Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles

Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles

You'll be forgiven for not knowing what a Mastermote is.

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In between what feels like an endless onslaught of FPS Royale’s and tense racing games, it’s sometimes good to just kick back and relax with something a little bit more easy-going and well… more laid back.  Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles by Canadian studio Luminawesome Games, may be the prefect tonic for the battle worn out there.

You play as a Lumote – a mote which is a very squishy and bouncy creature, who has been tasked with fixing the flow of energy in an underwater world filled with bioluminescent creatures and wonder, known as the Great Depths.  When a shift of power causes the Great Depths to turn red, Lumote sets out on an epic quest to return the world to blue.  To do so, you must learn to take control of the Great Depths inhabitants, to help you solve evermore challenging puzzles in order to defeat the greatest Mote of them all… the Mastermote!

The tale very much takes a back seat here, as gameplay takes centre stage.  You must work your way through each area, using a number of different abilities – from making platforms grow, to jumping on top of other creatures and walking them around to help you reach new heights.  The puzzles start out very accessible and steps things up at a steady pace, so you never feel lost or truly stumped for too long, as it’s always adding new elements to your skill set.  In a really interesting move you can see future levels ahead of time.  As you work your way around a section you’ll spot levels below you and as there is next to no loading screens, it’s a constant descent.  Plus you can zoom out to see how much progress you have made at any time; though beware seeing what lies below can often be a bit daunting in ways.

Unfortunately for Lumote, what starts out as fresh and exciting soon becomes quite familiar, as after a few hours you’ll have learned everything you need to know and the backdrop and style never really changes making it all become extremely similar.  Visually the game has a striking neon like art style, with a world covered in bright red till you start breaking your blue waves back into it.  Not so good though is the audio side, where beeps and blops that aims for cute and endearing, quickly becomes grating.  Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles starts out as a fun and fresh puzzler with a real chilled and laid back vibe, that offers up something visually interesting while challenging your grey matter.  After a bit though it has run its race and becomes very repetitive sadly.

An Xbox review code of Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles was provided by Luminawesome Games PR team, and the game is available now on PC and Xbox for around £20.

The Verdict

6Fair

The Good: Chilled out | Great art style | Never too taxing

The Bad: Locked into one style and location | Audio is irritating after a bit | A few more core ideas would have gone a long way

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