Game publisher Rising Star Games held a media event in San Francisco last week to preview a host of new games, and the most unusual were light-oriented titles, One Upon Light and Lumini.
The first, One Upon Light, is a top-down puzzle adventure that’s already a big hit in Japan. Created by Singapore’s SUTD Game Lab, One Upon Light is set in an abandoned science lab where something’s gone wrong. Players become a semi-amnesiac scientist who finds himself suffering a strange photo-sensitive disorder wherein light becomes deadly. That means while navigating around the lab’s rooms, they must manipulate the environment to protect themselves from the light.
One Upon Light is a mysterious game. Its high-contrast, monochromatic graphics give it a moody, almost Film Noir kind of look that’s magnified by its ever-changing shadows. Angular hallways alternate between larger spaces criss-crossed by physical things like boxes and carts that can be used to create shadows, and players have the power to create shadow pathways by using a power called “Shadow Echo” to freeze shadow movement.
During the demo, levels became increasingly more complex, which means that upon its release, One Upon Light will really challenge puzzle fans’ powers of invention.
At the moment, One Upon Light is only available via the PS4 store in Southeast Asia and Japan—come this October however, Western PS4 owners will also get the chance to test their puzzle-solving skills.
Next up, Rising Star showed off its ethereal flow-adventure game, Lumini, made in collaboration with Dutch game developers, Speelbaars. Made in the tradition of Flower and Journey, the game’s more meditative than action-packed.
The stars of Lumini are species of alien flying fish trying to protect themselves from the more predatory species on their planet. The balance of the planet having been upset, the Lumini are trying to restore it by growing their numbers. They do this by floating around collecting crystals, then exchanging them at a powerful rune.
The main idea here is to create as large and varied (the fish all have different powers) a flock as possible, and avoid being killed by hostile creatures. This is an absorbing task, especially with Lumini’s hypnotic, beautiful graphics. Floating around the blue crystal caves, the brightly-colored fish bring to mind scenes from Disney’s Fantasia.
Both One Upon Light and Lumini are set for a fall release, though Rising Star gave no specific dates.
For more information about One Upon Light, visit the game’s official website.
To learn more about Lumini, visit its official Steam Greenlight page.