PS4 Review: Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles

Is this game illuminating or dimly lit?

Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles expands on the early access PC game, Lumote, supporting Luminawesome to deliver a complete version of the critically acclaimed release that delivers additional story, creates a whole new game world playing as the mighty Mastermote, and includes a new level of challenges, puzzles, and collectibles.

Lumote is a puzzle platformer where the object is to essentially push forward by lighting up areas you come across by either physical contact from you or from objects around you. You’ll have to rotate the camera at times to find solutions on how to solve puzzles you are tackling, and even then, the solution isn’t always simple. Lumote can only double jump and not particularly high, so getting across gaps will mostly require you to attach blocks to switches to extend bridges and so on.

The puzzles themselves aren’t that varied, which is a little disappointing considering the bright, vibrant world you find yourself in. There is something satisfying about lighting up the way as you go, but ultimately it does become repetitive after a while and loses its appeal as a result. There are collectibles to be found as well, but there isn’t a lot of variety to be found here.

Like I said, the world of Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles is vibrant, it has a cute art style to it that fits well with the game itself. The music in the game is pretty good too, while framerate is consistent and load times are short, even after dying. The game itself isn’t that long, in fact there’s a speed run trophy for finishing the game in under 1:23.28 which would apparently be faster than the developers themselves. There are also trophies for finishing the first world without dying, which while not the hardest may take a few attempts.

The Verdict

Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles is a cute puzzle platformer with charming visuals, but the puzzles themselves are a bit repetitive and lack variety. It’s a fun game but it lacks innovation or a reason to come back after nabbing the last trophy.

Score: 6.5