Prepare to enter an extraordinary world, one which needs your help to restore peace and tranquility. The titular Lumini are innocent, fairylike creatures, and for thousands of years, they have been absent from their home planet. They have returned, only to find that the beautiful and vibrant environment has become hostile. They need your protection, and your guidance, as they bring balance back to their world.
Designed by Speelbaars, a developer in the Netherlands, Lumini is described as “a relaxing flow adventure game.” You take control of a swarm of the Lumini, guiding them through the landscape. They have a special bond with the planet’s energy, with which you can replenish the swarm and help them evolve into an even stronger species, while at the same time restoring the missing balance to the planet. As the game progresses, you’ll need to find out exactly what’s happened on the Lumini homeworld – why did they leave? How has the planet become the way it is?
The dynamic swarm gameplay takes place throughout a world filled with plenty to explore, and even allows you to divide the Lumini into two groups and control them both at once. The project is still in final development, but the plan is for the game to be 2-3 hours long. Each player will decide whether to approach the game aggressively, passively, or in an explorative manner. There is no wrong answer, and the game progresses continually “without interruption, be it either with text, cutscenes, or voice overs.”
Lumini was originally published in its pre-Alpha state as a free download. Speelbaars has been working on the game for two years; it will be the developer’s debut project. Currently on Steam Greenlight, Lumini is expected to launch in Summer 2015 for PC, Mac, and Linux. Until then, investigate the wonders on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or even on the game’s own Reddit thread.