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Lumo Celebrates Old-school Gaming April 22nd on PS4, PS Vita

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Lumo Celebrates Old-school Gaming April 22nd on PS4, PS Vita

Hello there! I’m Gareth Noyce, the developer of Lumo. Lumo is an isometric arcade adventure game that’s coming soon to PS4 and PS Vita.

“Isometric arcade adventure game? What’s that, then?”

Well, I’m glad you asked! Back in the mid 80s — when computers made beeping sounds and color TVs were wheeled into your home — 3D was a bit tricky, so clever programmers used to fake it using isometric projection.

Lumo on PS4, PS Vita

You’d explore their worlds room by room, completing the odd puzzle along the way and engaging in some proto-platforming gameplay. Simple stuff by today’s standards, but massively popular and often stunning to look at back then. In fact, the isometric craze spawned some stone cold classics — games that are fondly remembered to this day: Knight Lore, Head Over Heels, Amaurote, Chimera, Solstice & Equinox, to name just a few!

One of these games, Head Over Heels, was the first game that I ever owned. It had a massive effect on 10-year-old me, so much so that I used to scribble down ideas for new rooms on paper! In a sense, it started me down the path of becoming a game developer.

So when the opportunity to make my own game came around — spurred on by Ste Pickford, co-developer of some of the best isometric games ever made — it seemed like too good an idea to pass up!

If only I’d kept those scribbled room ideas from when I was a kid, though…

Lumo on PS4, PS VitaLumo on PS4, PS Vita

Lumo (Finnish for “enchantment”) isn’t a remake of those classic 8-bit games. Instead, it’s my attempt to answer the question: “What would those games be like today?” We can do things with physics, light, and sound that just weren’t possible back then, not to mention being able to auto save (!), so Lumo smooths off some of those old-school edges and brings the genre bang up-to-date.

It’s a much bigger game than its predecessors, clocking in at nearly 450 rooms split across four different zones, including secret paths, tons of hidden rooms, ducks to rescue, coins to collect and spend, and 6 mini-games to find and unlock!

It’s not just about getting from start to finish. Instead, it’s going to reward your exploration skills. Try and jump out of rooms and bend the game mechanics. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the first person to find all the cassettes and complete the mini-games? If you do, be sure to try it against the clock in Old School Mode, Lumo’s Time Trial setup.

Lumo on PS4, PS Vita

I’ve had so much fun making Lumo over the last two years that it’s turned into a bit of a love letter to gaming in the 80s, capturing the feelings I had as a wide-eyed 10-year-old falling in love with his first computer game. Retro-gamers will chuckle at some of the references to 80s magazines and developers that I’ve snuck in (keep your eyes open), while players new to these games will be able to experience a fresh, modern take on a genre that’s just as fun today as it was 30 years ago. (But if you decide to scribble down your own ideas for new rooms, please take a photo of them and upload them to the cloud. You never know when they’ll come in handy!)

Lumo launches April 22nd on PS4 and PS Vita as a cross-buy title.

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  • As someone who grew up with a ZX Spectrum, C64 and Amiga, this game looks fantastic.

    • Also Atari XL/XE. But what about price for this game? In times where 8-bits was power the games’ prices was up to 12 USD for AAA titles.

  • Where’s the April’s PS Plus lineup?

  • Good day sony.Pretty please bring god of war ascension onto the playstation 4 i want to play multiplayer.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I have no playstation 3 console and therefore id love to play god of war ascension multiplayer until the forthcoming god of war wil be released.This is my request.

  • I’ll be honest. Even though I consider myself a hardcore gamer, I’ve never played an isometric arcade adventure game as they were before my time. However, this game does look very interesting and you’ve piqued my interest with this right up so I’ll be picking this up and giving it a try. I do have a question though since there is no video. Does the game have any music that plays while you are playing and if there is story is there any voice acting?

  • Oh yeah Had the Game allready on my radar and hoped for a PS-Vita Port.
    Love such oldschool 3D Adventures and yes, never finished one cause i was to young for this games and my english knowledge was non-existent at this days ^^

    Looking forward to this. thx a lot to bring it to the Playstation community. best wishes from austria (the Land without Kaolas ^°)

    PS: will the game also hit Europe on April the 22md ?

  • Game looks nice, will keep an eye out! Will the Vita version be compatible with the PSTV?

  • Thanks for keeping the support for the PS Vita. I will definitely look forward to Lumo when it releases next month.

    • I admit, this one flew under my radar. However, you just made it worth having a twitter account, and having set it to follow the Playstation blog.

      Looking forward to April 22nd.

  • Looks cool. I’ll pick it up on Vita for the throwback Solstice and Landstalker/Dark Savior fix.

  • Looks and sounds amazing. Head Over Heals was one of my favourite games from the 80’s. Will be picking this up. Thanks for supporting Vita. Wish more devs did.

  • It is the 22nd and Lumo has not appeared on the store. My vita and I are so ready for this game… Has it been delayed?

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