Oscura: Lost Light – Defence against the Dark ‘Arts’

Oscura: Lost Light is a minimalist 2D platformer with Tim Burton-esque art developed by Melbourne-based entertainment company Chocolate Liberation Front. The team specializes in games and film, and are probably best known for their award winning animated series The Adventures of Figaro Pho. 

Published through Surprise Attack, the game tells the origin story of an accidental hero named Oscura, an apprentice lighthouse keeper with a flaming hand. After unintentionally destroying the Aurora Stone, Oscura is forced to embark on a quest to return light to the Driftlands. The Driftlands are Oscura’s home, but they are also a dark, gothic world that is filled with terror-even at the best of times. So when they are completely drowned in darkness, he has no choice but to enlist the help of four special crystals that will allow him to build and destroy obstacles, defy gravity, and slow down time in order to stand a chance against Marvo, The Lord of Shadows.

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Oscura: Lost Light is the third game in the Obscura series, succeeding Oscura, and Oscura Second Shadow. Lost Light will adopt a similar gameplay style to its predecessors, one which takes inspiration from classic platforming titles such as Super Mario Bros. while also delivering players a modern design aesthetic. The game is slated for release on February 24 and will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux through Steam, Humble Bundle, and other platforms. For more information prior to the official Oscura: Lost Light release, you can follow the game on Twitter and visit its Facebook page.

A keen retrogamer who grew up playing classics like Prince of Persia, Aladdin, and Diddy Kong Racing, Katrina believes that digital games are not just fun, but a great way to learn. These days she enjoys studying Japanese language acquisition, and designing her own games.