Lunistice PC Review

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Retro-inspired games have been very popular over the last few years. Mostly they have been based on the 16-bit era and this is fine. But now we have a game that is paying homage to another great era of gaming, the Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn. Lunistice is an indie game that has a strong feeling of Sonic 3D and this not necessary a bad thing. So, without further to do let us get the late 90’s feelings and take a look at this game.

Developer: A Grumpy Fox
Publisher: Deck13
Release Date: 10 November 2022

CPU: Intel Core i5 / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 1060 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 1 GB

This game plays great on the Steam Deck

Review code was provided.

Puurrfect Gameplay

You play as Hana, who is a fox that is not very grumpy as she goes on her journey through dreamscapes that have been created based on her memories. When you load up the game you have an option to play a tutorial so you can learn the controls or jump straight into the game. The tutorial I did enjoy as it gives you a feel of the pace that the game moves at and type of enemies you are dealing with throughout your quest.

The pace is set by you and if you want to go at a leisurely stroll so you can enjoy some of the level’s backdrops you can. Or you can do speed runs to see how fast you can complete a level and miss all the glory with the choice being yours. You can even finish the game without killing a single enemy, which is required to unlock a character. The controls are tight and responsive especially when you are jumping around the level.

You can double jump to reach higher places which is very useful. Also, you have a triple jump, which is basically a double jump where Hana can use her tail to glide and have a little boost. You will find that it is easy to miss jumps and this does not result in game over as the game allows you to retry every time you die. This comes with a cost as you are given a grade at the end of the levels, the more retries you use the lower the grade you receive.

The visuals look amazing authentically capturing the 90’s style graphics purfectly. From the home of Hana to the various other levels the colours are vibrant and the icing on the cake is the setting to add a CRT overlay to the screen to give a real retro-inspired feel with a curve screen and scanlines added. The music level was probably one of my favourite stages as the rhythm change the pattern of the platforms and other level items.

Final Thoughts

Lunistice is a fun platform game that looks beautiful and plays great while keeping the feel of the Playstation / Saturn era. The learning curve is just right as is the number of levels. And to give another positive it is only £5 which is nothing as you could spend that on something useless. Buy this title you will not be disappointed.

[review_summary positives=”Fun Gameplay
Throwback to the 90’s
Cute Characters
Beautiful Visuals”][rating title=”Gameplay” value=”9.5″]
[rating title=”Graphics” value=”9″][/review_summary]

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