ability to teleport to multiple sub levels in order to complete the level in full, so keep that in mind. All the while the puzzles work as if they are power relays, working to change the bright lights inlaid in the flooring from red to blue in order to open the next checkpoint gate. I highly suggest that before you move through the checkpoint that you rotate your level completely and look for the little hidden collectables around the map, when you play through the first time you cannot backtrack, you can only move forward.
The music that accompanies your game play is best described as space inspired white noise. Mellow and relaxing during the mind-bending puzzles. While Lumote makes cute grunts, cheers and jumping sounds throughout. Once a full set of levels is complete you will have to take over a tower! Turning it from gray to blue, and a great view of the Master Mote along with the unsettling noise you hear in game as it seems to scream at you for taking over a tower.
The game is not terribly long, playing around four hours depending on how quickly your brain can figure out the puzzles but that is okay! The good thing about this game is that it is never overwhelming, challenging at times but never too difficult. It was an absolute blast playing through and I truly had a great time. I would give Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles an 80.